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Daniel J Lewis from The Audacity to Podcast with RGB Studio Lighting – HGG460
Sep 20 • 80 min
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 (in…
IFTTT Pro, NFL Reboot and Mike has a new PC Build Ahead – HGG459
Sep 12 • 70 min
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 concerns…
Ham Radio Updates from Mike, Meetup2020 Dates Announced – HGG458
Sep 5 • 85 min
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, audio and…
Windows 95 turns 25, Early Podcasting and Lawn Gadget Geeks Part 3: Fall Lawn Care – HGG457
Aug 30 • 95 min
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? What about over…
All PC Cooling with Bob and Ryan from ThinkComputers.org – HGG456
Aug 22 • 83 min
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 the…
All the Free Apps and Resources Episode with Kevin Schoonover- HGG455
Aug 15 • 99 min
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…
Sammie Collison and Navigating the Pandemic at Home with Dad – HGG454
Aug 2 • 87 min
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 to…
Mike has a new Webcam, Ham from Montana and Plex has LIVE TV – HGG453
Jul 25 • 82 min
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, an update in zip ties from…
Jay Mattison from TekEverything with Desk and Builds Review – HGG452
Jul 18 • 78 min
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. We finish the show with some impressions on…
Paul Braren with Tech Challenges and Successes – HGG451
Jul 11 • 99 min
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. I think…
Lawn Gadget Geeks Part 2: Summer Lawn Care – HGG450
Jun 29 • 84 min
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…
LIVE from the Wieger Tech Studios with Listener Feedback – HGG449
Jun 22 • 76 min
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 his…
Blue Iris with DeepStack AI and Arris Modems Replace Cox Rentals – HGG448
Jun 14 • 36 min
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,…
How “Shelter in Place” Has Changed and Influenced EdTech Part 2 with Chris Nesi – HGG447
May 31 • 76 min
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. I think you will enjoy the…
A Long Look at a Gaming Build and Crispy Chicken on the Grill – HGG446
May 24 • 63 min
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,…
Rich Hay from Windows Observer: Communication Platforms and a Microsoft Update – HGG445
May 16 • 71 min
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…
Dave McCabe and Lawn Gadget Geeks Part 1: Spring Lawn Care – HGG444
May 9 • 116 min
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. I think you will enjoy the…
How COVID-19 Has Changed and Influenced EdTech – HGG443
May 2 • 88 min
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,…
Erin Lawrence with LG Gram, V60 Dual Screen and Office Improvements – HGG442
Apr 25 • 80 min
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 improve…
The Big Grill and BBQ Show for April 2020 with Mark Robson- HGG441
Apr 18 • 88 min
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 meat…
Jonathan Panozzo from Lime and Unraid, Updates and a Look Ahead to 6.9 – HGG440
Apr 12 • 79 min
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 to…
Battling Tech Fatigue in Lock Down, Folding Updates and New Work Processes – HGG439
Apr 4 • 70 min
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…
David McCabe from Reset, Folding@Home and Tech for Families In Quarantine – HGG438
Mar 28 • 71 min
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…
Hands on with Icy Dock Turbo Swap and Tech Helping with COVID-19 – HGG437
Mar 21 • 70 min
The world is a crazy place right now. To give is some normality, we did a hands on look at the Icy Dock Turbo Swap MB171SP-B. We also discussed the major events that are happening around the work with the Covid-19 virus and what tech is doing to track it…
Bob Buskirk and Ryan Kerschner from ThinkComputers with PC Gaming Builds – HGG436
Mar 15 • 81 min
We invited Bob Buskirk and Ryan Kerschner from ThinkComputers this week (our second try since their first visit failed due to Jim’s bad internet connection) and talked about the ASRock X570 Phantom Gaming ITX/TB3 Motherboard, the Phison SSD Controller for…
Jay Mattison from TekEverything with Mini-ITX Cases, PC Gaming Builds and Audio Gear – HGG435
Mar 7 • 90 min
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 and…
Kevin Schoonover, IcyDock Options and Gigabit Internet Choices – HGG434
Feb 29 • 90 min
