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Christian’s Back, Skype to Rule Them All, Cloud Storage Options – HT095

CHRISTIAN IS BACK!  Jim, Christian and Andrew are joined for this podcast with guest Jay Moore. We have made some changes to the LIVE page! Catch us live, Thursday nights at 8pmC/9E at We are now streaming to both LiveStream and YouTube at the same time so you can choose. Let us know if it is working for you. MozyPro–secure online backup for businesses Join us for the show live each Thursday at 8pmC/9E/1UTC at Listen Mobile: If you are new to podcasts and are looking for a way to easily listen each week, you might want to consider using Stitcher. Available for both Android and iPhone platforms, it a great way to listen to podcasts both at home and on the road. Of course, this show and all the past shows are on Stiticher. – Search Home Tech. It’s educations for your ears! 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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#2 Rich’s Random Podcast Generator: RAID, UnRAID, Wuala, HTPC’s and Streaming Media

Listen now: Audio Only Play / pause 1x 2x 0:00 0:00 0:00 volume #2 Rich’s Random Podcast Generator: RAID, UnRAID, Wuala, HTPC’s and Streaming Media iTunesGoogle PlayShare Leave a ReviewClammr ItListen in a New WindowDownloadSoundCloudStitcherSubscribe on AndroidSubscribe via RSSAudioboomSpreakerOther Options Subscribe to the TAG Weekly Update (Be in the know!) Come On! You know you want to! Download episode right-click > Save target/link as… From the Guys who brought you the Home Tech Podcast, and a production of the Average Guy Network, Rich’s RPG is a weekly show about the world of technology hosted by Jim Collison and Rich O’Neil. Using Google+ hangout to meet up with technology guys and gals, they discuss whatever is hot, current or frustrating them at the moment. No outlines, no agenda, no worries. This week, Rich and Jim are joined once again by Mike Howard ofjpeg2RAW fame. Rich and Mike talk about general RAID configurations, settings and hardware that they use with their respective home servers. Rich, new to RAID, is using a HighPoint RocketRAID 2720 in his Windows Home Server 2011 machine, while Mike uses a SuperMicro SATA card in his UnRAID server. What is UnRAID, you ask? From the Lime Tech web site: “unRAID Server is an embedded Network Attached Storage server Operating System designed to boot from a USB Flash device and specifically designed for digital media storage.” Basically, UnRAID does not stripe the parity of an array across all drives as a RAID5 does, but rather assigns one fixed drive as the parity drive. It also does not stripe data across the drives as RAID5 does, but rather writes files in their entirety to a single drive which is NTFS formatted and easily readable on any system. The down side of UnRAID is that the performance (the writes, anyway) is lower than a single drive’s. This is because parity calculations are being done at the same time. Overall, though, UnRAID is a pretty robust storage solution. Ever thought about backing up to the cloud but hesitate because of the cost of online storage? Jim and Mike talk about using Wuala to create a free backup network using your friends’ PC’s. If you’ve ever been watching Netflix and had Windows updates break in on the movie, you understand that an HTPC and Windows Updates do not mix. Rich tries to convince Jim to shut off Windows Updates, along with other app updates such as Flash. If you don’t use your HTPC to browse the Internet, and most people, Rich suggests managing updates manually or skipping them altogether. This’ll put an end to annoying interruptions and increase WAF. In the show this week: Mike Howard, Jim Collison, RIch O’Neil 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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Google+, Microsoft Security Essential Success Story, IE10 Platform Preview – HT034

So Jim thought it was show 33!  Not #160; Show #34 bring Jim, Christian and Bill together to discuss the ins and outs of Google+, a deal of the week and some unusual tools for BBQ #160; Andrew was a bit under the weather and celebrating his birthday. Happy Birthday #160; With Andrew out, Jim is on the show notes. We kick off the show with a the latest and greatest to hit the Internet from the guys over at Google, being Google+.  What does the service mean for the average guy? Will people use Hangouts?   What does it mean for Facebook?  Will people switch?  Circles?  Will this fix the list problem? Listen Mobile: As well as the launch of Google+, Google have also made some seemingly minor, but significant changes to the look and feel of Gmail, as well as the search page that we are all so familiar #160; You’ll notice that there is now a black navigation bar across the top of your Google search windows, with shortcuts to Google tools such as Gmail, Calendar, Google Maps, Google Images,  News, and Video, all starting with your +#160; The new look and feel can be seen throughout all of the Google Applications – check it out over at Christian’s Corner Security Mania: Let’s secure those PC’s boys. The story – MSE and how it saved my monster PC. Speed Tip / Security Tip of the Week: Using HOSTS file to ensure no malware, never an advertisement, and a fast browsing experience. Deal of the Week: A delicious SSD Intel X25-M SSDSA2MH120G2K5 ; 120GB SATA II Check it out here! IE10 Platform Preview: Ok maybe not for today but for home tech this is cool  ;utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+Slashdot%2Fslashdot+%28Slashdot%29 Add to Andrew’s Google+ story comes “be public or get deleted!!” 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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The “Couples Living with Technology” Therapy Session – HT033

