Audience Questions

Audience QuestionsHour 1

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Watch Mike from Los Angeles, CA Comments

Mike has heard that 5G is going to be bad for our health, as it "assaults" our internal organs. Is 5G safe? Leo says that you would have to have a lot of exposure to that energy and be very close for a long time to do damage. As the energy dissipates, it does very rapidly when the distance expands to just a few feet. Waves coming off a 5G tower just aren't that risky.  It was the same hysteria that came with cell phones in the first place.  Also, most people don't have 5G capable phones and won't for at least a year. 

Watch Murray from New Jersey Comments

Murray's home owner's insurance is now covering cyber-related incidents, including ransomware at up to $250k. What does Leo think? Leo says that's interesting because many insurance companies have declined to cover it because it's considered an "act of war" as part of a nation state's cyber warfare campaign. So Murray would have to read the policy very carefully to be sure there isn't an act of war clause that they can use to get out of paying any losses. Leo says that LifeLock will cover him up to $1 million with their backup service. Check out this article on CyberRisk Management by CHUBB - http://news.chubb.com/2019-03-19-Chubbs-First-Quarter-Cyber-InFocus-Report-Details-Ransomware-and-Malware-Trends

 

 

Audience QuestionsHour 2

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Watch Jason from Indianapolis, IN Comments

Jason called last week about his phone's screen freaking out. Leo thought it was the proximity sensor causing the problem. Jason did a factory reset and that solved the problem. Leo says that may have indicated a failed update. The first thing he should do when something weird happens out of nowhere is to do a factory reset. 

Watch Jerry from California Comments

Jerry wants to increase the volume of his laptop, but it's already at its max. Leo says the best way is to connect an amplifier or power speakers through the minijack stereo control. He can also use a USB digital to analogue converter and headphone or speaker amp. Audioengine is Leo's favourite, but there's also Cambridge and Polk.

Watch Jeremy from Van Nuys, CA Comments

Jeremy has some audio and video files he's taken from his Xbox and he wants to play them. Since they're WMA format, Jeremy can download VLC Media Client to play them.

Watch Chris from Ripon, Wisconsin Comments

Chris wants to run an old DOS program. How can he do it? Leo says to download FreeDOS. It's a free, open source version of DOS that will run his programs. Put it on a thumb drive and boot into that. Or he can boot into it via a Virtual machine like Virtual Box. 

Audience QuestionsHour 3

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Watch Dana from Granada Hills, CA Comments

Dana has a video dart board which registers a hit on a video screen after people hit the mark. It runs on Linux and he's concerned that the hard drive may die. Can he clone it?  He's read that people are having issues cloning the drive. Leo says that it may look for a serial number in the start up, and if it doesn't see it, it won't boot up. However, it may be found in the master boot record. To clone a hard drive with everything, Leo recommends CloneZilla. It supports just about every format or system. But don't do it over USB. Dana will need an IDE interface with a second IDE drive to clone to. 

And find an enthusiast forum that has talked about and looked into this. REDDIT is the best option there, like /R/arcade or /cade. 

Watch Rob from San Bernardino, CA Comments

Bob is having issues with booting up a few of his computers. He gets a message that says "press F1 to continue" and then it doesn't do anything - it just crashes. Leo says it's usually related to the keyboard. The computer can't see it, and pressing F1 wakes up the keyboard and lets the computer recognize it. It could also be a failed keyboard since Bob is using a really old PS2 keyboard.

Also, Bob should look in the BIOS and see if he can reset the ESCD. Resetting it will force it to take another look at what he has connected to the computer. He can also reset the BIOS to its default settings. The motherboard has a CMOS battery that he may need to replace as well. 

Watch Jody from Los Angeles, CA Comments

Jody is having an issue of an annoying hissing sound when he's streaming video through his Roku. Leo says that he thinks it's a decoding error in the Roku. Try using another Roku device and see if the noise is replicated. He can also try different sound settings, but it sounds like that 5-year-old Roku just needs to be replaced.