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On Home Gadget Geeks we cover all your favorite tech gadgets that find their way into your home. News, reviews, product updates and conversation, all for the Average Tech guy! Host Jim Collison and his super line up of hosts are LIVE each week on Thursday nights, 8pmC/9E at http://theAverageGuy.tv

Home Gadget Geeks Jim Collison

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On Home Gadget Geeks we cover all your favorite tech gadgets that find their way into your home. News, reviews, product updates and conversation, all for the Average Tech guy! Host Jim Collison and his super line up of hosts are LIVE each week on Thursday nights, 8pmC/9E at http://theAverageGuy.tv

    Bob and Ryan from the ThinkComputers Podcast join with a CES Wrap, Monitors, Soundbars and Dual Screen Laptops – HGG560

    Bob and Ryan from the ThinkComputers Podcast join with a CES Wrap, Monitors, Soundbars and Dual Screen Laptops – HGG560

    We catch up with Bob and Ryan from ThinkComputers.org and their experience from CES 2023. During the show we talk about the newest monitors on the market (hint: everything is curved now), the latest in sound bars for your computer (not just for the entertainment center) and dual screen laptops from Lenovo. Thanks for listening!

     







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    Popular Tags: Podcast, Home Gadget Geeks, Home automation, Smart home technology, Internet of Things (IoT), Home appliances, Home entertainment systems, Home security, Home energy management, Home renovation and DIY, Home gadget reviews, Home technology trends

     

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    About CES:

    CES is an annual trade show organized by the Consumer Technology Association. It typically takes place in January in Las Vegas, Nevada and features exhibitors showcasing the latest in consumer technology, such as smartphones, laptops, home appliances, and virtual reality technology. The event also typically includes keynote speeches and other presentations by industry leaders.

    Attending CES can offer several benefits, such as:

    Networking: CES is a great place to meet other professionals and companies in the technology industry.

    Learning: Attendees can learn about the latest technology and developments in the industry through keynote speeches, panel discussions, and product demonstrations.

    Staying ahead of the curve: Seeing new products and technology before they are released to the market can give attendees an advantage in their own industries.

    Gaining inspiration: CES can be a great source of inspiration for new business ideas or product development.

    Seeing the future: CES offers a glimpse into what the future of technology might look like.

    Links

    https://thinkcomputers.org/ces-2023-samsung/

    https://thinkcomputers.org/razers-new-soundbar-uses-ai-head-tracking-for-the-best-experience/

    https://thinkcomputers.org/ces-2023-lenovo-shows-off-dual-screen-yoga-book-9i/

    Show Segments

    How was Vegas this year? [1:42]

    Less crowd is good for us. [3:35]

    What was it like to shoot the show? [5:03]

    How far in advance do you start requesting those meetings? [10:48]

    Samsung’s new 34-inch and 50-inch monitors are HUGE! [17:12]

    What’s the sweet spot for refresh rate and price? [22:31]

    Jim’s Laptop. [44:03]

    What’s the best card for the 40 Series?

    • 1 hr 9 min
    Christian Johnson with a Look at LastPass Breach and Your Options Now – HGG559

    Christian Johnson with a Look at LastPass Breach and Your Options Now – HGG559

    This week on Home Gadget Geeks Jim and Christian catch up on the Last Pass Data Breach. We talk about why the security industry had a field day and introduce foundational concepts to password managers along the way. We also walk through some other password managers with similar bumps in the road over the years and what are some of the characteristics that stand out for password managers that can earn consumer trust. We then explore Christian’s migration to Bitwarden and what makes it a stand-out option amongst some of the preferred options for password management. It’s 2023 and we are still talking about password managers…. If that’s not insanity what is?! Thanks for listening!

     







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    Popular Tags: Podcast, Home Gadget Geeks, Home automation, Smart home technology, Internet of Things (IoT), Home appliances, Home entertainment systems, Home security, Home energy management, Home renovation and DIY, Home gadget reviews, Home technology trends

     

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    Last Pass Breach

    https://palant.info/2022/12/26/whats-in-a-pr-statement-lastpass-breach-explained/



    * “Lots of buzzwords here. 256-bit AES encryption, unique encryption key, Zero Knowledge architecture, all that sounds very reassuring. It masks over a simple fact: the only thing preventing the threat actors from decrypting your data is your master password. If they are able to guess it, the game is over.”



    Zero Knowledge Encryption Principles:



    * Password is NEVER stored.

    * All data is encrypted locally on the client, never on the server.

