Home Gadget Geeks (Audio MP3)

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


By Jim Collison

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iPhone 12 Hands on Review – HGG466

October 31, 2020

It’s all about the iPhone 12 this week. Jim has one! Mike has one! And we are here to talk about it. The setup, the activation, the 5G and much more! We also do a beer review and look ahead to the November 7th Meatup!  All that and more!

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Echo Auto, a Waze Across Country and the iPhone 12 is Here – HGG465

October 25, 2020

Jim is back from the East Coast and has been using travel tech all week. He purchased the Echo Auto right before the trip on Amazon Prime Days sale for $20 and has a report. He also navigates the nearly 4000 miles using Waze and found some interesting ...

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Liviu Arsene from Bitdefender talks Bitdefender Box and Bitdefender Premium VPN – HGG464

October 19, 2020

We sat down with Liviu Arsene, a Global Cybersecurity Researcher for Bitdefender, Liviu has a strong background in security and technology and talked with us about both the Bitdefender Box and Bitdefender Premium VPN as well as some general Cyber secur...

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Nathaniel Lindley with Updates on Handling Education Tech During the Pandemic – HGG463

October 10, 2020

Week 2 of wondering if anyone ever actually reads this part of the show notes. If you are reading this, shoot me an email, jim@theaverageguy.tv and say hi! Let’s see if I get any emails this week! Last week we had one. While you are reading,

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Ham Radio Part 2, Microsoft To Do and Windows Sandbox and Canva Challenge – HGG462

October 03, 2020

I am really wondering if anyone ever actually reads this part of the show notes? If you are reading this, shoot me an email, jim@theaverageguy.tv and say hi! Let’s see if I get any emails this week! While you are reading,

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Kyle Wilcox with IPEVO V4K, Rode Wireless GO and the MEVO Start – HGG461

September 26, 2020

This week we have Kyle Wilcox back with us to chat about the IPEVO V4K Ultra High Definition USB Document Camera and how that can fill in as webcam in a pinch. We also take a long look at the Rode Wireless GO Compact Digital Wireless Microphone System ...

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Daniel J Lewis from The Audacity to Podcast with RGB Studio Lighting – HGG460

September 20, 2020

This week we have Daniel J Lewis from The Audacity to Podcast on the show to talk about how he installed RGB lighting in his home studio. We also cover the ins and outs and install successes and mistakes made during the project along with a long list (...

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IFTTT Pro, NFL Reboot and Mike has a new PC Build Ahead – HGG459

September 12, 2020

After covering some details about the September 24, 2020 Patreon Subscribers Pre-Show Meetup, we looked the new Pro Plan from IFTT. We also spent some time talking about how the NFL is going to continue with the 2020 regular season despite COVID concer...

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Ham Radio Updates from Mike, Meetup2020 Dates Announced – HGG458

September 05, 2020

Mike brings the latest updates from his Ham Radio set up including new gear, antennas and connectors. We take a look at both his new rig as well as antenna setups.  I think you will find it very interesting.  Full show notes, transcriptions,

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Windows 95 turns 25, Early Podcasting and Lawn Gadget Geeks Part 3: Fall Lawn Care – HGG457

August 30, 2020

David McCabe from https://reset.fm/ is back this week as we wrap up the 2020 Lawn Care Series with a look at fall lawn care. What needs to be done now and what can wait till spring? Can you bring your lawn back from a long summer drought?

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All PC Cooling with Bob and Ryan from ThinkComputers.org – HGG456

August 22, 2020

Bob Buskirk and Ryan Kerschner from https://thinkcomputers.org/ are back with us again and this time to cover PC cooling for beginners all the way to advanced users. Fans, cooling blocks, radiators, active and passive cooling and even some time with th...

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All the Free Apps and Resources Episode with Kevin Schoonover- HGG455

August 15, 2020

We spend some time with long time listener and co-host Kevin Schoonover as we look at a couple dozen free or nearly free apps and resources that are still available. We catch up with Kevin and spend a little time chatting about the Folding@Home Project...

