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Watch Linda from Tehachapi, CA Comments

Linda is looking for a good scanner for scanning her photos. Leo says the best is the Epson FastFoto Scanner. It's a high-speed photo scanner that will also scan the back of a photo and do it with a sheet feeder. But it's not cheap at $500. Another option is to use your digital camera. She can even use a smartphone. 

Watch Dan from Rancho Cucamonga, CA Comments

Dan has his TV set up with WiFi about 150' away from his WiFi. How can he improve the connection? Leo says the walls may cause interference. Ben could try setting his WiFi router higher up. But the better option, if possible, is to wire the TV directly to the modem. A mesh router will also help, since it can create a mesh of connectivity, with a separate backchannel. Each Satellite is connected by ethernet. It'll improve it, but it will still deal with interference. He can rewire the home with ethernet. That'll fix things. Also, powerline networking may work as well. In fact, that may be the best solution. Leo recommends TPLink. 

Check out this article on how to improve WiFi networking.

Watch Mark from Roseville, CA Comments

Mark's mother in law has failing eyesight and still wants to use her email. Is there a program for that? Leo says that Windows has a text to speech option. Look in the accessibility settings for it. But the easiest for Gmail is an extension for Gmail called READ ALOUD

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Watch Julian from LA, CA Comments

Julian has a great page for the vision impaired called TechJV.com. He's also created a page to give vision-impaired information on the COVID-19 outbreak.

Watch Wayne from Irvine, CA Comments

Wayne is an Alaska wilderness guide and he's creating some audio Zoom webinars during the quarantine. What microphone should he use? Leo says that any mic will work, but he will need a digital interface to connect it to a laptop. Leo uses the Sound Devices MixPre. Other There's also the Focusrite Scarlet. Can he plug a DSLR into his computer and use it? Leo says he could, but he could also just record and then convert the output. Leo uses the Blackmagic ATEM Mini. It's $300 and it'll take up to four HDMI connections and he can switch between them. Check out eCamm as well. It's all in software but it will also work with any camera on the mac. If he uses a camcorder, remember that the camera will go to sleep if he has a battery in it. So take the battery out and plug in the AC to power it.

Watch Larry from San Bernardino, CA Comments

Larry has a good home network but he wants to create a media hosting website. Leo says the first thing he has to check is if the ISP will allow it. Likely, they don't unless he subscribes to business class internet service. He'll also need symmetrical upload. He also needs a single board computer. Leo says the ODroid is an interesting idea. It's about the size of an Altoids tin with a ton of horsepower.

Watch Joe from Austin, TX Comments

Joe wants to do a video conference get together and then save it online. Leo says that Zoom is a good option for that, in spite of their security issues. But he will have to pay for the storage to the cloud. From there, he could download it and send it to youtube. 

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Watch Mark from Los Angeles, CA Comments

Which is better, the NVIDIA Shield or the Roku Ultra? Leo says both are 4K streaming devices. Leo really likes the Nvidia Shield. It's got the Integra processor and runs Android TV. But Roku has more channels and is 1/3 of the price. NVIDIA though, has better gaming, if you're into that. But if not, then the Roku Ultra is a better buy. How about mesh routers? Leo says that the Netgear Orbi has Wifi 6, but it's pretty expensive. The Eero is "smarter," in Leo's opinion. 

Watch Stacy from Commerce township, MI Comments

Stacy's hard drive is filling up after scanning a ton of photos. Her computer only has two USB ports. Does she need a hub in order to connect a USB thumb drive with an external hard drive? Leo says no. She should be able to plug them both in, and then drag from one to the other. But remember, if she deletes those images off the thumb drive, she still only has one copy. She should have three. Use Google Photos to upload them. Flickr gives 1000 photos for free. Shutterfly is free. And if she is an Amazon Prime user, she gets free photo backup as well. Leo also recommends using Second Copy, so she can be sure she has a synced duplicate to the second hard drive.

Watch David from Ann Arbor, Michigan Comments

David wants to create a Wordpress document database. Leo says that there are a lot of options out there. Check out Barn2.co.uk. They make a Wordpress plugin. But creating a Wikipedia style database may be easier to do. He can also open it up for family members to add to it. Search for Wiki hosting services. PB Works has been around forever. And he would have complete control over permissions and data. Check out DocuWiki on Synology software.