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Google vs Amazon Media Battle and are Fortnite and PUBG the New World of Gaming?- HGG347

Jim Collison / @jcollison is joined by Mike Wieger / @WiegerTech for show #347 of Home Gadget Geeks brought to you by the Average Guy Network      Jim Collison / @jcollison is joined by Mike Wieger / @WiegerTech for show #347 of Home Gadget Geeks brought to you by the Average Guy Network WANT TO SUBSCRIBE? Join us for the show live each Thursday at 8pmC/9E/1UTC at Full show notes and video at Tags: Podcast, Home Gadget Geeks, Stephen Hawking, Amazon, Google, Microsoft, Crypto Currency, Bitcoin, Gaming, Fortnite, PUBG News The death of Stephen Hawking The Google and Amazon battle. Google continues to not publish a YouTube app on the amazon platform. The New way to sell video games – a free “beta” – Fortnite and PUBG may have found a more successful way to sell video games. If you haven’t seen it yet, John Oliver’s explanation of Bitcoin is spot on, and super funny.  YouTube now has Dark mode, and its great.    What am I working on? Jim – Back from the Microsoft MVP Summit.  Great Stuff. Now switching from Windows 10 in S mode to Windows 10 pro will always be free Skype – making changes away from all the social squiggles Jim – Sarah said to me this week, “The next house we are getting will have a Nest in it, right?”  I about fell down. Mike – Preparing to cut cable and switch to YouTube TV.   Catch the post-show for the Crypto conversation.  Lots of talk about Burst.  If you are starting on Burst and need a faucet or coins to get your started, I have provided a solid faucet.  Get the Home Gadget Geeks Mobile Apps at is powered by Maplegrove Partners web hosting. Get secure, reliable, high-speed hosting from people you know and trust.  For more information visit
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Mike Wieger is Back and Dave Crawford from Microsoft – HGG330

Mike Wieger, @WiegerTech joins Jim Collison, @jcollison for show #330 of Home Gadget Geeks brought to you by the Average Guy Network     Mike Wieger joins Jim Collison  for show #330 of Home Gadget Geeks brought to you by the Average Guy Network Please leave a REVIEW (iPhone or iPad) at ;type=Podcast&ls=1&mt=1 WANT TO SUBSCRIBE? Join us for the show live each Thursday at 8pmC/9E/1UTC at Full show notes and video at Tags: Podcast, Home Gadget Geeks, Dave Crawford, Mike Wieger, Drones, Bitcoin, Blockchain, Hyper-V, Microsoft, Virtual Reality, Mixed Reality, You can catch the complete video with Dave Crawford at Get the Home Gadget Geeks Mobile Apps at is powered by Maplegrove Partners web hosting. Get secure, reliable, high-speed hosting from people you know and trust.  For more information visit
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The Acer R13 Chromebook Hands On and Crashplan Departure Options – HGG326

