Audience Questions

Audience QuestionsHour 1

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Watch John from Indianapolis, IN Comments

John recently returned from vacation to Prague, and he brought his Amazon Echo dot with him. He connected it to his travel router and reconfigured it for the Czech Republic, according to Leo's instructions. John had no problem with it. He could listen to music, podcasts, news from home. And it was his alarm clock. It worked great. Leo says it's a great idea to take that along with you.

Watch Jack from Stone Mountain, Georgia Comments

Jack's mom is moving into an assisted living facility, and he wants her to have her own WiFi. What router should he get her? Leo says it's a good idea to give her own WiFi access point. It'll protect her. NetGear makes great WiFi Routers. How about a basic wireless access point? Leo says that the router will be better for security, but a WAC is fine. 

Should he get a Samsung Galaxy Note 10? Leo says that since Jack has a note 8, he can trade it in and get a great deal on a Note 10. Go for it.

Audience QuestionsHour 2

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Watch Paul from Louisville, Kentucky Comments

Paul would like to know if there are chatrooms for tech questions? Leo says that the TWiT IRC Client runs 24/7. It's a general chat focused around Leo's radio show and podcast. But you can ask questions there, too. And there are IRC chat threads for just about any topic in the world. Just do a google search for "IRC (topic here)." Or (topic) Chat Channels.  Another option is a Dischord chat. 

He's having issues listening to music streams, it keeps asking for a plugin. Leo says to try VLC Media Client. Another player is WinAmp. That's another good option. The key is to find out what format the music is so you can get the right plugin for it.

Watch Grant from St Paul, Minnesota Comments

Grant wants a printer that he doesn't have to spend a ton on ink. Leo suggests the Epson Eco Tank printer (Epson is a sponsor of The Tech Guy radio show & the TWiT Network). It comes with all the ink you'll need for two years - a great buy.

Grant also wants to know how his parents can get better reception in their area? Leo recommends TVFool.com and AntennaWeb.org. It'll let you know what channels are available in their area. But living in a remote area may be an issue. So Leo recommends streaming via YouTube TV. SlingTV is another option.

Watch Jacob from South Elgin, Illinois Comments

Jacob wants to know if paying electronically is secure. He doesn't like that it has a digital paper trail that people can see what he's spending his money on. Leo says that there's a fine line between the security of digital transactions and the privacy concerns that come with them. Leo also says that facial recognition and the prevalence of security cameras are a larger concern. The police can follow you everywhere using facial recognition and know where you are at all times. So he's more concerned with that.

Audience QuestionsHour 3

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Watch Mike from San Diego, CA Comments

Mike is looking to upgrade his PC display with a 4K monitor. Is there a monitor out there as good as the 5K iMac? Leo says that you can get a 5K monitor that is comparable. Costco has a 43" Dell 4K monitor. Will it be pixely? Or will it look good? Leo says that Dell makes really nice monitors. But Dell has two lines: an inexpensive line that's less color accurate, and an expensive line that is color calibrated. So it depends on what you want and need. If you're into photography and video, you want a calibrated display that can give you the full-color gamut. But if you're gaming, that's less important. If you don't care about that, then the lower end Dell will be just fine. Their Dell UltraSharp is very affordable.  You can get the 32" model for under $275.

Watch Chris from Lakewood, CA Comments

Chris recently let his Carbonite expire. Is iDrive an alternative? Leo says that both are good, but they're both advertisers. So to be fair, Leo only does ads for services and products he believes in. But Carbonite is moving towards enterprise backup and might be leaving the consumer end behind. iDrive, by contrast, is ideal for individuals and will allow you to backup anything up to 5TB. =

Watch Brian from Pittsburgh, PA Comments

Brian recently bought a MacBook Air. He wants to know if he can repurpose his old Mac as a server to run Plex. Leo says that Brian's old dual-core iMac isn't super fast, but you can run Plex on an Atom processor, so it'll work on that iMac, but it may struggle with 4K. In that case, getting a dedicated NAS, like Synology, would be a better option. You'd also have a lot more storage space. It'll also sit and a closet out of the way. You'll also have to fit drives into it. So that'll be an extra cost. But if you don't want to spend the money, Apple has its own server software that works well. Old computers make great servers. It's a great way to give them new life.