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Lorne uses headphones with his DirecTV set top box, but when he's streaming Netflix or Amazon content from his TV, he can't hear it through the headphones. Leo says he'll need to use the ARC (audio return channel) to the set top box. There should be a label on one of the TV's ports for that. That will send audio from the TV back into the set top box.
Chuck is blind and he wants to get a laptop with a screen reader. Leo says that there are many blind users who are fully functional on a computer. There are braile screens. JAWS is a screen reader, but it's expensive. There's an open source version as well.
Arthur bought a Google Chromebook Pixel from a few years back off eBay. Leo says that laptop was an excellent buy back then. It was well put together. But unfortunately, it won't support the Android store, which means he won't have access to all the Android apps like a newer Chromebook does. Lately, his Chromebook audio has quit completely.
Barbara is getting a message that Windows 7 is preparing to delete her files as soon as she turns on her computer. Leo says that if Barbara has left files in the recycle bin, it may be that when she turns on the computer, it wants to delete the files in the recycle bin because it's full. She should try emptying the recycle bin, assuming she doesn't want anything in it, and then that should solve the popup. If she reboots and the message is still coming up, there could be something wrong with her system.
Kenny needs to send a fax. How can he do it these days? Leo says that eFax is a great subscription service, if he has to send a lot of faxes. It doesn't make sense for a single fax, though. There are free fax services, which puts ads on the cover page. FaxZero is the one of them. Doctor Mom in the chatroom says that if he needs a HIPAA compliant fax service, Doximity is what he'll want.
Larry bought a Rasperry Pi 3 to create a media center. Leo says it's a great deal at $35 and it also comes with a copy of Minecraft for the kids. It works with the ARM Cortex processor. Should he get one with an Octocore? Leo says no, that's just marketing. The Raspberry Pi 3 doesn't need that for what it does.
This week's gadget comes from the International Boat Show. Captain Dick has a boat and he loves to attend this to see the latest in maritime toys. This year he noticed the Sea Ray SLR 400. It was conceived as the ideal entertaining vessel for socializing with large groups of family and friends. For entertaining, there's a well-appointed wet bar with refrigerator, sink and available dual grills. The transom entertainment zone — featuring a stereo, sprayer, and comfy aft-facing seating overlooking the integral extended swim platform.
Joe has an old Vista computer that he uses mostly for syncing an old Windows Phone PDA. Joe would like to take that laptop and put Linux on it with an SSD. Leo says that Linux is a good idea, but that Vista laptop is probably not fast enough to get any great benefit from an SSD. But he should definitely install Linux on it. Leo likes XUbuntu and LUbuntu, which is designed to run on the older hardware.
Daniel is looking to get a MacBook Pro for video and music editing. Leo says that Macs are excellent for that, and Final Cut is a popular editing tool. But for Leo, the Touch Bar doesn't really work and is an added expense for no good reason. The lower end MacBook Pro isn't really power enough for editing a feature, though.
Tom wants to know if solar power is affordable. Leo says they use Solar City's Power Purchase agreement and it's slightly less expensive than the local power company. Solar power isn't all that efficient, but it's getting better and more affordable over time.