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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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Gavin Campbell from HomeTech.fm with Home Automation updates and Jim is frustrated with it all – HGG546
Gavin Campbell joins us from HomeTech.fm with updates on Home Automation topics from YoLink, Hubitat and Blue Iris. We also spend some time talking about Unraid and Home Assistant and different ways it can be installed locally. Jim does a lot of whining on this episode, so get ready. Thanks for listening. Full show notes, transcriptions (available on request), audio and video at http://theAverageGuy.tv/hgg546 Join Jim Collison / @jcollison for show #546 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
77:45 17.09.2022.
Agent Cru from WineSpies with a Better way to buy Wine and all kinds of Wine Gadgets – HGG545
Agent Cru from Winespies.com joins us this week. Winespies not a wine club and there are no subscriptions to purchase. You simply buy what you want, when you want it. And with my favorite feature, you can build a case over time, using an industry-exclusive Locker feature. Add a single bottle – or as many as you want – to your Locker, and they will keep your wine safe and cool in their secure temperature and humidity-controlled warehouses. And they will ship it to you on your schedule…FOR FREE…when you fill up each Locker case of 12. Locker orders are
79:32 10.09.2022.
Jay Franze from Franze and Friends with Sound and Audio Tips for Everyone – HGG544
Jay Franze from http://franzeandfriends.com/ joins us this week as we look at some tips and tricks for anyone who cares about better sound. Advice for those who podcast or just want better audio for the daily office call or time with family. Enjoyed getting to know Jay and he will be coming back to Home Gadget Geeks in the very near future. Thanks for listening. Full show notes, transcriptions (available on request), audio and video at http://theAverageGuy.tv/hgg544 Join Jim Collison / @jcollison for show #544 of Home Gadget Geeks brought to you by the Average Guy Network. WANT TO SUBSCRIBE?
73:27 03.09.2022.
Mike Wieger with Orbit Smart Lawn Watering, Presearch Search and Flux Web 3.0 Decentralized Network – HGG543
Mike Wieger is back this week! We talk some about the Orbit Smart Lawn Manifold that he recently installed. He is getting better coverage for sure. The rest of the show is dedicated to two new crypto and blockchain projects he is working on. We look at both Presearch and Flux. Links are in the show notes. Thanks for listening. Full show notes, transcriptions (available on request), audio and video at http://theAverageGuy.tv/hgg543 Join Jim Collison / @jcollison for show #543 of Home Gadget Geeks brought to you by the Average Guy Network. WANT TO SUBSCRIBE? http://theAverageGuy.tv/subscribe Join us for the
70:12 27.08.2022.
Erin Lawrence with Frame TVs, Smart Weber Genesis BBQ and Thermacell Radius to Repel Mosquitos – HGG542
Erin Lawrence from TechGadgetsCanada and now, TechGadgetsInternational joins us this week to chat about the value of owning a Samsung Frame TV. We also look at the new Weber Genesis BBQ grill and how it works with the Wifi options. We wrap the show with some discussion around the Thermacell Radius. Jim has a version of it and we ask, “Does it really work?” I think you might be surprised at how well they do!  Thanks for listening. Full show notes, transcriptions (available on request), audio and video at http://theAverageGuy.tv/hgg542 Join Jim Collison / @jcollison for show #542 of Home
77:59 20.08.2022.
Dan LeFebvre from Based on a True Story Podcast with Big Cameras and Big Storage Questions – HGG541
Dan LeFebvre from Based on a True Story Podcast joins this week. Lots of Camera and photography talk and him using his Synology to back it all up! Catch Dan at Based on a True Story Podcast at https://www.basedonatruestorypodcast.com/ Thanks for listening. Full show notes, transcriptions (available on request), audio and video at http://theAverageGuy.tv/hgg541 Join Jim Collison / @jcollison for show #540 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 Podcast, Home Gadget Geeks Find Us! Join us in the
75:42 05.08.2022.
Akarsh Vinod from Dio Technologies with a new Multi-room Audio Option for your Home – HGG540
Akarsh Vinod, Founder and CEO of Dio Technologies is our guest this week. Akarsh has developed a simple, affordable, Wi-Fi-connected speaker that can be used as a single speaker or 2 or more for whole home (or apartment) audio. Today, these speakers are iOS only, but Android development is in the works. Dio Speakers are easy to set up, do not require a separate app, and have a great design that looks good just about anywhere. These speakers are not digital assistants. No microphones for those who have privacy in mind. Available individually, or in packs of 3 or 5.
80:44 30.07.2022.
