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If This Then That, Security Issues and Cloud Storage – HT087

Jim and Andrew are joined this week by Gordon Schmidt for Show 87 of The Home Tech Podcast. The guys kick off the show talking about using Windows 8 with multiple monitors, replacing failed hardware components, and upgrading laptops to Windows 7 or Windows 8 from Windows Vista to improve the user experience. The guys talk about some listener feedback, regarding Skype finally showing up in Windows Update, and some of the frustrations with online shopping. MozyPro–secure online backup for businesses Join us for the show live each Thursday at 8pmC/9E/1UTC at Listen Mobile: Gordon talks about the Internet service If This Then That, which lets you build “recipes” to perform actions based on triggers coming from a large number of Internet services such as Twitter and GMail.  An example of a recipe is If you Star an article in Google Reader, tweet the details of the article on Twitter. The guys talk a little about Yammer, which is an enterprise social networking service recently acquired by Microsoft, which is similar to Facebook, but isolated to the enterprise user. Gordon shares his thoughts regarding how the Microsoft Touch Mouse works within Windows 8 when tweaked for optimal usage with the Mouse and Keyboard Center. Andrew and Jim talk about the latest spoof running around the Internet about how Samsung may have paid Apple the $1 billion fine recently rules against Samsung, with 30 trucks filled with 5-cent coins…. Hit the link for a laugh! Jim talks about another breach of Apple ID security, where it is claied that over 1 million iPhone and iPad identification numbers (UDID) have been posted on the Internet.  To check if your device UDID has been posted on the Internet, check the link at The Next Web. Jim talks about The Average Guy’s Windows 8 Survival Guide and the upcoming The Average Guy’s Guide to Cloud Storage.  If you find a service or feature that you would like to see added to either guide, send Jim an email 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: #!/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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Window XP, Web Browsers, Hiren’s Boot CD, Windows 8, Drobo Mini, Raspberry Pi Bonus Content- HT086

Jim, Andrew and Christian are joined this week by John Stutsman for Show 86 of The Home Tech Podcast.   Make sure you watch the YouTube recording of the show for some special bonus content!  Christian talks about how he hooked up his USB monitor to his Raspberry Pi.  Only on YouTube. We start with a discussion around Windows XP still being used in the wild.  With the end of life for XP looming on April 8, 2014, users are going to have to make some kind of decision how they are going to upgrade. We also has some discussion around the different web browsers today. MozyPro–secure online backup for businesses Join us for the show live each Thursday at 8pmC/9E/1UTC at Listen Mobile: Jim is also seeing a rash of virus issues on Windows Vista PCs. Different browser issues are discussed as well. He has been using Hiren’s Boot CD a bunch now to boot into Windows XP mini and running Malwarebytes to scan the drive.  This discussion led into a bunch of chat around the different web browsers. Jim is moving Sarah’s Laptop to Windows 8 this weekend.  Follow the conversation in the Facebook group and follow Jim’s Windows 8 Survival Guide here.  Jim is installing a Mushkin Chronos 120GB SSD in her laptop that will not only increase the speed but make the laptop more durable. Christian’s Deal of the Week:  Vizio E370VT 37″ Class Edge Lit Razor LED HDTV – 1080p, 1920 x 1080, 60Hz, 100000:1 Dynamic, 8 ms, HDMI, USB, Energy Star (click here).  We also spend some time talking about SSD prices.  Corsair Force Series GT CSSD-F240GBGT-BK #8243; 240GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) 4KB Random Write: Up to 85,000 IOPS Max Sequential Read: Up to 555MB/s Max Sequential Write: Up to 525MB/s Corsair Force Series 3 CSSD-F240GB3A-NB #8243; 240GB SATA III Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) Notebook Upgrade Kit 4KB Random Write: Up to 85,000 IOPS Max Sequential Read: Up to 550 MB/s Max Sequential Write: Up to 520 MB/ TheSSD Drive that Jim is Recommend: Mushkin Enhanced Chronos MKNSSDCR120GB #8243; 120GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) Some discussion around Drobo and the Drobo Mini.  We refer to the Paul Braren Video.  The link:   Jim is looking for some advice on how to podcast in a room setting during the Home Server Show meet up on October 20th.  If you can help, End of the Audio Show – We talk about the Home Server Show Meet up and Christian Robo Commuting to NASA for work.  Kind of like this: Bonus Raspberry Pi Content (YouTube Feature Only) 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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Social Engineering, Windows 8 Enterprise, Raspberry Pi and USB Monitors – HT085

