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SSD Drives, Windows 8, The Microsoft Store, Facebook IPO – HT061

This week Jim, Gary Johnson and special guest Chris Lux bring you the latest installment of the Home Tech Podcast SSD prices continue to fall while hard drive prices continue to rise. Newegg yesterday and today advertised 2 SSD deals at $ for SATA III 120GB SSD’s Seagate 3TB xt 7200 rpm drives are all but extinct. The model that that we bought at $149 before the Thai flood that was recently selling for $429 is no longer listed. Let’s hope that this means the new hybrid drives are arriving soon. Join us for the show live each Thursday at 8pmC/9E/1UTC at Listen Mobile:     The new Seagate Barracuda ST3000DM001 3TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA #8243; Internal Hard Drive – Bare Drive is available for $230. Not as fast as the XT and certainly will be no match for the new hybrids when they are available, but for now is probably the best value if you need a big drive. Subsonic project updates. Managing music libraries. Chris Lux – Been on the road for 2 weeks interviewing for fellowships – Windows Phone 8 Details confirmed (Still no backup solution) – Trip to the Microsoft Store in Seattle – Facebook IPO, how will it grow? will it grow? – First experience with is positive – PayPal chargebacks, the dark side of PayPal (may be too personal to discuss) 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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Google’s Driverless Fleet, Open VPN, WIndows Phone and HD Home Run PRIME – HT050

Jim, Andrew and Christian are joined by Chris Lux at The Average Guy for this week’s installment of the Home Tech Podcast. Jim tells us about the Google Driverless Car Fleet, that has recently racked up 140,000 miles. The cars use a combination of GPS, LIDAR sensors and artificial intelligence to ensure the cars don’t have any unnecessary accidents. The guys discuss how they believe the adoption of this technology would fit with their lifestyles, and how it may be adopted for everyday use. Listen LIVE every Thursday night at @ 6pP/8pC/9pE Listen Mobile: Andrew talks some more about the upgrade to his network at home, coinciding with an upgrade from an ADSL to Cable Internet connection, and the guys discuss the merits of wireless versus wired network, and Ethernet over power. Christian talks about the challenges of configuring a VPN using OpenVPN for the purpose of being able to access home resources including the HD Home Run PRIME. Christian talks Angry Birds merchandise recently seen via Woot! and about the massive increase in hard drive pricing, due to the floods in Thailand; the guys talk about whether this will drive folks to SSD hard drives, or if people will still purchase rotating hard drives, or if people will wait for the factories to come back online and pricings return to what we consider normal pricing. Christian’s Speed Top of the Week is to copy unused fonts to a backup folder, to prevent them being loaded by Windows as it is booting up. Chris talks about the Mango Update to his Windows Phone, and some of the improvements that the recent update has bought to the phone. Chris also talks about alternatives to Windows Media Center for recording TV shows from Free-to-Air sources, that do not necessarily include Tivo.  Andrew mentions an Australian service called IceTV that works with Australian Free-to-Air broadcasts, and integrates with popular DVRs. Jim reminds listeners who are testing Windows 8 on the Developer Preview, that there is an update to the initial release – if you are testing, be sure to update your system! Don’t forget our feed location has changed – 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: 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
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Rich’s Random Podcast Generator: Windows 8 and the Metro UI, Mouse without Borders, Streaming Devices in the Home, Mics Accessories for Podcasting – RRPG006

