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Oracle v Google, Bing and Facebook, IE Only on Windows 8, NEST, Vudu and Microsoft v Apple Sales Numbers – HT072

Jim and Christian are joined this week by special guest Gordon Schmidt for show 72 of The Home Tech Podcast.  We tried using the very new Google+ Hangout feature called “On Air.”  The show video is now available on YouTube at the Average Guy Podcast Channel.  Give it a try. MozyPro–secure online backup for businesses Join us for the show live each Thursday at 8pmC/9E/1UTC at Listen Mobile:   Christian’s Corner Christian decided to cover enterprise matter this week. We talked Oracle v Google, Facebook helps out Bing, Microsoft returns to it’s excluding roots and of course a deal of the week. Gordon covers the NEST Thermostat, Walmart using Vudu to convert DVD’s to Digital and the Microsoft Touch Mouse. Jim takes a look at the real sales numbers for both Windows and Apple. Microsoft: 1.    At its peak in 2006, Windows XP was sold and operated on about 400 Million PC’s worldwide (legally).  They roughly sold about 10 million copies a month while it was available. 2.    Windows Vista sold 384 million copied before it was discontinued in October 2009.  Also 10 million a month 3.    Since its introduction in 2009, Window 7 has sold 525 million copies as of January 2012.  It’s currently selling about 20 million copies a month.  This puts it on track to sell around 200 million more copies (700 million total) before Windows 8 debuts late this fall.  Early indications are that Windows 8 will get off to a slower start with it containing a major UI change in the Metro interface. Apple: 1.    As of February 2012, Apple has sold a total 122 million Macs since they were introduced in 1984 2.    Compare that to 80 million iPod Touchs (in 4 years) 180 million iPhones (in  4 years) and 55 million iPads (in 2 years) 3.    The Million iOS devices (iPhone and iPads) that were sold in the fiscal Q1 of 2012 was more units per day than the number of babies being born globally each day 4.    In Q2 2012, Apple sold million iPhones and million iPads. 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: #!/TheAverageGuyTV Jim’s Twitter: #!/jcollison Andrew’s Twitter: #!/unrealshots 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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New SSD Drives, New Cloud Storage Options, Big Microsoft Changes, Samsung Galaxy S III – HT071

Jim and Andrew are joined this week by Gary Johnson (filling in for Christian) and Special Guest Chris Lux for show 71 of The Home Tech Podcast.  We chat about New SSD Drives, the newest in Cloud Storage Options (Google Drive, SkyDrive, Dropbox) as well as some big Microsoft changes with their software. MozyPro–secure online backup for businesses Join us for the show live each Thursday at 8pmC/9E/1UTC at Listen Mobile:     Mushkin Chronos 120GB SSD Install and Performance Specs Mushkin Callisto 120GB SSD Install and Performance Specs Maybe it is time you actually read that Google Drive Terms of Service Microsoft SkyDrive vs Dropbox vs Google Drive vs Amazon Cloud Drive 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: #!/TheAverageGuyTV Jim’s Twitter: #!/jcollison Andrew’s Twitter: #!/unrealshots 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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The Microsoft Touch Mouse Review

I have recently picked up the Microsoft Touch Mouse from a local retailer and am very surprised at the functionality that is packed into this peripheral.  In the past I have not been one to spend a great deal of money an any one peripheral but I am happy with the features and the efficiencies that are added to my every day tasks.  At $ I am expecting some great features and a smooth user experience. Lets start with the packaging, I had mentioned on The Average Tech Guy Podcast that Microsoft crafted almost the same quality packaging as Apple does.  If you have ever purchased an Apple product you know what I am saying.  The box has a picture of the Touch Mouse backed by some pinned stripped variations of yellow, orange, red and is very clean in design.  The front, which is held closed by a magnet, and top of the package lift up to reveal the mouse through a very nice heavy plastic, almost glass looking case. Finally, I got the mouse home and got around to the process of implementing this piece of hardware to my technology cosmos.  Up to this point, I was wondering how the shape of the mouse was going to fit into my hand and if the gestures were actually going to work.  I had read through user reviews and watched YouTube videos to get familiar and see how the device is working for others. I pulled the case out of the retail bag and cut the two circular stickers on the side of the product to then slide the top of the case off leaving the bottom white stand being used as a platform to uphold the mouse.  Flipping the mouse and white cover over you can unclip the mouse from the white cover and proceed to put the batteries and the battery cover on the mouse.  I then turned the mouse on, plugged in the Nano receiver and installed the software from Microsoft.  At this point I was a bit shocked that a video tutorial popped up after the software installation finished that walked me through the features of the mouse.  I was impressed by this as I have never seen something like this for a mouse but then again I have never purchased anything but a standard wireless mouse.  I wonder how Apple’s install process is for their touch mice? Now that I have had some time with the MS Touch Mouse what do I think of it?  I have to say that I am still enjoying the gesture features and the natural instinct of using my fingers to move my open windows around my screens.  I had mentioned on the podcast that I was eager to find a solution to the tedious problem of having to take my right hand off from the mouse to click the left or right arrow key while my left hand is clicking on the Windows key.  The Windows key + left or right arrow is the shortcut to utilize the Microsoft Windows 7 Snap-to feature.  Yes, you can just use the mouse to move a open window to the left or right side of your monitor to snap the window but this can not be done if I want to say snap four open windows on my dual screen setup.  The MS Touch Mouse allows me to keep my right hand on the mouse and use the two finger swipe gesture to the left or right to snap a open window to either side of any screen without need to make multiple key strokes. One of the main issues others have said they have with the MS Touch Mouse is that it is lacking a middle click wheel.  This is used in a large amount of games and can cause issues with seamless game play.  I don’t play a lot of PC games but I have played TF2, Half-Life and Portal without issues.  Some control re-mapping can be done to overcome this issue or get a third party dedicated game controller. Overall, I think this mouse is a great and I believe this Microsoft product is the start of a new product line that will grow more as we get closer to the Windows 8 launch. by Gordon Schmidt
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Zune Pass, Virtualization, Open Source, RSS Readers, Device Convergence and Lowering Power Consumption – HT028