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Sammie Collison and Navigating the Pandemic at Home with Dad – HGG454

August 02, 2020

After some listener feedback and requests, Sammie Collison is back on Home Gadget Geeks to talk about her experience during the pandemic. From her college experience early in the spring, to having to move home in early March and then figuring out how t...

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Mike has a new Webcam, Ham from Montana and Plex has LIVE TV – HGG453

July 25, 2020

Mike Wieger is back from you Montana with some updates on using Ham Radio there as well as a new way to use some old equipment for a webcam. He tests it live right on the show. We also talk about the new Public Beta for iOS 14,

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Jay Mattison from TekEverything with Desk and Builds Review – HGG452

July 18, 2020

Jay Mattison is back this week as we spend most of the show looking at just what is on his desk! Man is it a nice desk!  We also review a very small ITX gaming case and look at a new Dell XPS 15 9500 laptop.

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Paul Braren with Tech Challenges and Successes – HGG451

July 11, 2020

Paul Braren joins us this week as we get an update on several of home projects. From a discussion on Cox internet to Rheem Hybrid Water heaters, we cover a few. Paul also gives us an update on his Teslas and how he fixed his video storage issue.

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Lawn Gadget Geeks Part 2: Summer Lawn Care – HGG450

June 30, 2020

Mike and Jim are filling in for Dave McCabe (we will get him back for the fall episode) and we talk all things summer lawn care. From weeds to watering, we cover many of the things you need to consider as we move into summer and how to make the most of...

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LIVE from the Wieger Tech Studios with Listener Feedback – HGG449

June 22, 2020

We were live from the Wieger Tech Studios (aka Mike’s House) this week as we follow up on Jim’s Cox Modem issues from the week before and cover a bunch of listener feedback. We also celebrate 5 years of Mike being on Home Gadget Geeks and Jim get him h...

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Blue Iris with DeepStack AI and Arris Modems Replace Cox Rentals – HGG448

June 14, 2020

With Jim having major internet problems this week, Mike covers most of this shorten show. He talks about this work with Blue Iris with DeepStack AI and a replacement modem for the Cox rental. I think you will enjoy the show.  Full show notes,

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How “Shelter in Place” Has Changed and Influenced EdTech Part 2 with Chris Nesi – HGG447

May 31, 2020

Chris Nesi from https://chrisnesi.com/ is an educator and podcaster at House of EdTech and joined us for the latest as we discussed some of the ways “Shelter in Place” orders has and is changing the landscape of EdTech today.

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A Long Look at a Gaming Build and Crispy Chicken on the Grill – HGG446

May 24, 2020

This week we take a look at some parts that will make up a gaming build for JIm’s son. We also discuss replacing the hard drive enclosure for Jim’s Nvidia Shield and how not to smoke a whole chicken. I think you will enjoy the show.  Full show notes,

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Rich Hay from Windows Observer: Communication Platforms and a Microsoft Update – HGG445

May 16, 2020

Rich Hay from https://www.windowsobserver.com/ and his new podcast at https://www.windowsobserver.com/faith-tech-space-podcast/ joins us this week. We talk with Rich about the various communication platforms that we are now using and then how some comp...

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Dave McCabe and Lawn Gadget Geeks Part 1: Spring Lawn Care – HGG444

May 09, 2020

David McCabe from https://reset.fm/ is back this week with some lawn care tips for the Average Guy! We talk about lawn size, soil temperature, chemical fertilizers and mowers. Everything you need to tackle your spring lawn care.

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How COVID-19 Has Changed and Influenced EdTech – HGG443

May 02, 2020

Join us with special guests Nathaniel Lindley and Brian S. Friedlander in a Roundtable style podcast as we look at some of the ways COVID-19 has and is changing the landscape of Education today. I think you will enjoy the show.  Full show notes,

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Erin Lawrence with LG Gram, V60 Dual Screen and Office Improvements – HGG442

April 25, 2020

Erin Lawrence from http://techgadgetscanada.com joins us this week as we take a good hands on look a the LG Gram laptop and the LG V60 ThinQ™ and LG Dual Screen™ that she has for review purposes. We also look at some of the tools she is using to improv...