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. We make a plea to Icydock at the…
GoXLR Mini Hands on Review, VIVO Monitor Mounts and Goodbye Phillips Hue Hub v1 – HGG433
Feb 21 • 75 min
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 and a…
Mike has a New Gaming Build and is Windows Full Time Now – HGG432
Jan 31 • 74 min
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…
Dewain Robinson with Eero Pro, Ecobee SmartThemostat, Jabra Elite and Surface Pro X – HGG431
Jan 25 • 83 min
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. We also looked at his new…
A Look at EaseUS EverySync, Listener Feedback and Mike has a Frankenbuild – HGG430
Jan 18 • 81 min
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…
Paul Braren Podcasts from the Tesla 3 and Buys Another – HGG429
Jan 11 • 93 min
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 purchase a…
Ring Video Doorbell 2 and Stick Up Cam Hands On and Windows Media Center RIP – HGG428
Jan 3 • 81 min
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 security…
Dave Jackson with Audio for Home Workers, Smart Speakers and Cloud-based Editing Services – HGG427
Dec 22, 2019 • 78 min
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,…
Erin Lawrence on iRobot Roomba s9+ with Braava jet m6 Review and Google Nest Hub Max – HGG426
Dec 15, 2019 • 77 min
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 to…
Sammie Collison on Print Media, Cable News Networks and News Based Podcasts – HGG425
Nov 29, 2019 • 62 min
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. I think you will enjoy…
Dewain Robinson with White Label Virtual Assistants and the Bot Framework – HGG424
Nov 23, 2019 • 90 min
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…
Rich Hay and the 1909 Windows Update, Surface Hardware and Xbox – HGG423
Nov 16, 2019 • 83 min
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…
A Look at APRS for Ham, Black Friday Shopping Lists and AirPod Pro – HGG422
Nov 9, 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 immediate…
An Update from Mike Howard – HGG421
Nov 3, 2019 • 60 min
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. Mike has some important things to say…
Jos Poortvliet from Nextcloud- HGG420
Oct 26, 2019 • 85 min
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. At the end of the show we talk a…
Ed Sullivan with Cigar Tech, Tips and Tools – HGG419
Oct 19, 2019 • 81 min
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, cigars are…
Updates on Travel Tech, Microsoft Surface Announcements and Waze Carpools – HGG418
Oct 11, 2019 • 84 min
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 doing…
Jay Mattison from Tek Everything – HGG417
Sep 28, 2019 • 71 min
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. Lots of product conversation…
Ryan Kerschner from ThinkComputers with Reviews on SilverStone and InWin PC Cases – HGG416
Sep 14, 2019 • 84 min
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 notes),…
Kreg Pocket Hole Jig for Corn Hole Boards, Making Perfect Ice Balls and Battery Powered Generators – HGG415
Sep 7, 2019 • 81 min
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. We also looked at $5000 fridge that will…
Ross Brand from Livestream Universe and How to Optimize Your Content on YouTube – HGG414
Aug 31, 2019 • 89 min
Ross Brand from Livestream Universe and LivestreamUniverse.com joined us to talk about the state of live streaming. We talk about where the industry has been and where it might be going. We spend the majority of the show talking about YouTube and what it…
Cody Wheat from Shots of History Podcast – HGG413
Aug 23, 2019 • 100 min
Cody Wheat, the voice behind Shots of History joins us this week for an interesting conversation centered around the beer, wine and spirits industry as well has how LibDib is trying to change the way spirits are distributed in the United States. We also…
Erin Lawrence and Her Custom #vanlife Build – HGG412
Aug 10, 2019 • 92 min
Erin Lawrence is back with us this week as we talk about her new van! She took a 2006 Sprinter Van and built it out as a camper van. Complete with power, USB outlets, ventilation, lights, water, refrigeration and some sweet living space, you will hear…
Mike is Hamming it Up with Amateur Radio, Hands on Review – HGG411
Aug 3, 2019 • 72 min
Jim opens the show with a quick hands-on review of his new Govee Bluetooth Thermometer and Hygrometer that he picked up to try to get better control over the wooden humidor he has for his cigars. Mike spent the rest of the time going over a basic Ham…