Join Jim Collison / @jcollison and Mike Wieger / @WiegerTech for show #367 of Home Gadget Geeks brought to you by the Average Guy Network
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Join Jim Collison / @jcollison and Kevin Schoonover / @schoondoggy1979 for show #366 of Home Gadget Geeks brought to you by the Average Guy Network
Join Jim Collison / @jcollison and Mike Wieger / @WiegerTech for show #365 of Home Gadget Geeks brought to you by the Average Guy Network Join Jim Collison / @jcollison and Mike Wieger / @WiegerTech for show #365 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, SSD, Splashtop, Teamviewer, Apple, IOS, Android, Reset on Crash Conversation Moving my 8TB hard drives. $100 + actual shipping. Email me at if you are interested _____________________________________________ Ernesto Morin shared a link. 20 hrs Just crazy prices for SSD drives. $89 for 500GB crucial drive. Crucial MX500 500GB 3D NAND SATA Inch Internal SSD – CT500MX500SSD1(Z) Crucial MX500 500GB 3D NAND SATA Inch Internal SSD – CT500MX500SSD1(Z) —————————————————————————————————- Ernesto Morin 3 hrs —————————————————————– Kevin Schoonover shared a link. August 5 at PM Nice deal from SlickDeals: 960GB ADATA SSD $ .13 per GB is the lowest I can remember for SSD. I have used ADATA SSD’s with no issues: 960GB ADATA Ultimate SU650 3D NAND ;quot; Solid State Drive $ + Free Shipping ADATA via Rakuten has 960GB ADATA Ultimate SU650 3D NAND #8243; Solid State Drive (ASU650SS-960GT-C) for $ – $ w/ coupon code AD22 = $ Shipping is free. Thanks DJ3xclu … ———————————————————————————– Mike Wieger asked about Splashtop vs Teamviewer. I have tried both. Both are good. Splashtop is cheaper. But the one thing that I noticed is Splashtop is slower. There is a pretty good lag with it. I end up closing it and switching over to Teamviewer. I just wish Teamviewer was not so pricey. —————————————————————————————————– Kevin Schoonover shared a link. Yesterday at AM Listening to HGG 363, the discussion around teaching programming is very interesting. Another angle on programming can be an introduction to electronics. There are lots of good small boards, that let kids write code and see it work on something other than a computer, this is a good educator pack: Circuit Playground Express Educators’ Pack For many years, instructors and teachers have asked us to come up with a better way to teach programming and electronics. We have worked on Circuit Playground Express for over a year to come … OUT OF STOCK —————————————————————————————- Jim Collison shared a link. Admin · July 30 at AM I am thinking about ditching my traditional wallet and moving to one that is a part of a phone cover like …/…/B01GIVWWG4 Anyone do this yet? Thoughts? Spigen Slim Armor CS iPhone 7 Case/iPhone 8 Case with Slim Dual Layer Wallet Design and Card Slot Holder for Apple iPhone 7 (2016)/iPhone 8 (2017) – Black Tired of carrying both your phone and wallet? Simplify your shopping essentials with Spigen’s Slim Armor CS without sacrificing an ounce of protection and style. Spigen Slim Armor seamlessly holds up to two cards, sealed by a conveniently sliding cover. The cover also functions as a shelter for c… ——————————————————————————- Mike Wieger shared a video. 11 hrs K-RIGG Pressure Smoker Alright who is buying this and doing a review for the next BBQ show? Looking at you Mark Robson. Smoke Food in Minutes, Not Hours! News Apple Speculation – could have three different sized iPhones. We will learn about them at the September event Samsung Wireless Charger Duo – they could beat Apple to the wireless charging pad even though Apple announced theirs last year. Reviews A utility that has really been helping me out with Burst and could find other uses? Restart on Crash. It monitors active exes and when it stops, for whatever reason, it restarts it! Super easy, super light and it just works. Been using it for 3 or 4 weeks now, no issues. – network mapping software. ————————————————————————— Product Updates Mike – Cisco 3750G 48 port PoE managed switch. Raspberry Pi – Security camera viewer. Now I got the version 3 B. Crypto Post Show Starting the migration off Burst Set the GPU miners with a min amount to mine for 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
Join Jim Collison / @jcollison and Mike Wieger / @WiegerTech for show #363 of Home Gadget Geeks brought to you by the Average Guy Network Join Jim Collison / @jcollison and Mike Wieger / @WiegerTech for show #363 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, SSD, 1TB, 8TB, NAS, Synology, SimpliSafe, TeamViewer, Remote Desktop Conversation Special announcement for a fallen listener… _____________________________________________________________ We talked a month or so ago about SSDs, liked this deal on Prime Day Kevin Schoonover shared a link. July 17 at PM Finally a good Prime Day deal. SanDisk 1TB SSD $150: SanDisk SSD PLUS 1TB Solid State Drive – SDSSDA-1T00-G26 – Most are in the $180 to $225 range right now. Been thinking about getting a 1TB SSD to help with