Audience Questions

Audience QuestionsHour 1

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Watch Rich from Tuscon, AZ Comments

Rich wants to know how to transfer large files like audio books. Leo says that audio books aren't that big. But Rich still wants to know how he can he securely transfer them to his publisher without them being corrupted or pirated. Leo says that's a common issue. He shouldn't attach it in an email. Rich should send a link to the file that's located on a drive like Google Drive, ShareFile, or DropBox. DropBox is very secure and he can encrypt the files before uploading them. Zip would allow him to password encrypt it. He could also store it himself on his own server with something like the File Transporter.

Watch Brian from Santa Barbara, CA Comments

Brian has a physics blog and wants to make videos available for people to download, but YouTube doesn't allow for that. Leo says that Vimeo can do it, and it gives users the options of mobile, SD and HD quality. He'll have to create a separate Vimeo account to log in, but it's free. There are third party download options. Leo says most students won't really want to download the video, they'll just save it to a playlist.

The other option is to put it on a file sharing site like DropBox, Google Drive, or Amazon S3. There's a price comparison of these services here. They're cheap to store files on. Amazon drive is unlimited if he has a prime account. That's the most affordable.

Check out Brian's blog "Of Tech and Learning" at oftechandlearning.com. He should also check out LibSyn.

Watch Gary from Rancho Cucamonga, CA Comments

Gary's wife is a teacher and they're looking for an affordable laser printer that can handle two sided printing and be wireless. Leo says that he uses the Epson laser printer, but Brother's laser printers are a great value. They could get one as low as $100.

(Disclaimer: Epson is a sponsor).

Watch Sam from North Carolina Comments

Sam used to have Windows Home Server, but since Microsoft killed it, he's been looking for an alternative and found Drive Bender. It uses a technique called Drive Pooling and it enables him to hotswap drives and rebuild them so he doesn't lose data when a drive fails.

Sam is frustrated that iTunes will randomly delete his video files. Is there a limit to how many he can have? Leo says no, there shouldn't be. But the problem is that Apple hasn't really updated the junky architecture, and it's an awful program now. They need to rebuild it from the ground up. One possibility is that if the license expires on a digital purchase, iTunes could simply reach in and delete it. He doesn't really own what he buys from iTunes and others. He's just buying a license to watch it. Leo says that this kind of nonsense is what drives piracy.

Audience QuestionsHour 2

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Watch Michael from Fountain, CO Comments

Michael bought an OCZ SSD to speed up his computer, and it's much faster than the SanDisk SSD. Leo says that's because of trim. SSDs don't have to be defragged, but with trim, they can accomplish something called "wear leveling." That way the SSD won't wear out prematurely due to an overused sector. It also allows it to be consistently faster. Without trim, SSDs tend to slow down over time. The good news is that trim is built into the OS now. He doesn't need AHCI, native command queuing, or hot swapping.

Michael should check out this article on Crucial and this one on PCPerspective.

Watch Mike from Portland, ME Comments

Mike took Leo's advice and is recording with his iPhone. He also uses Hey Siri for turning on Do Not Disturb mode. But now Siri requires him to unlock the phone to enable Do Not Disturb. Leo says that an update may have closed a bug that allowed it. He should be able to access it via the lock screen. Welcome to the world of Apple where they know better than we do and make changes that we'll just have to learn to live with. It may also be that Mike is using the beta of iOS 10. Features will often not work in a beta.

Audience QuestionsHour 3

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Watch Scott from Arlington, TX Comments

Scott is frustrated with the phone dictionaries because they have a limited vocabulary and it's not very easy in iOS to add a word. Leo agrees, but he can go into the keyboard settings and add the option in. Leo says that autocorrect will learn words over time. Autocorrect should offer suggestions, including the one of the left, which will be the word as he typed it. If he selects that, it will tell autocorrect to add that to the dictionary. Another option is to cancel out the autocorrect entirely.

Watch Michele from California Comments

Michele has an eCommerce site and she has to buy a secure encryption certificate for https. Leo says there's free certificates at a site called LetsEncrypt that can help with this. But her ISP will have to install them. Extensive or Wildcard certs are harder and have to be bought. Leo recommends DigiCert.