John Zajdler, Microsoft MVP – Windows Home Server and co-host of The Home Server Show podcast, and Mike Howard, creator of the jpeg2RAW podcast join the show this week. Topics include in-home streaming devices, a Netflix apology email, Mouse without Borders, Windows 8 and the Metro UI, and what will now be known forever more as The Full Fo-Shay. Listen Mobile: Windows 8 is the new Microsoft OS equally at home on desktop and tablet. That’s due to the addition of a new UI library called WinRT, a set of API’s which among other things supports the Metro style. Windows Phone 7 users are already familiar with Metro – it’s the look characterized by tiles. While the Win32 API is still part of the OS, developers working with WinRT will be creating apps that run in a sandboxed environment meaning they won’t be able to crash the system, and they won’t be able to cause the infamous Windows ‘bit rot’. Metro apps will also be Windows AppStore-ready. The guys get into a fairly lengthy discussion around the new Metro UI – what it means to consumers and enterprises, and how folks might find themselves interacting with it. Mics and related accessories for podcasting setups are also discussed, as well as streaming devices for the home network. Are you surrounded by computers, each with its own keyboard and mouse? Clunky, isn’t it? Mouse without Borders lets you share one keyboard and mouse between them all, seamlessly integrating monitors from up to 4 different systems into your main multi-monitor setup. Once configured, simply drag your mouse to one of those monitor screens and keyboard control slides over with it, letting you control the system that is hooked up to that monitor. In the show this week: Jim Collison, Rich O’Neil, Mike Howard, John Zajdler     Rich’s RPG is a weekly show hosted by Jim Collison and Rich O’Neil. We talk tech with like-minded folks, using Google + hangout to facilitate discussions. Together we cover whatever’s interesting – hot or not, current or historical. No outlines, no agenda, no worries. Join us!   Jim’s Twitter: #!/jcollison Contact the show at If you have a product or a topic you would like us to discuss, please tag your articles in Delicious using the tag “TheAverageGuy”. Find this and other great Podcasts from the Average Guy Network at Intro and Exit Music 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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Headsets, Keyboards, Mouse Without Borders, TouchPad, Windows 8 – HT044

Jim and Andrew and Christian are joined by Gary Johnson for this week’s installment of the Home Tech Podcast. After some chat about the benefit of purchasing a decent quality headset if you are getting into podcasting, the guys kick the show off. Listen Mobile: Jim tells us about a letter received from Cox Communication after he and his family exceeded their expected data usage in a month by 150GB, from a family member catching up on TV episodes via Netflix streaming – a bit of a reminder to those who are on excess charge Internet plans, that this would have been a super-expensive exercise had Jim had to pay for extra GB #160; The guys discuss the various Internet plans they use, and the value of bundling Internet and video services. Hot on the heels of last weeks’ talk about the PC control software Input Director, the guys talk about the software release from the Microsoft Garage, Mouse Without #160; Check out the video from The Garage on from when Mouse Without Borders was released. The guys talk about how they use their multiple monitor setups, and how multiple monitors can increase your productivity, especially when editing something like a website, and being able to make changes on one screen and see the outcome on another, without swapping windows or applications. Andrew also talks about the arrival of his HP Touchpad, and his first impressions of using the device, as well as some of the accessories, including the Touch Stone charger, and Bluetooth keyboard that are available for the #160; The guys then go on to discuss keyboards, such as the Apple Mac keyboard, and the various keyboards they have been using over the past few years, and their preferences for wired or wireless keyboards. In Christians’ Corner this week, we talk about the Windows 8 Developer Preview, which hit the wire during the #160; Christian and Jim talk about their experiences with the Preview so #160; If you’re interested in seeing the “Next Windows”, it is downloadable from the Microsoft Developer Network, and will be sure to attract a lot of conversation in the coming months. Christian also talks about the price drop in DDR3 memory that we have seen happening in the past couple of months – if you’re looking to upgrade your memory, now could be the time! Christians’ Tip of the Week is the Glary Utilities, an all-in-one utility, which helps you fix, speed up, maintain and protect your PC. After a bunch of Skype failures, Gary talks about a couple of hard drive failures, with Windows Home Server saving the day for restoring the system to a new disk, and having Gary back up in running in no #160; Gary tells us about his very positive experience in having an RMA processed by Samsung for a couple of failed hard disks. The guys talk some more about Windows 8, and the benefits of upgrading, and how the enterprise is still using older technologies, for various reasons. The show wraps up, with Gary talking about the benefit of pulling the trigger on a purchase when stock is available, following an experience of deciding to perform an upgrade, only to find that his system board of choice was no longer available. Don’t forget our feed location is changing – 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: 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
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