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Home Tech Podcast Special: Nokia Lumia 800, Windows Phone 7, Nokia Drive, People Hub, Pinning to Start, Camera

With a freshly minted Nokia Lumia 800 on loan and in hand from Nokia and a couple of the best Windows Phone guys in the Home Server Show community, we thought we might take a run at a couple Windows Phone 7 podcasts.  Jim was joined by Chris Lux, Greg Welch, (almost Tim Black) and Mike Howard from jpeg2RAW. We recorded this podcast Sunday afternoon, May 20, 2012 Listen LIVE every Thursday night at @ 6pP/8pC/9pE Listen Mobile:   Nokia provided the phone for this review.  Spec can be found here: 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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Rode Podcaster, M-Audio, Subsonic 4.7 Beta, Google Music, Windows 8 Release Preview, Facebook Messenger, MSE Pre-Release – HT073

Jim and Andrew (well…sort of) are joined this week by special guest John Zajdler and Gary Johnson filling in for Christian on show 73 of The Home Tech Podcast. Gary picked up a new Rode Podcaster – Large Capsule Broadcast Quality Dynamic Microphone with Rode PSA 1 Swivel Mount Studio Microphone Boom Arm and Rode PSM Shockmount for Podcaster (link).  It’s an XLR mic (he was hoping for USB) so he also picked up the M- Audio Fast Track (link) to convert the sound to USB. MozyPro–secure online backup for businesses Join us for the show live each Thursday at 8pmC/9E/1UTC at Listen Mobile:   Gary announced that the Subsonic beta 1 has been released.  He has it up and running on his own private site at       Use “guest” for username and password.  Ignore SSL warning. Gary also talked about (and did a demo live) of his Rainmeter app that he uses for his desktop.  You can get more info on Rainmeter at Google imposes some restrictions on Google music activations.   John talked about some leaked photos from Paul Thurrott’s Site.  $15 upgrade to Windows 8 for folks who purchase Windows 7 The new MS Security Essentials Pre-release Program – You can now get it via connect  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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Oracle v Google, Bing and Facebook, IE Only on Windows 8, NEST, Vudu and Microsoft v Apple Sales Numbers – HT072

Jim and Christian are joined this week by special guest Gordon Schmidt for show 72 of The Home Tech Podcast.  We tried using the very new Google+ Hangout feature called “On Air.”  The show video is now available on YouTube at the Average Guy Podcast Channel.  Give it a try. MozyPro–secure online backup for businesses Join us for the show live each Thursday at 8pmC/9E/1UTC at Listen Mobile:   Christian’s Corner Christian decided to cover enterprise matter this week. We talked Oracle v Google, Facebook helps out Bing, Microsoft returns to it’s excluding roots and of course a deal of the week. Gordon covers the NEST Thermostat, Walmart using Vudu to convert DVD’s to Digital and the Microsoft Touch Mouse. Jim takes a look at the real sales numbers for both Windows and Apple. Microsoft: 1.    At its peak in 2006, Windows XP was sold and operated on about 400 Million PC’s worldwide (legally).  They roughly sold about 10 million copies a month while it was available. 2.    Windows Vista sold 384 million copied before it was discontinued in October 2009.  Also 10 million a month 3.    Since its introduction in 2009, Window 7 has sold 525 million copies as of January 2012.  It’s currently selling about 20 million copies a month.  This puts it on track to sell around 200 million more copies (700 million total) before Windows 8 debuts late this fall.  Early indications are that Windows 8 will get off to a slower start with it containing a major UI change in the Metro interface. Apple: 1.    As of February 2012, Apple has sold a total 122 million Macs since they were introduced in 1984 2.    Compare that to 80 million iPod Touchs (in 4 years) 180 million iPhones (in  4 years) and 55 million iPads (in 2 years) 3.    The Million iOS devices (iPhone and iPads) that were sold in the fiscal Q1 of 2012 was more units per day than the number of babies being born globally each day 4.    In Q2 2012, Apple sold million iPhones and million iPads. 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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Rich’s Random Podcast Generator – Windows 8: Start Screen, Charms, Keyboard Shortcuts, Reset and Restore, File History, and the Splashtop app – RRPG016

