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Home Gadget Geeks

We cover all your favorite tech gadgets that find their way into your home!

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Jay Franze with Listener Feedback, Rode Wireless Pro and Zoom H6 Hands On – HGG605
Jay Fraze from https://jayfranze.com/ is my guest. In this episode, cover listener feedback from last week. Jay has purchased a new Rode Wireless Pro mic set and a Zoom H6 and we get an update on Jay’s fire pit. Also, Jim is looking at a new Gazebo. Full show notes, transcriptions (available on request), audio and video at http://theAverageGuy.tv/hgg605 Join Jim Collison / @jcollison for show #605 of Home Gadget Geeks, brought to you by the Average Guy Network. WANT TO SUBSCRIBE? http://theAverageGuy.tv/subscribe Join us for the show live each Thursday at 8pmC/9E/1UTC at http://theAverageGuy.tv/live Find Us! Join us in the Facebook
78:34 20.4.24.
Perspectives: It’s Never as Bad as You Think, But Sometimes It’s Worse – HGG604
I’m back in action after a much-needed Spring Break, and let me tell you, it’s been a whirlwind! With April 15th looming over our heads, I’ll dish out some insights into how I tackled my taxes and how it threw a wrench into my productivity. Plus, I’ve got some great news on the health front post-surgery—yep, December 5th feels like a lifetime ago, but I’m happy to report that all is well. And hey, we’ll also take a quick dive into the Hum Feeder from Birdfy because, you know me, always on the lookout for the latest gadgets. It’s a
37:45 13.4.24.
Erin Lawrence with NextBase Dash Cam, Bird Buddy Smart Feeders and the L’OR Coffee System – HGG603
Erin Lawrence from https://www.techgadgetscanada.com. is my guest this week. In this episode, we explore a range of innovative products, from the NextBase 4K iQ Dash Camera’s impressive features to Erin’s candid experiences with the Bird Buddy smart Bird Feeder, offering a cautionary tale about high-priced disappointments. But fear not, as we uncover a worthy contender in Birdfy. Additionally, we discuss the L’OR Barista pod coffee machine and the Moen Smart Sprinkler Controller and Wireless Soil Sensors, providing insightful commentary on their performance and practicality. Join us for an engaging discussion on the pros and cons of these cutting-edge gadgets, as
76:28 16.3.24.
Jeff Sieh with the Apple Vision Pro Hands on Review – HGG602
Jeff Sieh from http://socialmedianewslive.com/ and http://jeffsieh.com/ joins me this week as we get to know Jeff for the first time and spend some time talking about the new Apple Vision Pro. There’s lots of conversation, a hands-on review, and lots of commentary. Thanks for listening. Full show notes, transcriptions (available on request), audio and video at http://theAverageGuy.tv/hgg602 Join Jim Collison / @jcollison for show #602 of Home Gadget Geeks, brought to you by the Average Guy Network. WANT TO SUBSCRIBE? http://theAverageGuy.tv/subscribe Join us for the show live each Thursday at 8pmC/9E/1UTC at http://theAverageGuy.tv/live Find Us! Join us in the Facebook
79:14 9.3.24.
Gavin Campbell with Matter, Does it Really Matter? – HGG601
Gavin Campbell from HomeTech.fm joins me this week and after a short catch-up, we ask the question, in home automation, does Matter really Matter? The standard has picked up a lot of support in the last few years, but is it ready for primetime? Gavin has installed a new garage door opener control and lives to tell the tale. We chat about Logitech Harmoney remotes, and clothes dryer automation and wrap the show with some fun conversation that you will not want to miss. My face still hurts from laughing so much during this episode. Thanks for listening! Full show
94:59 4.3.24.
Tony Raynor with Hands-On Review of the DJI Osmo Pocket 3 and More – HGG600
Long-time listener Tony Raynor joins me this week as we talk about his new DGI Pocket 3 and he even uses it as a webcam for the show. We also discuss his love for photography and why he submits so many pictures to Google Maps. We also discuss his trip to Vegas and the U2 concert in the new Sphere. It’s always great to have Tony and thanks for listening! Full show notes, transcriptions (available on request), audio and video at http://theAverageGuy.tv/hgg600 Join Jim Collison / @jcollison for show #600 of Home Gadget Geeks, brought to you by the Average
87:26 17.2.24.