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The Big Grill and BBQ Show for April 2020 with Mark Robson- HGG441

April 18, 2020

Mark Robson joins us one again for the Big BBQ and GRILL show for 2020. We catch up with Mark and get some info on his Unraid Server and find out he has 2! We also dive into the value and cost savings that grilling brings and how to purchase and cook m...

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Jonathan Panozzo from Lime and Unraid, Updates and a Look Ahead to 6.9 – HGG440

April 12, 2020

Our guest this week was Jonathan Panozzo, the CMO/CSO with Lime Technology, Inc. headquartered out of Anaheim, CA, and the makers of Unraid. You can find more on Unraid at https://unraid.net/.  We talked about how Unraid and its community is responding...

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Battling Tech Fatigue in Lock Down, Folding Updates and New Work Processes – HGG439

April 04, 2020

With work habits potentially changing, how are you managing your time now? How are you managing exercise and sleep? Jim and Mike talk about a few things that might help. We have an update on the Folding at Home Team project (join the Home Gadget Geeks ...

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David McCabe from Reset, Folding@Home and Tech for Families In Quarantine – HGG438

March 28, 2020

Dave McCabe joins us this week. Dave is the former host of Home Server Show and now has a podcast at https://reset.fm/. Jim also lets the community know that we are working on a team project for Folding at Home at https://stats.foldingathome.

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Jay Mattison from TekEverything with Mini-ITX Cases, PC Gaming Builds and Audio Gear – HGG435

March 07, 2020

Jay Mattison is back with us as we look at Mini-ITX builds with a lot of attention being given to the Lazer3D LZ7 XTD Mini-ITX which Jay reviewed in January 2020. We then spent some time discussing what it takes to build your own gaming rig these days ...

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Kevin Schoonover, IcyDock Options and Gigabit Internet Choices – HGG434

February 29, 2020

Kevin Schoonover is back again and this time loaded up with internet and internal networking decisions. 1 GB Internet speeds means some upgrades to 2.5 and 10 GB internally, and Kevin has research all the options.

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GoXLR Mini Hands on Review, VIVO Monitor Mounts and Goodbye Phillips Hue Hub v1 – HGG433

February 21, 2020

Mike has a new GoXLR Mini in his studio and is not afraid to use it, Live! We take a good look and demo it along with an Audio Technica AT 2020 microphone. Jim talks about the latest from Phillip Hue and the loss of support coming for the v1 Hue Hub an...

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Mike has a New Gaming Build and is Windows Full Time Now – HGG432

February 01, 2020

Mike walks us through his new Gaming build and confesses that he is on Windows full time now. He asks the audience for some suggestions of the must have applications on Windows. We talk about Tony Raynor hitting the 275 million view mark on Google Loca...

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Dewain Robinson with Eero Pro, Ecobee SmartThemostat, Jabra Elite and Surface Pro X – HGG431

January 25, 2020

Dewain Robinson joined us to talk about his hands on experience with the Eero Pro, why he installed the Ecobee SmartThemostat, some experience and hands on with the Jabra Elite 65t and 75t and a look at Microsoft’s X Cloud.

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A Look at EaseUS EverySync, Listener Feedback and Mike has a Frankenbuild – HGG430

January 18, 2020

Jim has been using EaseUS EverySync for the last month and does a hands on review to start the show. We read some user feedback from Neal who talks about his camera set up and Bruce from the Discord group who left us some pictures of the lights on his ...

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Paul Braren Podcasts from the Tesla 3 and Buys Another – HGG429

January 11, 2020

Paul Braren joined us live from his garage and inside his now one year-old Telsa 3 for his annual visit to Home Gadget Geeks. We talk about how he has enjoyed the Telsa since purchasing it a year ago, why we bought another and how he will never purchas...

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Ring Video Doorbell 2 and Stick Up Cam Hands On and Windows Media Center RIP – HGG428

January 04, 2020

If its indoor and outdoor security cams you are interested in, we have about 60 minutes of conversation that focus on it. After an unfortunate episode at Jim’s place, the holiday weekend between Christmas and New Year’s was spent installing new securit...