    * Servers only ever store encrypted bits.

    * Encryption key on the client is always generated and derived from the master password.



    Some of the main issues discussed in the Last Pass breach (or as some would say, lack of containment):



    * Default for 12 character minimum password wasn’t enforced until 2018. Previous customers weren’t asked to move over to that standard.

    * PBKDF2 is a critical feature of reducing brute force attack likelihoods. Minimum expected is 100K iterations in most modern password managers.



    * Many Last Pass accounts were still configured with only 5000 iterations. Some accounts later on found were as low as 500. OWASP recommends 310K







    What’s PBKDF2 (Password-Based Key Derivation Function)?



    * Put simply, it’s a modern cryptographic hashing function that computes iterative HMACs to make passwords resistant to dictionary attacks and rainbow attacks: a href="https://cryptobook.nakov.

    • 1 hr 22 min
    Jon Maddox from Channels a Look Back at 2022 and What is Ahead for 2023 for Channels – HGG558

    Jon Maddox from Channels a Look Back at 2022 and What is Ahead for 2023 for Channels – HGG558

    Jon Maddox from Channels (https://getchannels.com) joins this week on the podcast. We have lots of follow-up from our October 2021 show as Jon talks about the most important things added to Channels DVR and what we can look forward to in 2023. Even a little VR conversation at the end. He has a surprise recommendation as well. Thanks for listening!

     







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    About Channels:

    Channels DVR is a software program for the Apple TV and other devices that allows users to record and watch live TV. It is a digital video recorder (DVR) that can be used to record and watch live television on a variety of devices, including smartphones, tablets, and streaming devices. Some of the benefits of using Channels DVR include the ability to record and watch live TV, schedule recordings, and watch recordings on any device with the Channels app. Additionally, since the DVR runs on a network-attached storage (NAS) device, users can access their recordings from anywhere on their home network and share them with other devices.

    Channels compares to the rest of the DVR space in these 5 ways:

    Compatibility: Channels DVR is compatible with a wide range of devices including Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Android TV, and web browsers.

    Recording options: It allows users to record live TV, schedule recordings, and record multiple channels at once.

    Flexibility: Channels DVR runs on a network-attached storage (NAS) device, which means that users can access their recordings from anywhere on their home network and share them with other devices.

    User interface: The Channels DVR app has a user-friendly interface that makes it easy for users to find and watch their recordings.

    Integration: Channels DVR integrates with other streaming services and apps, making it easy to find and watch your favorite shows and movies.

    In general, Channels DVR is a solid option for people looking for a flexible and easy-to-use DVR solution. It is particularly well-suited for people who want to be able to record and watch live TV on a variety of devices, and who want to be able to access their recordings from anywhere on their home network.

    Some additional considerations:

    Cost: Channels DVR requires a one-time purchase for the app and a monthly subscription for the guide data, whereas other DVRs may have ongoing monthly or yearly fees.

    Hardware: Channels DVR runs on a network-attached storage (NAS) device, meaning users need to have a NAS device or purchase one separately. Other DVRs may have a built-in hard drive or a streaming device as...

    • 1 hr 17 min
    Jay Franze, More Thoughts on a Solo Stove and Tech Productivity Gadgets for Your Desk – HGG557

    Jay Franze, More Thoughts on a Solo Stove and Tech Productivity Gadgets for Your Desk – HGG557

    Jay Franze joins this week as we talk about Tech Tools on your Desk that increase your productivity. Lots of great gadgets in the conversation. But first, we chat again about the Solo Stove. I recently wrote a post about it at https://theaverageguy.tv/2023/01/02/5-benefits-of-a-solo-stove-and-why-i-still-might-get-one/  and would love your feedback. Thanks for listening!







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    Links

     

    Get more of Jay at

    Franze and Friends | (jayfranze.com)

     

    https://www.solostove.com/

     

    1001 DRONES! Record Breaking Christmas Drone Show

    https://youtu.be/Ou2xe-ZRxmc

     

    Show Segments

    Introduction to the show. [0:00]

    The benefits of a solo stove. [3:54]

    The Mesa tabletop fireplace. [9:13]

    How to use Zoom in Teams for primary communication. [14:28]

    What makes you productive Jay? [21:38]

    One of the things I’ve been looking at is a Stream Deck. [26:00]

    Can you use the Stream Deck on Android? [30:16]

    Wired vs wireless. [35:32]

    The purpose of having a triangle is for a good stereo image. [40:11]