Marv Bee asks the Question: Can we have too many Gadgets? – HGG599
Marv Bee from the IT Business Podcast is my guest this week. Marv and I discuss the question, “Are we getting too gadgetry in our lives?”  We also look at Marv’s new StreamDeck, discuss his recent purchase of the Logitech Mevo 3 Camera System and talk about why he is returning his Hero Pro 11. Thanks for listening! Full show notes, transcriptions (available on request), audio and video at http://theAverageGuy.tv/hgg599 Join Jim Collison / @jcollison for show #599 of Home Gadget Geeks, brought to you by the Average Guy Network. WANT TO SUBSCRIBE? http://theAverageGuy.tv/subscribe Join us for the show live
71:47 10.2.24.
Bob and Ryan from ThinkComputers with Exploring the Latest in Home Tech: OLED Monitors and Wearable Smart Glasses – HGG598
Bob and Ryan from ThinkComputers.org join me as my guests. They are both off a successful CES 2024 and live to tell! Lots on monitors, memory and a new wearable from ASUS! Great to catch up with them and I am sure you will enjoy the show. Thanks for listening! Full show notes, transcriptions (available on request), audio and video at http://theAverageGuy.tv/hgg598 Join Jim Collison / @jcollison for show #597 of Home Gadget Geeks, brought to you by the Average Guy Network. WANT TO SUBSCRIBE? http://theAverageGuy.tv/subscribe Join us for the show live each Thursday at 8pmC/9E/1UTC at http://theAverageGuy.tv/live Find Us!
78:34 27.1.24.
Christian Johnson with Foreflight, Lastpass v Bitwarden and AI Updates – HGG597
Christian Johnson is back this week and catch up with him and his quest to complete his pilot’s license. We also get an update on his thoughts on LastPass and Bitwarden and wrap the show with some updates on AI. Bonus: Christian was recently in the news, but not for what you think. Check it all out and thanks for listening! Full show notes, transcriptions (available on request), audio and video at http://theAverageGuy.tv/hgg597 Join Jim Collison / @jcollison for show #597 of Home Gadget Geeks, brought to you by the Average Guy Network. WANT TO SUBSCRIBE? http://theAverageGuy.tv/subscribe Join us for
87:02 20.1.24.
Titania Jordan from Bark Technologies with Digital Safety and Advanced Content Monitoring for All – HGG596
In the latest Home Gadget Geeks episode, I had the pleasure of hosting Titania Jordan the CPO (Chief Parent Officer) from Bark.us —a leading digital safety company. Titania delved into Bark’s cutting-edge solutions, discussing AI-driven content monitoring and advanced threat detection. This episode unveils the synergy of technology and security, offering a glimpse into digital safety’s future. Tune in for a tech-savvy discussion that matters! Thanks for listening! Full show notes, transcriptions (available on request), audio and video at http://theAverageGuy.tv/hgg596 Join Jim Collison / @jcollison for show #596 of Home Gadget Geeks, brought to you by the Average Guy Network.
62:26 6.1.24.
TJ Huddleston from HomeTech.fm with Maker Spaces, Home Automation Favorites and the Litter Robot – HGG595
This week I am joined by TJ Huddleston from HomeTech.fm. We kick off the conversation by delving into the intricacies of TJ’s background, gaining valuable insights into the technological landscape that has shaped his journey. We look at the dynamic realm of Maker Spaces, exploring the symbiotic relationship between innovation and community through entities like Friends of the Library. Stepping into the realm of home automation, TJ shares his technical prowess in optimizing household tasks, highlighting experiences with advanced technologies such as the Litter Robot. Get ready for a preview of TJ’s upcoming venture—automating the intricacies of home watering systems.
73:06 23.12.23.
