Home Gadget Geeks (Audio MP3)

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

By Jim Collison



Gretchen Schoenstein with Overcoming Adversity Through Grit and Community: A Journey with Autoimmune Disease – HGG609

May 25, 2024

My guest this week is Gretchen Schoenstein, a half marathon enthusiast who has completed more than one hundred half marathons. With unwavering dedication and passion, Gretchen has conquered diverse co


Marv Bee from the IT Business Podcast with Listener Email and Is the PC Dead? – HGG608

May 18, 2024

Marv Bee from ITBusinessPodcast.com joins me this week as we open the show with listener email. Some thoughts on routers, printers, Subaru upgrades and home server storage. We wrap the show with the q


The Gang from HomeTech.fm with the Current State and Challenges of Home Automation – HGG607

May 11, 2024

This week I have Gavin Campell, TJ Huddleston and Seth Johnson, hosts of the HomeTech Podcast at HomeTech.fm and we discuss the current state of the home tech market, including challenges and strategi


Christian Johnson with Hard Drives, Wifi and Private 5G – HGG606

May 04, 2024

Christian Johnson from MapleGrovePartners.com joins me this week. We open the show with some talk of the current state of hard drives and ask Christian what NAS he would buy in 2024. We talk about the


Jay Franze with Listener Feedback, Rode Wireless Pro and Zoom H6 Hands On – HGG605

April 20, 2024

Jay Fraze from https://jayfranze.com/ismy guest. In this episode, cover listener feedback from last week. Jay has purchased a new Rode Wireless Pro mic set and a Zoom H6 and we get an update on Jay


Perspectives: It’s Never as Bad as You Think, But Sometimes It’s Worse – HGG604

April 13, 2024

Im back in action after a much-needed Spring Break, and let me tell you, its been a whirlwind! With April 15th looming over our heads, Ill dish out some insights into how I tackled my taxes and how


Erin Lawrence with NextBase Dash Cam, Bird Buddy Smart Feeders and the L’OR Coffee System – HGG603

March 16, 2024

Erin Lawrence from https://www.techgadgetscanada.com. is my guest this week. In this episode, we explore a range of innovative products, from the NextBase 4K iQ Dash Cameras impressive features to Er


Jeff Sieh with the Apple Vision Pro Hands on Review – HGG602

March 09, 2024

Jeff Sieh from http://socialmedianewslive.com/ and http://jeffsieh.com/ joins me this week as we get to know Jeff for the first time and spend some time talking about the new Apple Vision Pro. Theres


Gavin Campbell with Matter, Does it Really Matter? – HGG601

March 04, 2024

Gavin Campbell from HomeTech.fm joins me this week and after a short catch-up, we ask the question, in home automation, does Matter really Matter? The standard has picked up a lot of support in the la


Tony Raynor with Hands-On Review of the DJI Osmo Pocket 3 and More – HGG600

February 17, 2024

Long-time listener Tony Raynor joins me this week as we talk about his new DGI Pocket 3 and he even uses it as a webcam for the show. We also discuss his love for photography and why he submits so man


Marv Bee asks the Question: Can we have too many Gadgets? – HGG599

February 10, 2024

Marv Bee from the IT Business Podcast is my guest this week. Marv and I discuss the question, Are we getting too gadgetry in our lives? We also look at Marvs new StreamDeck, discuss his recent pur


Bob and Ryan from ThinkComputers with Exploring the Latest in Home Tech: OLED Monitors and Wearable Smart Glasses – HGG598

January 27, 2024

Bob and Ryan from ThinkComputers.org join me as my guests. They are both off a successful CES 2024 and live to tell! Lots on monitors, memory and a new wearable from ASUS! Great to catch up with them


Christian Johnson with Foreflight, Lastpass v Bitwarden and AI Updates – HGG597

January 20, 2024

Christian Johnson is back this week and catch up with him and his quest to complete his pilots license. We also get an update on his thoughts on LastPass and Bitwarden and wrap the show with some upd


Titania Jordan from Bark Technologies with Digital Safety and Advanced Content Monitoring for All – HGG596

January 06, 2024

In the latest Home Gadget Geeks episode, I had the pleasure of hosting Titania Jordan the CPO (Chief Parent Officer) from Bark.us a leading digital safety company. Titania delved into Barks cutting-


TJ Huddleston from HomeTech.fm with Maker Spaces, Home Automation Favorites and the Litter Robot – HGG595

December 23, 2023

This week I am joined by TJ Huddleston from HomeTech.fm. We kick off the conversation by delving into the intricacies of TJs background, gaining valuable insights into the technological landscape tha


13 Years of Home Gadget Geeks and Mike Wieger with Organizing his HomeLab – HGG594

December 16, 2023

A very special Home Gadget Geeks episode! Celebrating 13 years with Mike Wieger. Mike shares his home lab insights. Using a self-hosted git repo for documentation, hes into Proxmox clusters alongside


