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Episode 1713 July 25, 2020

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Watch Joe from Bellflower, CA Comments

Joe does Zoom with his friends, but he can't see his video. Leo says to check the video settings and make sure it has the right camera selected. Make sure the camera is turned on and any shutters are open. Some webcams have one on the lid for privacy. Also, look in the settings to make sure your camera is actually enabled. The camera may be turned off as a security feature. Double-check in another camera app to see if it works to be sure. 

From the chatroom - There's a tech note here, on why Lenovo cameras don't work in Zoom. It's likely a privacy feature that needs to be disabled.

Watch Vince from Covina, CA Comments

Vince has a Sansui receiver from the 70s. Can he still use it with his home system and his Pioneer Elite Plasma TV? Leo says to check out ClassicReceivers.com. It really comes down to the output. He won't be able to use it for video, though because of the HDMI connectors. He can get a device that will take the audio portion and route it to the old Sansui device. 

Scott Wilkinson says that Vince's Pioneer Plasma TV will have analog outputs that he can take the audio for and route the preamp output directly to the receiver.

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Watch Airshow Rob from New Hampshire Comments

Rob has Quickbooks 2020 and Gmail is blocking his ability to send an invoice. Leo says there's a link in Quickbooks that says "mail this invoice." It will launch Gmail in your browser. If it blocks it, it sounds like Intuit hasn't made a deal with Google to do that. Rob may also have to log into Gmail and authorize it. The authorization can also expire. Check out Google Authorized Apps in permissions at myaccount.google.com/permissions.  Delete the old authorization, and the next time Rob sends it, Gmail should pop up with an authorization window for him to reauthorize. Then it should work.

Watch Brian from Indio, California Comments

Brian is having issues with his Amazon Alexa Echo Gen 2 and it's starting to have "hearing" problems. Leo says that it's probably an indication that the unit is dying. Brian could reset it. See if that helps. Also, he could plug in an external microphone.

But the good news is, that the new generation Amazon Echo is cheaper and better. He can also get the Echo Dot for under $50 that can connect to his own speakers. 

Watch Old Chef Guy from Aqua Caliente Comments

OCG wants to know if Google can make the Home Assistant voice hardware become smarter. Leo says that the entire IoT space has kinda hit a limit of what it can do, and there's been very little innovation of late. Even for Amazon Alexa and SIRI. At some point, it should increase in power and intelligence. But it has plateaued right now and voice-activated devices are a disappointment. AI isn't very smart, and it turns out it's very hard to do.

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Watch Sue from Illinois Comments

Sue is using ExpressVPN and she notices it slows down her internet speed. Leo says it may because it's running her signal through another server down the road. But she'll get the fastest speed possible. Make sure to let ExpressVPN choose the server. It will test and select the fastest server available.  Also, select the smart location feature and it will pick the closest, fastest server to her. 

Watch Bob from Brea, CA Comments

Bob wants to know if he can use his old Samsung Netbook on the Internet. Leo says that Netbooks were woefully slow and underpowered and didn't wear well. It also lowered the expectation of what we should pay for a laptop. It also was driven by Windows 7, which has stopped being supported by Microsoft, and as such, might be a security issue. At some point, a hack may be the risk. Leo says that Bob could upgrade it to Windows 10, or he could even run Linux on it. PopOS is one.

Or better yet, upgrade to a new Chromebook.

Watch Ed from Santa Maria, CA Comments

Ed converted a bunch of home movies into digital format on a USB key. He wants to share them with family, but he has to convert them. What does he do? Leo says that as long as the USB key is formatted for FAT32 or ExFAT, it should be compatible with both. NTFS won't work for most macs. Then there's the video format. If it's WMV, Macs can't play it back. But MP4 is modern and ubiquitous. What if the person he's sharing with has a mobile phone? Leo recommends sharing them on YouTube. Set videos to private and then send them a link to share. That's the easiest way. Then anyone can watch it.

Watch Ted from Los Angeles, CA Comments

Ted would like to create his own domain name. What's the best way? Leo says that people can go to Google Domains to register a domain name. Search for the domain wanted and reserve it for a price.  It's around $10 a year for most domains. But some are more expensive.