Karn Jajoo from Radix with Domain Name Extensions and the Future of TLDs – HGG539
Karn Jajoo, Sr. Manager, Business Dev. & Marketing from Radix (The Registry behind new domains such as .online, .store, .fun, .website, .tech, .host, .site, .space, .uno & .press) joins to chat about domain extensions and TLDs. Radix is a subsidiary business of Directi Group, a $300 million company based in Dubai and owner of various domain name registrars and web hosting businesses. Thanks for listening. Full show notes, transcriptions (available on request), audio and video at http://theAverageGuy.tv/hgg539 Join Jim Collison / @jcollison for show #539 of Home Gadget Geeks brought to you by the Average Guy Network. WANT TO SUBSCRIBE?
57:10 23.07.2022.
Ed Sullivan with Cycling Tech and a Look at Ebikes – HGG538
Ed Sullivan of The Cigar Authority fame joins us this week. He is an avid cyclist and talks about all the data he creates on both his Peloton when he rides inside, and his Garmin, when he is outside. Tips, tricks, and lots of cycling tech conversation. Make sure you check the show notes below for all the links. We also look at an e-bike that Jim is considering. Have a good bike recommendation, put it in the comments or let me know via email. Thanks for listening. Full show notes, transcriptions (available on request), audio and video at http://theAverageGuy.tv/hgg538
86:32 17.07.2022.
Dave Selinger from Deep Sentinel and AI Based Home Protection and Prevention – HGG537
David Selinger was an early employee at Amazon and led the R&D arm of Amazon’s data-mining and personalization team. He co-founded Redfin and founded RichRelevance, a company that offers personalized shopping experiences for large retail brands. He is now inventing the next BIG thing in home security – Deep Sentinel, an AI-based home protection service. The company’s intelligent crime prevention transforms home security from false alarms and ineffective after-the-fact crime alerts to real-time crime prediction and prevention. Thanks for listening. Full show notes, transcriptions (available on request), audio and video at http://theAverageGuy.tv/hgg537 Join Jim Collison / @jcollison for show #537
84:11 09.07.2022.
Marv Bee from the IT Business Podcast with a new Mac and Backup Tips – HGG536
Yes, I am back! We have Marv Bee join us this week and chat a bit about his new Mac, some good advice for backups and a little home automation chat. Its always great to have Marv on the podcast! Thanks for listening. Full show notes, transcriptions (available on request), audio and video at http://theAverageGuy.tv/hgg536 Join Jim Collison / @jcollison for show #536 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 Podcast, Home Gadget Geeks Find Us! Join us in
76:14 02.07.2022.
Mark Robson with the Big BBQ and Grill Show for Summer 2022 – HGG535
Mark Robson is back with us this week for the annual BBQ and Grill show. We spend some time catching up with Mark and his grill set up at home. He has a few grills for sure. I also ask Mark about a grill/smoker that is on sale at Walmart and if it is right for me. It was a Pit Boss Austin XL 1000 Sq. In. Pellet Grill with Flame Broiler and Cooking Probe. I will have the link below. I did purchase the grill later that night. We also look at some yummy stuff Mark has cooked and
76:35 11.06.2022.
Erin Lawrence with a Robot Vacuum Cleaner Showdown and What is the Right Monitor for You – HGG534
Erin Lawrence from TechGadgetsCanada.com is back this week and we start with a review no-go. Erin recently purchase a $2000 espresso machine that had issues right out of the gate. It’s not the problem you think it might be! We also look at two new robot vacuum cleaners and Erin reviews them head to head. We have looked at many vacs on Home Gadget Geeks, you might be surprised on how far they have come. We talk some out monitor size and does it really matter what kind or style of monitor you purchase these days? Erin says it does!
79:42 15.05.2022.
Paul Braren with an Insteon Departure, the EV Decider and Heat Pumps for the Win – HGG533
Paul Braren from TinkerTry.com joins us this week. Paul is always a ton of information and this week is no different. We open with an update on Insteon and the recent shut down of their services and how it was covered by the tech media. We also look at Paul’s EV Decider tool that walks you thru the things you need to think about when considering an EV purchase. Link for the tool in the show notes below. We also talk about box meal options and the desire for Paul to replace his furnace with a Heat Pump. It’s always
99:09 07.05.2022.
Phil Collison with 2 Apps that Make Live and Recorded Music Events Better – HGG532
Phil Collison joins us this week. Phil is my oldest son and is and has been a drummer for both performance bands and some groups at local churches. He talks about how he became a drummer and the practice it took to get there. He also encourages parents to let their children practice, no matter how loud or noisy. We also look at 2 apps that help bands during live performances and those recording cover videos. Lots of interesting conversation and a proud Dad moment. Thanks for listening. Full show notes, transcriptions (available on request), audio and video at http://theAverageGuy.tv/hgg532
70:38 30.04.2022.