Nathaniel Lindley (@thanlindley) joins to discuss the ins and outs of using Chromebooks full time in his school district and how he likes to use them at home.  We also discuss the issues that have come up now that Code42 is no long going to be in the consumer PC and Mac Back up business.  Lots of options are discussed, including how Jim already migrated his backups over to Crashplan Pro and how he did it.  That and more on this episode of Home Gadget Geeks 326!     Please leave a REVIEW (iPhone or iPad) at ;type=Podcast&ls=1&mt=1 WANT TO SUBSCRIBE? Join us for the show live each Thursday at 8pmC/9E/1UTC at Full show notes and video at  Join us for the Home Server Show Meetup – Acer R13 Chromebook Touchscreen, 1080p with Android App support Light – lbs Clean bright screen, touch screen is responsive, flip around for tablet. Good for Slides or Google docs that you are sharing or editing while walking around (spreadsheets, checklists) Battery lasts all day. Pretty good keyboard, little flimsy feeling but easy to type on. FULL-HDMI out, USB-C charger Only 1 standard USB port. Wi-Fi radio seems weaker – low bars when close to AP, on 5GHz band, supposed to be Similar to the smaller R11 but bigger screen and faster CPU.   R11 seem more rugged though–good for school kids! Android Apps – on Chromebook that supports it and need OS v61? PLEX – nice in tablet format when screen flipped back, will work on External display when in laptop mode, better performance in tablet mode Google Music Google Photos Google Earth – great in tablet mode, touch screen, zoom AutoDesk Sketch – works with stylus, save local for free What’s App doesn’t work on Android for ChromeOS yet.  🙁 I Like that some apps can be Fullscreen or “phone size” to stick in corner or other screen What do you get for under $50 for a mouse these days? CrashPlan Alternatives What do I do and What do I tell my family and friends to do? My situation: Several household Windows and Mac devices. 6 computers Total TB data Pictures, Documents, home videos, music (no DVD rips or TV recordings from Media center) Very likely duplicates across devices as I migrated from one computer to another.   Peer-to-Peer backup Local computer to computer in house and to friend computer for some files   CrashPlan central storage I have years left on my subscription to CrashPlan Central   I am a backup target for Family and Friends using CrashPlan free 17 computers to my Windows Home Server 2011 Several terabytes stored for friends and family   Major paths to look at for me: Centralize storage to NAS/Server/Unraid Backup NAS offsite using commercial cloud storage (Amazon?) Cloudberry – buy software then pay separately for storage NAS version plus Amazon Glacier $60 upfront, $4 month ($48/year) for 1 TB   Is there a peer-to-peer alternative that is not just “sync”? Synology HyperBackup option? – to remote site – Works over internet to other location, need OpenVPN or dynDNS or remote IP and Port forwarding to work Need two Synology devices, one can be older and slower Hourly or daily backup interval?   HyperBackup Vault for backup archive browsing on remote Synology NAS What do the backup clients on Mac and Windows look like?  How well do they work?   Per computer backup products SpiderOak One – Just pay for storage Unlimited devices – no software fee Encrypted always Both backup and “Sync” folder options Restore from any device Mobile apps Versioning Might be hourly/daily backup only…? 1 TB  – $129 annually   Backblaze – Backups external drives Versioning up to 30 days Option for Private Key and 2FA Locate missing computer $50/year per computer Or use Groups or B2 storage for multiple computers #familyplan Separate download client for restores   Arq backup – Pay for client computer and then storage separately Usual destinations – S3, B2 etc. $50/account one time fee Multiple computers can be installed under one account   Cloudberry – Backup client and storage separate Bare-metal backup if you get server version Free version – just pay for storage Pro version $29 adds compression and encryption and 1TB storage limit Multiple cloud storage providers Quite complex to setup – lots of options For me with 3 Windows and 3 Mac – $165 up front, software annual maintenance cost $36 and 1TB storage with B2 $5/month.   1st year would cost $261!   Google Drive Backup & Sync Drive sync and backup tool in one Mac and Windows $100 /TB/year   CrashPlan Pro Small Business Discount for first year 75% off $10/device per month For me, $720/year If I drop to 2 devices – $240/year   Says unlimited storage… What would I recommend to Friends or Family? Depends on number of computers and technical familiarity Single computer and limited tech chops – probably BackBlaze or SpiderOak One Multiple computer and complexities?   Don’t know More questions after the podcast… Can I consolidate to one or two computers? How do I restore data from CrashPlan archives to my computer? Do I need to restore deleted files? How do I help my friends restore or migrate their backup archives that I store for them? Colocate a server of my own?  Get the Home Gadget Geeks Mobile Apps at is powered by Maplegrove Partners web hosting. Get secure, reliable, high-speed hosting from people you know and trust.  For more information visit
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Apple and Microsoft Announcements and Streaming Video Platforms – HGG282

Listen Mobile: Jim Collison  and Mike Wieger from   interview Dave Jackson from for show #282 of Home Gadget Geeks brought to you by the Average Guy Network, part of community. Please leave a REVIEW (iPhone or iPad) at ;type=Podcast&ls=1&mt=1 WANT TO SUBSCRIBE? Join us for the show live each Thursday at 8pmC/9E/1UTC at Full show notes and video at   Get the Home Gadget Geeks Mobile Apps at is powered by Maplegrove Partners web hosting. Get secure, reliable, high-speed hosting from people you know and trust.  For more information visit Catch all the subscription links at Facebook Group: Jim’s Twitter: #!/jcollison Contact the show at Find this and other great Podcasts from the Average Guy Network at
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Quick Kangaroo Hands On Review, Xbox at E3, WWDC Overview – HGG265

