Audience Questions

Audience QuestionsHour 1

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Watch William from Aurora, Colorado Comments

William's inkjet printer clogged up to the point where he just can't use it anymore. What should he buy? Leo says the latest Epson models are better at preventing ink clogs, but it still can happen. The EcoTank line is the best option because it comes with all the ink you need for tens of thousands of prints.  But if you rarely print, then a laser printer is probably best, and Leo prefers Brother for that. If you're using it for printing photos, then Epson is the best in that category. The Epson EcoTank 4750 is really nice.

Watch RJ from Yuma, AZ Comments

RJ is a librarian and wants some recommendations on coding books for kids to learn how to code. Leo says that the issue with books on coding is that they are dated pretty quickly. That's why he always recommends going to Code Academy.  Kids are also interested in learning the languages of the day. But there are some classics including learning Python. The Kernahan and Ritchie C Programming Language Book is a short book, but a classic. How to Design Programs (HTDP) is the most important programming book you can get, and it's free online as well as in publication, along with SICP. Realm of Racket and Land of Lisp are also classics that are designed for high schoolers because they teach you to write a computer game. The Little Lisper or The Little Schemer is another good option.

Audience QuestionsHour 2

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Watch Warren from Lakewood, CA Comments

Warren answered a phone call that ended up being a robocall. Can answering robocalls deliver viruses to his phone? Leo says no. You can get your phone hacked by clicking on a link or reading a text message, but answering a phone call won't do it. It's likely just coincidental. Leo says that this is an ongoing problem now and people just can't use their phones anymore

Watch Mark from Santa Ana, CA Comments

Mark got a 2017 iPad Pro from a pawn shop for about $300, which Leo says that's a pretty good deal. Should he get an iPencil for the iPad Pro? He also wants to know how to wipe out the keychain password file. Leo says that he has an iPencil for his and he rarely uses it. If you sketch or annotate notes, then it's a good option. But if you don't, save yourself $100. Also, wipe the iPad completely so there will be nothing in the keychain. Turn on Keychain syncing and it'll sync to your Mac. Can he view his password list in the iPad? Leo says ho to passwords and accounts, then app passwords, and you'll see them there. 

Mark also discovered that after he wiped out the channels on his DVR, he could rescan and get the right channels in the right place. Leo says that makes sense to delete the channel database and start from scratch. The FCC has required rescanning as the channel frequencies have been moved. 

Watch Jason from Indianapolis, IN Comments

Jason updated his Samsung Note 8 recently and now his display is reacting strangely as it gets super bright, then super dim, and then bright again. Leo suspects the proximity sensor may be out of wack, or Jason is holding the phone wrong and covering it up. Try turning off auto brightness as this will prevent it from constantly adjusting the brightness on your phone. But it could be a failing proximity sensor as well, which if that is the case, see if Samsung is able to fix it.

Watch Dave from Los Angeles, CA Comments

Dave has a 2009 Mac Pro and he's thinking of replacing it with the new Mac Mini. Leo says it's getting close in specs, but you really need a XEON processor for higher-end video editing, and that means the Mac Pro. An iMac Pro is what other video editors are looking at now. That's what Leo would do instead of waiting for the modular Mac which will likely be as bad as the TrashCan MacPro.

Audience QuestionsHour 3

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Watch Richard from North Hills CA Comments

Richard is in the market for a low priced laptop for $300-500. Leo says that SSDs are much faster and more reliable, but they are more expensive. Laptops with spinning drives are going to be cheaper and have more space than an SSD drive laptop. But sometimes they don't use an SSD, they use EMMC memory - the same memory on phones, so avoid that. It really comes down to how much data you want to store on it and what your needs are. Leo likes Thinkpads by Lenovo though as they're more though. For budget laptops, HP and Asus are good options as well to look into.

Watch Robert from Stevensville, Montana Comments

Robert wants to know how to delete Facebook on one machine without it returning on another when they sync up. Leo says that Google Chrome makes bookmarks and if you have a bookmark for Facebook in Chrome on one computer, it'll return on another through sync. So turn off sync. If you are also signed in on a public computer that could cause it as well.

Watch Linda from Culver City, CA Comments

Linda took her MacBook to a repair store to fix her trackpad. Leo says that there could be dirt underneath it, or it just stopped working. If you use your trackpad while you have a mouse plugged in and it's not working, see if the mouse will work instead. If that's the case, then it is the trackpad. It's not expensive to fix, but Leo recommends taking it to the Mac store and have it repaired with them. She was also told at the repair store that she can't upgrade her Mac anymore is this true? Leo says that's nonsense. Go to the App Store and see if you can update to Mojave. If you can't, you can probably update to Yosemite and then go to Mojave. If you can't, it'll tell you. But a four-year-old computer? You can most certainly upgrade