Audience Questions

Audience QuestionsHour 1

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Watch Bob from Honolulu, HI Comments

Bob has the Orbi Mesh Router and has a second router for work. Leo says you want one router to be in charge. Leo says your cable ISP wants to be in charge because they use their router to provide WiFi to anyone walking by. Then your work wants to be in charge because it can control everything. In general, you only want one router handling all the DNS address assigning. Leo recommends putting the Orbi in Bridge Mode, and that will prevent both routers from fighting to run the network (called "double natting").

Watch Bill from Goleta, CA Comments

Bill gets emails from Wyze about the new Wyze Cube that has an outdoor camera and a base station for $50. Is that a good deal? Leo says that he's a huge fan of Wyze because they sell their cameras for a very affordable price, with more features for each price point. And they don't require a prescription to store, either (though you can pay $15 a year for unlimited storage). The cameras record to a local SD card slot and ping you when there's movement. The outdoor cameras are a little more expensive because they are weatherproof. ($50) But that's still a bargain vs. other cameras like NestCam. Leo hasn't tried it, but he likes the company and their technology.

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Audience QuestionsHour 2

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Watch Bernard from Hisperia, NY Comments

Bernard hasn't turned on his old HP Windows computer since January and when he did, he got a ton of updates. But now he can't update any further because there's no room. Looking deeper, most of the room is under the "other users" category. They won't let him delete it. Leo says to try logging out and see what other users are listed. Leo says that older versions of windows are probably what's taking up all that space. There is the old utility called "Disk Cleanup," which will delete it for you. Windows key, type "disc clean up." You can also delete old media like podcasts. 

You can also search for "windows.old" and delete it directly.

Here's a good tech note on it from HP -

Watch Brian from Nashville, TN Comments

Brian knows that you can calibrate the color of your computer monitor. Leo says that spectrophotometers (also known as a Spyder) do that, but you only need to calibrate it occasionally. Is there a way to do the same thing for sound on his Mac Mini? 

Leo says that there's a company called Audacy that does that for home theater. Apple's home pod does it as well. But there isn't anything that does it for your PC sound that he knows of.  The term for it is "normalize" audio and most audio editors have that feature so that you can adjust the level of the audio for each individual recording. Compression will also turn up the faintest parts and turn down the loudest parts. What you want is a VST plugin. Audacity has one. Also, look at Audio Hijack by Rogue Amoeba. They also have a program called SoundSource that does that specific thing.

The chatroom says that LightSpeed Labs uses hardware to do the same thing.

Watch Van (Edmunton Oiler Guy) from Edmunton, Alberta CAN Comments

Van has an old iPod Nano and wants to back up the media from it. iTunes doesn't work because while it sees the Nano, it's grayed out. So you can't really do anything with it. Leo recommends iMazing. It will work with any "i device." They have a free trial before you buy it. Another option is the Wondershare Doctor Phone. It specifically says it supports the iPod Nano. You can also try eCamm PhoneView

Audience QuestionsHour 3

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Watch Dan from New Jersey Comments

Dan's phone contract and his FIOS contract have both expired. So he's thinking what's next. Leo says that if you get good fiber speed, there's nothing faster. It really comes down to how much they charge for the speed you want. And then how much they say it is, vs. how much you are actually getting. $49 for 200MB down is not bad. Gigabit would be even better because it's symmetric (same up/down) for about $60 a month.

Leo also says that you can cut the cable with that FIOS fiber, and stream. Do everything over the top. You'll want to pay more for your bandwidth, but it would be worth it in the long run. Especially if you're within line of sight of the broadcast transmitters and can use an antenna to get your local channels. Leo also suggests getting a mesh router system to use with it. Eero, Orbi, Plume, Velop. Don't use the FIOS router with it though. This would work great with Dan's three-story home.

Dan also has his phone contract due. Should he stay with AT&T or get a new carrier? Leo says choosing cellphone companies is more complicated because it adds the phone into the mix, who has better coverage (hard to compare), and they make it very difficult to compare. Verizon is the most expensive, but where Dan lives it would be excellent coverage. 

T-Mobile has merged with Sprint, which could make them comparable with both AT&T and Verizon. But they are raising their rates. Leo does prefer them however.  You could go with an MVNO like Mint Mobile, but while they are less expensive, the carrier (Verizon) prioritizes customers who pay more.

Watch Paul from Louisville, KY Comments

Paul wonders if 2-factor authentication with SMS Messaging is all that secure. He uses 2FA using a voice call system. Is that secure? Leo says that 2 Factor is the most secure way to protect your data. But there are various ways to get it. Text message is the easiest, and it's better than nothing, but an authenticator like Authy or a hardware authenticator is far more secure. Ubikey is the most secure. An app authenticator, like Authy or Google Authenticator, would be the next most secure. Text messaging is the least secure because of SIM jacking. But the sim jacker would have to target you, and that isn't very likely unless you're a high profile person. 

Watch Frugal Ed from Pennsylvania Comments

Ed switched to Mint Mobile (a sponsor of the TWiT Network) recently and he pays 25% of what his wife does. But he can't use his tablets with it. Leo says you can backup your tablets using Google One, then restore them. It's really easy.