Listen Mobile: Jim Collison  and Mike Wieger from are together for show #265 of Home Gadget Geeks brought to you by the Average Guy Network, part of community. Please leave a REVIEW (iPhone or iPad) at ;type=Podcast&ls=1&mt=1 Support the Average Guy Tech Scholarship Fund: or if you are in Canada, use WANT TO SUBSCRIBE? Join us for the show live each Thursday at 8pmC/9E/1UTC at or call in your questions or comments to be played on the show at (402) 478-8450 Full show notes and video at The New Kangaroo PC (Full Review Next Week) – Processor GHz Atom x5 Z8300 RAM 2 GB DDR3 Hard Drive 32 GB Graphics Coprocessor shared Card Description Integrated Number of USB Ports 2 Number of USB Ports 1 Operating System Windows 10 Home 64-bit The World’s smallest, personal, powerful portable PC. Kangaroo Mobile Desktop Pro builds on the benefits of the Kangaroo PC by building on the modularity and expandability of its design architecture. By introducing the Dock Pro which is a combination HDD bay (#8243; sized laptop drives up to ) and additional ports (VGA, HDMI, audio, Ethernet, 2 x USB , and 1 x USB ), the Kangaroo Pro now has all the standard PC elements. This Kangaroo Pro works with the already selling Kangaroo Dock so you can continue to build on the option to locate the Dock and Dock Pro in multiple locations (classrooms, libraries, office/meeting spaces, bedroom/living room/den). Ideally suited now as a media center PC connected to your large screen TVs, when you install an HDD or SSD of your choosing (sold separately), you will now have all your video/photo content ready for easy viewing. Connect wirelessly or via Ethernet into your home network for media streaming or Xbox game streaming into any room. The OSLinx app introduced for Kangaroo PC continues to work for the Kangaroo Pro and allows you to use an iPad (connected via a Lightning Cable) to interact fully with the Kangaroo PC desktop. Windows 10 Anywhere on Any Screen E3 Xbox Live – making it easier to find people playing the games you like. Think global matchmaking Xbox One S Smaller, HDR gaming, 4K output for things like Netflix, built in IR blaster (no need for kinect to control your TV. Starts at $299 for 500GB. Available August 2016   Project Scorpio True 4K gaming, VR gaming, six teraflops of power, available next Fall. WWDC 2 Million Apps?  Seriously, at what point does that not become a good thing? WatchOS Primarily speed improvements Background app refresh New dock for favorite apps Control center SOS – 911 Scribble your response Other things Wheelchair activity breathe What is the battery life on the watch now? tvOS – nothing exciting at all Sling tv Automatic updates Single sign on   macOS Sierra Continuity updates – apple watch signs you into your mac Copy and past across all of your devices Storage improvements by utilizing the cloud Touchid – use the phone to authenticate Siri on the Mac   iOS 10 New “Home App” to control all of your homekit capable devices Notification update – widgets Siri – devs have access Messages Rich links Emojis – prediction and turn text into emojis   Photos Machine learning – creates videos, recognizes faces   Maps – pretty much just look at Google Maps Music – it does appear easier to find things. I still won’t be using it   Get the Home Gadget Geeks Mobile Apps at is powered by Maplegrove Partners web hosting. Get secure, reliable, high-speed hosting from people you know and trust.  For more information visit Catch all the subscription links at Facebook Group: Jim’s Twitter: #!/jcollison Contact the show at Find this and other great Podcasts from the Average Guy Network at
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Dewain Robinson, Home Automation with Lowes Iris, Keen Smart Vents and Arlo Cameras – HGG263

