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Brandon wants to get a mic for his computer so he can do let's play Minecraft videos. What should he get? He wants a mic with XLR outputs. Leo says that a good affordable option is the Shure SM58. They're cheap at under $100 and very robust. He won't be able to break it. He should also get a mixer that has a USB connector that can interface digitally with his computer. Podcaster kits like this from Behringer are a great place to start.
John has DSL and he's frustrated how slow it can get throughout the day -- often slower than dial up! Even worse -- he's being stonewalled by the national support center of the ISP. Leo recommends running the SpeedTest by Broadband Reports. Internet speeds are not consistent, but DSL should be more consistent. But if they have more customers than bandwidth, this can happen. It sounds like John's ISP is buying bandwidth and they simply don't have enough to go around. But it could also be bad routers and software.
Anne created an app called ZOOM ZOOM ZOOM, a camera app for Android that zooms in various pictures automatically. It can be preset or the user can just manually do it. She wants to create a website that users of the app can upload and showcase their images, like Instagram. Can SquareSpace do that? Leo says that's probably outside of SquareSpace. In fact, it's just as complicated, if not more so, than creating the app itself. Having a community is a challenge, much like gardening and weeds. She'll have to moderate it full time.
Jim wants to know if he can create a database of all his phone numbers and print it out into a written guide. Leo says that every computer comes with the ability to do that. In Windows 7, Windows has an address book built in and once he inputs all the data, he'll be able to print it out.
William has HughestNet and it's about to expire. So what are his options? Leo says that Wild Blue's Exceed is the satellite provider he prefers. William has also been using the MiFi instead. Will his Time Machine back up to that when it's not in use? Leo says that Time Machine is a local backup, it has nothing to do with the Cloud or his internet connection.
Pat has four macs in various locations and wants to know if they will all be synced with iCloud like DropBox does. Leo says yes and no. It will sync, but not via a folder. The key is all the same Macs running the same shared Apple ID. Can she go work on different macs simultaneously? Leo says that could be problematic. To do team operations, a good third party app is GitHub.
George bought a new TIVO Roamio, but he's having trouble streaming. Leo says to try using the TIVO app. Adding MoCA on his router couldn't hurt either.
Katherine has really slow internet of about 1Mbps on Verizon DSL. Leo says that's probably because she's too far away from the central hub. The farther out you are, the slower it gets. What can she do in order to watch Netflix? Leo says to get Netflix, she'll need a consistent 5-6 Mbps for standard definition, and 10-15 Mbps for HD. And that's not even including data caps. What about Satellite internet? Leo says that the best is Exede by Wild Blue, but the drawback is buying expensive equipment, data limits, and a lot of latency. But it should be fast enough.
Johnny Jet joins Leo to review his riverboat cruise down the Danube. Johnny says he likes river cruises because they're flat and slow and you stop in all the best places. Leo liked that when the cruise stopped, it was always down town, so you have access to everything locally.
App of the week - AirGrub. If you're traveling between Boston and San Francisco, you can log onto AirGrub, order and pay for delicious food for pick-up when traveling through airports, rather than deal with over priced airport food.
Garth is having trouble on his browser accessing the internet. It's very slow. Leo says that if he's tried different browsers and different websites, then it sounds like the DNS configuration with his router is screwed up. He can use a third party DNS like OpenDNS, which is free and easy to set up.