13 Years of Home Gadget Geeks and Mike Wieger with Organizing his HomeLab – HGG594
A very special Home Gadget Geeks episode! Celebrating 13 years with Mike Wieger. Mike shares his home lab insights. Using a self-hosted git repo for documentation, he’s into Proxmox clusters alongside Unraid. He explores the merits of multiple servers, tried a Ceph storage cluster for high availability, and is diving into ZFS. Stay tuned at the end for a brief update on my recent surgery. Join us for a tech-packed episode with Mike Wieger, marking 13 years of Home Gadget Geeks! Thanks for listening! Full show notes, transcriptions (available on request), audio and video at http://theAverageGuy.tv/hgg594 Join Jim Collison /
82:51 16.12.23.
Jay Franze with Chat GPT Follow-up and Tech Regrets for 2023 – HGG593
Jay Franze is my guest this week. Jay continues to use ChatGPT and finds it helpful for drafting documents from bullet points. We talk about some limitations of ChatGPT and how prompt engineering could help improve it. The discussion then shifted to failed gadgets of 2023. I regret buying an Oculus VR headset that I rarely use. Jay discussed gadgets like a baby monitor that emails photos when motion is detected. Other topics included car remote start apps disconnecting, solar generators, and a mass air flow sensor. Toward the end, Jay and I debated internal home surveillance cameras. Monitors were
81:38 2.12.23.
Sammie Collison with Updates on the Bellevue Library, New Additions and Reading Recommendations for the Season – HGG592
In this week’s podcast, I had the Sammie Collison. We delved into the exciting developments surrounding her new role at the library, providing listeners with an update on various aspects. From the progress on the new building to the intriguing addition of a new fish tank, we covered it all. Moreover, Sammie shared insights into fresh meeting spaces and offered some compelling recommendations for seasonal reads. See the show notes for a curated list of Sammie’s recommendations. Additionally, I’m thrilled to announce that I recently established a new affiliate account at Amazon, ensuring that our audience can easily support the
65:34 25.11.23.
Erin Lawrence with Temu Exposed, Chromebook Plus Review, Pixel Watch 2 and Govee Lights – HGG591
This week we have Erin Lawrence from https://www.techgadgetscanada.com/. I’ve got the inside scoop on her Temu experiment—providing a comprehensive update and addressing the burning question: Is Temu a scam? Join me as we explore the innovative Google Chromebook PLUS, a Chromebook in a league of its own with AI assistance, and the Google Pixel Watch 2, an irresistible timepiece that Erin will not give back. We’ll also dive into the festive world of Govee Curtain Lights and Floor Lamps—adding both fun and practicality to your holiday setup. And if you’re in the market for a top-tier vacuum, discover Erin’s insights
84:54 18.11.23.
Ed Sullivan with the DJI Osmo Pocket 3 and Jackery Batteries for a Mobile Podcast Studio Setup – HGG590
Ed Sullivan is my guest this week and he shared insights into his advanced mobile podcast setup, centered around the 2021 16” MacBook Pro M1 Max 32 GB as the processing hub. The audio setup features the Mackie ProFX12v3 mixer, Mackie HM-800 headphone amplifier, and Dbx 266xs compressor/gate for precise control. Visuals are captured through the PTZOptics Camera and Insta360 Link, ensuring high-quality video content. Power considerations are met with Jackery and FlashFish portable solutions, alongside the Furman power conditioner for stability. This comprehensive setup reflects a commitment to professional, on-the-go podcasting with an emphasis on both audio and visual
81:43 11.11.23.
Jim is Solo and Discusses Health Updates, Health Gamification and Stuff to do at the end of the Year – HGG589
In this episode I am solo. I have a few personal updates for you. We look at some health gadgets that we have turned into dinner time family games. I ask a question to you about a new type of format for the show and we talk about a few things you might consider as we approach the end of the year. All that and more this week on Home Gadget Geeks. Thanks for listening! Full show notes, transcriptions (available on request), audio and video at http://theAverageGuy.tv/hgg589 Join Jim Collison / @jcollison for show #589 of Home Gadget Geeks, brought
56:12 4.11.23.
Gavin Campbell with Home Assistant’s Local Voice AI, mmWave Sensors, Zigbee vs. Z-Wave, 3D Printing and Smart Lawn Watering – HGG588
Gavin Campbell joins me this week as we talk about how Home Assistant introduces a local voice assistant with wake words. Gavin is enthusiastic about mmWave sensors, Aqara FP2, which can detect people, even when stationary. Zigbee vs. Z-Wave gets a mention as Gavin upgrades to the Zooz ZST39 Z-Wave 800 controller. 3D printing is a recent interest, used for creating smart shutter controllers. Gavin’s year-long experiment with smart lawn watering is summarized, along with enhancements to his pool using temperature and water level sensors. All that and a quick update on CEDIA. Thanks for listening! Full show notes, transcriptions
85:20 21.10.23.
