Software

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Google's Latest AI Can Teach Itself How to Play Go and Chess

Episode 1447

Google's latest artificial intelligence, AlphaGo Zero, now has the ability to teach itself how to master board games after only knowing the rules, and without any human intervention. While previous AI took months to beat the world champion Go player, this latest system was able to master these games in less than a day.

Read more at engadget.com.

How can I move my Outlook data to a new computer?

Episode 1446

Lance from San Diego, CA
Microsoft Outlook

Lance bought a new Dell XPS 15 with a 4K screen for Christmas and he wants to know how to move his data and apps over to it from his old one. Leo says he isn't a fan of the transfer wizards because they usually bring over stuff that causes problems. So Leo recommends installing all of his apps separately. Backing up Outlook is fairly easy. Outlook stores everything in a file called Outlook.PST. So he can save that and then move it over once he's reinstalled Outlook on his new laptops. Or he can archive and install.

How can I image my new computer before I get started?

Episode 1443

Charles from Colton, CA
Backup and Restore (Windows 7)

Charles bought a new computer and is trying to back up his operating system before he gets going. Leo says it's a good idea to make an image right at the beginning. He can even do it on a small 8GB USB thumb drive and keep it in his pocket. The laptop will likely have a rescue utility that will enable him to create a restore rescue disc, but he can also use the Windows 10 backup feature. Just press Windows Key and type "Backup" and then go to backup settings. Then click "Backup and Restore (Windows 7)." This is actually an image backup, and it will create a system image.

Why doesn't my music player shuffle?

Episode 1442

Michael from Atlanta, GA
RhythmBox

Michael is trying to shuffle his playlist using RhythmBox, but it keeps playing artists back to back. Leo says that if the playlist is small enough, it could end up doing that, but if it's a large enough list, it is more likely an error in its random number generator. It's open source so it's probably just faulty code. Amazon Play seems to do the same thing, though. Unfortunately, there's no real fix for it other than filing a bug report and waiting for a fix.

How can I do Chroma Key?

Episode 1442

Trent from Australia
ManyCam

Trent is a video teacher and he wants to do live Chroma Key with green screen with his kids. How can he do that more affordably? Leo says that lighting is everything. He'll want to be sure the lighting is smooth and even, and doesn't cast a shadow on his green screen. Then he can use software like ManyCam. It works great, according to the chatroom. Wirecast is another option, and it is 30% off for Black Friday.

Why can't I use the arrow keys to select Google results?

Episode 1440

Chris from Sherman Oaks, CA
Number pad on keyboard

When Chris searches for something, he wants to be able to just use the arrow keys to select results, but it won't let him do that. Leo says that's the CSS. He can provide his own style sheet that would include this if he wants, but in order to do that he'd have to learn the syntax of CSS. If he searches for this problem and "CSS," there's probably somebody who has written his or her own style sheet. Then he can just download that and change the settings to use his instead. This could be helpful to someone who can't use a mouse.

Why can't I remove Norton?

Dean from Thousand Oaks, CA

Episode 1441

Dean installed Norton but he's having trouble with it. Leo says that Windows 10 has Defender built in and it's probably running. Antivirus software won't work well when there's more than one antivirus installed. So Dean should remove the Norton one with the Norton Remove tool. If he has trouble using the removal tool, he should run in Safe Mode with Networking. That will prevent additional drivers from loading and should make it easier to remove it. He should also make sure he uses the right removal tool. Norton has several different ones depending on the utility it is.

How do I manage large PDFs?

Episode 1439

Bunny from Land O' Lakes, FL
PDF

Bunny's daughter is an engineer who got a new laptop for work. She's having issues reading and creating PDFs for her job. She gets options for various paper sizes except the standard size used by architects. How can she create those? Leo says that may be a custom size that she'll need to purchase in order to use it. Leo advises trying other PDF software like Bluebeam and PrimoPDF. There's quite a few.