Jim, Andrew and Christian are joined by Gary Johnson (better known as Christians’ Dad” for this weeks installment of the Home Tech Podcast. After a few audio hitches the guys get things rolling by talking about Jims’ experiences using the 14-day trial of Microsoft Zune Pass to prepare the DJ tracks for his sons’ wedding, and some of the challenges of being able to download the desired music after finding it. Listen Mobile: The guys move on to talking about virtualization using the Oracle virtualization product Virtual Box, and Microsoft Hyper-V in their environments, as well as their product #160; Jim and Christian use Virtual Box for testing, Gary uses Hyper-V to host the Johnson family Windows Home Server 2011 over their Windows 2008 R2 Server, and Andrew uses a combination of VMWare Workstation and Microsoft Virtual XP Mode. The guys briefly discuss the Open Source products that Oracle have acquired in the past couple of years, with Virtual Box and Open Office being the most notable, and give Libre Office, the main Open Office competitor a brief #160; Gary talks about the Open Source products they use, with Subsonic being one of the most used products in their home. Andrew talks about his challenges in finding a new RSS reader, in an attempt to separate the day-to-day reading of RSS feeds from his Outlook #160; An RSS feeds allows you to “subscribe” to a blog, and read blog posts without actually visiting the site the posts are published on. Some of the challenges of moving away from an Outlook based solution include finding something that maintains a simple look and #160; Cloud solutions such as Google Reader are not quite what he is looking for, and he is in the process of exploring #160; So far, RSS Bandit and Feed Demon are on the evaluation list.      Hot news during recording of the show is a news release from Engadget the Lulz Security group announcing yet again the Sony Group being hacked, with this time being the target. From Christians’ Corner, we have two Speed Tips this week, firstly telling us how to ensure memory Prefetch is working at its fullest potential via #160; Christian explains the benefits of this tweak, and how it can improve timing of application launch and system booting. The second Speed Tip is the SG TCP Optimizer from the folks over at Speed #160; The TCP Optimizer tweaks the Windows TCP stack to ensure the network card in your PC will perform at its’ optimum performance #160; Gary and Christian explain the benefits of optimizing your network interface. This weeks Deal-of-the-Week is the Seasonic X Series 400W Fanless Power Supply from – ideal for silent PC operation such as an HTPC or for a PC in one of the kids’ bedrooms. Gary shares with us his Big Picture view on where he believes technology is #160; Gary tells about how device convergence has been accomplished, with devices such as the Ceton cable tuner cards becoming available, enabling full entertainment integration into the home network, other vendors such as Silicon Dust offer products such as HD Home Run (networked Free-to-Air tuner) and the HD Home Run Prime (networked Cable TV) Gary talks about his belief that the new convergence will be the merge of the mobile phone, tablet and the laptop platforms, with the possible addition of the desktop computer following shortly after, as well as integration to the cloud services coming from Google, Amazon and #160; Gary notes the recent announcement from Asus being the Padfone, caught on camera by our friends over at Engadget. In a similar vein, the guys discuss the future of the keyboard and the usefulness of voice interpretation, and the necessity for natural voice detection for this technology to move forward in large scale adoption. To wrap it up, the guys talk about the move towards low power consumption devices, such as the Fit-PC 2i, and Ultrabook concept coming from Intel, with plenty of power still available to the user, with huge power savings to run the device itself. 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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i-Robot, Rainmeter, Youtu.be, MentionMap, Angry Birds Browser Edition, and Skype is now a Microsoft Company – HT025