Jim Collison is off today, visiting family in Kentucky. Mike Howard of jpeg2RAW joins Rich O’Neil as co-host for the show, and joining those two are John Stutsman, Paul Braren, and John ‘Diehard’ Zajdler. Discussions center on Windows 8 – Start screen and features such as Restore + Reset and File History, plus the Splashtop app for iPad and Android, and more. There’s been some push back on the new W8 user interface – the Start screen in particular. The community is not exactly feeling all cuddly about it, yet I think it has possibilities; folks just have to get used it. To know is to love, no? Like, then… … maybe. Knowing about screens that pop up when you mouse over the edges of the Start screen, and knowing the keyboard shortcuts goes a long way towards getting acclimated. I like the ability to search from the Start screen – no need to hit a search box or anything like that, just start typing and results pop up on the left and right. Very nice. Other tweaks and improvements in W8 include the use of the context sensitive ‘ribbon’ in Windows Explorer. So ya, I know we can get used to this new look, and of course we can still access the normal looking desktop. But then this UI was designed with a tablet in mind. Listen Mobile: And speaking of that, John Stutsman is running W8 on his 1st gen iPad. He’s doing it with Splashtop, an app that’s also available for Android devices. John says it makes the UI come alive, so you can really see and understand what Microsoft was thinking when they made this radical departure. Paul Braren digs into a W8 feature called File History. Though versioning has been included in Windows OS’s going back to Win2000, it’s essentially been buried until now. W8 puts a UI on it that an average guy can make use of. We think… John Zajdler reports that the next and last pre-RTM version of Windows 8 will be released in early June. He hints that the Windows Store should have a lot more offerings by then. John also talks about the Reset and Restore features, something that should cut down on visits to the local computer repair shop. See this AnandTech article for a nice summary: The short story is this: Reset brings your OS back to a fresh install state while Restore preserves user files, settings, and any apps you’ve downloaded from Windows Store. Unfortunately, non-Windows Store apps need to be reinstalled,. But hey, it’s a lot better than nothing, right? -Rich O’Neil Rich’s RPG is a show hosted by Jim Collison and Rich O’Neil in Google+ Hangout. We talk tech with like-minded folks, covering whatever’s interesting – hot or not, current or historical. No outlines, no agenda, no worries. We welcome newcomers. Got a headset and a bit of free time? Join us on the show by contacting us at: or Jim’s Twitter: #!/jcollison If you have a product or a topic you would like us to discuss, please tag your articles in Delicious using the tag “TheAverageGuy”. Check out other great Podcasts from the Average Guy Network at Podcast intro and exit music is used by permission from “In the Shadow of the Great Machine” by Fool’s Chaos. Hear more great tunes at Fool’s Chaos!
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CrashPlan, eBay, HTPC, Rainmeter, RaspberryPi, Samsung Galaxy Nexus, Samsung Galaxy Note, Windows 8 – HT070

Jim, Andrew and Christian are joined this by Gary Johnson for show 70 of The Home Tech Podcast.  We talk CrashPlan, eBay, HTPC, Rainmeter, RaspberryPi, Samsung Galaxy Nexus, Samsung Galaxy Note, Windows 8 Join us for the show live each Thursday at 8pmC/9E/1UTC at Listen Mobile: The guys start off with an eBay Australia Group Deal on the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, the current flagship Google branded Android phone, which is the handset variant that will work on all networks in Australia, and is AT&T compatible in the US.  The guys talk about carrier exclusivity for mobile phone handsets, as well as some other phones such as the Nokia Lumia, one of the new Windows Phone 8 devices, which has been promised for quite a while, yet still to hit the market. Andrew talks about a new small form factor PC, the Zotac ZBox Nano XS he has his eye on for building a new Home Theatre PC.  The PC runs an AMD E-450 processor, and comes with 2GB of DDR3 memory, a 64GB SSD, Gigabit network and Wireless N, Remote Control, will fit on the back of a TV on a standard VESA mount, and is fully compatible with Windows 7. Christian’s Deal of the Week is Micro SDHC Memory Cards over at , via a WOOT deal, with cards being as low as for 4GB! Christian also shares some of his recent engadget reading, as they cover the release name of Windows Server 8, as well as the names of the various flavors of Windows 8.  Hit the links below for the news! The guys talk some more about the Raspberry Pi ARM-based computer, discussion why the Raspberry Pi has been bought to market, and the intended audience for the machine. Gary talks about his adventures with Rainmeter, the desktop customization tool that he and Christian have been using to customize their Windows user experiences.  The image below is Christians’ desktop, customized with Rainmeter. Gary talks about some issues he has been experiencing with Windows Media Center, and the guys talk some more about desktop management.  Andrew uses Stardock Fences to manage his desktop space Gary and the guys discuss their experiences so far with Windows 8, and where they believe Windows 8 is headed, as well as the success they believe it will have once released to market. Gary talks about the Samsung Galaxy Note and its impending release onto the Sprint network, once the CDMA version of the hardware is released. Gary also gives us an update on recent updates to Subsonic, and some of the issues that are being seen with the Android client for the current release. Jim and Gary talk about the performance increases in moving a system drive to an SSD drive, before talking about private cloud backups using Crashplan, and how Jim provides a data backup service to his family without using a third party cloud storage provider. 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 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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Stitcher, Skype, Windows 8 retina display, New iPad Heater – HT066

