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Omaha and the CWS, Disposable Grills, D-Link Security Cams and Echogear Surge Protectors – HGG359

Join Jim Collison / @jcollison and Mike Wieger / @WiegerTech for show #359 of Home Gadget Geeks brought to you by the Average Guy Network      Join Jim Collison / @jcollison and Mike Wieger / @WiegerTech for show #359 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, NCAA College World Series, CWS, Omaha, Grill, BBQ, D-Link, Security Cam, APC, Battery Backup Cyber Frontiers 44 out soon   HGG Bingo  –   Conversation Kyle Wilcox June 9 at 4:52pm (Click here to see the picture) I don’t understand all this fancy grill tech you guys are talking about. I just go in the back yard and light some wood on fire. SuperGrill 8001 Disposable Portable Instant Barbeque – ————————————————————————- Emily Peck Prokop Yesterday at 9:45am (Click here to join the conversation) The camera is coming today and I’ve been reading more of the reviews and came across this one, in which the owner used it to catch his wife cheating!  My husband and I have been trying to figure out exactly what’s going on in the picture, though. Emily Peck Prokop 1 hr Thanks for the camera recommendation. All I’ve been doing is looking at my cat sleeping while I’m downstairs. D-Link HD WiFi Security Camera – Indoor – Night Vision – Remote Access – Works with Google Assistant – Casting – Streaming (DCS-936L) – ————————————————————————- Kevin Schoonover shared a link. June 9 at 9:24pm Another Dad’s day tech gift idea. Great for cable modem and router: APC Back-UPS BGE90M 125 VA 75 Watts 3 Outlets 2-USB Charging Ports UPS $ —————————————————————————— Kyle Wilcox June 10 at 3:00pm I’m setting up Backblaze backup now. I want to have several months to get everything settled in place before Crashplan shuts down in October. I have 2 computers to backup. Is anyone using the groups option with Backblaze? I want combined billing for 2 computers. I can’t tell if it’s better to just login with my account on my wife’s computer or set up her own account and use the groups. ——————————————————————————— Mike – what were the results of the poll you put out in the FB group? ——————————————————————————– Randy Cantrell 6 hrs What do the average guys and gals think about the ideal way to convert a non-smart TV into a smart TV (for streaming Netflix mostly)? Roku Ultra has been suggested, but I’d like to know what the brainiacs around here think. Gracias!   News Jim – What am I watching on Youtube?  Lots of coverage of Hawaii and the disaster that is happening there.   Reviews Jim’s new D-Link DCS-936L – Set up was super easy.  Mounts just about anywhere (power cord is a little short). Wifi connect via phone. You HAVE to really have an SD card for it to be productive.  Still trying to get the videos to play off my phone. D-Link app is pretty basic. – ECHOGEAR On-Wall Surge Protector With 6 Pivoting AC Outlets & 1080 Joules of Surge Protection – Low Profile Design Installs Over Existing Outlets To Protect Your Gear & Increase Outlet Capacity – RENPHO Bluetooth Scale – $29 ;th=1     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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Edward Weniger talks Crypto Currency Mining, Profitability and Sustainability – HGG339

Edward Weniger from @alphaBTC joins Jim Collison @jcollison for show #339 of Home Gadget Geeks brought to you by the Average Guy Network      Edward Weniger from @alphaBTC joins Jim Collison @jcollison for show #339 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, AlphaBTC, Bitcoin, Blockchain, BURST, SIA, Coin Exchange, Mining, Litecoin, Etherium, Omaha, Get signed up for Edwards new Newsletter –  If you want to open a Coinbase account, use this link and deposit $100.  You get a bonus $10 and so do I.   You can trade Altcoins on Exchanges.  The two I use are:     You can find more on Edward 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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Jon Larsen and Shonna Dorsey from AIM with Tech Updates – HGG331

John Larsen, @aim_jlarsen and Shonna Dorsey, @shonna_dorsey from AIM join Jim Collison, @jcollison for show #331 of Home Gadget Geeks brought to you by the Average Guy Network     John Larsen, @aim_jlarsen and Shonna Dorsey, @shonna_dorsey from AIM join Jim Collison, @jcollison for show #331 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 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, Jon Larsen, Shonna Dorsey, AIM, Omaha, Heartland Developers Conference, Technology Both interviews were recorded live from Heartland Developer Conference in Omaha, September 8, 2017.  You can watch all the interviews from HDC 2017 at USB C Wall Charger Adapter: Jelly Comb 43W 3-Port USB Charger with Quick Charger + Type C for Samsung Galaxy S8, iPhone iPad, LG, Moto Z, Google, Nexus, Lumia & More  –  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 Fed Makes a Mistake and Reversion to the Mean – Guide Rock Weekly Market Commentary Apr-15 FT024

