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"Weird Al" Yankovic Releases Eight Videos in Eight Days

Episode 1101

As part of the release of his new album "Mandatory Fun," music parodist "Weird Al" Yankovic has released eight videos in eight days as part of his #8videos8days campaign on Twitter. The songs include Pharrell Williams "Happy" with "Tacky" and Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines" with "Word Crimes". But Leo says what's interesting is that he's released them across multiple internet portals. And he's killing it.

Comcast Rep Refuses to Cancel Comcast Service for Ryan Block and Veronica Belmont

Episode 1101

Tech reporter Ryan Block tried to cancel his Comcast cable account on the phone, but the account rep wouldn't let him. He tried for over an hour to get Ryan to change his mind. Leo says that he's learned the rep loses money on his salary after a percentage of accounts get cancelled, to the point where he ends up making minimum wage. So the representative probably was trying to save his salary. This is a bad way to do business, and Comcast later issued an apology for the hardship that Ryan dealt with.

Should I buy a Chromebook?

Episode 1100

Alex from Long Beach, CA
HP Chromebook

Alex is looking to get a Google Chromebook but people are trying to convince him to get a Windows laptop instead. Leo says that the fundamental difference between a Chromebook and a Windows laptop is that there's very little storage on a Chromebook -- everything is meant to be accessed from the cloud. The entire Chromebook is basically like using only the Google Chrome web browser on a Windows computer.

Does YouTube delete videos when I delete them from my phone?

Tom from Warren, OH

Episode 1099

Tom is about to go traveling and would like to clean off his videos and photos. He uploaded the videos to YouTube, but when he deleted the videos off his phone, they were deleted on his YouTube Channel as well. Leo says that's odd. YouTube isn't caching his video on the phone, but it may be that YouTube syncs to his iPhone through iOS and any changes he makes there affects his channel on YouTube.

How can I mirror to my TV with my Note 2?

Eric from Torrance, CA

Episode 1097

Eric mirrors his Samsung Galaxy Note 2 to his HDTV via NetGear. But if he roots it, it won't work. Are there any alternatives to the NetGear? Scott says that's a black art, but he could mirror to his laptop and then HDMI. The chatroom says that the laptop has to be running Chrome for that to happen. The chatroom also says the Google Chromecast won't mirror just yet. Eric could connect it via an MHL cable and then run it that way. Scott says that's "so 20th century." But there is a way and it also fits in his pocket, so as long as the TV has HDMI, he's good to go.

How can I digitize old MiniDV video tapes?

Libby from Claremont, CA

Episode 1096

Libby has some miniDV tapes that she wants to make digital copies of. She wants to know the best method for doing this, and what format she should use. Leo says that miniDVs are already digital. So that saves a step. Since the service Libby took them to made DVDs, she can rip them and get MPEG2 files. Leo uses HandBrake and VLC Media Client, which work together to rip DVDs. Leo says to just rip it. Don't reencode it.

How can I use email in Outlook 2000 on Comcast?

John from San Diego, CA

Episode 1096

John's friend uses Outlook and when he moved, Outlook can't find his email server. Leo says that it's likely that Comcast altered settings that prevents him from seeing it. Outlook doesn't support the standard port 25 SMTP port. So he'll have to use the secure SSL ports. He can enable that in settings, and then he should select port 465 or 993. Comcast blocks port 25. Here's a technote on how to use his email client from Comcast.