Home Gadget Geeks

Facebook Messaging, Netflix Subscription, the iPad, Decloaking and Christian’s Corner – HT008

Brian is back this week and he joins Jim and Christian for the latest edition of the The Home Tech #160; We talk Facebook messaging, the new Netflix subscription model, how to configure Windows 7 Update and very small #160; Brain breaks out his new iPad for a quick review to top it #160; All that and much more with week! You can contact the show at Join us for the show live each Thursday at 8pmC/9E at   · Claim Your Own Facebook Email Address · Netflix: A Misunderstanding or a hint · iPhone 4 on Version · How to Configure Windows 7 Updates · AMD Announces Fusion-Based Embedded G-Series Platform · Compulab Fit-PC3 Offers Dual-Core AMD Power in a Case Less than an Inch Thick · CompuLab’s Fit-PC2i is Extra Tiny, Ready for Windows 7 · iPad Refurbs · Barnes & Noble Nook Android-Powered E-book Reader 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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Computer / Network Security

How to Configure Windows 7 Updates

If you’ve been a Windows user since XP, you probably know the importance of keeping the OS up-to-date. If you’re new to Windows or more specifically Windows 7, here we’ll take some time to go over the importance of making sure you have Windows Updates configured properly. If you want to help make sure that your PC is is more stable and less vulnerable to malicious attacks, the 2 main things to keep up-to-date is your Antivirus software and Windows Updates. The 2nd Tuesday of each month Microsoft has what’s called “Patch-Tuesday”. This is the day when Microsoft releases patches to improve stability, fixes to known vulnerabilities, and zero-day attacks. Let’s take a look at the process if you’ve just re-installed Windows 7. Windows Update To check to make sure your Windows Update settings are on…click on Start>>All Programs and scroll to Windows Update. If this is the first time you’ve run Windows Update on your machine, don’t be alarmed if you find the following message. If you want keep it simple, just click on the Turn on automatic updates button, which should be fine for most users. If you want more control, click on Let me choose my settings. Windows compares what’s installed on your OS against their database, and then show the results, both important and optional updates. If you want…you can check out the important updates, and optional ones. Important updates are all selected by default, but the optional ones aren’t. You should check Optional Updates as well as they can have driver updates for hardware and 3rd party programs. Also, on the left panel you’ll see a brief explanation for what each one is for. In this example we went ahead and selected the Important and optional update too. When you have everything selected, click on Install Updates. Sometimes updates require you to agree to the EULA or “license agreement” like this one for Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool. Then continue on with with the update installation… Many times after Microsoft releases several updates, a restart will be required. While your computer reboots you may see a message letting you know the updates are being applied. Scheduling Windows to Update Automatically To make sure you receive updates on a regular basis, again go to Start>>All Programs>>Windows Updates then click on Change Settings in the left column. And here we’ll take a look at a couple of settings. Under Important Updates click the dropdown list and set it to Install updates automatically (Recommended). This will ensure you’re always getting the updates downloaded and installed without you having to do anything…”set it and forget it”. If you want more control over your updates there are other options but the last one to never check isn’t recommended unless you’re an advanced user. Also, go down the list and check all the boxes shown in this screenshot…the last one is kind of optional though. To schedule the time updates are checked and installed…after you close the Important updates dropdown and made your choice you’ll see Install New Updates. Here is where you set a schedule for Windows to check for and install important updates. If you’re using an Antivirus program like Microsoft Security Essentials, I would set it for everyday when you know your PC will be on, as they send a new definition update daily. Otherwise everyday might be overkill so at least schedule it to check once a week. Sometimes Microsoft issues an update for a critical flaw other than the afore mentioned “Patch Tuesday”. Make sure to click OK when you’re done configuring the updates otherwise the changes won’t be saved. Windows Updates are an interracial part of keeping your Windows PC secure and stable so you’ll want to follow these practices. If you should happen to have any questions send us an email and we’ll be happy to help you out! Also make sure to check out Jim’s article: Worried about PC Security? Two Things You Should Do Right Now! (And they’re free).
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Home Gadget Geeks

Recovering An Audacity Crash, 3–2–1 Backup, Windows 7 Control Panel, Malwarebytes Antivirus and CES 2011 Report – HT007