Burst plotting. Just cannot justify it at the moment. Still want one really bad. ____________________________________________________________ There were actually some really good prime deals this year. Makes me wish I had more money and paid more attention. ____________________________________________________________ Ryan Kerschner shared a link. July 16 at PM Best Buy has the 8TB Western Digital easystore external drives on sale this week for $149. This is as cheap as they go. These have WD Reds or whitelabel Reds inside, and are a great source of cheap NAS drives, of you are willing to do a little work to remove the drive from its housing. I have 6 of these in my setup, and am ready to buy more at this price. We might have missed this deal on Prime Day, but there are two deals right now on Amazon for 8TB Seagate Backup Plus Hub 8TB External Desktop Hard Drive Storage + 2mo Adobe CC Photography – Seagate Expansion 8TB Desktop External Hard Drive USB (STEB8000100) – Backblaze reliability report – —————————————————————————————————— Jim – Love the new things you are doing with the show! Here is my submission for your request regarding home storage from HGG 362. NAS Devices: Synology DS1618+ 6 x 8TB NAS drives (2 x Seagate IronWolf, 4 x WD Red), RAID 5, usable (65GB used) Newly acquired, going to be my primary NAS for multimedia and general file storage Asustor AS6202T 2 x 8TB NAS drives (WD Red), RAID 1, usable ( used) Originally intended to be replacement for Thecus M3800, probably going to be used in VM environment as an iSCSI target or off-site rsync target Thecus M3800 3 x 500GB desktop drives (WD Blue), RAID 5, 1TB usable (800GB used) First NAS, used as primary multimedia and general file storage device for nearly 10 years, soon to be retired QSAN XN5004T Empty, 1 x #8243; bay & 4 x #8243; bays Newly acquired, no plan for unit yet Cloud Storage: Amazon Drive 1TB plan Still being configured, will be used as off-site sync location for family multimedia and important data from DS1618+ Most of this is currently overkill for our needs (Plex storage and basic NAS duties), but this storage setup does well to provide a good base for the future. Hope this can add to the conversation, and maybe I’ll be able to catch this week’s show live! Ryan Kerschner ————————————————————————————– Hi Jim, I took the job at Kingsway Christian School. This semester I’ll be teaching 3 classes, starting next week Wednesday. 6th Grade Computer programming 7th and 8th Grade Computer programing 7th and 8th Grade Multimedia For the multimedia class, I’m going to include podcasting. I plan to use Podnews from James Cridland as a resource for this class. I want students to get used to reading and understanding industry news. Do you know of anything similar for computer programming? Also, my programming skills are mostly HTML and CSS so that’s where I plan to start. Are these valuable skills? It doesn’t seem like these use much math or logic. I’m open to any suggestions or resources you would like to share about computer programming. Thanks, Kyle —————————————————————————————————– News TeamViewer cracking down on the free model but it’s detecting false positives and locking people’s accounts if they use them from a corporate domain Reviews Mike – Installed SimpliSafe and have been very impressed so far. Mike – Gym Heart rate monitor dashboard Product Updates Mike now using iPhone X Ask the Pros – where we ask the community a question (just thought this might be something fun to do some weeks) – Q1 – if you could only keep one home automation/smart device for your home what would it be? Q2 – if you had to give up one of your home automation/smart home devices, which would be the first to go? Jim – I just ordered Cox Gigablast Internet. Still processing 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
Join Jim Collison / @jcollison for show #362 of Home Gadget Geeks brought to you by the Average Guy Network Join Jim Collison / @jcollison for show #362 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, Uber Events, Dakboard, computer, smartphone, tablets, iPad mini, SSD, YouTube, Network, Networking Issues, Switch Conversation Email – Hey Jim Sorry I missed the live show of HGG 361 but watched a few hours later. Enjoyed the conversation on what you are comfortable fixing things in the house. I too go to YouTube for issues. I love to work on the computer, smartphone, tablets, etc. I had an iPad mini where the screen broke. In combination with YouTube and Google to find parts, it was painful but cheap fix. Painful because you have to get through all that adhesive. Recently bought an older MacBook as a backup and installed a new battery, upgraded RAM and to internal SSD. All thanks to YouTube. The next project will be upgrading the iMac with an internal SSD. I just have to make sure I don’t fall down the YouTube rabbit hole and watch unrelated content. Thanks and keep up the great work! Kwesi —————————————————————————- Nice show today. I too find YouTube to be a great source of fixit wisdom. I for