Last week, the term ‘Easy Money’ conjured both comedian Rodney Dangerfield and the Federal Reserve, and no one was certain how much respect either one should get. The Fed accidentally e-mailed its market-moving Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) meeting minutes to congressional staffers and trade lobbyists on Tuesday at 2 The minutes weren’t supposed to be released to anyone until Wednesday at two. Once the mistake was realized, the Fed released the minutes early on Wednesday morning. Listen Mobile:   Markets enthusiastically embraced the minutes which appeared to focus on the idea quantitative easing will continue. The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed at a record high more than once last week, and the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index is already nearing analyst’s targets for the full year. The minutes indicated committee members were less clear on the issue, according to the Washington Post, which reported: “A few Fed officials think QE (Quantitative Easing) should be stopped immediately; a few think it should be shrunk fairly soon; many think it should be slowed if we see a rebounding job market; a few think it should continue at its current size until the end of the year; and a couple think it may need to be increased. The minutes also make clear Fed officials are not all on the same page in determining the economic climate that would trigger that tapering.” Committee members are not the only ones who don’t know what to think about the economy. Consumer sentiment has been volatile. According to The Wall Street Journal, the Thomson-Reuters/University of Michigan consumer sentiment index showed consumer sentiment improved significantly from mid- to late-March only to decline again from late-March to mid-April. speculated weaker consumer sentiment may have been the result of the payroll tax roll and weaker economic data. Data as of 4/12/13 1-Week Y-T-D 1-Year 3-Year 5-Year 10-Year Standard & Poor’s 500 (Domestic Stocks) 10-year Treasury Note (Yield Only) N/A Gold (per ounce) DJ-UBS Commodity Index DJ Equity All REIT TR Index Notes: S&P 500, Gold, DJ-UBS Commodity Index returns exclude reinvested dividends (gold does not pay a dividend) and the three-, five-, and 10-year returns are annualized; the DJ Equity All REIT TR Index does include reinvested dividends and the three-, five-, and 10-year returns are annualized; and the 10-year Treasury Note is simply the yield at the close of the day on each of the historical time periods. Sources: Yahoo! Finance, Barron’s, , London Bullion Market Association. Past performance is no guarantee of future results. Indices are unmanaged and cannot be invested into directly. N/A means not applicable. IT HAS BEEN SAID STOCK MARKET RETURNS REVERT TO THE MEAN, but what does that mean? Reversion to the mean is a statistical phenomenon. It’s the idea the further something is from the mean – or average – the more likely it is the next thing that comes along will be closer to the mean. For example, if a baseball player has a batting average of .330 and hits .180 in a game, it’s likely that player will hit better in the next game (unless, the player’s in a slump, but that is a different topic). Reversion to the mean is the theory behind a variety of investment strategies. Analysts who employ the theory may look at an average price, an average return, or another financial statistic they find relevant. For example, they may consider whether a company’s recent performance varies significantly from its historical average performance. If its performance is worse than average, some analysts may decide the company’s price is likely to revert to the mean. In that case, they may choose to invest in the company. If the company’s performance is better than average, analysts may decide to sell shares. Similarly, if a market or index – such as the Treasury market or the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index – performs significantly worse than its mean, investors may decide better performance is ahead, and vice versa. In 2009, an article in Forbes stated, “Mean reversion is an odd concept because it’s clearly not causal. The market’s historic return of 9 percent a year is based on over 100 years of data (what’s typically considered the modern stock market), and, of course, the ride to 9 percent is a bumpy one with major double-digit up years and big double-digit down years all averaging to that 9 percent number.” The point is any average is a moving target. After all, a significant downward movement pushes the historical mean lower and a significant upward shift pushes it higher. Regardless of the investment theories employed by analysts and money managers, investors may want to set financial goals, carefully choose asset allocation strategies, hold well-diversified portfolios, and maintain their long-term perspective. Weekly Focus – Think About It “Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared.” —Buddha Best regards, ANDREW HUNT CFP® President of Guide Rock Capital Management, Inc. 1001 Gallup Drive Omaha, NE 68102 Communication | Woo | Achiever | Ideation | Relator   Please feel free to forward this commentary to family, friends, or colleagues. If you would like us to add them to the list, please reply to this e-mail with their e-mail address and we will ask for their permission to be added. Securities offered through Shareholders Service Group, Member FINRA/SIPC. * This newsletter was prepared by