Jim, Andrew and Christian are joined by Bill Paulmenn for this weeks installment of the Home Tech Podcast. For anyone who has been off the grid for the past week, the guys start off discussing what is possibly the most interesting acquisition of the year, being the recent Microsoft purchase of Skype for $ billion US, and what this could mean for the future of Skype as we currently know it, use it, and most days, love it! Join us for the show live each Thursday at 8pmC/9E at Listen Mobile: The guys talk about the way they currently use Skype, their opinions on the future of Skype, given the range of products that Microsoft could integrate Skype with or replace with Skype, and the possible future names following the merger into the Microsoft stable. Christian talks about the new YouTube shortening URLs , and what may be driving the use of this and other URL shortening services.  We talk about the release of Adobe Flash Player for the Android platform, and how the other platforms are starting to fall behind the game in software development cycles.  Visit the Android Market to download your update now. The Deal-of-the-Week is the Turtle Beach Ear Force PX5 Programmable Wireless Headset from for $ Christian’s Windows 7 Customization Tip is RainMeter, a desktop customization engine, which lets you create amazing looking Windows desktops. Christian’s Tech Tip of the week, is Tortoise SVN, which is source control software for the Microsoft Windows Operating System, interfacing Sub Version Control through a Windows interface.  The guys talk about revision history platforms used in the enterprise world such as Microsoft SharePoint, as well as Google Docs, which we use for the show notes each week. Bill brings us the ultimate geek-wife gift, the iRobot Roomba, a Vacuum Cleaning Robot, which “combines the latest robotic and cleaning technologies to autonomously vacuum your home at the touch of a button”. Andrew’s Site of the Week is MentionMap from Asterisq, which allows you to visually map your Twitter network.  It helps you to discover people who have relevant interests, and is a great way to find new people to follow. The guys briefly talk about the Windows Home Server 2011 Online Evaluation, which is a free virtual environment that provides you a Windows 2011 Home Server, and a Windows 7 workstation to be able to evaluate Windows Home Server 2011 for free. To wrap it up for the week, the guys talk about the latest release of Angry Birds, which lets you play Angry Birds from within the web browser.  You can get your fix online at 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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Facebook Security, Office 365, Sanitizing Hard Disks, Data Sync and Streaming Media – HT022

With Christian on his music tour, and Andrew unwell, Jim is joined by Mike Howard and Rich O’Neil for this weeks installment of the Home Tech Podcast. The guys kick off talking about Facebook changing their default security settings without notifying the user #160; For those of you who had changed your Facebook security settings to use https by default, be sure to check your Facebook security settings to make sure that your settings are how you want #160; To check, log into your Facebook account, go to Account Settings, Settings, (or click here) and expand the Account Security area, to make sure your Secure Browsing setting is how you like it. Join us for the show live each Thursday at 8pmC/9E at Listen Mobile: Jim talks about Microsoft’s public Beta release of Office 365 which went live this #160; Office 365 is the Microsoft equivalent of Google Docs, that we use for our show notes when #160; Office 365 will give you a web interface to the Microsoft Office applications you use on your PC every #160; Pricing is looking to be around $6 per user per month, which when compared to purchasing and updating the Office suite could work out to be great value.   The guys then talk about the recent Seagate purchase of the Samsung Hard Disk #160; Hot on the heals of the Western Digital acquisition of Hitachi Global Storage Technologies, the hard disk manufacturer industry is now down to two major #160; The guys talk about their hard disks selection criteria, and where they use them. Whilst discussing hard disks, Rich tells us about how to truly sanitise your hard disks once you have finished with them, talking about solutions including physical disk shredding, magnetic data destruction, and software and firmware #160; Rich gives us a real-life comparison of DBAN vs Secure Erase, and his performance observations between the #160; Cleaning your data from your used hard disks gives you a degree of assurance that when you dispose or re-use your hard disks, that your data will not be able to be retrieved by the next user of the disk. Rich talks about his method of choice, using utilities from the Parted Magic #160; Jim gives us a low tech alternative of taking a hard disk apart, and making it into a clock! Mike brings us Allway Sync, which his current alternative to Microsoft’s SyncToy, Allway Sync provides a nice alternative to SyncToy, in that it handles large volumes of data, as well as having a built-in #160; The guys go on to discuss the merits of the various methods of moving and copying files. Scareware features again, in particular the latest wave of XP AntiVirus 2011 being seen on a PC belonging to one of Rich’s #160; Rich talks about his observations that nearly every time he’s seen this problem, the peer-to-peer software Limewire and variants seems to have been installed on the #160; Rich shares his toolkit of removing problems such as this, using UBCD4Win and Malwarebytes and/or SUPERAntiSpyware. The guys talk about Windows Update and the importance of making sure your PC is up to date, and updates regularly applied – to ensure you are protected from “drive-by” attacks, and that your PC is always tuned up. Jim plays a bit of word association with the guys, picking their responses to “Movies”, leading to a discussion around the media streaming services out there, such as NetFlix, Zune on xbox live using a Zune Pass, and Pandora Radio. The guys wrap the show up this week, talking about their experiences with their various smart phones, and their possible future phones. For those of you travelling this Easter vacation, please be safe on the roads, and have a great weekend. 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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How To Connect Windows 7 Media Center To an Xbox 360 and Stream Media

If you’re new to Windows 7 and own an Xbox 360, you might want the ability to watch the Media Center Content from Your Xbox. Here we take a look at how easy it is to set it up using Media Center Extenders. The cool thing about Windows 7 Media Center is you can access your movies, music, and other digital media from it with your Xbox. Here we’ll walk you through the process of adding media to the Windows Media Center (WMC) Libraries then setting up your PC and Xbox to talk with each other so your Xbox 360 can access those Libraries.
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