Cyber-attacks, Online Security, Wuala goes Mobile, Top Ten Tablets, Facebook Events, 7stacks, Password Management and DNS Benchmarking – HT024
Jim, Andrew and Christian are joined by Gordon Schmidt for this weeks installment of the Home Tech Podcast. The guys kick off with Christian giving a quick insight regarding the change in his development methodologies for his Windows Home Server add-in, Magic Wake-On LAN given the change in technology between original Windows Home Server and the new Windows Home Server 2011. Join us for the show live each Thursday at 8pmC/9E at Listen Mobile: Jim talks about the latest news regarding the recent cyber-attack on the Sony PlayStation Network and the steps you can take to make sure your credit card details are safe, such as regularly changing your password on your online services, and using complex #160; For those of you who use the PlayStation Network, Sony are providing regular updates on their Blog. The guys talk about their method of choosing and storing passwords, such as local software options like KeePass, and cloud based password management solutions such as LastPass, which integrates into your web browser, and supports all the common Operating Systems and web browsers both PC based and mobile. To protect yourself online, the guys recommend: Never e-mail your credit card details to anyone Check the links in emails that claim to be from online services like PayPal, and your bank, and ensure you are going to the correct site If you are using a secure site, such as your online banking, or any service that transacts sensitive information make sure that your web browser shows you the site is secure, normally this is a padlock somewhere in your web browser, or the full name of the site for the new version of Firefox Above all, if something looks too good to be true, it usually #160; Remember that Walmart will never send you an email offering you a free $1000 gift card, your bank will never email you asking to confirm your password, and Microsoft will never try to sell you a product that is normally free. If you think your card may have been compromised, you should: Place a fraud alert with the three major credit bureaus, being: Experian at 888-397-3742; Equifax at 800-525-6285; and TransUnion at 800-680-7289 Check your credit reports – US residents are entitiled to one free credit report per year from Annual Credit Report Check your online banking statement Lodge a case with your bank as soon as you notice unusual transactions on your statement Jim talks about Wuala finally releasing a mobile client, allowing you to access your cloud data on the go. Andrew talks about the latest ZDNet Top Ten Tablet Leaderboard for 2011, which is supported by the TechRepublic Photos of the 10 Hottest tablets of 2011, bringing us the ZDNet ranking of the current and future tablet offerings from all the major players. Christian shares his views and experience of buying new brand name versus the same brand name hardware that has been manufacturer refurbished before being retailed, as well as their observations of the differences between the Operating System as it comes installed from the manufacturer versus installing it yourself. For those of you who use Facebook Events regularly, the folks over at Lockergnome have shown us how to synchronize your Google Calendar with your Facebook Events. Christian brings us his Deal-of-the-Week, a Seagate 2TB external hard disk from Tiger Direct for $ Christian’s Tip of the Week tells us how to time the startup of a Windows 7 PC, using a script found over at SevenForums, so you can now quantify and qualify the startup tips from the past. Christian also brings us a very cool program, 7stacks, that enhances the jump list feature found in Windows 7, allowing you to nest folders, program groups and the likes into your jump list. Gordon brings us some more chat about LastPass vs KeePass vs RoboForm for password management, and the guys compare the three solutions with the built-in web browser password managers. Gordon also talks about namebench, an Open-source DNS Benchmark Utility, which gives you a benchmark of how your ISP DNS servers perform, against services such as OpenDNS, Google Public DNS and several other public DNS #160; Changing your DNS servers can dramatically speed up your Internet browsing experience! 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.