Jay Franze with Chat GPT Follow-up and Tech Regrets for 2023 – HGG593

December 02, 2023

Jay Franze is my guest this week. Jay continues to use ChatGPT and finds it helpful for drafting documents from bullet points. We talk about some limitations of ChatGPT and how prompt engineering coul


Sammie Collison with Updates on the Bellevue Library, New Additions and Reading Recommendations for the Season – HGG592

November 25, 2023

In this weeks podcast, I had the Sammie Collison. We delved into the exciting developments surrounding her new role at the library, providing listeners with an update on various aspects. From the pro


Erin Lawrence with Temu Exposed, Chromebook Plus Review, Pixel Watch 2 and Govee Lights – HGG591

November 18, 2023

This week we have Erin Lawrence from https://www.techgadgetscanada.com/. Ive got the inside scoop on her Temu experimentproviding a comprehensive update and addressing the burning question: Is Temu


Ed Sullivan with the DJI Osmo Pocket 3 and Jackery Batteries for a Mobile Podcast Studio Setup – HGG590

November 11, 2023

Ed Sullivan is my guest this week and he shared insights into his advanced mobile podcast setup, centered around the 2021 16 MacBook Pro M1 Max 32 GB as the processing hub. The audio setup features t


Jim is Solo and Discusses Health Updates, Health Gamification and Stuff to do at the end of the Year – HGG589

November 04, 2023

In this episode I am solo. I have a few personal updates for you. We look at some health gadgets that we have turned into dinner time family games. I ask a question to you about a new type of format f


Gavin Campbell with Home Assistant’s Local Voice AI, mmWave Sensors, Zigbee vs. Z-Wave, 3D Printing and Smart Lawn Watering – HGG588

October 21, 2023

Gavin Campbell joins me this week as we talk about how Home Assistant introduces a local voice assistant with wake words. Gavin is enthusiastic about mmWave sensors, Aqara FP2, which can detect people


Innovation Unleashed: Dave McCabe’s 3D Printing Journey with Bambu Lab – HGG587

October 14, 2023

Dave McCabe joins me this week. Well be discussing his recent woodworking projects, including items hes crafted for his office. Dave has also recently acquired a 3D printer, and youll be intrigued


Bob and Ryan from ThinkComputers.org with 2024 Economic Outlook: Impact on Tech Purchases – HGG586

October 08, 2023

Bob and Ryan from ThinkComputers.org are joining me, and were going to discuss the economic outlook for 2024 and how it might impact tech purchases. Well also dedicate some time to talking about the


Christian Johnson with Reliefband, the MGM/Caesars Hack and an Update on Windows 11 – HGG585

September 23, 2023

This week, Im joined by Christian Johnson for an exciting update on his pilots license journey and the tech that played a pivotal role in his progress. Well also dive into the intriguing developmen


Paul Braren and Lots of Stuff to Catch Up on! – HGG584

September 10, 2023

Paul Braren from TinkerTry.com joins me this week and we catch up with him. Its been a busy time for Paul. Both moving and changing jobs has kept him on his toes when it comes to technology. We talk


Marv Bee with the NetAlly Cyber Scope, Bose Sound Sport, AI News and a New Podcast – HGG583

September 02, 2023

In this episode, Im joined by Marv Bee. We dive into the NetAlly CyberScope and the Bose SoundSport earbuds. We also discuss AI based on an Engadget article and learn about Marvs new podcast that mi


Irrigreen CEO Shane Dyer and Precision Irrigation for Lawn Water Savings – HGG582

August 19, 2023

Joining us this week is a visionary leader who has been instrumental in revolutionizing the irrigation landscape CEO Shane Dyer of Irrigreen. Get ready to gain some invaluable insights into the futu


Jay Franze, Tips and Tricks for Discount Shopping Sites – HGG581

August 12, 2023

Jay Franze joins us this week!. We caught up with Jay and asked about some new equipment he is using for his podcast as well as an update on the fire pit he mentioned the last time he was on. Jim ment


Randy Walker with WordPress Updates, Tips and Tricks for 2023 – HGG580

August 05, 2023

This week we sit down with Randy Walker to dive into the world of WordPress and ask the question, why is WordPress still important? Before we start in on WordPress, Randy has a new podcasting mic to t


Christian Johnson with Data Cold Storage and the Impact of the LLM in AI – HGG579

July 29, 2023

Christian Johnson is back and we spend some time catching up on Maple Grove Partners. We have a discussion on the benefits of cold storage is how to make the most of it. We then discuss the increasing


Marv Bee with Synology Storage Install and Car Infotainment Satisfaction Dropping – HGG578

July 23, 2023

Marv Bee joins me this week and we catch up with him and the latest on the IT Business Podcast. We spend a few minutes at the beginning of the show talking about smart grills and outdoor cooking. We t


Erin Lawrence with Dyson Stick Vac, Ninja Coffee Maker, Temu and Bluetti – HGG577

