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

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@jcollison

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Episodes
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Erin Lawrence with Exploring Birdfy Hum Feeder, Kamado Joe Smart Grill, and 2024 Chevy Traverse – HGG611

6/15/2024
Erin Lawrence from Tech Gadgets Canada joined me this week. We delved into a variety of tech topics, starting with the Birdfy Hum Feeder, where Erin shared her mixed experiences, praising the seed feeder but expressing disappointment with the Hum feeder’s performance. Moving on to the Kamado Connected Joe smart charcoal grill, Erin’s review highlighted its impressive capabilities, transforming her into a confident cook despite her initial reservations about charcoal grilling. Lastly, we explored the automotive tech landscape with Erin’s exhilarating two-day test drive of the 2024 Chevy Traverse, demonstrating how advancements in auto tech are rapidly converging with smart home

Duration:01:13:50

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Rich Hay with the Vaonis Vespera Passengers and a look at the Vespera II and Pro for the Night Sky Observer – HGG610

6/1/2024
In one of my favorite episodes yet this year, we catch up with Rich Hay. Rich talks about his decision to purchase a VW EV and all that he has loved about it (that was in preshow, now at the end). In the show, we catch up with Rich and talk about what he has been up to over the last 2 years. He talks about his purchase of the Vaonis Vespera Passengers and how much it has made looking at the stars so much easier. We also talk about how Jim found his idea of a pop-up drone security

Duration:01:20:29

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

5/25/2024
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 courses, inspiring countless others with her determination. Join us as we delve into Gretchen’s remarkable journey, celebrating her as a light in the running community and those she serves who are suffering! Thanks for listening! Full show notes, transcriptions (available on request), audio and video at http://theAverageGuy.tv/hgg609 Join Jim Collison / @jcollison for show #609 of Home Gadget Geeks, brought to you by the Average Guy Network. WANT TO SUBSCRIBE? http://theAverageGuy.tv/subscribe

Duration:01:16:46

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

5/18/2024
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 question, “Is the PC dead?” Marv is not too sure, and Jim says yes. What say you? Thanks for listening! Full show notes, transcriptions (available on request), audio and video at http://theAverageGuy.tv/hgg608 Join Jim Collison / @jcollison for show #608 of Home Gadget Geeks, brought to you by the Average Guy Network. WANT TO SUBSCRIBE? http://theAverageGuy.tv/subscribe Join us for the show live each Thursday at 8pmC/9E/1UTC at http://theAverageGuy.tv/live

Duration:01:08:38

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

5/11/2024
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 strategies for hiding technology in home theater installations, integrating various smart home devices and systems, and the benefits and drawbacks of robot lawn mowers. They also shared their experiences with USB power and cable management, highlighting the need for longer cables and the potential of battery-powered millimeter wave sensors. They emphasized the importance of standardization, seamless control, and user-friendly interfaces, while acknowledging the challenges of keeping up with

Duration:01:15:00

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

5/4/2024
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 current state of Wifi as well as some of the benefits of private 5G. We wrap it with a little AI discussion. Thanks for listening! Full show notes, transcriptions (available on request), audio and video at http://theAverageGuy.tv/hgg606 Join Jim Collison / @jcollison for show #606 of Home Gadget Geeks, brought to you by the Average Guy Network. WANT TO SUBSCRIBE? http://theAverageGuy.tv/subscribe Join us for the

Duration:01:30:26

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

4/20/2024
Jay Fraze from https://jayfranze.com/ is my 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’s fire pit. Also, Jim is looking at a new Gazebo. Full show notes, transcriptions (available on request), audio and video at http://theAverageGuy.tv/hgg605 Join Jim Collison / @jcollison for show #605 of Home Gadget Geeks, brought to you by the Average Guy Network. WANT TO SUBSCRIBE? http://theAverageGuy.tv/subscribe Join us for the show live each Thursday at 8pmC/9E/1UTC at http://theAverageGuy.tv/live Find Us! Join us in the Facebook

Duration:01:18:34

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

4/13/2024
I’m back in action after a much-needed Spring Break, and let me tell you, it’s been a whirlwind! With April 15th looming over our heads, I’ll dish out some insights into how I tackled my taxes and how it threw a wrench into my productivity. Plus, I’ve got some great news on the health front post-surgery—yep, December 5th feels like a lifetime ago, but I’m happy to report that all is well. And hey, we’ll also take a quick dive into the Hum Feeder from Birdfy because, you know me, always on the lookout for the latest gadgets. It’s a

Duration:00:37:45

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

3/16/2024
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 Camera’s impressive features to Erin’s candid experiences with the Bird Buddy smart Bird Feeder, offering a cautionary tale about high-priced disappointments. But fear not, as we uncover a worthy contender in Birdfy. Additionally, we discuss the L’OR Barista pod coffee machine and the Moen Smart Sprinkler Controller and Wireless Soil Sensors, providing insightful commentary on their performance and practicality. Join us for an engaging discussion on the pros and cons of these cutting-edge gadgets, as

