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Episode 1688 April 19, 2020

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Watch Lene from Canada Comments

Lene has a Zoom account for video conferencing at work, and she will be setting up meetings while isolating at home. She's worried, though, about using a personal ID for the meeting and giving that ID to other colleagues for creating meetings. Leo recommends creating a separate user ID and pass that along to your colleagues to create other meetings. Leo also says that each user should have their own IDs. 

Watch Rick from Capistrano Beach, CA Comments

Rich switched out his cable box from Cox, but now his HDMI cable no longer works, just the cable that works with the Cox Box. Why would that be? Leo says not all HDMI cables are alike. It's likely a newer HDMI standard with the newer box, so the older HDMI 1.4 cable may not be supported. Or, it's just serendipitous that your HDMI cable has worn out. You can get a modern 4K HDMI cable at MonoPrice for around $8. Check out this Cox Tech Note. There's also this one - https://forums.cox.com/forum_home/tv_forum/f/tv-forum/23298/hdmi-on-contour-box-not-compatible-with-hdmi-on-tv

Watch Mark (I Doc Mark) from Syracuse, New York Comments

Mark wants to know how to connect a Neewer XLR mic to a laptop. Leo says that if it's a condenser mic, then it'll also need power. So an adapter won't really help. Leo recommends a Focus Rite Scarlet to power it and converter it to USB. However, some like the Newer XLR mic cannot work with Mac computers. That's only a $20 mic, and you'd be better off getting a USB compatible mic that works with any computer. If it's only for video conferencing, then Leo recommends the Blue Yeti or the Blue Snowball. It's decent. Samsung also makes a really good USB Mic called the Samsung Go. 

Audience QuestionsHour 2

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Watch Bob from Leonia, New Jersey Comments

Bob upgraded most of his laptops to Windows 10. But he has one laptop that is running into trouble upgrading. He discovered that being an old HP 32 bit laptop, its ATI Video card isn't supported to make the switch. Leo says that there may be a separate motherboard graphics card built-in. You can try disabling the card in the BIOS and see if the motherboard card will work. But that may not work. Without drivers, you're kind of stuck. 

But all is not lost: Bob can always install Linux on it. Leo likes PopOS.  Download it, put it on a USB key, and then boot from it. If it runs, you're in great shape. But make sure you backup your data first, because you'll be wiping the drive completely.

Watch Tom from Warren, OH Comments

Tom got a message from his iPhone 11 Pro that his phone was almost full. So he's been moving stuff off. But how does he back up his playlists? Leo says you can do it wirelessly. Go into settings and look in "about" to see what's taking up all the room. Then, you can go into the Music app and delete the music artist by artist. But in Catalina, you can still sync in the music app as you used to with iTunes. Select Sync check songs only.

Watch Gabriel from Brooklyn, NY Comments

Gabe bought a new desktop computer last week, and he wants to know what SSD he should put in. Leo says to see if your computer supports MVNE. M.2 is a specific physical socket that looks more like RAM, rather than an SSD drive slot. But M.2 is still an SSD. Samsung EVO is very good. Leo tried out a cheaper Sabrent drive, and it works fine. So it comes down to what your desktop supports and then go with that. If it's PCI, then go with PCI 3. That's the fastest.

Audience QuestionsHour 3

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Watch Gary from Colorado Springs, CO Comments

Gary wants to be able to know when members of his family login, where they go online and for how long. Leo suggests NextDNS. It's a new DNS standard that has a lot of great features. It's known as a "pie hole," and it can be used to monitor and block suspect websites and bad activity. You go into your router and input the NextDNS DNS settings. It'll also give you privacy since your activity is no longer routed through your ISP. And you can get blacklist and whitelist options, and a huge page of analytics by device. 

Watch Rick from Placerville, CA Comments

Rick wants to know why dashcams haven't taken off in the US? Leo says you'd think that car manufacturers would require them. They are popular in many other countries, but largely due to the staging of fake car accidents. A dashcam protects you. 

Rick says that Windows 10 upgrade problems usually occurred with motherboards made around 2014, especially Gigabyte motherboards. Leo says it's a mixed bag wrapped around drivers, and if your older hardware didn't have drivers, then your upgrade was doomed. Leo isn't a fan of Windows at all anymore, as Microsoft has really screwed up the upgrade process. It's like they are forcing people to buy new computers. That's why he suggests going with Linux.

Watch Ruben from Chappel Hill, NC Comments

Ruben has a Mac that he runs Windows in boot camp. He has an NTFS drive that he needs to read from time to time. When he reboots back into macOS Catalina, the hard drive partition isn't recognized and won't mount. Leo says it sounds like macOS has messed up the partition used to run boot camp. He recommends backing up the data, repartitioning the drive and then reinstalling Catalina.  Look up FUSE drivers: it enables you to read/write NTFS drives in macOS. 

Watch Michael from Luka, Italy Comments

Michael wants to know how to video conference with his computer and Chromebook. Leo says that Skype will work just fine with it. They have their own plugin for Chromebooks. But Leo also recommends a new open-source utility called JITSI, which will set up an unlimited number of callers in a grid and it's very easy to set up your own JITSI server. Secure. Fast. And yours. You send your callers a web address, they go to it and they're talking. Nothing to install.

Watch Rich from Sonoma, CA Comments

Rich has an original Google Chromebook that isn't supported anymore. Can he wipe it and install Linux? Leo says you can, but it's a bit tricky. There is a physical hardware switch you must enable to turn on developer mode. Once you do that, you can install Linux. Look up the model, plus Linux, and you should be able to find step by step instructions. Check out AboutChromebooks.com as well.