Jim, Andrew and Christian are joined this week by Nathaniel Lindley and Bryan Auer for Show 85 of The Home Tech Podcast. Nathaniel talks about how Mat Honan from Wired was hacked through social engineering security flaws in Apple and Amazons’ password reset mechanisms. MozyPro–secure online backup for businesses Join us for the show live each Thursday at 8pmC/9E/1UTC at Listen Mobile: Some interesting reading is available at: How Mat Honan was hacked and How not to become Mat Honan.  The guys talk about the measures they take to ensure their passwords are secure, and that not too many accounts are linked and using the same passwords.  Arstechnica have a good article about password strength.  The guys talk a bit about password repositories such as 1password, LastPass, Roboform or hardware solutions such as Yubikey.  Mat Honan’s situation also brings home the importance of regular backups using cloud services or products such as Windows Home Server. The guys talk about the Release to Market (RTM) of Windows 8, which was released in the last week.  If you don’t have a TechNet or MSDN account you can download the Windows 8 Enterprise Evaluation as a 90 day trial.  The guys talk some more about their experiences with Windows 8 thus far, and what they do and don’t like about it. Christian talks about his RaspberryPi plans, as his unit has now been confirmed to be on its way to him, which will incorporate the Deal of the Week, being a DoubleSight USB monitor to build a remotely controllable robot.  Bryan talks about his development plans to integrate the RaspberryPi into his home irrigation system 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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Drobo Giveaway, Mars Curiosity Rover, Dell UltraSharp U2412M Monitor, Tim’s Core i7 Gaming Build, AVG Internet Security, Raspberry Pi for Backup – HT084

Jim and Christian are joined this week by Mike Howard from for Show 84 of The Home Tech Podcast.  We had a NASA insider (Christian) and chatted some about the Mars Curiosity Rover, a Dell Ultra Sharp U2412M Monitor, covered Tim’s Gaming Rig and more.  Listen all the way to the end for some bonus material. MozyPro–secure online backup for businesses Join us for the show live each Thursday at 8pmC/9E/1UTC at Listen Mobile: The team of jpeg2RAW and The Average Guy Blog and Podcast network are giving away a Drobo S on the Home Tech Podcast August 16th during the show.  Click here to enter:   We will select the winner at the end of the show on August 16, 2012. Links from the show: Follow all that is going on at NASA. Tim’s Gaming Rig Build List: Monitor – Dell Ultra Sharp U2412M 24inch Monitor – Here Case – COOLER MASTER HAF 932 Advanced RC-932-KKN5-GP Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case with USB , Black Interior and Four Fans-1x … – Here Power Supply – COOLER MASTER Silent Pro M600 RS-600-AMBA-D3 600W ATX12V SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Bronze Certified Modular – Here Spinning Drive – Seagate Barracuda ST1000DM003 1TB 7200 RPM SATA #8243; Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive  – Here SSD Hard Drive – Corsair Force Series 3 CSSD-F60GB3A-BK #8243; 60GB SATA III Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) – Here Video Card – GIGABYTE GV-N670OC-2GD GeForce GTX 670 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card – Here Memory – Sniper Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1866 (PC3 14900) Desktop Memory Model F3-14900CL9D-8GBSR – Here Motherboard – ASUS SABERTOOTH Z77 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB ATX Intel Motherboard – Here Processor – Intel Core i7-3770K Ivy Bridge ( Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000 BX80637I73770K – Here CPU Cooler – CORSAIR CWCH60 Hydro Series H60 High Performance Liquid CPU Cooler – Here 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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Windows Home Server, Photo Management and more on Windows 8 – HT079

Jim, Christian and Andrew are joined this week by Chris Lux and John Zajdler for Show 79 of The Home Tech Podcast. This week, it’s a Windows show, with the guys starting off talking about the recent Microsoft announcement relating to the Windows Server 2012 lineup, which removes Windows Home Server and Windows Small Business Server as a dedicated product lines. The new Windows Server 2012 Essentials does carry a higher price tag than Windows Home Server, which may prove interesting for the future of the product in the home. The guys discuss the future of the home server, and if a combination of Windows 8, Storage Spaces and various Cloud Services such as Sky Drive will provide an adequate replacement Windows Home Server for The Average Guy. Listen Mobile:   Jim and Chris talk about photo management, for those who use the camera phone as their main camera.  Jim uses a syncing service such as Dropbox, which automatically sync your photos to the cloud, and then edits the photos that he wants to edit.  Chris talks about taking photos when on a family vacation, downloading to the PC, and burning copies of all of the images so that everyone in the family has a copy of the same photos.  Google has a new feature in the Events for Google Plus, which lets you tag photos and upload to the Event. Christian talks about Classic Shell, a “Classic Start Menu” replacement for the Windows Start Menu, including recent updates which enable the Windows 8 Metro interface to be disabled. The guys close out with some more talk about the Windows 8 interface, and the path they think Microsoft may take once the product reaches the market, and large scale deployment. The Average Guy Facebook Page The Average Guy 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 Jim’s Twitter: #!/jcollison The Show Announcements and Schedule: #!/TheAverageGuyTV 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
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Windows 8, Windows Server 2012, Kogan’s IE7 Tax, Verizon FiOS, Tabletop Lasers and Dominating Websites – HT077