Rich Hay and a New Role at Microsoft and the Q&A Community – HGG531
Rich Hay joins us this week as we catch up with him and his new job at Microsoft. Rich is a good friend of the show and walks us through the process of becoming a Microsoft employee about 6 months ago. We also catch up with Rich on some of his latest gadgets and we spend some time talking home automation with a new Amazon Show for Jim. Join Rich over at the Microsoft Q&A Community — https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/answers/index.html Thanks for listening. Full show notes, transcriptions (available on request), audio and video at http://theAverageGuy.tv/hgg531 Join Jim Collison / @jcollison for show
73:34 23.04.2022.
Jon Biggs with Health and Fitness Tech Tracking – HGG530
Jon Biggs joins this week and it’s all health tech. We look from top to bottom at monitoring your own health from regular check-ups from a doctor, services like 23andMe and Grail and even continuous glucose monitoring with Inside Tracker. It’s a big update from Jon and we get most of it in! Also a big announcement about Mike’s involvement on Home Gadget Geeks in the future. Thanks for listening. Full show notes, transcriptions (available on request), audio and video at http://theAverageGuy.tv/hgg530 Join Jim Collison / @jcollison and Mike Wieger / @WiegerTech for show #530 of Home Gadget Geeks brought
79:54 09.04.2022.
Cody Soodeen from Kara Water with the Kara Pure Making Fresh Water from the Air Around You – HGG529
Cody Soodeen from Kara Water joins us this week as we look at the Kara Pure. Their mission statement says, “Kara Water wishes to decrease dependence on groundwater by fully tapping into air-water with Kara Pure to provide everyone access to premium quality local alkaline drinking water.” We look at the Kara Pure, which is the first step in accomplishing this mission. All that and more, including a special link to purchase the Kara Pure at a massive discount! Thanks for listening. Full show notes, transcriptions (available on request), audio and video at http://theAverageGuy.tv/hgg529 Join Jim Collison / @jcollison and
52:33 02.04.2022.
Gavin Campbell with a big Home Networking Change. Out with the old, in with the new – HGG528
Gavin Campbell from HomeTech.fm joins this week and it’s all about home networks. He installed a new one in the last few months and lives to tell — in pretty good detail. That is mostly it. It’s all networking. I am serious. Not much else. Thanks for listening. Full show notes, transcriptions (available on request), audio and video at http://theAverageGuy.tv/hgg528 Join Jim Collison / @jcollison and Mike Wieger / @WiegerTech for show #528 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
73:18 26.03.2022.
Why a Gas Truck Again? Plus Some Thoughts on a Techie way to make Sprits – Quicker with Data – HGG527
Mike is back this week! We have a St. Patrick’s Day beer and whiskey pour to start the show. We ask Mike, “why a truck again?” and we wrap it with some conversation about Bespoken Spirits out of California and how they have used data to brew faster spirits. That and lots more. Thanks for listening. Full show notes, transcriptions (available on request), audio and video at http://theAverageGuy.tv/hgg527 Join Jim Collison / @jcollison and Mike Wieger / @WiegerTech for show #527 of Home Gadget Geeks brought to you by the Average Guy Network. WANT TO SUBSCRIBE? http://theAverageGuy.tv/subscribe Join us for
62:39 19.03.2022.
Bob and Ryan from ThinkComputers.org with Read Before You Purchase Reviews on Laptops, Motherboards and PC Cases – HGG526
Bob and Ryan from https://thinkcomputers.org join us this week as we look at some of their reviews on laptops, motherboards, and new cases. We spend some time looking at the latest industry trends as well as asking the question of whether it is the right time to buy. We wrap the show with a little Mac talk and Jim gets itchy for the new Mac Studio! Thanks for listening. Full show notes, transcriptions (available on request), audio and video at http://theAverageGuy.tv/hgg526 Join Jim Collison / @jcollison and Mike Wieger / @WiegerTech for show #526 of Home Gadget Geeks brought to
75:44 12.03.2022.
The new IT Business Podcast with Marv Bee — Mike has a new Truck – HGG525
Marv Bee is back for the launch of his new podcast, The IT Business Podcast found at https://www.itbusinesspodcast.com/. We also chat some about Marv’s newest purchase, an OLED TV that was influenced by HGG 524 and we talk about how to get better sound to that TV. Mike wraps the episode when he drops a bomb about his new truck. It’s not what you think! Thanks for listening. Full show notes, transcriptions (available on request), audio and video at http://theAverageGuy.tv/hgg525 Join Jim Collison / @jcollison and Mike Wieger / @WiegerTech for show #525 of Home Gadget Geeks brought to you
90:35 05.03.2022.
A New Home Theater Setup — Considerations for TV, Tuner, Lights and more – HGG524
Christian Johnson is back to fill us in on his latest Home Theater build. From considerations made for the TV to the thoughts behind the tuner, wiring and power, we get the scoop on his setup. Lots to learn and even more to consider! Thanks for listening. Full show notes, transcriptions (available on request), audio and video at http://theAverageGuy.tv/hgg524 Join Jim Collison / @jcollison and Mike Wieger / @WiegerTech for show #524 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
89:50 19.02.2022.
