Audience Questions

Audience QuestionsHour 1

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Watch Carl from California Comments

Carl wants to start up a podcast running four different XLR mics through a mixer. He wants multiple channels for each one. Is the mixer what he needs? Leo says that while condenser mics are more accurate and hear everything, he really wants a coiled diaphragm mic, which doesn't pick up everything - just the voice. Leo uses a Heil PR-40. But for a budget, the Shure SM58 mic is very forgiving. Leo says for a mixer, the Behringer XR18 is great. He can control it from an iPad, it has great mic pre-amps, and is simply a good choice. Elgato also makes the Stream Deck, which plays back audio sound effects.

Watch James from Downey, CA Comments

James has had it with cable and wants get rid of it and stream. Leo says for most people, the best choice is to get broadband from the cable company, and then get TV from something like YouTube TV or Sling TV. The other choice is DSL, but there will be varying degrees of success depending on how far away from the main hub one is. With DSL, it slows down the farther one is away. Fiber is the other choice, and may be the best solution of all. But its coverage is spotty. High speed wireless is coming and once that hits, one can completely cut the cable.

Audience QuestionsHour 2

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Watch Kenny from Springfield, MO Comments

Kenny wants to know how he can listen to TWIT Live using the Amazon Echo and the Sonos One? Leo says there is a skill for it, but not everything Echo does works on the Sonos One. It may be the word choice. Try "Echo, Play TWIT on TuneIn with my Sonos" or something to that effect.

Watch Ryan from Sacramento, CA Comments

Ryan uses Amazon's Echo Dots and he tries to connect them to his home theater system, but when he tells them to play multi room, the music plays from the Dots only. Leo says the problem could be Bluetooth latency from wirelessly playing from one Dot to another, causing an echo chamber. Leo says using a hardwire option would probably make it work. It could be an intentional design decision that triggers via Bluetooth limitations.

Watch Dave from Livingston, MT Comments

Dave is worried that Net Neutrality gives the government too much control over the internet. Leo says that's not really true. Without Net Neutrality, the large corporations control the internet. Is that better? The essence of Net Neutrality is that all bits are equal. Companies can't charge an extra fee based on what the traffic is. Net Neutrality ensures that the Internet remains free and open. Net Neutrality doesn't regulate the internet, it regulates the companies that provide Internet access. You can disagree over whether government should regulate business or not, but Leo believes in a light touch regulation. Can it go too far? Sure. But corporations can do the same thing, and when it comes to the Internet, Net Neutrality helps to make sure that the Internet remains open.

Audience QuestionsHour 3

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Watch Tom from Hawaii Comments

Tom uses Ubuntu, and lately, he's ran into issues updating his HP computer. Leo says that Linux only works on a computer that has drivers that are written for it. When people update, they may run into issues where their drivers have been "broken." It's often a video driver issue. Starting over and trying again will cause Linux to choose the right driver and continue. But if not, then it's a driver or hardware compatibility issue.

Leo has a hunch that Tom's USB key isn't set up properly. He should set up the key to make sure it can boot up to, and run, Linux. He should follow the instructions on how to make a proper USB installation key. Then Tom should be able to boot right to it and run the OS, and install from the live installer.

Alan called in and said that he gets that error and running the installation again solves the problem. The first installation fails because it then has to repair the drive and then he can install regularly.

Watch Matt from Spokane, WA Comments

Matt's 4K Apple TV runs for an hour and then shuts down. Leo says that it's possible that the TV is overheating and it shuts down as a protective measure. So Matt should make sure there's plenty of airflow. He can also use canned air to blow out any dust accumulation. There could also be a memory leak that's causing it to crash. Leo really recommends making a Genius Bar appointment at the Apple store to tell them it's overheating after an hour. Since it's still under warranty, they could just give him another one.

Watch Al from California Comments

Al wants to get a router that can run Tomato or DD-WRT, so he can run VPNs through it because mesh routers aren't open source. Leo says a better option is to use an old computer as his router. pfSense is a good open source router app that can do that. It'll give him far more powerful hardware that can do what he would want it to do. He can even use a Raspberry Pi for it. Then he will have more choices for running VPNs on it. Leo also suggests going to the Tomato or DD-WRT site to see what routers are supported by it, and then choose one. There's no point in buying a mesh router to run Tomato since he is buying a lot of capabilities he won't use.

Watch Debbie from Milpitas, CA Comments

Debbie has a GPD Pocket netbook computer and it's really slow. How can she get it to run faster? Leo says that an Acer netbook computer is slow because it's cheaply made and underpowered. She was paying for the size, not the power. A better option is to go with a Google Chromebook. It's light, cheap, and has far more power. Another good option is to take that GPD Pocket and install Linux on it for more speed.

Image By Jiri Brozovsky from Ostrava, Czech Republic (GPD Pocket (Ubuntu version)) [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Watch Alan from Redlands, CA Comments

Alan tried to sync his contacts in Outlook and they've disappeared. What happened? Leo says that sync is often fraught with peril because that kind of catastrophe can happen easily, especially when there are duplicates. He recommends creating a backup on Google Contacts and restore when disaster strikes.