Audience Questions

Audience QuestionsHour 1

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Watch Andy from Pine River, Minnesota Comments

Andy wants to know really, what are the pluses and minuses to being so connected to the internet. Leo says there is a trade-off. The bonus is, we have access to just about every piece of data we need. The downside is, we sacrifice privacy as online services know everything about us. But just how invasive is that? They don't know everything about us, just activity. So while the privacy angle is complex, it's also overrated. Targeted ads aren't bad if they're useful

Audience QuestionsHour 2

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Watch Ed from Tulsa, OK Comments

Ed is looking for a 70" plus TV. What's the sweet spot for where to sit and which model should he buy? He can't find any mention of full-array local dimming. Scott says some do include the spec, some don't. But that doesn't mean that aren't FALD. The Samsung 70" Q70 is FALD, as is the Q80 and Q90. Scott also says the Sony X50 isn't, but the X950 is. Most LG TVs are edge-lit. 15 feet is ideal for and 80-85" TV.  Check out this calculator - https://www.rtings.com/tv/reviews/by-size/size-to-distance-relationship. Scott says the Samsung Q70 or the Sony X900-X950!

What about a projector? A projector will never be as bright, so in an ambient light space, the LED TV is better.

Watch Daniel from Chatsworth, CA Comments

Daniels' cable bill keeps rising. He uses TIVO. Is there a service where he can still use his TIVO and not pay for cable? Leo says he can get an over the air TIVO, and if he has that, he can put up an antenna and still record local channels. Check out tvfool.com and AntennaWeb.org to find out what he can get over the air in the area and what antenna is best.

Everything else is on demand. What about cable channels? Leo says that he uses YouTubeTV, but he isn't really going to save much. It's $50 a month including all locals, and even DVR access. What about getting a cable card and getting rid of the cable box. Cable companies have to give the cable card by law, but users have to rent it. 

Watch Mike from Reno, NV Comments

Mike says a lot of apartment complexes are making deals with cable TV to provide deals on cable TV in bulk. He got free cable because it's included in his rent. Leo says that many apartment buildings are doing that with the internet as well! Leo says it may seem like he's getting it for free, but watch out though, the rent will likely go up next year. And all too often, he can't get out of it and go with another company.

Audience QuestionsHour 3

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Watch Ed from Detroit, Michigan Comments

Ed wants to know if there are any music websites that are free. Leo says that streaming music services like Spotify and Pandora have free tiers, with ads.  Apple has Beats One Radio. Spotify is the best. Radio.com. IHeartRadio.com, Tunein.com. All free. 

Watch Glen from Florida Comments

Glen wants to know if he should create a USB Key with Linux on it and boot to it. Leo says he can. It's called a Live Distro and just about every flavor of Linux does it. Leo likes PopOS. But understand that it will be a bit slower running off the USB key and eventually, it will wear out the USB key. But by then, you can decide if you want to install it or not, and they will probably offer that option on the distro. Will he still be able to see his Windows desktop? Leo says no. He will see the internal drive, but won't' be able to run Windows programs within it. He can run an emulation program called WINE for some Windows apps, but it's nontrivial.

Watch Rich from Poway, CA Comments

Rich wants to know if there's an app that can automatically adjust his commercial volume on his TV. They get louder than regular programming. Leo says that the FCC has required the volume being the same, but due to volume compression, it can sound louder than it actually is. A lot of AV receivers and TVs have an average sound feature that will adjust it. 

Dickie D also shows off the "Shut the F up" Smash TV Mute Button, which will mute the TV during commercials with a quick smash.

Watch Ralph from Pennsylvania Comments

Ralph has an old HP draft plotter printer and wants to know how he can use it with a modern computer. Leo says that those old plotters used an RS-232 port and he will need to get a USB to Serial adapter in order to use it. Ralph will also need software to configure it. Leo says to do some google searching for user forums and YouTube videos to walk through it. The tricky thing may be drivers.