Jim and Andrew are joined this week by Gary Johnson (filling in for Christian) and Bryan Auer for Show 77 of The Home Tech Podcast. After going over some of the equipment that Bryan has in his studio (like the Dell Latitude ST tablet Atom Z760 which Bryan has running Windows 8), the guys talk about their various deployments of Windows 8 and their experiences of the current Release Preview. MozyPro–secure online backup for businesses Join us for the show live each Thursday at 8pmC/9E/1UTC at Listen Mobile: Gary talks about the Release Candidate of Windows Server 2012 and speculates on how some of the new features in the next version of the Server Operating System will improve system management for the Enterprise. Click here for the evaluation software. Bryan talks about his Verizon Media Manager Update and how he uses it to stream content from his Windows Home Server to TV via set top box.  Gary talks about how he utilizes HD Homerun tuners, Subsonic and Media Center PCs to achieve a similar outcome.  The guys talk briefly about their various internet connections, with Bryan and Gary both using Verizon FiOS connections, and Andrew using a Bigpond Cable Ultimate. For the Skype users amongst us, the latest version released by Microsoft introduces advertisements into the video stream, and the guys discuss one of the alternatives, being ooVoo, which has quite a number of features at no cost, that attract a cost from Skype.  Google Hangouts is another option, however does require a Google Account to participate in a Hangout. Andrew talks about the Aussie online retailer Kogan, who has recently introduced a surcharge for anyone still using Internet Explorer 7 to purchase from their site; this is primarily due to the amount of time required to make web pages render correctly in Internet Explorer 7. “It’s not only costing us a huge amount, it’s affecting any business with an online presence, and costing the Internet economy millions.” Jim and Andrew talk about the impact of changing web browsers within the corporate world, as well as the validity of imposing a browser tax such as this, and the rate at which older browsers would disappear from the Internet community if Amazon or eBay were to take a similar approach.  If you are still running an aged version of Internet Explorer, be sure to hit Windows Update to grab the latest Internet Explorer, or check out Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Apple Safari or Opera if you want to try something different. Gary talks about X-ray lasers from tabletop devices and how it can potentially impact the transmission of data in the future. Gary also shares a world map created by , showing the dominating websites based on geography.  Unsurprisingly, Google and Facebook feature strongly! Jim closes out the show talking about the recent integration of Yammer with Microsoft Dynamics, and talking about Facebook ads, and how easy it is to place an ad on Facebook, and the number of people you can easily target when placing an ad. Google+ Hangout Lower Third 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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Windows 8, Internet Safety and Security, Raspberry Pi, OpenDNS, Freegate, K9, Solar Power – HT075

Jim and Andrew are joined this week by John Zjadler and Rich O’Neil for Show 75 of The Home Tech Podcast. The guys start off hearing about Rich’s new push bike, a Specialized Secteur Sport Compact, before briefly about some of the new Garmin exercise watches, including exercise watches that also work as a bike computer. MozyPro–secure online backup for businesses Join us for the show live each Thursday at 8pmC/9E/1UTC at Listen Mobile:   John talks about his latest gadget on order, the Raspberry Pi, the ARM-based micro computer the size of a credit card, available from the UK for the bargain price of $35 plus shipping.  The guys talk about the features available on the system, as well as some of the applications that can currently be run on it, such as running the ever-popular XBMC media playback application. The guys move on to the main discussion of the Show, being the Preview Release of Windows 8, with John walking us through his upgrade experience from the Consumer Preview, and shares his initial impressions following the upgrade, and some of the changes seen between the Consumer Preview and the Preview Release. The guys discuss there testing strategies for testing the new version of Windows 8, being dual boot with a Windows 7 installation, or booting from a Virtual Hard Drive image, or a clean installation for checking out the changes. For those of you wanting to test the Preview Release of Windows 8, Virtual Box from Oracle would be a great piece of software to try Windows 8 without any risk damaging your current Operating System installation. Jim talks about Internet Security for The Average Guy, and a talk he gave with a link on the site, which somehow managed to get a link detected by Google Chrome as being malicious, which proves that all of us can get caught out on the Internet. Jim also talks about how he identified the bug, and fixed it! Rich talks about a method he has discovered of bypassing DNS security implemented via OpenDNS, using an application called Freegate, which uses an “anti-censorship network” called DynaWeb, which is a proxy network.  The guys discuss Internet Filtering methods, such as router scheduling, and applications that run on the PC such as K9, and some of the built in protection that is coming in Windows 8. The guys wrap up the show with a 12 month update on Andrews’ solar PV installation, and the power generated, fed back onto the electricity grid, as well as the money it has saved over 12 months, and draw some comparisons between having an alternate energy solution or greener heating solutions in Australia, North America and Canada. 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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