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When is Old Hardware Too Old? Backups and Tech Regrets – HGG387

   Pulling from Facebook and the mail bag this week, Jim and Mike spend some time wondering, how old is too old when it comes to computer hardware?  We also have a lengthy discussion on backup solutions, cloud storage with OneDrive and Google Drive and Mike admits he is getting out of the family home storage ; All this and more! Join Jim Collison / @jcollison  and Mike Wieger / @WiegerTech for show #386 of Home Gadget Geeks brought to you by the Average Guy Network.
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Christmas Gadget Wrap, SimpliSafe, Meater+, Apple Watch to Fitbit Solution, Xbox, VR and Untangle – HGG384

   It’s the post Christmas episode with Jim and ; Both cover the new gadgets that they got for Christmas and even some that they didn’t! We cover some questions from the Facebook group and close it out with a look at Untangle. All this and more! Join Jim Collison / @jcollison  and Mike Wieger / @WiegerTech for show #384 of Home Gadget Geeks brought to you by the Average Guy Network.
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Quick Kangaroo Hands On Review, Xbox at E3, WWDC Overview – HGG265

Listen Mobile: Jim Collison  and Mike Wieger from are together for show #265 of Home Gadget Geeks brought to you by the Average Guy Network, part of community. Please leave a REVIEW (iPhone or iPad) at ;type=Podcast&ls=1&mt=1 Support the Average Guy Tech Scholarship Fund: or if you are in Canada, use WANT TO SUBSCRIBE? Join us for the show live each Thursday at 8pmC/9E/1UTC at or call in your questions or comments to be played on the show at (402) 478-8450 Full show notes and video at The New Kangaroo PC (Full Review Next Week) – Processor GHz Atom x5 Z8300 RAM 2 GB DDR3 Hard Drive 32 GB Graphics Coprocessor shared Card Description Integrated Number of USB Ports 2 Number of USB Ports 1 Operating System Windows 10 Home 64-bit The World’s smallest, personal, powerful portable PC. Kangaroo Mobile Desktop Pro builds on the benefits of the Kangaroo PC by building on the modularity and expandability of its design architecture. By introducing the Dock Pro which is a combination HDD bay (#8243; sized laptop drives up to ) and additional ports (VGA, HDMI, audio, Ethernet, 2 x USB , and 1 x USB ), the Kangaroo Pro now has all the standard PC elements. This Kangaroo Pro works with the already selling Kangaroo Dock so you can continue to build on the option to locate the Dock and Dock Pro in multiple locations (classrooms, libraries, office/meeting spaces, bedroom/living room/den). Ideally suited now as a media center PC connected to your large screen TVs, when you install an HDD or SSD of your choosing (sold separately), you will now have all your video/photo content ready for easy viewing. Connect wirelessly or via Ethernet into your home network for media streaming or Xbox game streaming into any room. The OSLinx app introduced for Kangaroo PC continues to work for the Kangaroo Pro and allows you to use an iPad (connected via a Lightning Cable) to interact fully with the Kangaroo PC desktop. Windows 10 Anywhere on Any Screen E3 Xbox Live – making it easier to find people playing the games you like. Think global matchmaking Xbox One S Smaller, HDR gaming, 4K output for things like Netflix, built in IR blaster (no need for kinect to control your TV. Starts at $299 for 500GB. Available August 2016   Project Scorpio True 4K gaming, VR gaming, six teraflops of power, available next Fall. WWDC 2 Million Apps?  Seriously, at what point does that not become a good thing? WatchOS Primarily speed improvements Background app refresh New dock for favorite apps Control center SOS – 911 Scribble your response Other things Wheelchair activity breathe What is the battery life on the watch now? tvOS – nothing exciting at all Sling tv Automatic updates Single sign on   macOS Sierra Continuity updates – apple watch signs you into your mac Copy and past across all of your devices Storage improvements by utilizing the cloud Touchid – use the phone to authenticate Siri on the Mac   iOS 10 New “Home App” to control all of your homekit capable devices Notification update – widgets Siri – devs have access Messages Rich links Emojis – prediction and turn text into emojis   Photos Machine learning – creates videos, recognizes faces   Maps – pretty much just look at Google Maps Music – it does appear easier to find things. I still won’t be using it   Get the Home Gadget Geeks Mobile Apps at is powered by Maplegrove Partners web hosting. Get secure, reliable, high-speed hosting from people you know and trust.  For more information visit Catch all the subscription links at Facebook Group: Jim’s Twitter: #!/jcollison Contact the show at Find this and other great Podcasts from the Average Guy Network at
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MythTV, Hands on with the Olympus AIR A01, The New XBox Experience – HGG238

Listen Mobile: Jon Larsen, Systems Engineer for the AIM Institute in Omaha –   joins Jim Collison  and Mike Wieger from for show #238 of Home Gadget Geeks brought to you by the Average Guy Network, part of community. Please leave a REVIEW (iPhone or iPad) at ;type=Podcast&ls=1&mt=1 Support the Average Guy Tech Scholarship Fund: or if you are in Canada, use WANT TO SUBSCRIBE? Join us for the show live each Thursday at 8pmC/9E/1UTC at or call in your questions or comments to be played on the show at (402) 478-8450 Full show notes and video at More info on Jon – Jon Larsen joined AIM in 2007 as Systems Engineer. He has an avid interest in Technology and his skills are self-taught. He is Vice President of Community Development with the Omaha Linux User Group (OLUG) and a member of the Omaha Astronomical Society. Hobbies and Interests: Computers, Astronomy, Linux, Anime, Manga,  Motorsport: Formula 1, Sports Car Racing, Endurance Racing. Personal Website: MythTV –   M43 info wiki :microfourthirds news site Olympus Air A01 Air A01 on Amazon body only ;qid=1447983727&sr=8-1&keywords=olympus+air+a01 with kit lens ;qid=1447983727&sr=8-2&keywords=olympus+air+a01 Photos – full res jpegs ;usp=sharing   Get the Home Gadget Geeks Mobile Apps at is powered by Maplegrove Partners web hosting. Get secure, reliable, high-speed hosting from people you know and trust. For more information visit Catch all the subscription links at Facebook Group: Jim’s Twitter: #!/jcollison Contact the show at Find this and other great Podcasts from the Average Guy Network at
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Tech News, YouTube Subscriptions, Surface 3, Windows 10 with Project Spartan, Xbox Gets TV and Apple Watch – HGG209