    Have you ever thought about building a studio inside a house that’s shaped like a car? [45:21]

    Sharing screens at work. [49:38]

    Other tools Jay uses to keep himself organized. [53:38]

    What makes you feel productive? [1:00:58]

    What’s next on his must-have list for the studio? [1:05:21]

    How to get the right height of desk for your desk. [1:13:46]

    Everything beyond the desk is a monitor.[1:19:03]

    The difference between 360 videos and 3D videos. [1:25:19]

    1001 Drones for Christmas. [1:30:27]

    Why Jay is doing a second show [1:36:01]



     

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    • 1 hr 39 min
    Erin Lawrence with Ember Mug 2, 2022 Fire TV Cube and a Samsung Portable Projector – HGG556

    Erin Lawrence with Ember Mug 2, 2022 Fire TV Cube and a Samsung Portable Projector – HGG556

    The famous Erin Lawrence from TechGadgetsCanada.com is back this week with 4 product reviews and some information about Jim that might alarm you. We cover the Ember Mug 2, Breville Barista Express, Fire TV Cube Review and the Samsung portable projector! Thanks for listening!







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    Links

    Ember Mug 2 review

    https://www.techgadgetscanada.com/ember-mug-2-review/

    Review: Breville Barista Express espresso machine

    https://www.techgadgetscanada.com/review-breville-barista-express-espresso-machine/

    2022 Amazon Fire TV Cube with Voice Remote Review

    https://www.techgadgetscanada.com/2022-amazon-fire-tv-cube-with-voice-remote-review/

    Samsung The Freestyle Portable Projector Review: It’s ALMOST Perfect

    https://www.techgadgetscanada.com/samsung-the-freestyle-portable-projector-review-its-almost-perfect/

     

    Jim’s Build – https://pcpartpicker.com/list/HfqNFg

     

     

    Show Segments

    Coffee Mug Review:. [5:30]

    Can you tell the difference when you’re making coffee out of this machine from other machines? [18:35]

    How do you keep your milk hot? [22:05]

    What’s the pros and cons of this machine? [27:08]

    How to use the Fire TV Cube. [32:34]

    Wifi routers are getting more and more expensive. [37:49]

    Samsung Freestyle Portable Projector. [46:55]

    What’s coming up at TechGadgetsCanada.com? [56:54]



     

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    • 1 hr 5 min
    Dave McCabe on Woodworking Projects with CNC and the End of Home Server Show Forums – HGG555

    Dave McCabe on Woodworking Projects with CNC and the End of Home Server Show Forums – HGG555

    Dave McCabe from the old Home Server Show and Reset Podcast joins this week. Dave has a very nice gift for Jim that he made on his CNC machine. You will have to watch the video to see it. We talk about using that CNC to cut lots of wood projects as well as Dave selling the plans. Dave announces that on December 15, Home Server Show Forums will be closing down and we finish the show with some friendly chat about the community. Thanks for your Patreon Support! Thanks for listening.







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    Links

    Dave’s Etsy Shop – https://www.etsy.com/shop/DavidMcCabeWoodworks 

     

    Jim’s Build – https://pcpartpicker.com/list/HfqNFg

     

     

    Show Segments

    The 11th anniversary of Home Gadget Geeks. [1:13]

    What are the correct trusses for this span? [6:08]

    How would you find my Etsy store? How would I find it? [11:20]

    What’s the hardest part of building a CNC? [16:09]

    Milling lumber on his own. [20:59]

    Your local community college has a space like this? [25:35]

    What would bring you back to podcast today? [30:45]

    Jim’s thoughts on the future of tech. [42:18]

    Where are you in this whole electric vehicle thing? [1:11:40]

    What’s the story behind these cars? [1:17:26]

    There’s not a lot of those left. [1:20:53]



     

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    • 1 hr 31 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
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44 Ratings

Arlie K ,

A must listen!

Ran across this show right after buying our first home last Spring, and it's become a fast favorite! No matter the topic, I gain something from every episode. Insightful guests, actionable takeaways, and general geeking out... what more could you ask for? 🤓

AODaveLee ,

Geeks Unite!

Really enjoy the podcast. Each week’s episode provides a wide variety of topics and tech gadgets out there. The guests are always knowledge and add tremendous depth to the podcast. Keep it up, guys.

stevesleep ,

OK - I'm a Tech Geek

I admit it. I love tech. I can't get involved in everything so it's great listening to Home Gadget Geeks. Keeps me updated on everything from blockchains to BBQ. Good job Jim and Mike!

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