Google Apps for Domains, File Recovery from Hard Drives and Memory Cards, Hulu Plus, Colour Calibration, and Yahoo! has sold Delicious – HT023
Jim, Andrew and Christian are joined by good friend of the show, Chris Lux for this weeks installment of the Home Tech Podcast. With everyone back on deck, and the Skype Gods working in their favor, the guys kick off with some listener feedback from Michael in Connecticut who shares with the show how he uses the often talked about SyncToy to copy his critical data between his Windows Home Server, and his cloud storage provider of choice, Mozy. Join us for the show live each Thursday at 8pmC/9E at Listen Mobile: Moving on from backups, Jim talks about his recent experience of recovering data from a friends’ failed hard disk, using the “6-inch drop method”, which involves dropping the disk onto a hard surface from 6-inches which sometimes seems to work as a last ditch #160; The guys go on to talk about the other various methods they have used, such as freezing a faulty drive (in a zip lock bag to prevent condensation build-up), and even the KISS method of swapping the faulty disk into a different #160; Although these techniques do work from time to time, the most failsafe method is still taking a regular backup! For those of us who use Google Applications for Domains, Google has announced that as of May 10th, new domain signups will be reduced to 10 #160; Existing accounts will still be able to expand to 50 email address per the original Terms and #160; For those who don’t currently use Google Applications for Domains, it provides the GMail and full Google Application Suite (Sites, Calendar, Docs and more), using your own custom domain, rather than your email address. From Christian’s Corner, and the Deal of the Week is who have HP 16GB SD cards for $, which is a nice buy for an additional card for your digital camera, or even a plug-in memory add-on for your laptop, if it has a built-in SD card reader. Chris tells us about the new Eye-Fi card, which provides a very cool service that tethers to your mobile phone, and in turn upload images on the fly to your online image sharing service such as Flickr, Picasa, Mobile Me, Facebook and other online #160; Chris also tells us about his Sandisk Micro SD to SD adapter with a built-in USB connector. Christian tells us about his experiences on his recent trip in Argentina and having to recover images from a friends camera memory card, using Recuva from Piriform, the folks who bring us software such as CCleaner and #160; Christian relates how his tech-free vacation was great for his health having a break from his tech projects, and how his immersion into a non-English speaking country was great for practical use of years of Spanish lessons. The guys hypothesize about the future of voice translation devices replacing the need for learning a second or third #160; Would technology in this instance remove the cultural experience of visiting another country? Christian’s tech tip of the week is how to dig into the Windows Event Viewer, and reference any error messages you might find using the online service Andrew brings us the news of Yahoo! finally finding a buyer for the Social Bookmarking service #160; The service has been purchased by Chad Hurley and Steve Chen, who were the original founders of YouTube, which is as we all know is now a Google service. In latest software releases in the mobile computing world, Google have this week released Google Docs for Android, which enables you to edit your Google Docs from your mobile #160; For users of other platforms, there is not a native application as yet, however the mobile web interface is very good. Chris brings us news of the impending release of Hulu Plus for the xbox #160; Hulu are offering a free week trial of Hulu #160; After the trial period, the Hulu Plus service is $ per month Chris tells us about his huey PRO pantone calibrator, which is a great tech solution to being able to get true colour calibration on your monitors and LCD TV #160; This is a fantastic way of being able to uniformly calibrate multiple monitor set ups, or obtain perfect calibration of your HTPC. 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.
Christmas without Skype? We all had a hard time believing that Skype had gone down! So, we recorded this episode a little differently this time and you will certainly hear the #160; With Skype down, Jim, John and Christian, cobbled up a quick solution and off we went! It’s still a great show but I apologize for the #160; We talk about Jim’s Drobo post and what is coming next and our featured guest is Christian #160; Christian shares his latest Add-In with us and it’s upcoming release date. The entire show can be heard at By the way, you can join in live chat each week on Wednesdays, 8pm Central
Doc’s RAID 5, Tim has a bad memory? AMD 1100T, AMD 69xx series release date, GTX 570 is #160; This week we talk about some new products and spend some time discussing Software RAID as part of a ongoing quest for mass storage to fill the gap created by the removal of #160; Hope you enjoy the podcast and remember to join us for the BYOB live show on December 18th at 11am #160; Bring your questions and hope to see your there. Listen to the Podcast at