one hate working on engines and anything I have to crawl under or get upside down to work on. Unfortunately, our hill mower seems to demand lots of attention ;( Thanks for the show and your diverse view of the world! Neal ——————————————————————————- Jim, I never really write to the podcasts I listen to; when I have thoughts. However, a few things have come into my mind. And, I actually have some free time. Firstly, I have really been enjoying the new format. It is more along the lines of what I always hoped the show would be. I hope that you will continue to get good ideas from the audience to carry it forward. The main reason I wanted to write was in response to your discussion at the end of last week’s show. You and Mike were discussing engaging young folks in coding/ technology. The discussion turned to transportation. You had floated the idea of Uber. I wanted to let you know about an Uber feature called Uber EVENTS. I have never seen an advertisement for it. However, I have used it a few times for work events; where I want to ensure my staff has safe transportation. It allows you to setup a window of time the credit is available with a limit on the ride cost. You can enter a list of people and it will send out unique codes or you can have it generate one code. It also lets you setup a limit on the entire event. I think it is an outstanding service. I wish more people knew about it. Thanks for the great show. Keep up the good work. Bill ——————————————————————————- Mike Wieger shared a link. 20 hrs Jim Collison looks like people agree with your idea! Home Security Reaches New Heights with Drones ——————————————————————————- Chris Townsend shared a link. July 2 at AM Has anyone used this product? It seems pretty neat…but not quite there yet when it comes to integrating with digital assistants. ——————————————————————————- Jon Biggs shared a video. July 2 at PM Perhaps hgg should just become a grilling show. Bacon Wrapped Jalapeno Popper Stuffed Chicken FACEBOOK WATCH Home Grilling Geeks Maybe? —————————————————————————— Mark Robson July 2 at AM This might improve the audio on my next bbq podcast:) —————————————————————————— News Major network fail today! – Lessons Learned: 1. Labeled everything 2. Manual IP for everything 3. Spreadsheet of IP addresses Reviews Product Updates Crypto update – Big boost from Ken B. this weekend Took 3 x 3TB drive from Drobo and moved it to a new mining box (core i3) using the Icydock Fatcage I put in there a couple years ago. Built out the HP N40L a few smaller drives. Added 12TB total to the Network. Using CreepMiner to mine on multiple machines and look like one Total Burst Build Out now: i7 Burst Box – i3 Burst Box – AMD Burst Box – HP N40L – Nice hash payout – July 2 at 55% 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
Jim Collison / @jcollison is joined by Mike Wieger / @WiegerTech for show #348 of Home Gadget Geeks brought to you by the Average Guy Network Jim Collison / @jcollison is joined by Mike Wieger / @WiegerTech for show #348 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, Internet Archive, Gaming, Hard Drives, SSD, Backup, Pixel 2, Project Fi News Jim – The Internet Archive put your favorite LCD handheld games online Jim – From the Facebook group – World’s largest SSD capacity now stands at 100TB – credit Jon Biggs Mike – Genetically engineered beers could make IPA’s cheaper and tastier – #930a7e75910d Here’s a rugged coffee maker that runs off power tool batteries Feature Jim – I am starting to make the switch from my Windows 10 files server backed up by Crash Plan to my Morro Date 1TB box using Backblaze B2. Moved 65 GB over the weekend. Will move more in the coming weeks to fit my cap. Will drop crash plan when I am done. Mike – Got rid of my two bay QNAP NAS and moved everything over to the Windows 10 R710 with all backup to Backblaze. What am I working on? Jim – Sarah has a new Pixel 2 on Project Fi phone coming this weekend. Both my #3 and $4 boys are on it and love it. Jim- New USB 3 card added to the Burst Box – Results? Feb Smart 4 Ports USB Super Fast 5Gbps PCI Express(PCIe) Expansion Card for Windows XP,7,Vista,8,,10 Desktop Computer-Build in Self-Powered Technology-No Need Additional Power Supply(FS-U4-Pro) Mike – I deleted the facebook app from my phone. Not because of privacy, because of content. Planning my next long term storage 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
Jim (@jcollison) is joined this week by Nathaniel Lindley (@thanlindley) and Kevin Schoonover (@schoondoggy1979) for Home Tech episode #127 What is the status of the modern hard drive? We will cover what we own, how we fix them, SSD v Spinners, WD Reds v Greens, do faster drives matter, where we buy them, tools to work with them and how they are constructed. Join us for the show live each Thursday at 8pmC/9E/1UTC at Listen Mobile: Instructions for installing SSDs: Drive reliability studies; #8230; #8230; #8230; price tracking: WD 2TB Black WD RED 3TB Deals 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.