Home Gadget Geeks

Home Networking Tips and Apple Product Announcements – HGG377

   On this episode, We cover some home networking tips, a look at the most recent Apple event and some updates on a new channel that Jim is watching on YouTube. Join Jim Collison / @jcollison  and Mike Wieger / @WiegerTech for show #377 of Home Gadget Geeks brought to you by the Average Guy Network
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Mailbox, Fixit Feedback, Uber Events, Security Drones, DakBoard and Home Grilling Geeks? – HGG362

Join Jim Collison / @jcollison for show #362 of Home Gadget Geeks brought to you by the Average Guy Network      Join Jim Collison / @jcollison for show #362 of Home Gadget Geeks brought to you by the Average Guy Network WANT TO SUBSCRIBE? Join us for the show live each Thursday at 8pmC/9E/1UTC at Full show notes and video at Tags: Podcast, Home Gadget Geeks, Uber Events, Dakboard, computer, smartphone, tablets, iPad mini, SSD, YouTube, Network, Networking Issues, Switch Conversation Email – Hey Jim Sorry I missed the live show of HGG 361 but watched a few hours later. Enjoyed the conversation on what you are comfortable fixing things in the house. I too go to YouTube for issues. I love to work on the computer, smartphone, tablets, etc. I had an iPad mini where the screen broke. In combination with YouTube and Google to find parts, it was painful but cheap fix. Painful because you have to get through all that adhesive. Recently bought an older MacBook as a backup and installed a new battery, upgraded RAM and to internal SSD. All thanks to YouTube. The next project will be upgrading the iMac with an internal SSD. I just have to make sure I don’t fall down the YouTube rabbit hole and watch unrelated content. Thanks and keep up the great work! Kwesi —————————————————————————- Nice show today. I too find YouTube to be a great source of fixit wisdom. I for one hate working on engines and anything I have to crawl under or get upside down to work on. Unfortunately, our hill mower seems to demand lots of attention ;( Thanks for the show and your diverse view of the world! Neal ——————————————————————————- Jim, I never really write to the podcasts I listen to; when I have thoughts.  However, a few things have come into my mind. And, I actually have some free time.  Firstly, I have really been enjoying the new format. It is more along the lines of what I always hoped the show would be.  I hope that you will continue to get good ideas from the audience to carry it forward. The main reason I wanted to write was in response to your discussion at the end of last week’s show.  You and Mike were discussing engaging young folks in coding/ technology. The discussion turned to transportation.  You had floated the idea of Uber. I wanted to let you know about an Uber feature called Uber EVENTS. I have never seen an advertisement for it.  However, I have used it a few times for work events; where I want to ensure my staff has safe transportation. It allows you to setup a window of time the credit is available with a limit on the ride cost.  You can enter a list of people and it will send out unique codes or you can have it generate one code. It also lets you setup a limit on the entire event. I think it is an outstanding service. I wish more people knew about it. Thanks for the great show.  Keep up the good work. Bill ——————————————————————————- Mike Wieger shared a link. 20 hrs Jim Collison looks like people agree with your idea! Home Security Reaches New Heights with Drones ——————————————————————————- Chris Townsend shared a link. July 2 at AM Has anyone used this product? It seems pretty neat…but not quite there yet when it comes to integrating with digital assistants. ——————————————————————————- Jon Biggs shared a video. July 2 at PM Perhaps hgg should just become a grilling show. Bacon Wrapped Jalapeno Popper Stuffed Chicken FACEBOOK WATCH Home Grilling Geeks Maybe? —————————————————————————— Mark Robson July 2 at AM This might improve the audio on my next bbq podcast:) —————————————————————————— News Major network fail today! – Lessons Learned: 1. Labeled everything 2. Manual IP for everything 3. Spreadsheet of IP addresses   Reviews Product Updates   Crypto update –   Big boost from Ken B. this weekend Took 3 x 3TB drive from Drobo and moved it to a new mining box (core i3) using the Icydock Fatcage I put in there a couple years ago. Built out the HP N40L a few smaller drives.  Added 12TB total to the Network. Using CreepMiner to mine on multiple machines and look like one Total Burst Build Out now: i7 Burst Box – i3 Burst Box – AMD Burst Box – HP N40L –   Nice hash payout – July 2 at 55% 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
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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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Banned by YouTube, Is Yahoo Back? Christian-Johnson.net, Connect to Windows Server 2012 Essentials Remotely, Email Management with Outlook, Haswell Based HTPC, NEST – HT132

