We cover all your favorite tech gadgets that find their way into your home!
By Jim Collison
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...
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...
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,
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.
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,
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...
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.
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,
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...
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...
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...
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 ...
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.
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 ...
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.
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...
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...
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.
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 ...
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...
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...
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...
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 ...
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.
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 ...
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...
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...
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.
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.
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,
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...
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.
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...
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.
Ross Brand from Livestream Universe and How to Optimize Your Content on YouTube – HGG414
August 31, 2019
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 ...
Cody Wheat from Shots of History Podcast – HGG413
August 23, 2019
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.
Erin Lawrence and Her Custom #vanlife Build – HGG412
August 10, 2019
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,
Mike is Hamming it Up with Amateur Radio, Hands on Review – HGG411
August 03, 2019
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 r...
Edward Weniger is Back with Facebook Libra and a Crypto Update – HGG410
July 27, 2019
We are joined by Edward Weniger from AlphaBTC for our annual update on the Blockchain, Bitcoin and Facebook Libra. We always enjoy having Edward with us and he did not disappoint. I think you will enjoy the show.
Grill and BBQ Show, Summer 2019 – HGG409
July 19, 2019
Mark Robson joins us this week as we talk all things BBQ and Grill! From a new pellet Pizza oven, to a new smoking tube for Jim to try, to some new and old recipes to try and even a little doggie tech, we have it all!
Back from Vacation, New Podcast Option with Transcriptions and LIVE Options and July Prime Deals – HGG408
July 14, 2019
Mike and Jim are back this week after taking a much needed break for 2 weeks! It was super needed and awesome. This week we come back with some community updates, a look at both StreamYard and Otter.ai (you can now get full transcripts of the program w...
Get Off My Lawn! Some Complaints About Tech – HGG407
June 22, 2019
Jim kind of goes on a rant about tech this week and doesn’t like what is happening at Facebook or any of the other tech giants. Have we lost our edge on innovation at the moment? Is there anything compelling? Mike tries to talk him off the ledge.
3D Printing and Printers, New Cigars and Hygrometer to Review – HGG406
June 15, 2019
Ron from Canadian Maker Project joins us to talk about 3D printers, parts and how to use them. We show off a cool coin that Ron has printed for us and the best ways to get into 3D printing. At the end we look at 2 cigars that were sent by listeners and...
Fathers Day Gifts, Apple News, Unraid Setup and Review – HGG405
June 08, 2019
With Father’s day coming up, Jim reviews his Acrylic Humidor that he purchased a few months ago at Amazon. Mike covers the latest Apple Announcements from WWDC 2019 and then dives into his Unraid set up. It is a complete review from top to bottom!
High Volume Photo Scanners, Gaming Sleep and Windows 10 1903 is Finally Here – HGG404
June 01, 2019
We start with listener email this week and Brian asks the question about high-speed photo scanners. We also look at the new offering from Pokémon Go and the gamification of sleep. We wrap the show with the new features that are coming with Windows 10 1...
Sammie Collison and What Every College Student Needs for School – HGG403
May 25, 2019
Sammie Collison (Jim’s daughter) joins us this week to talk about her college experience and the tech she has used for school and journalism. Sammie is a student at Northwest Missouri State University in Maryville Mo. I think you will enjoy the show.
Listener Feedback, Simplisafe vs Ring, Sensors and Alt Mobility in Omaha – HGG402
May 18, 2019
Mike Wieger is back and we cover a bunch of listener email. We discuss the differences in Simplisafe and Ring, revisit the coffee conversation again, get feedback on the mailbox sensor we discussed a few months back and finish with a look at some new r...
Earbuds for Every Occasion, Targus Backpack Review, Excellent Coffee Machines – HGG401
May 11, 2019
Maika Leibbrandt joins us this week. She walks us through her story to find the perfect set of earbuds. She also reviews the Tagrus EcoSmart Backpack and Jim compares it to the Targus ViP he has been using for the last year or so. Finally,
When is Old Hardware Too Old? Backups and Tech Regrets – HGG387
January 19, 2019
Pulling from Facebook and the mail bag this week, Jim and Mike spend some time wondering, how old is too old when it comes to computer hardware? We also have a lengthy discussion on backup solutions,
Plex Pass Perks, Tautulli, Xbox One S, Apple Watch and Gametime App – HGG386
January 12, 2019
Mike talks about his recent purchases using Plex Pass Perks to save on hard drives and Tautulli to monitor his Plex activity. Jim has is new Xbox One S and Apple Watch in the house and Mike uses the Gametime App to get really cheap Creighto...