Peak Advisor Alliance. Peak Advisor Alliance is not affiliated with the named broker/dealer. * The Standard & Poor’s 500 (S&P 500) is an unmanaged group of securities considered to be representative of the stock market in general. * The 10-year Treasury Note represents debt owed by the United States Treasury to the public. Since the Government is seen as a risk-free borrower, investors use the 10-year Treasury Note as a benchmark for the long-term bond market. * Gold represents the London afternoon gold price fix as reported by the London Bullion Market Association. * The DJ Commodity Index is designed to be a highly liquid and diversified benchmark for the commodity futures market. The Index is composed of futures contracts on 19 physical commodities and was launched on July 14, 1998. * The DJ Equity All REIT TR Index measures the total return performance of the equity subcategory of the Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT) industry as calculated by Dow Jones. * Yahoo! Finance is the source for any reference to the performance of an index between two specific periods. * Opinions expressed are subject to change without notice and are not intended as investment advice or to predict future performance. * Past performance does not guarantee future results. * You cannot invest directly in an index. * Consult your financial professional before making any investment decision.
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Looking for Infotec 2013 LIVE Interviews?

Just in case you missed the LIVE interviews we did at the Infotec 2013 tech conference, I have place the RAW YouTube videos in a #160; I will be editing them over time, but this can get you started for #160; Thanks to everyone who watched live and to AIM Institute for putting on a great show!  Already looking forward to next year. Here they are, in order.                                      
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Positive Results for US Markets for Q1 2013 – Guide Rock Weekly Market Commentary Apr-01 FT022

stock markets finished the week – and the quarter – on a positive note. The Federal Reserve’s accommodative monetary policy and strong profit growth helped provide the lift needed to propel the S&P 500 Index to a record high. The Dow Jones Industrials Index also finished the week above its previous record close. For the quarter, the S&P 500 was up about 10 percent, the Dow was up about percent, and the NASDAQ finished up about percent. Listen Mobile: Despite the strong performance overall, markets were somewhat choppy during the week. Concerns about Cyprus and the Eurozone debt crisis overshadowed markets early on. A positive report on durable goods from the Commerce Department helped push markets higher, as did a home-price index report from Standard & Poor’s Case-Shiller that showed the biggest yearly increase in home prices since the summer of 2006. This report seemed to have held more sway with investors than either weaker-than-expected new home sales or lower-than-anticipated consumer confidence. Late in the week, the GDP growth rate for the fourth quarter of 2012 was revised upward, but remained sluggish at percent annually. The Treasury market generally has benefitted from worries inspired by the Eurozone debt crisis. The latest episodes in the crisis – the Cyprus bank bailout and Italy’s failure to form a government – helped nudge rates lower last week. The continues to be perceived as relatively safe. Fears about Eurozone debt issues generally have had a positive effect on gold prices, too, helping the precious metal reach a record high price in September 2011. That has not been the case this year. Gold finished the quarter down by more than 5 percent. Data as of 3/29/13 1-Week Y-T-D 1-Year 3-Year 5-Year 10-Year Standard & Poor’s 500 (Domestic Stocks) 10-year Treasury Note (Yield Only) N/A Gold (per ounce) DJ-UBS Commodity Index DJ Equity All REIT TR Index Notes: S&P 500, Gold, DJ-UBS Commodity Index returns exclude reinvested dividends (gold does not pay a dividend) and the three-, five-, and 10-year returns are annualized; the DJ Equity All REIT TR Index does include reinvested dividends and the three-, five-, and 10-year returns are annualized; and the 10-year Treasury Note is simply the yield at the close of the day on each of the historical time periods. Sources: Yahoo! Finance, Barron’s, , London Bullion Market Association. Past performance is no guarantee of future results. Indices are unmanaged and cannot be invested into directly. N/A means not applicable. HOW FAST SHOULD THE UNITED STATES’ ECONOMY BE GROWING? According to The Economist, “In the three years since the end of the recession in mid-2009, growth averaged percent, barely half the percent average of the seven previous recoveries.” This begs the question: How fast should the economy be growing? Economists, academics, and policy makers have been trying to figure that out. Many have started with an economic theory put forward by noted economist Milton Friedman in 1964. His “Plucking Model” postulates the business cycle is like a string attached to a board. The board represents “the ceiling of maximum feasible output.” Once in a while, the string is plucked down by recession and then it springs