Jim (@jcollison) is joined this week by Andrew Morris(@unrealshots), Christian Johnson and Mike Howard from for Home Tech episode #132.  We are back to old school with 132 as we left the show notes open to any tech topic the guys wanted to cover.  We chatted about being banned by , the return of Yahoo, Christian’s new site, connecting to a Windows Server 2012 Essentials Remotely, Email management with Outlook, Haswell based HTPC and NEST Join us for the show live each Thursday at 8pmC/9E/1UTC at Listen Mobile: Click on a Time Stamp to jump to that spot in the video Banned On YouTube] Chromecast Update] Is Yahoo Back?] Yahoo seems to be on their way back?  Christian’s Corner] Christian’s new site: Connecting to WS 2012 Essentials Remotely] A Discussion About Email Management] Mike Howard’s New Thermal Leak Detector] Black & Decker TLD100 Thermal Leak Detector by Black & Decker – Christian’s New Haswell HTPC] Christian’s HTPC Build: ASUS Maximus V FORMULA LGA 1155 Intel Z77 Extended ATX DDR3 2800 PCIe HDMI SupremeFX IV Audio Motherboard by Asus – Intel Core i5-4570S Quad-Core Desktop Processor GHZ 6MB Cache- BX80646I54570Sby Intel – Are you moving to Windows ] Start8 –  NEST Thermostats] One month of living with the Nest  Updates] Icy Dock MB153SP-B DAS Array – they call it the Fat Cage – The tech scholarship fund is working!  Thanks for supporting Financial Tech Podcast – 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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Positive Results for US Markets for Q1 2013 – Guide Rock Weekly Market Commentary Apr-01 FT022

stock markets finished the week – and the quarter – on a positive note. The Federal Reserve’s accommodative monetary policy and strong profit growth helped provide the lift needed to propel the S&P 500 Index to a record high. The Dow Jones Industrials Index also finished the week above its previous record close. For the quarter, the S&P 500 was up about 10 percent, the Dow was up about percent, and the NASDAQ finished up about percent. Listen Mobile: Despite the strong performance overall, markets were somewhat choppy during the week. Concerns about Cyprus and the Eurozone debt crisis overshadowed markets early on. A positive report on durable goods from the Commerce Department helped push markets higher, as did a home-price index report from Standard & Poor’s Case-Shiller that showed the biggest yearly increase in home prices since the summer of 2006. This report seemed to have held more sway with investors than either weaker-than-expected new home sales or lower-than-anticipated consumer confidence. Late in the week, the GDP growth rate for the fourth quarter of 2012 was revised upward, but remained sluggish at percent annually. The Treasury market generally has benefitted from worries inspired by the Eurozone debt crisis. The latest episodes in the crisis – the Cyprus bank bailout and Italy’s failure to form a government – helped nudge rates lower last week. The continues to be perceived as relatively safe. Fears about Eurozone debt issues generally have had a positive effect on gold prices, too, helping the precious metal reach a record high price in September 2011. That has not been the case this year. Gold finished the quarter down by more than 5 percent. Data as of 3/29/13 1-Week Y-T-D 1-Year 3-Year 5-Year 10-Year Standard & Poor’s 500 (Domestic Stocks) 10-year Treasury Note (Yield Only) N/A Gold (per ounce) DJ-UBS Commodity Index DJ Equity All REIT TR Index Notes: S&P 500, Gold, DJ-UBS Commodity Index returns exclude reinvested dividends (gold does not pay a dividend) and the three-, five-, and 10-year returns are annualized; the DJ Equity All REIT TR Index does include reinvested dividends and the three-, five-, and 10-year returns are annualized; and the 10-year Treasury Note is simply the yield at the close of the day on each of the historical time periods. Sources: Yahoo! Finance, Barron’s, , London Bullion Market Association. Past performance is no guarantee of future results. Indices are unmanaged and cannot be invested into directly. N/A means not applicable. HOW FAST SHOULD THE UNITED STATES’ ECONOMY BE GROWING? According to The Economist, “In the three years since the end of the recession in mid-2009, growth averaged percent, barely half the percent average of the seven previous recoveries.” This begs the question: How fast should the economy be growing? Economists, academics, and policy makers have been trying to figure that out. Many have started with an economic theory put forward by noted economist Milton Friedman in 1964. His “Plucking Model” postulates the business cycle is like a string attached to a board. The board represents “the ceiling of maximum feasible output.” Once in a while, the string is plucked down by recession and then it springs back. The idea is the depth of a recession will be mirrored by the strength of the recovery that follows. At first blush, the Plucking Model doesn’t appear to apply to this recovery. The Great Recession was the deepest downturn since World War II, and the country hasn’t snapped back. According to several recent reports, there may be a reason for this. Our ‘ceiling of optimal output’ – the fastest rate at which our economy is expected to grow – may be lower than it used to be. Productivity and Potential Output Before, During, and After the Great Recession, a working paper from the San Francisco Federal Reserve, found growth in the was slowing in the mid-2000s although the slowdown was largely unrecognized before the Great Recession. What Accounts for the Slow Growth of the Economy After the Recession, a Congressional Budget Office study, determined about two-thirds of the difference between America’s current growth rate and the average growth after previous recoveries is due to long-term trends including demographic changes. The other one-third is credited to low demand for goods and services. Disentangling the Channels of the 2007-2009 Recessions, by James Stock of Harvard University and Mark Watson of Princeton University, also found slower growth in the is largely the result of demographic trends such as a limited labor supply as Baby Boomers have begun to retire and the number of women joining the workforce has leveled off. Considered together, the reports seem to indicate economic growth began slowing before the recession and, unless demographic trends shift, our country may continue to experience slower growth. Weekly Focus – Think About It “I’ve missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. Twenty-six times, I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.” —Michael Jordan Best regards, ANDREW HUNT CFP® President of Guide Rock Capital Management, Inc. 1001 Gallup Drive Omaha, NE 68102 Communication | Woo | Achiever | Ideation | Relator   Please feel free to forward this commentary to family, friends, or colleagues. If you would like us to add them to the list, please reply to this e-mail with their e-mail address and we will ask for their permission to be added. Securities offered through Shareholders Service Group, Member FINRA/SIPC. * This newsletter was prepared by Peak Advisor Alliance. Peak Advisor Alliance is not affiliated with the named broker/dealer. * The Standard & Poor’s 500 (S&P 500) is an unmanaged group of securities considered to be representative of the stock market in general. * The 10-year Treasury Note represents debt owed by the United States Treasury to the public. Since the Government is seen as a risk-free borrower, investors use the 10-year Treasury Note as a benchmark for the long-term bond market. * Gold represents the London afternoon gold price fix as reported by the London Bullion Market Association. * The DJ Commodity Index is designed to be a highly liquid and diversified benchmark for the commodity futures market. The Index is composed of futures contracts on 19 physical commodities and was launched on July 14, 1998. * The DJ Equity All REIT TR Index measures the total return performance of the equity subcategory of the Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT) industry as calculated by Dow Jones. * Yahoo! 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Home Networking, Windows Server 2012 Essentials, Lights Out, the HP N40L, N54L and the Deal with NASA Interns – HT108