We talked about more than just Audacity crashing (in fact, we never mentioned it on the recorded show) but at the end of the broadcast, Audacity died on #160; I thought we had lost the file and had no idea how to recover #160; To GOOGLE! We found the recovery instructions and did a live fix right on uStream!  Here were the instructions: #160; There were a couple spots that didn’t recover just #160; See if you can find them! Speaking of uStream, we are now LIVE each Thursday night at 7:00pm Central / 8:00pm #160; You can join us to listen to the show as we are recording it as well as join the live #160; Find it each week at   In this week’s show, we are joined by John Zajdler from the and a regular co-host Christian. Back Up We talked about different back up options based around the 3 – 2 – 1 #160; We covered the functionality of the native Windows 7 back up, Acronis Back up Software, SyncToy , CrashPlan, ClickFree, Carbonite and #160; Sync Toy also works well when moving large amounts of files from one drive to another. The Control Panel We took a look at maybe a long forgotten resource in Windows 7 in the Control #160; Tons of tools and utilities to keep your PC fit!  John mentioned Revo Uninstaller, Christian liked CCleaner and Jim brought the group back to the utilities in the Control #160; There is Gold here Jerry, GOLD! AntiVirus We spent some time address the current state of affairs when it come to antivirus #160; Things are starting to get #160; If you have kids and want to help them be more safe on the internet, you will want to pay attention to this #160; Jim likes Microsoft Security Essentials and Malwarebytes as a basic one – two punch for protecting your PC!  Christian likes Avira. CES Jim talks a little bit about this trip to Las Vegas and #160; Lots of updates and photos both here and at the #160; Few surprises from the conference in general. Some bonus material right at the end…so listen all the way to the end! 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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Fitness Tech

Top Ten Average Guy Posts for 2010

Everyone else was doing a Top 10 post and since the numbers don’t lie, I thought I would jump into the #160; So here are the Top 10 posts for #160; How To Setup Windows Live Essentials 2011 on Windows 7 – Brian #160; The Home Tech Podcast #2–Facebook and Bing Bar and Browsers, Oh My! – Jim #160; Windows Multipoint Server 2011 beta – John Zajdler #160; The Fitness Tech Podcast #3–I’ve Got Holes in My Shoes! – Jim #160; Install the Old Version of Windows Live Essentials on XP – Brian #160; The Fitness Tech Podcast #7–the Mud Mafia, Winter Gear and Eating Clean. -Jiim #160; Fitness Tech Podcast #9–The Clean Diet How-to with Carrie – Jim #160; To The Cloud! How Do You Really Do That? – Jim #160; The Home Tech Podcast #1–The Beta Show! WLE 2011 – Jim #160; Windows Live Essentials 2011 Bing Bar – Brian Happy New Year everyone from the The Average Guy Network!  Many blessings to you and your kin in #160; Many more posts and podcasts to come!  Watch here for all your Average Guy stuff!  
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Home Tech

To The Cloud! How Do You Really Do That?

What does that really mean?  In a very catchy ad campaign, Microsoft touts some of it’s newest technologies (and some old one’s too!) in an attempt to impress you enough to move “to the cloud!” The only problem is that they don’t really tell you how to do it!  Our crack team of technologist get to the bottom of each commercial and tell you how it’s #160; We have imbedded each one for you to #160; Software applications needed are listed below each video. Sharing a Youtube Video (Most likely made with Windows Live Movie Maker) through Windows Live Messenger   Sharing Windows Live Office documents on SkyDrive or sharing Office documents using Windows Live Mesh.     Windows Live Mesh to pull up the screen of the PC at home and simple copy and paste to the local laptop to view with Windows Media #160; Window Media Center was also used to record the TV content at home.     Window Live Photo Gallery and uploading it to Facebook.     Same Commercial from Australia     This one is in German. Did we get it right?  Let us know in the comments below!
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Home Tech

Getting Started with Windows Live Writer

    Recently we showed you how to setup Windows Live Essentials 2011. We also  took a closer look at one of the apps – the Bing Bar, and today we will take a look  at Windows Live Writer which is a valuable program for bloggers.         Installing Windows Live Writer If you haven’t installed it already just download and kick off the Windows Live Essentials installer. Remember you don’t need to install everything in the suite and when the install kicks off, select Choose the programs you want to install. Now select the programs you want to install. In this example we’re just going to install Windows Live Writer (WLW). After installation is complete you’ll find Live Writer in the Start Menu. Configure Your Blog with WLW After you have it installed and launch Live Writer you’ll be prompted to configure your blog with it. Choose the blog service you want to setup with WLW. You can use it with most of the popular services like WordPress, Blogger, Live Spaces, and several others. Next enter in your blog address and login credentials. Now wait a couple of moments while WLW connects to your blog account. Provided you entered in the blog info successfully, you’ll be presented with the following message asking if you want to have the theme appear in WLW. This can make it easy so you will know what your posts will look like when you publish them. Just remember this will send up a temporary post and you may not want a temp post showing on your feed. Success! Now enter in a nickname for your blog and click Finish. Now you can start writing your blog posts. WLW allows you to easily add images, video, links and a lot more. If you’re tired of navigating to your blog service’s website and using their user interface to create your blog posts, or are serious about getting your blog rolling, then  Windows Live Writer is a valuable tool. It includes a lot of features which you can use to create professional looking posts and hey…it’s free! In future articles we’ll be taking a closer look at the features included in WLW so make sure to subscribe to The Average Guy Blog & Podcast Network RSS Feed.
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Home Gadget Geeks

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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