Audience Questions

Audience QuestionsHour 1

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Watch Evan from Phoenix, AZ Comments

Evan is starting a blog and wants to know what the difference is between using WordPress and SquareSpace. Leo says for bloggers there are a lot of options. Blogger and WordPress are free options with ads inserted, and Leo says they're very good. Tumblr is also a good option. Wordpress also has a pay version, as does SquareSpace, where he can control the ads.

If you have a passion for something, a blog is an excellent tool to explore the things you enjoy. Evan is also thinking of starting with Facebook. Leo says the problem with Facebook is you have no control over your own content, nor do you own it. Leo also thinks that it's worth the $8 a month to go with SquareSpace because that way you don't have to move it around from a free site. But it wouldn't be the end of the world if you had to import your content over to SquareSpace after you've been doing it on a free site for awhile.

(Disclaimer: SquareSpace is a sponsor)

Watch James from Pennsylvania Comments

James updated his Synology NAS with the latest software, but he's concerned that Heartbleed may infect Synology's cloud station. Should he deactivate the service or is he safe? Leo says that Heartbleed did bite Synology's NAS software. Synology has some patch information in their forums.

Leo also says it's wise to check and see that anything he has open to the public net be updated, especially if it's relying on the open source software that Heartbleed has taken advantage of. Leo says that turning on WAN administration is a good idea because it would prevent logging into his router from the outside of his network. Crowdstrike.com has a heartbleed scanner for Windows. Run that and he'll find out if he's vulnerable.

Watch Warren from Hudson Valley, NY Comments

Warren has several Roku boxes and Apple TVs that his wife claims is really killing their internet. Leo says it isn't that unless he's using them all at the same time. If one is watching something like TWiT, where it's a live stream that never stops, then yes, that would affect the internet speeds. Leo says just pressing stop on the live stream will solve the issue. Or press the home button on the Roku. Pause may not help because it could still be buffering the video.

Watch Eric from Kansas Comments

Eric wants to play with Linux, but he doesn't want to write over his existing OS. He wants to write an ISO of Linux on a USB stick and then boot to it. Leo says that the installer for Linux should do that. Other options include Rufus.akeo.ie. Unetbootin is another. Leo does that with a wide variety of OS's on USB keys.

Eric also has a ReadyNAS and he's not thrilled with the Interface. Can he replace it? Leo says he isn't sure there's an third party option for ReadyNAS. And he's looked, so it's likely proprietary. He can take an old computer and turn it into a NAS using FreeNAS. That's really where the market is.

Eric also wants to set up a Roku, but doesn't know what model to get. Leo says that the Roku 3 is the latest and it has a built in headphone jack in the remote. Leo also likes the Amazon Fire TV. With the Fire TV, he can add apps and even games to expand the capability.

Audience QuestionsHour 2

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Watch Ron from Alberta, CAN Comments

Ron says that Microsoft Security Essentials is no longer being supported on XP. Leo says that Microsoft will continue to support MSE, just not update the operating system itself, or the MSE program. It'll be able to continue to scan for viruses with new definitions, so that's not to worry. Steps to protect yourself since Microsoft has stopped supporting XP:

1. Stop using XP as an administrator. Use it as a limited user instead. Add an account as an administrator and then demote your existing account to limited user. This will stop over 90% of all the exploits out there.
2. Stop using Internet Explorer. Go with Google Chrome. It's free and far more secure.
3. Don't click on links in email.
4. Only get your software from original vendors.
5. Keep your anti virus software up to date.
6. Stop using Java
7. Use a password vault like LastPass
8. Turn on second factor authentication

You do these things, you'll be fine moving forward. And you can still use Security Essentials. But remember that this stuff won't help if you don't protect yourself through your own behavior.

Watch Jorge from New York, NY Comments

Jorge has his own podcast called The Tech Wizard. He's been recording them with Garage Band and the Snowball Mic. He'd like to move on to a better quality setup.

Leo says that the Snowball is a bit disappointing, but the Blue Yeti is far better. Behringer has a great setup called the Podcast Studio, which has a great mic and a mixer. He can also use a Shure SM58 and the USB attachment.

Audience QuestionsHour 3

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Watch Jim from New Jersey Comments

Jim recently bought a Samsung Galaxy S4 and was thinking about buying ringtones. Leo says don't! You can probably make your own if you already own the song. There's no need to buy the song again. Leo uses RingDroid. It'll make a ring tone right from the music on your phone and you can create the tone from any point in the song. Very easy.

Watch Ruth from Maryland Comments

Ruth is thinking of bundling all her services. Leo says it's easy, but it's not necessarily a better deal. Leo doesn't like them in general, although there are advantages. But one of the downsides is that they rely on voiceover IP for their phone service and if your internet goes down, so does your phone, and your TV. If the power goes out, you have no phone. Phone service has it's own power, and Leo says it's worth having it for emergencies. But you do end up with a better set top box. But if that's not floating your boat, there's really no advantage to it other than convenience.

Leo also says to be sure they don't cut your copper lines when you install them.