Jim (@jcollison) is joined this week by Andrew (@unrealshots) and Christian for Show 108!  We were all about Christian (and Gary’s) Home Networking setup to include an in depth look at Windows Server 2012 Essentials, SharePoint and Active Directory!  How to do it, how not to and how to get it done with what you have!  We also talked about Lights Out, a Windows Server Addin, The HP Microserver N40L and N54L as well as Christian’s Intern experience at NASA. Join us for the show live each Thursday at 8pmC/9E at Listen Mobile:   No LIVE show for the next two weeks – Jim is in Germany.  Follow all the pics I take at   Congrats to the Drobo Winner Jay Shridharani  Server 2012 Essentials: I. Overview What makes Server 2012 Essentials different from Server 2011? Why should I pay $300 more for Server 2012 Essentials when WHS 2011 is $50 bucks? Big Features: Why it’s great for home users Why it’s great for geeks II. Let’s Dig In: TeamViewer Screen Sharing Session Microsoft brag features Data Protection, continued. Windows Server 2012 Essentials can perform complete system backups and bare-metal restores of the server itself as well as the client computers connected to the network—now with support for volumes larger than 2 terabytes. New with Windows Server 2012, the Microsoft Online Backup can be used to protect files and folders in a cloud-based storage service that is managed by Microsoft. Windows Server 2012 Essentials also centrally manages and configures the new File History feature of Windows 8 clients, helping users to recover from accidently deleted or overwritten files without requiring administrator assistance. Anywhere Access. Remote Web Access provides a stream-lined, touch-friendly browser experience for accessing applications and data from virtually anywhere they have an Internet connection using almost any device. Windows Server 2012 Essentials also provides an updated Windows Phone app and a new Metro app for Windows 8 clients, allowing users to intuitively connect to, search across, and access files and folders on the server; files are also automatically cached for offline access and synchronized when a connection to the server becomes available. Windows Server 2012 Essentials turns setting up virtual private networking (VPN) into a painless wizard-driven process of just a few clicks, and simplifies the management of VPN access for users. Client computers can leverage a VPN connection to remotely join the Essentials environment without the need to come into the office. Workload Flexibility. Windows Server 2012 Essentials has been designed to allow customers the flexibility to choose which applications and services run on-premises and which run in the cloud. In previous versions, Windows Small Business Server Standard included Exchange Server as a component product, which added expense and complexity for customers who wished to leverage cloud-based messaging and collaboration services. With Windows Server 2012 Essentials, customers can take advantage of the same integrated management experience whether they choose to run an on-premises copy of Exchange Server, subscribe to a hosted Exchange service, or subscribe to Office 365. Extensibility. Windows Server 2012 Essentials builds on the extensibility model of Windows SBS 2011 Essentials, which allows other software vendors to add capabilities and features to the core product, and adds a new set of Web Services APIs. It also maintains compatibility with the existing software development kit (SDK) and Add-Ins created for Windows SBS 2011 Essentials. You can email Christian directly at The Average Guy Facebook Group The Average Guy Facebook Page 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 Contact the show at Find us on Facebook: Find this and other great Podcasts from the Average Guy Network at
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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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