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Episode 1506 July 15, 2018

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Watch Charles from Colton, CA Comments

Charles would like to create a dual boot system on his laptop with Windows and Ubuntu Linux. How can he do that? Leo says that running Linux on his computer is a great journey and it has become a lot easier to create a dual boot system with Ubuntu. All he needs to do is download the installer to a USB key and then boot to it. Then it will walk him through creating the dual boot portion. Then when he boots up every day, the GRUB boot manager will ask him which OS he wants to load.

Charles would also like to encourage people to support the Search for Extra Terrestrial Intelligence (SETI) by donating your computer's downtime. Leo likes Folding at Home for gene research. There's also the Worldwide Community Grid, which is the same idea. Donate your computer's downtime for science!

Watch Ed from Clairemont, OK Comments

Ed can't figure out why he's being notified that he's using 150GB of data every month. He doesn't stream or download things. Leo says it's very easy to burn through 150GB a month. Windows updates are in the GBs now. He can go into his network and internet settings of his computer and see how much data he's using on each computer. His router may be able to tell him as well. He can navigate to his router's address in a browser window and it can tell him. If it doesn't, he can get a new router that can.

Watch Eric from St Louis, MO Comments

Eric has noticed that when he's recording U-verse on AT&T, his internet bandwidth drops dramatically. Leo says that's because U-verse DSL shares his internet with the TV. U-verse fiber optic is the other way. Leo says it's a crime that we can't get decent internet in the country that invented it all.

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Watch Greg from New Brunswick, Canada Comments

Greg has noticed that free streaming of Ustream is coming to an end. Leo says that IBM bought Ustream and has ended the free practice so they can see a result from their investment. Leo feared it would happen. Meanwhile, Leo will continue to stream TWiT live on YouTube, Twitch, and Microsoft Mixer.

Watch Paul from Louisville, KY Comments

Paul is concerned about internet of things and security. He wants to know if Plume would be a good, secure mesh router that can protect his network from the outside hacking his IoT. Leo says that Plume requires a yearly subscription to keep it up to date. Leo says it's somewhat justified because it can keep his network more secure. He's paying for security on his network, but his IoT devices may not be getting updated, so they're not secure. And his internet is only as secure as his weakest device.

Watch Brian from Indio, CA Comments

Brian is blind and wants to know what he can do to access the TV easier. Leo says that the Amazon Fire TV Cube is a good option, but the Echo can sometimes misunderstand. It's a good idea to keep it away from TV speakers. He can connect it to his home theater and control everything with his voice. That's a great feature.

The chatroom says that the Amazon Fire TV Cube has VoiceView, which is a screen reader to read the TV screen when needed. And the Cube supports a broad range of cable and internet boxes. Another option is the Logitech Harmony Hub. It can even work in tandem with the Echo.

Audience QuestionsHour 3

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Watch Dana from Georgia Comments

Dana has a 3G smartphone with Verizon and hears they are going to turn off the towers soon. Leo says yes. The plan is to turn off all 3G towers within six months in favor of LTE. They're not even activating any 3G phones anymore. So the future is calling! Pity is, those phones still work as phones. It's a shame that they'll just end up being in a landfill.

Watch Art from Monrovia, CA Comments

Art bought an Amazon Fire TV and wants to know if he can hardwire it for security. Leo says that a standard Fire TV is Wi-Fi only. The Fire TV Cube offers an adapter dongle for it. And if his Fire TV has an ethernet port, he can do it. But if it doesn't, then he can't.

Is it more secure if it's hardwired? Leo says no. But it is faster and more consistent since he wouldn't have to deal with congestion. Is it more secure if he buys his own modem? Leo says probably not, but he can save a lot of money in the long run by not renting his ISP's modem. It'll also be newer, and he can update it to the most current firmware, which will make it more secure. He should get a DOCSIS III modem and make sure he checks the compatibility with his ISP.

Watch Scott from Whidbey Island, WA Comments

Scott has a Motorola Moto G5. He recently did a hard reset and he keeps getting notification dings, but doesn't know why. Leo says to turn on the on screen notifications and it should let him know what the alert is for.

Watch Lou from Phoenix, AZ Comments

Lou keeps hearing about tilt shift photography. What does that mean? Leo says it's a photographic technique that can not only straighten out optical illusions, but also make everything in the foreground look out of focus and toy-like.

Image By Leandro Neumann Ciuffo (Campos do Jordão - Tilt Shift) [CC BY 2.0 ], via Wikimedia Commons

Watch Dale from Redondo Beach, CA Comments

Dale has been having trouble with Windows 10, and now he has the media creator tool to reinstall it. But he needs to change the BIOS so that it will boot to the thumb drive. How does he do it? Leo says it's different with every motherboard. It could be ESC, Delete, F1, F11, or F7. It varies. The chatroom says F12.

Watch Carrie from Lake Arrowhead, CA Comments

Carrie wants to know if there's a camera that can secretly record a meeting. Leo says there is, and the trade name is "lipstick camera", but they're even smaller than that now. She can buy a camera smaller than a pinky finger! They can even record HD, and with a very wide angle. There are dozens of them on Amazon and they're around $10. She should search for "mini cam" or "micro cam". There's even one that fits in a pen. There's also one that looks like a USB plug.

It's important to note that some states have laws about recording people without their permission.