On this episode, We cover some home networking tips, a look at the most recent Apple event and some updates on a new channel that Jim is watching on YouTube. Join Jim Collison / @jcollison and Mike Wieger / @WiegerTech for show #377 of Home Gadget Geeks brought to you by the Average Guy Network
Nathaniel Lindley joins Jim Collison and Rich O’Neil on RRPG #18 to talk about how he uses a Mac Mini, CrashPlan and Drobo together for his home and social back up strategy. A former CrashPlan employee, Nathaniel has a lot of interesting things to say about this solid and flexible backup solution. Listen Mobile: ”In early 2008, my friend and I were looking for a way to backup our children’s photos to each other’s house. We didn’t want to trade external drives; we didn’t want DVD copies. We wanted to use the Internet to transfer. Tried setting up FTP or WebDAV without much success. Found CrashPlan when it was starting out, and it was the perfect solution for us. Encrypted, background, used existing storage, free or cheap, cross-platform. Now when friends or family ask about how to protect their files, I set them up with CrashPlan, and if I repair or fix their computer, it is a requirement.” -Nathaniel Lindley Nathaniel’s CrashPlan+ and Drobo Setup at Home – June 2012 Mac Mini – (Mid 2007) OS X (always on) 2GB RAM Intel Core 2 Duo GHz CrashPlan+ Drobo (2nd Gen) connected via Firewire (2TB+2TB+2TB+3TB) TB usable storage TB of CrashPlan archives on Drobo UPS APC Back-UPS ES 550 Notes: Connected to home LAN and Internet through Comcast standard connection My home computers backup using CrashPlan to the Mac mini and Drobo over the LAN Never exceeded 250GB quota from Comcast My 3 main computers (iMac, MacBook and Windows 7 desktop) backup to Mac Mini, CrashPlan Central and a friend’s home (he uses Windows Home Server 2011 for storage) 20 friends and family backup to Mac Mini and Drobo (some have more than one computer backing up to me) 30 archives for about TB Have swapped out drives in Drobo to add more storage over time. Pros: Upgrades for firmware and software is smooth Replacing drives and growing storage is easy Redundant and safe large storage looks like single disk to Mac OS CrashPlan encrypts data and traffic for peace of mind CrashPlan data de-duplication is efficient Low power use (about 65-70 watts when in use for Drobo and Mac Mini) Cons: Drobo seems to kill Western Digital Green drives. I’ve RMA’d 3 of them and replaced with WD Caviar Black. Performance is slow, both on Read and Write operations through the Mac Mini. Could be Firewire 400 connection limitation? Hard to tell which CrashPlan which archive belongs to who Can’t read SMART data on drive or identify by slot and serial number or model of drive in Drobo Dashboard Simple and clean setup *Diagrams made by Drobo Rich’s RPG is a show hosted by Jim Collison and Rich O’Neil in Google+ Hangout. We talk tech with like-minded folks, covering whatever’s interesting – hot or not, current or historical. No outlines, no agenda, no worries. We welcome newcomers. Got a headset and a bit of free time? Join us on the show by contacting us at: or Jim’s Twitter: #!/jcollison If you have a product or a topic you would like us to discuss, please tag your articles in Delicious using the tag “TheAverageGuy”. Check out other great Podcasts from the Average Guy Network at Podcast intro and exit music is used by permission from “In the Shadow of the Great Machine” by Fool’s Chaos. Hear more great tunes at Fool’s Chaos!
Apple iPads and iPad2, Windows 7 from a Mac, Ripping DVDs, Gmail Down and You Can’t Intimidate Apathy – HT015
This week’s show includes the regulars, Brian Burgess, Christian Johnson and Andrew #160; The guys spend some time talking about iPad and the new #160; Brian covers accessing Windows 7 from a Mac, ripping DVDs and a Gmail #160; Christian brings some updates and Andrew talks about a PC in a box, really! Join us for the show live each Thursday at 8pmC/9E at Listen Mobile: News iPad 2 news and video · iTunes Update Available Now for Preparation for iPad 2 and iOS · Windows Live Mesh Beta Ending March 31st Mac OS X with Windows · How to RDP from Mac OS X to Windows 7, XP, and WHS · Microsoft Remote Desktop Connection Client for Mac · Dave from Home Server Show and Brian are resurrecting Burning DVDs and Blu-ray · Rip & Convert DVDs to ISO Images · Rip & Convert DVDs to MKV Format · Rip & Convert Blu-ray Discs in Windows 7 · Handbrake Gmail · How to Backup Gmail with a Free Windows Live Account · Gmail Went Down for Many Users This Week · Backupify Christian’s Corner · Netflix iPad Update · Trillian Astra · Upgrade Path From DOS to Windows 7 (Awesome Video!) Hardware · ASUS Motherboard Box Doubles as a PC Case · Google Cr-48 Chrome Notebook · Apply To Test the Chrome Notebook 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.
How to use Team Viewer, Technet and Action Pack, Mac Mini, IE 9 RC, Windows 7 Family Pack, Magic Wake on LAN and Special Guest Andrew Morris – HT011
We tried 4 guys for the show this week and welcomed guest host Andrew Morris from Melbourne, Australia the this week’s #160; In a very full show, we talked about the Team Viewer application, some discussion around the differences between Microsoft’s Technet and Action Pack software subscription services, the release of IE 9 RC, Bing’s gaining on Google, Facebook’s Q4 revenue, Brian newest post at AppAdvice, the Mac Mini, Windows 7 Family Pack, Christian’s WHS addin Magic Wake on LAN, W7 and 2008r2 Service Pack 1, Guitar Hero getting the axe, HP releases new WebOS offerings including a tablet, Media Browser and HTC Home! It was a full show! Listen Mobile: Show Notes · Study Shows Bing is More Accurate Than Google, and It’s Gaining Share · Facebook Earned 250 Million in Q4 and Profits are Growing at an Astounding Rate · Team Viewer · Action Pack for MS Software · TechneNet Subscriptions · Download Internet Explorer 9 RC · Windows 7 Home Premium Family Pack · Activision Kills Guitar Hero · HP Announces Plans to Bring webOS to the PC & Introduces TouchPad Tablet and Two Phones · Windows 7 and Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1 Available February 22nd · Guest – Andrew Morris from Media · HP Pavilion DM1Z with AMD Fusion Review · HP ProBook 4320s How To Get Your Facebook Email Now Quick Advice: IM All Your Friends on Every Network with Palringo 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.