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Dave Jackson with Audio for Home Workers, Smart Speakers and Cloud-based Editing Services – HGG427

December 22, 2019

Dave Jackson from School of Podcasting and my co-host on Ask the Podcast Coach joined this week as we talked about why everyone working from home should care about their sound quality when making calls. We covered different ways to set up a home studio...

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Erin Lawrence on iRobot Roomba s9+ with Braava jet m6 Review and Google Nest Hub Max – HGG426

December 15, 2019

Erin Lawrence from TechGadgetsCanada.com joined us as discussed some current reviews of the iRobot Roomba s9+ partnered with the Braava jet m6 to ensure your house or apartment is always clean! We also looked at the Google Nest Hub Max and compared it ...

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Sammie Collison on Print Media, Cable News Networks and News Based Podcasts – HGG425

November 30, 2019

Jim’s daughter Sammie is back on the show this week with some updates, her thoughts on Northwest Missouri State still using printed papers for distribution, cable news outlets and how she sees podcasting shaping news for the future.

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Dewain Robinson with White Label Virtual Assistants and the Bot Framework – HGG424

November 23, 2019

We sat down with Dewain Robinson and caught up with him on his latest responsibilities at Microsoft and a discussion around building your own virtual assistant. We also spend a bunch of time talking about the use of virtual assistants and how they fit ...

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Rich Hay and the 1909 Windows Update, Surface Hardware and Xbox – HGG423

November 17, 2019

Rich Hay joins us this week in his regular semi-annual rotation and is back from both the Microsoft Surface Event and Microsoft Ignite! Rich catches us up on the Windows 1909 Update and we get a trick to upgrade Windows 7 to Windows 10 ahead of the Jan...

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A Look at APRS for Ham, Black Friday Shopping Lists and AirPod Pro – HGG422

November 10, 2019

By surprise, when I was interviewing Christian for Cyber Frontiers 58, he mentioned a site for Ham Radio Operators. Automatic Packet Reporting System (APRS) is an amateur radio-based system for real time digital communications of information of immedia...

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An Update from Mike Howard – HGG421

November 03, 2019

In the 10+ years of podcasting, this might make the Top 5 list of favorites. Mike Howard, a long-time friend of Home Gadget Geeks and Jim joins us to give an update on his fight with cancer and general well being.

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Jos Poortvliet from Nextcloud- HGG420

October 26, 2019

We had Jos Poortvliet this week from Nextcloud on the Podcast this week as we talked about why taking control of your data is important, how Mike uses Nextcloud in his setup and why you might want to consider it too.

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Ed Sullivan with Cigar Tech, Tips and Tools – HGG419

October 19, 2019

Ed Sullivan from The Cigar Authority and Ash Holes, and a long-time listener to Home Gadget Geeks is on this week to talk about Cigars. From  the production line to the sales line, Ed gives us an update on the industry. Still a handmade product,

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Updates on Travel Tech, Microsoft Surface Announcements and Waze Carpools – HGG418

October 11, 2019

With all the recruiting travel that Jim has been doing lately, we take a look at what is working and what is not around travel tech. We talk some about all the new hardware that was announced recently from Microsoft and take a look at what Waze is doin...

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Jay Mattison from Tek Everything – HGG417

September 28, 2019

We were joined by Jay Mattison from https://tekeverything.com/. Jay is a Youtuber who passionate about small form factor PC and all things tech. We spend some time getting to know Jay and find out that he is also a gadget guy.

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Ryan Kerschner from ThinkComputers with Reviews on SilverStone and InWin PC Cases – HGG416

September 14, 2019

Ryan Kerschner from ThinkComputers.org and a long time listener to Home Gadget Geeks (and the Home Server Show before that) joins us to talk reviews on PC Cases and a Fanless Mini Desktop PC. We look at the SilverStone LD03 Case (links in the show note...

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Kreg Pocket Hole Jig for Corn Hole Boards, Making Perfect Ice Balls and Battery Powered Generators – HGG415

September 07, 2019

Mike has taken on a second job with building Corn Hole Boards out of his garage this fall and working Hannah as the head painter. We spend some time talking about Kreg Pocket Hole Jigs and how Mike is using them.

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