Duration:01:16:28

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

3/8/2024
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. There’s lots of conversation, a hands-on review, and lots of commentary. Thanks for listening. Full show notes, transcriptions (available on request), audio and video at http://theAverageGuy.tv/hgg602 Join Jim Collison / @jcollison for show #602 of Home Gadget Geeks, brought to you by the Average Guy Network. WANT TO SUBSCRIBE? http://theAverageGuy.tv/subscribe Join us for the show live each Thursday at 8pmC/9E/1UTC at http://theAverageGuy.tv/live Find Us! Join us in the Facebook

Duration:01:19:14

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

3/3/2024
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 last few years, but is it ready for primetime? Gavin has installed a new garage door opener control and lives to tell the tale. We chat about Logitech Harmoney remotes, and clothes dryer automation and wrap the show with some fun conversation that you will not want to miss. My face still hurts from laughing so much during this episode. Thanks for listening! Full show

Duration:01:34:59

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

2/16/2024
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 many pictures to Google Maps. We also discuss his trip to Vegas and the U2 concert in the new Sphere. It’s always great to have Tony and thanks for listening! Full show notes, transcriptions (available on request), audio and video at http://theAverageGuy.tv/hgg600 Join Jim Collison / @jcollison for show #600 of Home Gadget Geeks, brought to you by the Average

Duration:01:27:26

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

2/10/2024
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 Marv’s new StreamDeck, discuss his recent purchase of the Logitech Mevo 3 Camera System and talk about why he is returning his Hero Pro 11. Thanks for listening! Full show notes, transcriptions (available on request), audio and video at http://theAverageGuy.tv/hgg599 Join Jim Collison / @jcollison for show #599 of Home Gadget Geeks, brought to you by the Average Guy Network. WANT TO SUBSCRIBE? http://theAverageGuy.tv/subscribe Join us for the show live

Duration:01:11:47

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

1/27/2024
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 and I am sure you will enjoy the show. Thanks for listening! Full show notes, transcriptions (available on request), audio and video at http://theAverageGuy.tv/hgg598 Join Jim Collison / @jcollison for show #597 of Home Gadget Geeks, brought to you by the Average Guy Network. WANT TO SUBSCRIBE? http://theAverageGuy.tv/subscribe Join us for the show live each Thursday at 8pmC/9E/1UTC at http://theAverageGuy.tv/live Find Us!

Duration:01:18:34

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

1/20/2024
Christian Johnson is back this week and catch up with him and his quest to complete his pilot’s license. We also get an update on his thoughts on LastPass and Bitwarden and wrap the show with some updates on AI. Bonus: Christian was recently in the news, but not for what you think. Check it all out and thanks for listening! Full show notes, transcriptions (available on request), audio and video at http://theAverageGuy.tv/hgg597 Join Jim Collison / @jcollison for show #597 of Home Gadget Geeks, brought to you by the Average Guy Network. WANT TO SUBSCRIBE? http://theAverageGuy.tv/subscribe Join us for

Duration:01:27:02

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

1/6/2024
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 Bark’s cutting-edge solutions, discussing AI-driven content monitoring and advanced threat detection. This episode unveils the synergy of technology and security, offering a glimpse into digital safety’s future. Tune in for a tech-savvy discussion that matters! Thanks for listening! Full show notes, transcriptions (available on request), audio and video at http://theAverageGuy.tv/hgg596 Join Jim Collison / @jcollison for show #596 of Home Gadget Geeks, brought to you by the Average Guy Network.

Duration:01:02:26

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

12/23/2023
This week I am joined by TJ Huddleston from HomeTech.fm. We kick off the conversation by delving into the intricacies of TJ’s background, gaining valuable insights into the technological landscape that has shaped his journey. We look at the dynamic realm of Maker Spaces, exploring the symbiotic relationship between innovation and community through entities like Friends of the Library. Stepping into the realm of home automation, TJ shares his technical prowess in optimizing household tasks, highlighting experiences with advanced technologies such as the Litter Robot. Get ready for a preview of TJ’s upcoming venture—automating the intricacies of home watering systems.

Duration:01:13:06

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

12/16/2023
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, he’s into Proxmox clusters alongside Unraid. He explores the merits of multiple servers, tried a Ceph storage cluster for high availability, and is diving into ZFS. Stay tuned at the end for a brief update on my recent surgery. Join us for a tech-packed episode with Mike Wieger, marking 13 years of Home Gadget Geeks! Thanks for listening! Full show notes, transcriptions (available on request), audio and video at http://theAverageGuy.tv/hgg594 Join Jim Collison /

Duration:01:21:38

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

12/2/2023
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 could help improve it. The discussion then shifted to failed gadgets of 2023. I regret buying an Oculus VR headset that I rarely use. Jay discussed gadgets like a baby monitor that emails photos when motion is detected. Other topics included car remote start apps disconnecting, solar generators, and a mass air flow sensor. Toward the end, Jay and I debated internal home surveillance cameras. Monitors were

Duration:01:21:38

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

11/25/2023
In this week’s 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 progress on the new building to the intriguing addition of a new fish tank, we covered it all. Moreover, Sammie shared insights into fresh meeting spaces and offered some compelling recommendations for seasonal reads. See the show notes for a curated list of Sammie’s recommendations. Additionally, I’m thrilled to announce that I recently established a new affiliate account at Amazon, ensuring that our audience can easily support the

Duration:01:05:34