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Not Your Average Tech Podcast
55 minutes | Mar 19, 2017
Episode 16 - Where Are They Now?
In this installment, we give updates on several of the products that we have discussed or recommended from past episodes. This, of course, leads to some questionable tangents as always.Hope you enjoy!
53 minutes | Oct 27, 2016
Episode 15 - Tech, PBR, and a Moment of Distraction
This episode we talked about PBR and its latest awards, beer brewing with the Catalyst kit. Then we get back to the tech talk, discussing Google Allo, Amazon Dot, and if there is an all in one Home Automation solution.Related links:Catalyst Brew KitPBRGoogle AlloAmazon Dot
55 minutes | Oct 10, 2016
Episode 14 - Google, Amazon and Everything in Between
We're Back! This episode we talked about the October 2016 Google announcements, Amazon Echo and the new Dot, the Smithfield school app and this time, only a couple of tangents! Related links:Amazon Echo and DotGoogle Pixel phonesGoogle HomeSmithfield School App
48 minutes | Nov 5, 2015
Episode 9 - Microsoft, Full Circle and Crickets
In this episode, we go over the Microsoft event-discussing the HoloLens, the Surface 4, and the Surface Book. Nick really focuses in on that extraordinary one year battery life for the new pen, not without taking some punishment from the guys! We find out Tony takes a real liking to Blood Orange beer…Robert not so much. Making money on YouTube? Robert's in depth review of the iPhone! Enjoy!!!
47 minutes | Oct 27, 2015
Episode 8 - Follow up, bit coins and no plan
This episode has no agenda and becomes an attempt go free form. It is posted with limited edits. The guys do an update on cutting the cord follow up then start an interesting conversation about bit coins and the internet with some tangents rambling. Enjoy!
37 minutes | Oct 4, 2015
Episode 7 - Smartthings, a brief tangent and security
The guys review the new Smartthings App based on their personal experience with the Smartthings hub. There is a brief segue to political topics then they move to a security topic. As they discuss a real life identity theft situation and steps to keep your personal information safe. Enjoy!
41 minutes | Aug 28, 2015
Episode 6 - Cutting the Cord?
In this episode, we talk about eliminating the cable company. Is it possible that services such as; Netflix, Amazon and Hulu are a viable replacement? Then, we continue our home automation discussion: Google’s On Hub, Amazon’s Echo, and the Piper security system. Robert continues to express his frustrations in finding that perfect home automation solution. It’s not a really good episode for Nick, as he is not mentioned during the introduction and he gets berated by Robert for his need for multiple ports. Enjoy!!!!Beers consumed during this episode:Harpoon Take 5 Session IPAProducts discussed during this episode:Google OnHubAmazon EchoPiperWinkSmartthings
61 minutes | Aug 2, 2015
Episode 5 - Beer, Tech and Tangents
We're back after a bit of a Summer delay! This time around, we discuss a mix of different topics such as beer, tech related to dogs, monitoring kids staying home alone, energy monitoring at your home's main panel and connected thermostats for vacation homes. You'll also get an earful of our personal experiences with smart devices, theories on droughts and water conservation tips, reflections of a new dog owner as well as what not to do when your child is choking (part II).Beers consumed during this episode:Lagunitas Sucks Double AleBallast Point Grapefruit Sculptin IPADuClaw Dirty Little Freak Brown AleKona Brewing Co. Longboard Island LagerSierra Nevada Oliva Abbey Triple AleGoose Island Ten Hills Pale AleProducts discussed:Whistle GPS Pet Tracker and Activity MonitorPetnet SmartFeederVera Home ControllersKwikset Home Connect Door LocksNest Cam (formally Dropcam)LittleBits Smart Home KitDuracell Powersource Home Battery BackupNeurio Home Intelligence Energy Monitoring Oh... and here's a pic of the new pup:
40 minutes | Apr 4, 2015
Episode 4 - Keepin' an eye on the Old Man
How you dosWe talk about some random bits from our daily lives and some ideas we are working on. NewsFibaro Mt. Everest Challenge - Control your home from the top of the world.http://www.fibaroeverest.com/Apple is announcing all new AppleTV device in June - Speculation is HomeKit on-board.http://www.buzzfeed.com/johnpaczkowski/new-apple-tv-set-top-will-debut-this-summer-with-app-store-s#.alVO9M3jaHarmony adds Zigbee/Zwave Capabilities - Add-on extender turns it into a home automation hub.http://www.myharmony.com/products/detail/home-hub-extender/Crowd-funding success Canary Wireless Home Security is going Retail.http://www.crowdfundinsider.com/2015/03/64997-brief-canary-redefines-home-security-with-retail-debut-of-crowdfunded-product/ Main TopicTony reads an email from a listener who is looking for some help on ways to check in on their father who lives alone. We discuss how home automation can be a great tool to help them assist in caring for their father. We also dive a little deeper into the discussion and provide details on solutions that can be used to care for the elderly living alone, from a simple streamline solution to a very extensive solution. Comparison Chart More Info from this Show:Canary Smart SecurityPiper | Monitoring, Security and AutomationScout AlarmDropcamSkybell Video Doorbell
39 minutes | Mar 19, 2015
Episode 3 - Start with a Plan
How you dosRandomness from our daily lives while we enjoy Southern Tier's Farmer's Tan American IPA since Nick forgot to bring beer he has been talking about for weeks.Round tableNick talks about his installation of the Cree Connected light bulbs. Tony brings up a news item regarding a www.realtor.org Field Guide to Home Automation. Is HA becoming more mainstream this year? Rob poses a listener question about Analog timers vs. Connected timers. A quick discussion about the Apple watch.Main Topic"How to get started" Nick discusses what it took to get him started automating his home The key to starting is planning and looking at your needs. We end with some questions about Nick's challenge from last week.More Info from this Show:Cree Connected BulbsField Guide to Home Automation (Realtor.org)
42 minutes | Mar 9, 2015
Episode 2 - Sitting in the Dark
How you dosRandomness from our daily lives.Round tableNick finally gets motivated to get parenting... I mean, to finally start actually using some home automation products to be a better parent and to pinch a few pennies along the way. Rob was feeling lazy and instead of attempting to automate his ceiling fan, decided to instead finally investigate the pros and cons of connected light bulbs.Main TopicTony enlightens us on a couple of new 'smart' kitchen appliances, sparking a debate on their practicality and usefulness. Nick throws down a challenge to anyone listening on how we can get his gas-powered fireplace automated for those romantic chilly nights.Products discussed in this show:GE Z-Wave power outlet receptacleSmartthings HubAeon Labs Z-wave Micro Control SwitchGE Link Smart LED light bulbWeMo Rival Smart Crock-PotWeMo Mr. Coffee Smart Coffeemaker
47 minutes | Feb 7, 2015
Episode 1 - Here We Are
Three years in the making, and all we have to show for it is... well, this podcast. Try not to judge us to harshly, we also did a lot of beer drinking during those 3 years so that may have something to do with it.Here you have it, our fist podcast episode. Not Your Average Tech Podcast - Episode 1How you dosRandomness from our daily lives.RoundtableTony chats about his recent trip to the Apple Store's connected home offerings, TCP light bulbs (See, he's obsessed) and his latest research into adding cameras and smoke detectors to his connected home. Nick wakes up from his nap to talk about adding Iris sensors to his SmartThings hub (ask him how long its been in the box) and Rob talks a little about the Roost Smart Battery.Main TopicWe discuss a listener's email asking for advice on getting started with home automation, which bizarrely revolves around a lizard. We offer three possible solutions from a paid monthly service to doing it yourself and discuss the products needed to complete the task.
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