July 16, 2023

Erin Lawrence joins this week. After and update from Erin, we look at the latest reviews from https://techgadgetscanada.com, including an update on smart vacuum cleaners, but traditional and robot, a


Gavin Campbell with Meater, Ecowitt and Aqara Home Automation – HGG576

July 08, 2023

Gavin Campbell from HomeTech.fm is my guest this week. Gavin has a new Meater temperature probe and its changing the way he does grilling, and for the better! We talk a bunch about some new soil mois


Nathaniel Lindley with Balancing Summer Fun and Productivity – HGG575

June 26, 2023

Nathaniel Lindley is my guest this week! We catch up with Nathaniel and his work since COVID and have a chat about his outdoor sound setup and new patio that he installed this spring. Thanks for liste


Bob and Ryan from ThinkComputers with Computex 2023 Highlights and PCI Express 5.0 Storage – HGG574

June 03, 2023

Bob and Ryan from ThinkComputers.org join me for the show. In this episode, we explore the buzz surrounding PCI Express 5.0 storage, the standout highlights from Computex, the future of storage, the d


Dan LeFebvre with Streamlining Audio Edits with AI and Jim Orders a New Ugreen UPS – HGG573

May 20, 2023

Dan LeFebvre from Based on a True Story Podcast joins me this week! We cover some audio and video editing topics and how AI is starting to influence this process. Dan also moved recently and we talked


Marv Bee with Small Business AI Questions and UPS Recommendations – HGG572

May 13, 2023

Marv Bee from the IT Business Podcast joins me today. In this episode, we discuss the issues behind using Chat GPT and AI, covering things like attribution and sources, and how AI is missing the abili


So You Are Installing a Fire Pit? Jay Franze Guest – HGG571

May 06, 2023

This week, we are excited to have Jay Franze join us to talk about building backyard fire pits. In this episode, we will cover everything you need to know about building a fire pit, including the mate


Mark Robson with the Big BBQ and Grill Show for Summer 2023 – HGG570

April 29, 2023

Summer is a time for outdoor activities, and one of the best ways to enjoy the warm weather is to fire up the grill. For many, grilling is an essential part of the summer season, providing a delicious


Dr. Brian Fredlander with Innovations in Assistive Technology: How AI and OCR are Revolutionizing Accessibility – HGG569

April 15, 2023

Dr. Brian Freelander joins us this week. Brian shares information about his work with students with cognitive disabilities during the pandemic and the development of new software and hardware. He talk


Erin Lawrence with Withing Smart Scale, Alexa Smart Kettle, GE Smart Mixer and Echo Frames – HGG568

March 31, 2023

Erin Lawrence joins this week (Dont forget to visit https://TechGadgetsCanada.com for all the reviews). First, we look at the Withings Smart Scale, which Erin found to be problematic despite having a


Mike Wieger with Arccos Golf Smart Sensors and an iPhone and Apple Watch Upgrade Conversation – HGG567

March 25, 2023

Mike Wieger is back for this week! In the show, we talk about some new golf tech that Mike has been using. I ask Mike about his opinion about upgrading my iPhone 12 and Apple Watch 4. Is now the time?


Kevin Schoonover and 2 Future PC Builds with AMD vs Intel – HGG566

March 18, 2023

This week we have Kevin Schoonover and in this episode, well be discussing Kevins plans for two PC builds one using Intel and the other using AMD. Well dive deep into the specifics of each build,


Jay Franze with Unlocking the Potential of Chat GPT: Insights, Ethics and Attribution – HGG565

March 11, 2023

This week Im joined by fellow tech enthusiast, Jay Franze and we have a lot to talk about. Well be discussing one of my favorite topics Chat GPT and exploring its potential uses and impact on th


Sammie Collison: Beyond Books – Exploring the Surprising Capabilities of Local Libraries – HGG564

March 04, 2023

In this episode, we delve into the power of local public libraries and what they have to offer in 2023. Sammie Collison, shares her experience working at the Bellevue Nebraska Public Library and highl


Getting to Know Randy Walker, Instructional Designer, Podcaster and Meetup Organizer in Detroit – HGG563

February 25, 2023

Randy Walker joins us this week as a first-time guest and long-time listener. We get to know Randy and discover he is a contributor to two different Podcasts, The Daily Detroit Podcast and IT in the D


Gavin Campbell from HomeTech.fm and Home Assistant Pros and Cons – HGG562

February 12, 2023

Gavin Campbell from HomeTech.fm joins this week and its mostly Home Assistant conversation. We open with a new bar gadget from Dave McCabe that I picked up at Daves new site, https://www.warpedboard


Marv Bee from the IT Business Podcast with Dio Speakers, Synology, HDTV Antennas – HGG561

February 04, 2023

Join me this week as I sit down with Marv Bee, the host of the IT Business Podcast, for an insightful conversation. We delve into the latest updates from Marv and discuss the exciting advancements in


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

January 27, 2023

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 i