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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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HP Pavillion dm1z, Xbox and Media Center, Skype Crashes, Antivirus Tips, Windows 7 SP1, Speech Macros and SyncToy! – HT013

With both the Home Server Show and The Home Tech Podcast back on their regular schedule, Jim, Brian, Christian and a new regular Andrew Morris, welcome Gordon Schmidt to the #160; Gordon is a long time listener and fellow family tech support #160; With a full compliment of tech guys, it’s time to get down to business. This this weeks show, we cover the new, redefined purpose for the #160; “From Tech Guys, For Tech Guys!”  Jim does a quick review of the new HP Pavillion dm1 Netbook, covers the much needed fix for his Xbox and media center and covers Windows 7 SP1 with the #160; Christian covers some speech recognition macros in Windows 7 and get the team all fired up about #160; Gordon looks at SyncToy right before a major Skype #160; You would have heard all the mayhem if you had listened live! Join us for the show live each Thursday at 8pmC/9E at Listen Mobile: We close the show with some talk of tablets and cell #160; Christian’s Dad chimes in and later joins the podcast for a special extra show to be aired later next week. Find the other Podcasts on the Average Guy Network at Anti-Malware Software · SuperAntiSpyware Portable · Malwarebytes · Microsoft Security Essentials · Avira Antivirus File Transferring Software · SyncToy · Teracopy Christian’s Corner · Windows Speech Recognition Macros · Setup Windows 7 Speech Recognition · Asus Tablets Extras · Special Guest Gordon Schmidt Knee Jerk Reaction blog · USBTypewriter · Jim’s HP Pavilion DM1Z · Windows 7 Service Pack 1 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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The Beta Show! Windows Live Essentials 2011, Skype, Blogger, WordPress, Dropbox – HT001

Welcome to the first ever Home Tech #160; Brian Burgess and Christian Johnson join me, Jim Collison and special guest John Zajdler from the on a new podcast focused on Tech solutions for the Average #160; Got folks always asking you to help you with their new gadgets?  This is the podcast you want to have them listen to! Join us for the show live each Thursday at 8pmC/9E at Listen Here: This week we spend most of the show focusing on Microsoft’s Windows Live Essentials #160; Brian’s most recent posts on the WLE 2011 and Live Mail set us up for some good discussion around the platform. Windows Live Essentials How to Setup Windows Live Essentials 2011 on Windows 7 Getting Started with Windows Live Mail on Windows 7 Skype Blogger / WordPress Dropbox Windows Live Essentials on Windows XP Website Picks of the Week Brian – Christian – Windows Live Essentials Intro and Exit Music from “Motion” by #160; Hear more great tunes 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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