back. The idea is the depth of a recession will be mirrored by the strength of the recovery that follows. At first blush, the Plucking Model doesn’t appear to apply to this recovery. The Great Recession was the deepest downturn since World War II, and the country hasn’t snapped back. According to several recent reports, there may be a reason for this. Our ‘ceiling of optimal output’ – the fastest rate at which our economy is expected to grow – may be lower than it used to be. Productivity and Potential Output Before, During, and After the Great Recession, a working paper from the San Francisco Federal Reserve, found growth in the was slowing in the mid-2000s although the slowdown was largely unrecognized before the Great Recession. What Accounts for the Slow Growth of the Economy After the Recession, a Congressional Budget Office study, determined about two-thirds of the difference between America’s current growth rate and the average growth after previous recoveries is due to long-term trends including demographic changes. The other one-third is credited to low demand for goods and services. Disentangling the Channels of the 2007-2009 Recessions, by James Stock of Harvard University and Mark Watson of Princeton University, also found slower growth in the is largely the result of demographic trends such as a limited labor supply as Baby Boomers have begun to retire and the number of women joining the workforce has leveled off. Considered together, the reports seem to indicate economic growth began slowing before the recession and, unless demographic trends shift, our country may continue to experience slower growth. Weekly Focus – Think About It “I’ve missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. Twenty-six times, I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.” —Michael Jordan Best regards, ANDREW HUNT CFP® President of Guide Rock Capital Management, Inc. 1001 Gallup Drive Omaha, NE 68102 Communication | Woo | Achiever | Ideation | Relator   Please feel free to forward this commentary to family, friends, or colleagues. If you would like us to add them to the list, please reply to this e-mail with their e-mail address and we will ask for their permission to be added. Securities offered through Shareholders Service Group, Member FINRA/SIPC. * This newsletter was prepared by Peak Advisor Alliance. Peak Advisor Alliance is not affiliated with the named broker/dealer. * The Standard & Poor’s 500 (S&P 500) is an unmanaged group of securities considered to be representative of the stock market in general. * The 10-year Treasury Note represents debt owed by the United States Treasury to the public. Since the Government is seen as a risk-free borrower, investors use the 10-year Treasury Note as a benchmark for the long-term bond market. * Gold represents the London afternoon gold price fix as reported by the London Bullion Market Association. * The DJ Commodity Index is designed to be a highly liquid and diversified benchmark for the commodity futures market. The Index is composed of futures contracts on 19 physical commodities and was launched on July 14, 1998. * The DJ Equity All REIT TR Index measures the total return performance of the equity subcategory of the Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT) industry as calculated by Dow Jones. * Yahoo! Finance is the source for any reference to the performance of an index between two specific periods. * Opinions expressed are subject to change without notice and are not intended as investment advice or to predict future performance. * Past performance does not guarantee future results. * You cannot invest directly in an index. * Consult your financial professional before making any investment decision. * To unsubscribe from the Guide Post please reply to this e-mail with    “Unsubscribe” in the subject line, or write us at
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Slowing Markets and the Growing Middle Class – Guide Rock Weekly Market Commentary Mar-18 FT021

Like winded runners, stock markets slowed at the end of last week. Since the start of the year, the Dow Jones Industrials Index has risen by almost 11 percent, hurdling past new highs several times. The S&P 500 Index gained percent over the same period. The index moved higher in 10 of the past 11 weeks and finished last week just shy of its all-time high. However, the Dow and the S& P’s momentum – and that of some other stock markets – slowed on Friday as stronger economic data was offset by an unexpected slump in consumer sentiment. Listen Mobile:   Economists expected the Thomson Reuters/University of Michigan consumer sentiment index – which gauges Americans’ feelings about their current financial health, the health of the economy over the shorter-term, and growth prospects for the economy over the longer-term – to move higher in March. Instead, the index fell from to , reaching its lowest level since December 2011. Markets fell on the news even though the negative results contradicted those of other consumer confidence measures, such as Bloomberg’s Consumer Comfort Index which has moved higher for six consecutive weeks. The consumer sentiment surprise also pushed Treasury yields down. Yields on benchmark 10-year Treasury notes fell to 2 