Listen Mobile: Dewain Robinson joins Jim Collison  and Mike Wieger from for show #263 of Home Gadget Geeks brought to you by the Average Guy Network, part of community. Please leave a REVIEW (iPhone or iPad) at ;type=Podcast&ls=1&mt=1 Support the Average Guy Tech Scholarship Fund: or if you are in Canada, use WANT TO SUBSCRIBE? Join us for the show live each Thursday at 8pmC/9E/1UTC at or call in your questions or comments to be played on the show at (402) 478-8450 Full show notes and video at Iris V2 Links: Community Link: Iris Blog: Platform Updates: Coming Soon: June 2016 Version FEATURE:  Multiple Places Per Account For Iris users that have Iris systems in multiple homes, you can now manage ALL of your Iris systems from the single Iris app interface and login. FEATURE:  Add a Person (Permissions Based) Iris users can now choose to invite users (either existing Iris users or those without Iris systems of their own) and control the level of access each user has to the account owner’s system. When inviting a new person to participate, Iris users can choose among the following 3 options: Full Access:  A guest given ‘Full Access’ permission will have the ability to view your dashboard, Scenes, Rules, Devices, History, and other People associated with your account. Full Access users, however, will not be able to see or modify the account owner’s billing information. Full Access is designed for members of immediate family or anyone living at the location and grants the SAME level of access to the Iris system as the account owner, with the exception of viewing/editing billing information. This means that the Full Access user can add/remove people from the Account Owner’s place, view or delete camera recordings, access all devices, edit and create rules and/or scenes, etc. For this reason, it is suggested that Full Access be granted only to those the Account Owner trusts to use this access responsibly. To enroll a guest with Full Access, you MUST supply a valid e-mail address for the guest. Locks, Alarms & Notifications:  This level of access will provide the user a unique PIN code that would allow them to ONLY control alarms and specific door locks designated by the account owner. Locks, Alarms & Notifications access is designed for close family and friends, neighbors, and service personnel. This designation is also ideal for children without a smart phone or those that you would like to grant access to your place without giving them the ability to control your entire Iris system.  For those users that do have a smart phone, you can add them to your notifications list and they will receive notifications that you have elected to send to them (any combination of smoke & CO, Security & Panic, Water Leak and Care alarms). Notifications Only:  This level of access will simply add the person to the Iris Account Owner’s Alarm Notification list and provide them with alerts to alarm events within the Iris Account Owner’s home. Notification Only access is designed for distant relatives, friends and/or neighbors. FEATURE:  Enhanced Push Notifications Management For Iris users that may access their system via multiple mobile devices, you can now manage the specific devices that should receive notifications. In the event that you log into the Iris app with your credentials from someone else’s phone, users can now delete that specific phone from the notifications list so that only the desired devices will receive push notifications about your Iris system. This feature is ideal for users that may switch devices or loan a device to a user but do not wish to continue receiving push notifications about that user’s Iris system. Last Update: Version () April 2016 Scheduling Enhancement: Sunrise/Sunset option added to scheduling Feature:  Rotate Camera 180° Device Support:  Somfy Blinds & Controller Device Support:  Iris Water Leak Sensor Device Support:  iPhone SE Device Support: Yale ZigBee Locks Added Support for the following models: ◾Yale Push Button Deadbolt (Model YRD210 PB DB) ◾Yale Touchscreen Deadbolt (Model YRD220/240 TSDB) ◾Yale Push Button Lever Lock (Model YRL210 PB LL) ◾Yale Touchscreen Lever Lock (Model YRL220 TS LL) Device Support:  OSRAM BR30 On/Off/Dim & PAR38 Models Added Support for the following OSRAM Lightify bulbs: ◾PAR38 OSRAM Lightify  On/Off/Dim White 120 LED light bulb (Model # 74165) ◾BR30 OSRAM Lightify  On/Off/Dim White 65 LED light bulb     (Model # 73833) Iris Version 1 going out of service on 6/30/2016 Iris adding Professional Monitoring Service: Lowe’s customers in select markets and where licensing allows (TBA) will be able to take full advantage of professional monitoring for their Iris system for only $ per month starting in Q2 2016. This new service includes the Iris Premium Service ($ monthly value), offering advanced ways to monitor and control the home, including notifications and calls to family and friends in the event of an alarm. Also included with Iris’ professional monitoring service is the Iris cellular backup service, which provides connection when homeowners’ broadband or WiFi goes down ($ monthly value). An additional purchase of a cellular modem is required to enable cellular functionality. Iris Discontinues Support for: IVEE Blue Line Energy Realization of not all things need to be integrated: Do I need this to be integrated to function? What is the problem that I am trying to solve? What do I loose when trying to integrate vs not integrating? Am I cluttering up my interface? Keen Smart Vent: Website: Shark Tank Audition Video:   They will fall on your head!! Ceiling Mount Kit: To Smart Bridge or not to Smart Bridge Arlo: ;utm_source=bing&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=Brand&utm_term=arlo%20netgear&utm_content=Netgear Amazon Link: ;psc=1&redirect=true&ref_=oh_aui_detailpage_o07_s00 Features: Completely Wireless Weatherproof Indoor/Outdoor HD Video 720p Cloud Recording for up to 5 devices for free Night Vision Magnetic Mount Arlo Hub – Separate Wireless network only for Wire-Free Model cameras 3 Camera Types: Arlo Wire-Free Indoor / Outdoor 720p Motion Alerts No Audio 110 degree of view No 24 hour non-stop recording $160 (bundles available) Silicon Covers available   ArloQ Indoor 1080p Motion and Sound Alerts Audio Recording 130 degree of view 24 hour recording capable Two way Voice $220   ArloQ Plus Indoor 1080p Motion and Sound Alerts Audio Recording 130 degree of view 24 hour recording capable Two way Voice Local Storage capable (SD Card) PoE $250 Get the Home Gadget Geeks Mobile Apps at is powered by Maplegrove Partners web hosting. 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Microsoft MVP Rich Hay, Microsoft News, Windows 10 and Lumia Testing – HGG245

Listen Mobile:   Richard Hay, Microsoft MVP for Windows from and on Twitter at joins Jim Collison  and Mike Wieger from for show #244 of Home Gadget Geeks brought to you by the Average Guy Network, part of community. Please leave a REVIEW (iPhone or iPad) at ;type=Podcast&ls=1&mt=1 Support the Average Guy Tech Scholarship Fund: or if you are in Canada, use WANT TO SUBSCRIBE? Join us for the show live each Thursday at 8pmC/9E/1UTC at or call in your questions or comments to be played on the show at (402) 478-8450 Full show notes and video at Catch the show on Blab at –   Get the Home Gadget Geeks Mobile Apps at is powered by Maplegrove Partners web hosting. Get secure, reliable, high-speed hosting from people you know and trust. For more information visit Catch all the subscription links at Facebook Group: Jim’s Twitter: #!/jcollison Contact the show at Find this and other great Podcasts from the Average Guy Network at
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