Mike Wieger from and the Open Mike Night Podcast joins Jim () for show #209 of Home Gadget Geeks brought to you by the Average Guy Network, part of community. Support the Average Guy Tech Scholarship Fund: or if you are in Canada, use WANT TO SUBSCRIBE? Join us for the show live each Thursday at 8pmC/9E/1UTC at or call in your questions or comments to be played on the show at (402) 478-8450 Full show notes and video at Listen Mobile:   News price expected to be around $10 will also let creators put their videos behind a paywall so that only subscribers to the premium version can view them creators are required to participate in the subscription offering, or every video on their channels will be set to private Surface 3 – A week later, had is changed anything? New size at 3 Position Kick Stand New Power Adapter New updated Keyboard Ne Logo Better Camera Windows 10 and the Spartan Browser – Now where is this going? (Demo in Google+) It’s like surfing in Onenote (and I think that is actually part of it) Crashes oftern – especially when sharing Not much to it yet.  More to come I am sure The Windows Phone is getting a quick refresh too – new bits tomorrow and the list of phones have grown – The 520 is included now! Xbox One is getting Tuner support! Finally! But still no DVR support? Meanwhile, there is always this… Mike, where do you stand with the Apple Watch now?  Are you going to order one? Are watches back?  At one point, I thought smartphones might have killed them. Not so? Streaming Live at WLMN Radio –   Broadcasting Monday – Friday AM – AM Catch all the subscription links at Facebook Group: Jim’s Twitter: #!/jcollison Contact the show at 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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Home Networking, ZyXel, Pulling Network Cable, VoIP, ENGenious EAP600, PoE, DataShark 70025 Tester, Asus RT-AC66U, Plenum Cable – HT107

Jim (@jcollison) is joined this week by Kevin Schoonover (@schoondoggy1979), Greg Welch (@welchwerks) , Bill Paulmenn (@BillPaulmenn) and Renny Phipps (@rennyphipps) for Show 107!  Part II of a 4 Part Series on Home Networking.  How to do it, how not to and how to get it done with what you have!  Hope you enjoy this episode.  Part 3 will be next weekend (March 9th or 10th, watch twtter) with the guys from BYOB. Join us for the show live each Thursday at 8pmC/9E at Listen Mobile:   See Jim and Mike Howard on Podcasters Roundtable that was recorded on March 1. or on Youtube at Click the image for full view Kevin Schoonover Deployed ZyXel ZyWALL 20 firewall, upgrade from old NAT router Deployed EnGenius EAP600 WAP-Concurrent Dual Radio I have had great luck with Windows Homegroup Belarc Advisor network audit and interface launcher Pull a nylon twine with each cable run Pull-zit If I were building a new house,,,,,, Resource- Resource- Resource- Resource-   Bill Paulmenn Wireless Routers : AC Routers tested and installed into service – 3 Asus RT-AC66U Dual Band / with Forked open source firmware.  Detailed Links and Specs Open source VPN built in Free Dropbox like – DIY Cloud Compete with my “SuperRouter” Making custom network cables. How to test your new cables (test hardware and functions) DataShark 70025 Tester If you have to cross electrical lines do it at 90 degrees (old wives tale?) How to run your network wires from your attic to your basement or other floors with metal chains! Renny Phipps General notes Use DynDNS to provide consistent access to your network from the internet Use Cat 6 for long runs (over say 15 Meters) Avoid getting within 2 feet of electrical cabling if possible To find the fastest DNS server for your area/connection try “Name Bench” or “DNS Benchmark” Use a UPS to keep your wireless network up during blackouts Network Diagram is here # short Videos here   Greg Welch Network Hardware: Netgear ProSafe 24-port Gigabit Smart Switch GS724Tv3 Supports Link Aggregation groups (LAG’s) and VLAN’s Supermicro SuperServer 5015A-H    aka   (PFSENSE Router) Added Intel dual port gigabit NIC with riser card Netgear WNDRv2   (PFSENSE AP) # APC Smart-UPS 1500VA USB & Serial RM 2U 120V ;total_watts=50 Added APC AP9630 UPS Network Management Card Completely Wireless: After moving to a new house we are completely wireless for all workstations and tablets All on 5 GHz N except as noted 2- Workstations ASUS ITX 3rd Gen I-5 (BYOB) 1- WorkStation Dell 2 – Dual Xeons GHz N USB 1- IPAD 4th GEN   (prints to the laserjet) 2- Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet 2 Windows 8 1- Kindle Fire N 1- Samsung 60 inch Series 7  LCD   GHz for its Netflix and Vudu etc. 1- XBOX 360  N 2- HTC 8X Windows Phones 1- HTPC Decommissioned for a little while, will be working on a redesign 1- HP LaserJet Pro 200 Color MFP M276nw
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