We cover all your favorite tech gadgets that find their way into your home!
By Jim Collison
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...
Paul Braren with Travel Tech, Ring Stick Up Cams and a New Tesla 3 – HGG385
January 06, 2019
Paul Braren from https://tinkertry.com and on Twitter at @paulbraren joins this week as we catch up with him and his job with VMware, some travel tech from his trip to Europe, his new Ring Stick Up Cams and his new Tesla 3.
Christmas Gadget Wrap, SimpliSafe, Meater+, Apple Watch to Fitbit Solution, Xbox, VR and Untangle – HGG384
December 28, 2018
It’s the post Christmas episode with Jim and Mike. Both cover the new gadgets that they got for Christmas and even some that they didn’t! We cover some questions from the Facebook group and close it out with a look at Untangle.
Addy Saucedo from The Podcast Planner with Smart Notebooks, Smart Plugs and Smart Gear – HGG383
December 22, 2018
Addy Saucedo from https://www.thepodcastplanner.com/ and @podcastplanner on Twitter joins us to talk about Smart Notebook planners, Live Scribe Pens, Smart Plugs and Smart Gear. We talk about her new Canon M50 Camera and the new Series 4 App...
Mike Howard from jpeg2RAW talks Mirrorless vs DSLR and Photography Gifts for Everyone – HGG382
December 15, 2018
Mike Howard from jpeg2RAW found at http://www.jpeg2raw.com/ and at @jpeg2raw on Twitter as we discuss the battle between Mirrorless and DSLR cameras. We also look at the software used to edit and store his photos as well as some gift ideas ...
Pimp Your Christmas Lights with xLights, Is Rivian a Tesla Killer and a New Monitor – HGG381
December 08, 2018
We have an email from Anthony who provided us with two awesome Christmas lights videos and some equipment to back it all up! Mike talks about Rivian and will they be a Tesla killer? Some game purchasing tips,
Post Black Friday Purchases, Drobo Fail and Google Photos – HGG380
December 01, 2018
We are back after the US Thanksgiving weekend break with all of the gadgets that we purchased during the Black Friday sales! Jim also tells the story of his Drobo 5N failing and how he recovered it as well as a move to Google Photos for all hi...
The Big Black Friday Gadget Episode – HGG379
November 17, 2018
Black Friday is coming up in the United States and Mike and I cover some deals that you might be interested in. Join Jim Collison / @jcollison and Mike Wieger / @WiegerTech for show #379 of Home Gadget Geeks brought to you by the Average Guy ...
Jon Larsen with 3D Printed Parts and a NexStar Evolution Telescope – HGG378
November 09, 2018
On this episode, Jon Larsen from the AIM Institute found at http://aimforbrilliance.org/. We talk about the newest deal in the Facebook group from EVGA, some 3D printers and printed parts for Jon’s stuff,
Home Networking Tips and Apple Product Announcements – HGG377
November 03, 2018
On this episode, We cover some home networking tips, a look at the most recent Apple event and some updates on a new channel that Jim is watching on YouTube. Join Jim Collison / @jcollison and Mike Wieger / @WiegerTech for show #377 of Home Ga...
Erin Lawrence with a Tech Camper Conversion, the Pixel 3 XL and the Hobot – HGG376
October 26, 2018
On this episode, we have Erin Lawrence from Tech Gadgets Canada at http://TechGadgetsCanada.com and on Twitter @erinLYYC as we talk about her newest home DIY project – Tech Camper Conversion! We also cover the new Google Pixel 3XL,
Emily Prokop and Her New The Story Behind Book – HGG375
October 20, 2018
On this episode, we have Emily Prokop from The Story Behind Podcast at http://thestorybehindpodcast.com/ and on Twitter @StoryBehindPod as we talk her new Book (link in the show notes) and discuss one of the chapters on Solar Panels.
Dewain Robinson with Conversational AI and a New Tesla – HGG374
October 13, 2018
On this episode, we have Dewain Robinson joins us to talk about his project at Microsoft and AI and his recent experience with the purchase of a Tesla Model S. So join Jim Collison / @jcollison and Mike Wieger / @WiegerTech for show #374 of Ho...
Rich Hay with New Microsoft Hardware, Windows 10 1809 October 2018 Update – HGG373
October 06, 2018
On this episode, we have Rich Hay from https://www.windowsobserver.com/ and @WinObs join us to talk about the new Surface Hardware, the October 2018 Update and what is new with Windows and the favorite Features from Microsoft Insiders.