Innovation Unleashed: Dave McCabe’s 3D Printing Journey with Bambu Lab – HGG587
Dave McCabe joins me this week. We’ll be discussing his recent woodworking projects, including items he’s crafted for his office. Dave has also recently acquired a 3D printer, and you’ll be intrigued by the unique uses he’s found for it. Towards the end of the show, we’ll take a trip down memory lane and explore the history of the Home Server Show. It’s a fascinating look at our podcast’s roots. Full show notes, transcriptions (available on request), audio and video at http://theAverageGuy.tv/hgg587 Join Jim Collison / @jcollison for show #587 of Home Gadget Geeks, brought to you by the Average
78:18 14.10.23.
Bob and Ryan from ThinkComputers.org with 2024 Economic Outlook: Impact on Tech Purchases – HGG586
Bob and Ryan from ThinkComputers.org are joining me, and we’re going to discuss the economic outlook for 2024 and how it might impact tech purchases. We’ll also dedicate some time to talking about the leaked Intel 14th Gen chips and what’s on the horizon. Additionally, we’ll share our thoughts on what ASUS might do now that they own the NUC. Finally, we’ll wrap up with a closer look at the new Mountain DisplayPad and engage in some conversation about Case Mod Friday. If you haven’t already, make sure to subscribe to their podcast at ThinkComputers.org. Thanks for listening. Full show
77:25 8.10.23.
Christian Johnson with Reliefband, the MGM/Caesars Hack and an Update on Windows 11 – HGG585
This week, I’m joined by Christian Johnson for an exciting update on his pilot’s license journey and the tech that played a pivotal role in his progress. We’ll also dive into the intriguing developments surrounding the MGM/Caesars breach and how each party handled it in their own unique way. Plus, in a nod to the original “Christian’s Corner,” we’ll have an in-depth conversation about Windows 11 and what to expect in the near future. Thanks for listening. Full show notes, transcriptions (available on request), audio and video at http://theAverageGuy.tv/hgg585 Join Jim Collison / @jcollison for show #585 of Home Gadget
90:43 23.9.23.
Paul Braren and Lots of Stuff to Catch Up on! – HGG584
Paul Braren from TinkerTry.com joins me this week and we catch up with him. It’s been a busy time for Paul. Both moving and changing jobs has kept him on his toes when it comes to technology. We talk about everything solar, updating an older house for solar, EVs and the challenges and benefits of managing your own power—that and lots more. Thanks for listening! Full show notes, transcriptions (available on request), audio and video at http://theAverageGuy.tv/hgg584 Join Jim Collison / @jcollison for show #584 of Home Gadget Geeks, brought to you by the Average Guy Network. WANT TO SUBSCRIBE?
86:46 10.9.23.
Marv Bee with the NetAlly Cyber Scope, Bose Sound Sport, AI News and a New Podcast – HGG583
In this episode, I’m joined by Marv Bee. We dive into the NetAlly CyberScope and the Bose SoundSport earbuds. We also discuss AI based on an Engadget article and learn about Marv’s new podcast that might be right up your alley! Check it out at unhealthypodcast.com Thanks for listening and your support! Full show notes, transcriptions (available on request), audio and video at http://theAverageGuy.tv/hgg583 Join Jim Collison / @jcollison for show #583 of Home Gadget Geeks, brought to you by the Average Guy Network. WANT TO SUBSCRIBE? http://theAverageGuy.tv/subscribe Join us for the show live each Thursday at 8pmC/9E/1UTC at http://theAverageGuy.tv/live
71:08 2.9.23.