Jim was joined this week by John Zajdler (@Dieharder), Christian and Andrew. We started with a discussion with some chat about the podcasting aggregator Stitcher, found at We also spent some time talking about Skype. We talked about a bit of history, how we all use Skype and even answered a few questions. Christian even shared how he and his friends use Skype to do homework together. Join us for the show live each Thursday at 8pmC/9E/1UTC at Listen Mobile: Andrew joined us a bit later to discuss how much work Microsoft created for him with a patch that had been released recently. We did a clarification on a site we had talked about last week.  sells music for 5 cents a track in most cases.  We had a listener who did think it was a legal site.  You can follow our thread over at #!/groups/theaverageguy/ Some addition chat around Windows 8.  Christian mentioned a retina display:    John mentioned a link: Deal of the Week: Really cool way to go wireless on antiquated systems: Some hard drive discussion based on this article: We watched this video based on this youtube video: At the end of the show we talked about Jim’s new broadcast server.    It is currently out of stock here in the US.  $299 was the deal. 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! You can also join us at 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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Its All About Windows 8 – HT063

The show kicks off with some very exciting news from Christian, who has scored himself a holiday internship at NASA in one of their software development teams. A big congratulations from all of us here at The Average Guy! For those who like to test the latest and greatest in Microsoft Operating Systems before they hit mainstream, Microsoft has released the Consumer Preview for Windows 8, available for both 32-bit and 64-bit systems. Be sure to grab the Product Key before you close you browser session! Join us for the show live each Thursday at 8pmC/9E/1UTC at Listen Mobile: If you do your testing of new Operating Systems in a virtual machine, Jim recommends Virtual Box from Oracle.  Andrew has had some issues with getting the preview installation to load into a virtual machine, and is going to pursue the option of booting from a VHD file, which lets you essentially multi boot your hardware, without creating additional partitions on your hard disk. The guys discuss the potential learning curve that they believe may be involved in moving to Windows 8 with the new interface, as well as the learning curve associated with moving to a different platform like the Apple Mac or even an iPad.  The guys discuss the merits of purchasing a refurbished device from Apple for a basic consumption device. Moving on to the popular topic of mobile phones, Rich shares his experiences of using his Android  Samsung Galaxy SII Skyrocket, and the various applications he uses and the comparisons drawn between his previous phone, an iPhone. While talking phones, Christian shares a negative eBay experience relating to the purchase and lack of vendor follow-up regarding a new phone Gary purchased that went bad following a charging issue with the phone – be careful when selecting your eBay buyers! Rich talks about some of the niceties about the Apple ecosystem, such as the ability to backup and restore an iPhone in the event of data corruption or loss, whereas this feature is somewhat lacking in the Android marketplace at this time. John Zajdler joins the podcast, and walks the Livestream viewers as well as the hosts through some of the features in the Windows 8 Consumer Preview, after living with it for a day. From Christians’ Corner, the Deal-of-the-Week is the amped Wireless AP600EX High Powered Access Point with a wireless range of up to miles!  Amazing wireless performance from a device under $200! 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! 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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