Jim and Andrew finally record the show they have been talking about for 4-5 months, a show with their wives; to be able to capture a glimpse into the flip side of living with a Tech Guy, as well as the technologies that they use in their everyday lives as a result of their tech husbands. Jims’ wife, Sarah, is the Technology Coordinator at Jim and Sarah’s church, and works with various technologies including Windows 7, Microsoft Office, media presentation software, and the management of media services within the church community. Listen Mobile: Andrews’ wife, Michelle, is the General Manager of a Gymnastics Club who have gymnasts attending the gym from 2 through to 62 years of #160; The technologies in Michelle’s life include Windows XP, Windows Vista, and Windows 7, as well as Microsoft Office, and Quick Books for running the finances in the business. Both Sarah and Michelle’s work environments use Windows Home Server to perform a role of file server, as well as bringing the workstation backup and recovery capabilities we so often talk about on the podcast.           Both husband and wife teams work as the defacto help desk for both businesses, with the guys essentially being a second level of support when the gals exhausting all previously explorer options. In Michelle’s organization, Andrew performs all “last resort” remote support is provided by Team Viewer, which allows you to share a remote control session over a web interface, as well as Skype desktop sharing; likewise Jim uses the remote support feature within Microsoft Live #160; Sarah also uses Live Mesh if she is working from home, or needs to quickly jump onto one of her work PCs, which in turn saves 20 minutes in the car to and from the #160; As data mobility is becoming more important, both gals use the ever popular Dropbox, rather than carrying around a USB drive, as would have been the norm a couple of years ago. Dropbox is also becoming increasingly useful for sharing data within both immediate families, for sharing items such as photos the recent wedding of Jim and Sarah’s son, when Sarah was interstate visiting her family. When asked about the most important technology in their lives that they could not do without, Michelle considers that her iPhone is her number one piece of #160; She uses it for tracking her running program with Runkeeper, as well as using various training programs from the Apple iTunes Store, as well as mobile Google searches – and it’s also not a bad phone! Sarah’s most important piece of technology is her laptop, and using a Blackberry device doesn’t quite have the functionality required to perform her day to day tasks, including and not limited to email, remote controlling machines at her work, and online scheduling volunteers for events. Next we all talk about the difference between the guys and the girls, with respect to keeping computer parts and pieces “just in case we need them”, versus the girls who believe in the minimalist approach, as well as some of the things the guys do that the girls don’t necessarily find as cute as the guys think it could be. Talking about the girls “technology nemeses” the two guys are big fans of social media and services such as Foursquare and Twitter, and the ability they introduce to share information back and forward in next to real time, whereas Michelle finds the more social media applications a bit too much #160; Sarah’s biggest technology bug-bear is the home entertainment system, which has a side use of being an integral part of Jims’ podcasting rig. The guys talk about research and decision making criteria involved in making a technology #160; Andrew will research something to the point of often deciding that he doesn’t need it, Jim tends to procrastinate a bit, whereas both of the girls if they decide they need something will go out and buy it. We hope that you have enjoyed the show, and look forward to your thoughts via our contact details below! 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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Listener Comments, Angry Birds, IP Cams, WebOS and Ubuntu – HT016

Jim, Brian, Andrew and special guest and good friend of the show, John Zajdler come together for the next edition of the Home Tech #160; Starting with a listener comment, we spoke a bunch about LiveCams and video #160; In a tangent, we talked about music quality and USB Record Players and #160; Is the WebOS making its way a printer near you?  Maybe on a laptop?  We wrap up the show with some discussion around the Windows, Mac and Ubuntu OS. If you haven’t been out on the Average Guy Site, it’s worth a new #160; Our site designer has been at work fixing and cleaning up the #160; Jacob Wiechman is a web designer and we look forward to the many more improvements he has ahead for us! Join us for the show live each Thursday at 8pmC/9E at Listen Mobile: 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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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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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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