Gavin Campbell from HomeTech.fm with Home Security Camera Choices – HGG523
Gavin Campbell is back this week and is now a member of the HomeTech.fm crew! (Links down below) We spend most of the show talking about home security cams from Ring to Foscam and Sighthound to Blue Iris. We also spend some time debating cloud vs self-hosting. This one is a deep dive that you will not want to miss. Thanks for listening. Full show notes, transcriptions (available on request), audio and video at http://theAverageGuy.tv/hgg523 Join Jim Collison / @jcollison and Mike Wieger / @WiegerTech for show #523 of Home Gadget Geeks brought to you by the Average Guy Network.
78:05 12.02.2022.
Update on T-Mobile 5G and Microsoft Translator – HGG522
Jim gives a final update on his move to 5G Home Internet from T-Mobile. Jim also brings a hands-on review of Microsoft Translator and how he plans to use it for both Gallup and Home Gadget Geeks. We demoed it live on the show. All that and a bit more. Thanks for listening. Full show notes, transcriptions (available on request), audio and video at http://theAverageGuy.tv/hgg522 Join Jim Collison / @jcollison and Mike Wieger / @WiegerTech for show #522 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
63:04 29.01.2022.
Community Questions and Hands-on with T-Mobile 5G Home Internet – HGG521
Mike and Jim take a few voicemail questions from the audience and then dive into a hands-on review of the new T-Mobile 5G Home Internet offering. We cover the good, the bad and the not yet figured out as we discuss the service. An interesting conversation. All that and a bit more. Thanks for listening. Full show notes, transcriptions (available on request), audio and video at http://theAverageGuy.tv/hgg521 Join Jim Collison / @jcollison and Mike Wieger / @WiegerTech for show #521 of Home Gadget Geeks brought to you by the Average Guy Network. WANT TO SUBSCRIBE? http://theAverageGuy.tv/subscribe Join us for the
67:34 22.01.2022.
Christian Johnson with Budget Server Storage and Network Changes Ahead – HGG520
Christian Johnson from Maplegrove Partners is with us this week and we spend some time talking about the best way to purchase budget server hardware for those home storage fans. We also chat with Christian about the future of broadband home internet and the changes coming with IPV6. An interesting conversation. All that and a bit more. Thanks for listening. Full show notes, transcriptions (available on request), audio and video at http://theAverageGuy.tv/hgg520 Join Jim Collison / @jcollison and Mike Wieger / @WiegerTech for show #520 of Home Gadget Geeks brought to you by the Average Guy Network. WANT TO SUBSCRIBE?
82:35 15.01.2022.
Erin Lawrence with Ring Sensors, Homey Bridge, Ecovacs and Samsung Ultrawide and Curved Monitors from CES 2022 – HGG519
Erin Lawrence from Tech Gadget Canada helps us kick off the new year with some interesting Gadgets coming out of CES 2022! We have a look at the much-awaited glass break sensor from Ring for their Ring Alarm system. We also talk about the new Homey Bridge that will be One Bridge to Rule them all, if it works like they say, it will. We spend a few minutes on Jim’s favorite subject of robot vacuums and talk about the new Ecovacs Deebot X1 Omni Robot vacuum that does it all but at a pretty big price tag. We wrap
57:57 08.01.2022.
A Home Gadget Geeks Look Back at 2021 and Look Ahead to 2022 – HGG518
Mike is back this week and we spend some time looking at our world of gadgets over the last year. What worked, what didn’t and what we really liked. We then spend some time looking ahead to 2022 and what we think the year will bring. Not your typical year-end show. Thanks for listening. Full show notes, transcriptions (available on request), audio and video at http://theAverageGuy.tv/hgg518 Join Jim Collison / @jcollison and Mike Wieger / @WiegerTech for show #518 of Home Gadget Geeks brought to you by the Average Guy Network. WANT TO SUBSCRIBE? http://theAverageGuy.tv/subscribe Join us for the show
71:09 01.01.2022.
Gift Ideas for Your Favorite Techie Friends with Marvin Bee – HGG517
The dictionary defines a “Techie” as a person who is expert in or enthusiastic about technology, especially computing. We have Marvin Bee this week from the Podnutz Pro podcast and we look at all our favorite or not-so-favorite gifts that we have gotten or purchased for ourselves. From flashlights to batteries packs, we cover our best. Thanks for listening. Full show notes, transcriptions (available on request), audio and video at http://theAverageGuy.tv/hgg517 Join Jim Collison / @jcollison and Mike Wieger / @WiegerTech for show #517 of Home Gadget Geeks brought to you by the Average Guy Network. WANT TO SUBSCRIBE? http://theAverageGuy.tv/subscribe
73:55 18.12.2021.