Irrigreen CEO Shane Dyer and Precision Irrigation for Lawn Water Savings – HGG582
Joining us this week is a visionary leader who has been instrumental in revolutionizing the irrigation landscape – CEO Shane Dyer of Irrigreen. Get ready to gain some invaluable insights into the future of precision irrigation, the role of technology in sustainable landscaping, and the challenges and triumphs of steering the industry toward a greener tomorrow. Thanks for listening! Full show notes, transcriptions (available on request), audio and video at http://theAverageGuy.tv/hgg582 Join Jim Collison / @jcollison for show #582 of Home Gadget Geeks brought to you by the Average Guy Network. WANT TO SUBSCRIBE? http://theAverageGuy.tv/subscribe Join us for the show
65:12 19.8.23.
Jay Franze, Tips and Tricks for Discount Shopping Sites – HGG581
Jay Franze joins us this week!. We caught up with Jay and asked about some new equipment he is using for his podcast as well as an update on the fire pit he mentioned the last time he was on. Jim mentioned that he thought the economy was going to be challenged in 2024 and it might be a good time to think about tightening up the budget a bit and looking for some sweet deals ahead. Thanks for listening! Full show notes, transcriptions (available on request), audio and video at http://theAverageGuy.tv/hgg581 Join Jim Collison / @jcollison for show #581
94:51 12.8.23.
Randy Walker with WordPress Updates, Tips and Tricks for 2023 – HGG580
This week we sit down with Randy Walker to dive into the world of WordPress and ask the question, why is WordPress still important? Before we start in on WordPress, Randy has a new podcasting mic to talk about, the M2 MicTrak from Zoom. We then discuss staging for upgrades and development work, focusing on transitioning to full-site editing on WordPress. Along the way, we’ll explore some indispensable plugins such as Redirection, Podcast Importer, and the dynamic duo of Contact Form 7 + Flamingo. So, grab your headphones and join us as we unravel the mysteries of staging, upgrades, and all
68:40 5.8.23.
Christian Johnson with Data Cold Storage and the Impact of the LLM in AI – HGG579
Christian Johnson is back and we spend some time catching up on Maple Grove Partners. We have a discussion on the benefits of cold storage is how to make the most of it. We then discuss the increasing accessibility and affordability of language learning models (LLMs) for both enterprises and individuals. Is the future where everyone will have their own language learning model, with some being cloud-hosted and others privately hosted? Christian predicts that the availability of LLMs will further accelerate their impact on daily life. They anticipate that LLMs will become more mainstream and affordable, fueling an already growing
90:42 29.7.23.
Marv Bee with Synology Storage Install and Car Infotainment Satisfaction Dropping – HGG578
Marv Bee joins me this week and we catch up with him and the latest on the IT Business Podcast. We spend a few minutes at the beginning of the show talking about smart grills and outdoor cooking. We then talk about some new, rack mounted Synology servers that Marv is installing for a client on site. They are a beast! Link below. Then we discuss the insanity that has become car navigation and entertainment centers. For this first time in 28 years, people are not satisfied with the technology. Thanks for listening! Links and show notes below.   Full
80:46 23.7.23.
Erin Lawrence with Dyson Stick Vac, Ninja Coffee Maker, Temu and Bluetti – HGG577
Erin Lawrence joins this week. After and update from Erin, we look at the latest reviews from https://techgadgetscanada.com, including an update on smart vacuum cleaners, but traditional and robot, a new coffee maker from Ninja, some conversation about Temu and a look at Bluetti, now a sponsor of Tech Gadgets Canada. I spend some time in the post-show updating everyone on my Unraid build as well as a few new gadgets that I picked up this week! Thanks for listening!   Full show notes, transcriptions (available on request), audio and video at http://theAverageGuy.tv/hgg577 Join Jim Collison / @jcollison for show
110:06 16.7.23.
Gavin Campbell with Meater, Ecowitt and Aqara Home Automation – HGG576
Gavin Campbell from HomeTech.fm is my guest this week. Gavin has a new Meater temperature probe and it’s changing the way he does grilling, and for the better! We talk a bunch about some new soil moisture Sensors by Ecowitt that he has been trying out and I want some for sure!. We discuss what is going on with Matter and Thread and talk about the Aqara FP2 air quality sensor that detected the fires that are happening in Canada right now. We talk some about the new release with Unraid 6.12.2 and how ZFS support is finally there! We
72:44 8.7.23.