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Watch Bonnie from Los Angeles, CA Comments

Bonnie isn't happy about Microsoft closing all stores because she bought the extended "Assure Plan." Leo says that Microsoft will provide the same services through Microsoft.com, but Bonnie says it doesn't allow her to see what's going on with the computer one on one. Leo says that by deciding to not reopen all 86 stores, Microsoft is taking a loss of a half-billion dollars. Leo says to contact Microsoft directly and demand a refund. They should definitely give Bonnie one.

Watch Paul from Columbus, OH Comments

Paul recently bought a pair of Aftershokz Trekz Air headphones. Leo says they are fine. Not great, but good enough. Paul complains though, that after ten minutes, the sound drops and gets garbled. Leo says that's a Bluetooth issue that's likely specific to that model. Worth returning or exchanging. Leo says he has the older version, which works well. He may want to try the Aeropex.  At the end of the day though, Bluetooth is just terrible, because it handles far more bandwidth than it was designed for. 

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Watch Rusty from San Diego, CA Comments

Rusty is building a website and wants to know how he can get a good bright orange color for it. Leo says that there's a new standard that supports colors that are "web-safe." But there are over 4 billion shades of colors. But  a shade of orange that is too bright is out of the question, even though any display can handle it.  So talk to the web developer about what they're using. If he's got a websafe mindset, maybe he isn't the developer needed. 

You can also go to this site and get the proper color code.

Watch Aaron from LA, CA Comments

Aaron's kids play a lot of Fortnite on the Xbox, but it's only a one-player game and he has two kids. So he bought a refurbished Dell computer for $150 and added a graphics card to it. Is there a way to hook the Xbox controller to the computer? Leo says you can, even wirelessly. But recently, the Xbox controller has stopped working even though it works with Microsoft's Xbox app. It doesn't work with Fortnite. Leo says to try using Bluetooth, but it's possible that Anti-Cheating features are blocking it because desktops may have an advantage through tricks and hacks like Aimbots. But try the Bluetooth instead. 

Watch Robert from Virginia Comments

Robert wants to get a drone for his son. He bought a cheaper $150 model, but it's harder to fly. What's the best one to get? Leo says to pick up the DJI Mavic Mini. The cheaper model is good for flying and crashing, but without sophisticated GPS control, it'll fly away sooner or later. The Mavic Mini not only has GPS control but also collision avoidance. And it gets better with every update. 

Robert keeps hearing that drones are going to get banned.  Leo says that drones won't get banned, but he may need to get trained in order to use one, especially commercially. There is a trade war going on, so it may be harder to find, and there are legal issues as the government has stopped using them due to security concerns. but it's not likely to be banned. But a legal patent battle may bar the drones from being imported into the US, but it's not likely. And even if they did, the current drones being sold would still work.

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Watch GScott from Finland, Minnesota Comments

GScott wants to know if he skips an ad on YouTube, will Leo lose money? Leo says there is money to be made on youtube, but TWiT doesn't make a lot. It's a few thousand a month and it really doesn't matter if he skips the ad, they've been charged for it. And skipping an ad gives youtube and advertisers valuable feedback on what ads work and what doesn't. Leo puts the show on youtube for convenience. Besides, TWiT sells its own ads in the podcast anyway, the So feel free to skip YouTube's ads!

Watch Ted from Apple Valley, CA Comments

Ted is a photographer and he's looking for a good laptop to do his photo editing on. He's looking at the Asus Pro Duo, but it's pretty heavy at 5 lbs. Leo says that Asus makes a good laptop, but it may be better to use a better workflow and go with Adobe Creative Cloud and a lighter laptop. But the Asus Pro Duo is a good model. And it's heavier because it has a desktop-class video card. Leo also likes the Lenovo Thinkpad X1 Carbon, it has a gorgeous OLED screen, which is great for accurate color reproduction. Go for it. Max out the RAM though.