percent. The Treasury market remains concerned that stronger economic data could lead the Federal Reserve to change its policy on quantitative easing. The Federal Reserve’s next Open Market Committee meeting is next week, and may provide further insight to the matter. Data as of 3/15/13 1-Week Y-T-D 1-Year 3-Year 5-Year 10-Year Standard & Poor’s 500 (Domestic Stocks) 10-year Treasury Note (Yield Only) N/A Gold (per ounce) DJ-UBS Commodity Index DJ Equity All REIT TR Index Notes: S&P 500, Gold, DJ-UBS Commodity Index returns exclude reinvested dividends (gold does not pay a dividend) and the three-, five-, and 10-year returns are annualized; the DJ Equity All REIT TR Index does include reinvested dividends and the three-, five-, and 10-year returns are annualized; and the 10-year Treasury Note is simply the yield at the close of the day on each of the historical time periods. Sources: Yahoo! Finance, Barron’s, , London Bullion Market Association. Past performance is no guarantee of future results. Indices are unmanaged and cannot be invested into directly. N/A means not applicable. THE MIDDLE CLASS IS GROWING. In the United States, households that earn between $35,600 a year and $94,600 a year are considered to be middle class. That’s about 40 percent of households (another 40 percent earn less than the middle class and 20 percent earn more). Scholars and pundits have noted that job insecurity and stagnant income levels have weakened the middle class in the United States during the past few years, but that’s not what’s happening in the rest of the world. The global middle class has been growing and is expected to continue to grow over the next few decades. The Organization for Economic Development defines the global middle class as including people earning between $10 and $100 a day with purchasing power parity. (Purchasing power parity is the theory that currency exchange rates should adjust so the same goods cost the same in different countries. It’s what the Big Mac Index measures.) By 2030, according to Ernst & Young, the global middle class is expected to more than double, adding three billion new members. These up-and-comers primarily will live and work in rapidly-growing countries. As the global middle class grows so should its spending power. Between 2011 and 2030, middle class demand for goods and services is expected to increase from $21 trillion to $56 trillion. Forty percent of that spending will be done by the burgeoning middle class in Asia, including China and India. According to Forbes, these consumers are creating demand for all kinds of goods and services including cosmetics, automobiles, cell phone minutes, personal banking, and retirement planning. For many decades, consumer spending has been an important driver behind economic growth in the United States. It’s likely to play a significant role in the economic growth of emerging countries, too. As developing countries become developed countries, interesting opportunities for investment are likely to emerge. Weekly Focus – Think About It “A man who carries a cat by the tail learns something he can learn in no other way.” —Mark Twain, American author and humorist Best regards, ANDREW HUNT CFP® President of Guide Rock Capital Management, Inc. 1001 Gallup Drive Omaha, NE 68102 Communication | Woo | Achiever | Ideation | Relator   Please feel free to forward this commentary to family, friends, or colleagues. If you would like us to add them to the list, please reply to this e-mail with their e-mail address and we will ask for their permission to be added. Securities offered through Shareholders Service Group, Member FINRA/SIPC. * This newsletter was prepared by Peak Advisor Alliance. Peak Advisor Alliance is not affiliated with the named broker/dealer. * The Standard & Poor’s 500 (S&P 500) is an unmanaged group of securities considered to be representative of the stock market in general. * The 10-year Treasury Note represents debt owed by the United States Treasury to the public. Since the Government is seen as a risk-free borrower, investors use the 10-year Treasury Note as a benchmark for the long-term bond market. * Gold represents the London afternoon gold price fix as reported by the London Bullion Market Association. * The DJ Commodity Index is designed to be a highly liquid and diversified benchmark for the commodity futures market. The Index is composed of futures contracts on 19 physical commodities and was launched on July 14, 1998. * The DJ Equity All REIT TR Index measures the total return performance of the equity subcategory of the Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT) industry as calculated by Dow Jones. * Yahoo! Finance is the source for any reference to the performance of an index between two specific periods. * Opinions expressed are subject to change without notice and are not intended as investment advice or to predict future performance. * Past performance does not guarantee future results. * You cannot invest directly in an index. * Consult your financial professional before making any investment decision. * To unsubscribe from the Guide Post please reply to this e-mail with    “Unsubscribe” in the subject line, or write us at
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