Audience Questions

Audience QuestionsHour 1

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Watch Patrick from Palo Alto, CA Comments

Patrick wants to know if Leo has ever used the Capture One software that comes with his Sony Camera, and is it worth upgrading to the full version if so? Leo says that a lot of pros use the pro version of Capture One. It supports tethering, but so does Adobe Lightroom. Another benefit of Adobe Lightroom is Adobe Camera Raw, which renders Raw really well. Other options include DXO Photo, Skylum Luminar. Luminar also has a great HDR editor developed by Trey Ratcliffe. But if you want the most popular alternative to Lightroom, Capture One would be it.

 

Watch Jim from Bend, OR Comments

Jim was updating Windows 10 when his network turned off suddenly. He turned it back on, and Windows turned it off again!  What could be causing that to occur? Leo says that your computer can go to sleep when it's not being used, but your devices can fall asleep as well. Leo recommends looking into the driver properties and see if there's a sleep option that's been enabled. If it has, turn it off. Leo also recommends upgrading to an external wifi card for your computer.

Audience QuestionsHour 2

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Watch Paul from San Diego, CA Comments

Paul has a bunch of different smart locks where they all have their own locking app. Leo says that can be a hassle, but in the future, there will be centralized hubs that can handle that. Amazon Echo should be able to do it via voice. Could he have a dedicated tablet for all of them? Leo says sure. But that doesn't really solve the problem; it just shuffles over to a dedicated device. You can probably get a really cheap one to do it, as well. But don't fall for those $99 deals, they're likely woefully underpowered and rarely updated. Leo recommends the iPad, Asus, and the Amazon Fire tablet. 

Watch Dave from Twin Falls, Idaho Comments

Dave installed Ubuntu Linux on the HP Stream and now he's having issues with WiFi. Leo says that HP probably didn't make drivers available for Linux, and so the community needs to figure that out. So chances are, there isn't a specific driver for the particular WiFi chip that his Stream uses. Leo recommends trying another version of Linux called POPOS by System 76. It's very similar to Ubuntu, but it has far more drivers available. From EchoSeven in the chatroom - https://askubuntu.com/questions/55868/installing-broadcom-wireless-drivers

Watch Lanny from Woodland Hills, CA Comments

Lanny says that Windows 10 is not updating properly, and he can't update Adobe Creative Cloud until it works. Leo says to run the Windows installer and select REPAIR. There's a good chance that the caller is dealing with a corrupted update file. The System File Checker should solve that problem. There is also a reset routine within Windows (Windows Key + Recover)  that can also address the issue. Worst case, backup your data and reinstall Windows. But that's a last resort.

Watch Shar from Cambridge, MN Comments

Shar wants to know how he can print on a miniCD disc using his Epson printer. Leo says that nobody uses those anymore and as such, there is no real way other than to create your own adapter. You could 3d print one. Leo also says that there is an open-source printer driver repository called CUPS. If there's a driver for your printer, it's there.

Audience QuestionsHour 3

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Watch Charlie from Potomac, Michigan Comments

Charlie bought a device from Facebook ads that backs up his pictures, but he ended up with a ton of duplicates. Is there a better option out there? Leo says that some of these de-dupers are too aggressive and deletes all copies. So before you run a de-duper, make a backup copy of your photos one more time. That way, if it does end up deleting all copies, you'll have a backup on the Mac, there's Gemini 2, which is a de-duper that eliminates multiple copies of the same photo. But there are plenty of Windows versions as well. But you want one that can look deep into the file and analyzes or "hash's" the contents to compare and delete only stuff that has the same metadata. Duplicate Photo Cleaner, Duplicate Fixer; the Chatroom likes Duplicate File Detective for Windows. One challenge though is a burst mode. Where the photos are shot in a burst and are very similar, but separate, the software may not be able to differentiate from that.

Watch Dana from Griffin, Georgia Comments

Dana is blind and uses a screen reader. But it won't work with iDrive backup. Leo says that any Windows program should be readable. But it may be that the software uses a picture based text that can't be read by screen readers. It's certainly something that all computer companies should be made aware of.

Dana is also having issues with WinAmp, which is requiring Admin access. It's annoying if you won't want to be in that mode. The issue is more likely with Windows, which is breaking the file associations with WinAmp in order to create an association with Windows' own media player. The good news is, you can turn that feature off in WinAmp. Look for UAC.

Watch Michael from Long Beach, CA Comments

Michael wants to install Linux on a bootable USB key, but it doesn't work. It goes straight to Windows. Leo recommends Rufus for creating a bootable key for Linux. But the first thing you want to do is change the boot order in your BIOS to check the USB port first. Then, turn off secure boot. Modern PCs have this setting to protect your computer against a rogue operating system. Third, modern OS uses UEFI, not BIOS. So your computer likely needs to reflect that in your USB key. So you want to be sure your Linux Distro is UEFI compatible. Also, look for "legacy mode" in the setup. You can also try PopOS; it's the most compatible these days.

Watch Todd from Cincinnati, OH Comments

Todd wants to know why Leo chose the Heil PR40. He's planning to do a podcast and wants the best mic he can get for the money. Leo says that Bob Heil is a legend in the music industry, having created the quadrophonic sound for the Who, and the Vocoder for Peter Frampton. Bob invented the Heil PR40 originally for HAM Radio, but it's gotten very popular with radio and podcasters. Leo likes how his voice sounds. The PR40 is also a dynamic mic; it doesn't need phantom power or requires isolation like a condenser mics. It doesn't pick up every sound, it's very directional, and that's important to Leo. The SHURE SM57 is another great radio mic. The PR40 is twice the price of the SM57 though. 

What it really comes down to though, is how the mic sounds with your voice.