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The First Annual Home Server Show Meetup in Wisconsin- HT032

Jim and Gordon record a live show at the Home Server Show Meetup in Wisconsin, and has a chat with some of regulars from the show, including Christian, Bill, Mike and Rich. The guys discuss the experience of being remote to the Meetup, for those of us who couldn’t make it, as well as some of the equipment the folks who attended bought along with them, and the advantages of being able to see and touch the hardware that is regularly discussed on the Home Server Show podcast. The guys have a bit of a round table chat about the why they would travel to attend a Meetup such as this, the things that folks might like to see when they were at such an event, as well as what can event like this can do to increase the “wife acceptance factor” of, and exposure to technology such as the Home Server that we find in the home. Listen Mobile: Facebook Page: Facebook Group: If you’d like to subscribe to the show, click on  to update your iTunes library, or for other Podcast downloading applications, please click on the RSS Feed and pick your Pod Catcher of choice! Or, you can now stream the show online at at The Show Announcements and Schedule: Jim’s Twitter: Andrew’s Twitter: Contact Christian: Contact the show at Find us on Facebook: Find this and other great Podcasts from the Average Guy Network at Some links may contain affiliate codes that benefit the Average Guy Podcast Network
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BIOS-Mods, Music in the Cloud, Nemo Docs, HP TouchPad, Facial Recognition, Cell Phone Rescue and Hamster Powered Computing – HT029

Jim, Andrew and Christian are joined by Jason, one of the developers at , for this weeks’ installment of the Home Tech Podcast. The guys fire off with Christian filling us in with most recent project, Christian-Net, which is his project to create a digital life archive! Jason and Christian give us an insight into what the guys do over at , with respect to adding new features and over clocking your PC.  The guys can alter most features on a motherboard, as well as adding new features that may have been hidden by the manufacturer. Jim kicks off a discussion about moving your music to the cloud, following on from good friend of the show Brian Burgess’ article over at Information Week, comparing Apple’s new iCloud music service with Google Music and Amazon Cloud Player, as well as “Private Cloud” services such as Subsonic. Listen Mobile:     Andrew brings us a new piece of software, Nemo Documents, which is a nifty piece of software that enables you to track your document editing in a calendar view. Coming out of the HP Discover Conference, held this week in Vegas, we now have a launch date for the HP TouchPad, the WebOS competitor to the Apple iPad.  WebOS fans have been waiting for this device for some time now, and it will be hitting the market on July 1, 2011, with pre-order being available from mid-June. Pricing has been indicated to be competitive with the iPad, being $499 for the 16GB Wi-Fi version, and $599 for the 32GB Wi-Fi version. The guys discuss the use of the various mobile operating systems (Apple iOS, Google Android, HP WebOS and Microsoft Windows 7 Tablet Edition) that we are beginning to see come to market, and potential uses in medical, education and enterprise businesses. From Christians’ Corner, the Tweak-of-the-Week comes from our guest, Jason, which is a tweak that adds a raft of features to the context (right-click) menu, and is available from Jasons’ blog F3-MODS. The Deal-of-the-Week is the SAMSUNG 12X BD-ROM SATA Internal Blu-ray Drive from , a great buy at $, and includes SATA cables, mounting screws and all the software you need to make your PC Blu-ray ready! Christian talks to us about Facebook prompting for enabling your Facebook E-Mail and letting your friends send you SMS messages directly from Facebook. Whilst talking about Facebook, Christian reminds us about the Facial Recognition issues we’ve read about over at PC World, which are associated with the Facebook image tagging feature.  Christian shares some of his visions as to where image tagging can become extremely useful for purposes, such as unlocking your account by naming tagged friends.  The guys talk about the accuracy of facial recognition from systems such as Facebook and Microsoft Live Gallery. Jason brings us news of a High School using school issued computers to use the inbuilt webcams to take photographs and videos without the students being aware of the activity.  The guys discuss being careful to understand what the usage policies mean when you are issued with by your school or company. Jason tells us about Best Buy’s plans to downsize and become a specialty store, focusing on retail outlets selling items such as tablet computers and smartphones. The guys wrap up the show with Jason introducing us to an solution to what for some, can be a very common problem – rescuing a cell phone that has been immersed in water. And finally, for those of you who have long dreamt of a hamster powered computer, then the wait is over, as seen in the Worth 1000 Photo Effects Contest….   Facebook Page: Facebook Group: If you’d like to subscribe to the show, click on  to update your iTunes library, or for other Podcast downloading applications, please click on the RSS Feed and pick your Pod Catcher of choice! Or, you can now stream the show online at at The Show Announcements and Schedule: Jim’s Twitter: Andrew’s Twitter: Contact Christian: Contact the show at Find us on Facebook: Find this and other great Podcasts from the Average Guy Network at Some links may contain affiliate codes that benefit the Average Guy Podcast Network
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