Peripherals

Any device that connects to the computer, such as a printer, scanner, monitor, keyboard or mouse.

Can I get arrested for downloading music from BitTorrent?

Mario from El Paso, TX

Episode 1070

Mario downloads music and he wants to know if he'll get sued or arrested for it. Leo says that when he's sharing or downloading, law enforcement doesn't know who he actually is because it's all based on IP addresses. Both the recording industry (RIAA) and the movie industry (MPAA) often have phoney torrents in order to find out what IP addresses are downloading them. Then they have to find out who owns that IP address from the ISP.

Can computers infect each other from within my network?

Episode 1069

Jeanette from Royal Oak, MI
Network

Jeanette's son's computer was hacked and she's concerned that her Mac computers will be infected if he connects it to her network. Leo says that she should go into the security system preferences and turn on the computer firewall. That will protect her individual computers inside her network. What about her iPad? Leo says that she doesn't really have to worry about the tablet getting infected. Nobody is writing viruses that can infect an iPad from a Windows PC.

What's the easiest way to burn CDs in Windows 7? (Part 1)

Episode 1068

Michael from Long Beach, CA
Windows 7 burn CD

Michael wants to back up all his images onto CDs for safe keeping. He used to use Nero, but it doesn't work on Windows 7. Leo says that Windows may be able to burn it natively. He'll want to format the CD and then drag the files onto it. Then he can select "burn," and it'll be done. Leo says he doesn't put stuff on CDs anymore, he uses the Cloud instead. And with Flickr by Yahoo offering 1TB of free image storage, it's a good option. Also, just having one backup isn't really a backup. Backing up to the cloud is a wise idea.

Is there a waterproof Bluetooth speaker I could get for use in the shower? (Part 2)

Episode 1064

Drew from St Louis, MO
Moxie Showerhead and Speaker

Leo says that there are plenty of waterproof speakers out there. Kohler makes a speaker that is also a shower nozzle. iDuck is fun bluetooth speaker for kids. He can stream from his computer if it supports Bluetooth. Leo also has a Sonos speaker in the bathroom which works great. The chatroom says to check out Pyle Speakers.

Is it ok to use a mouse and keyboard with a Microsoft Surface tablet?

Episode 1064

Stacey from Anaheim, CA
Microsoft Surface Tablet

Stacey bought a Microsoft Surface tablet and really likes it. He's wondering if it's ok to use it with a traditional mouse and keyboard as opposed to using the touch screen, though. Leo says since it's his personal computer, he should be able to use it however he wants! There is no incorrect way to use it.

How can I get Samsung's S Voice to work better? (Part 1)

Episode 1043

Lily from Oceanside, CA
Samsung Galaxy Note 3

Lily has a Samsung Galaxy Note 3. She loves the huge screen but says that there's a huge learning curve to it. Leo says that's likely because of all the pointless stuff that Samsung has loaded it up with. S-Voice is an example of that. Leo prefers Google's voice control. She can disable it in the Android's "Language and Input" settings. Choose "US English" as the default language. Lily could even root the phone or just tap the microphone button in the search bar and speak into that.