Audience Questions

Audience QuestionsHour 1

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Watch Rosie from Denver, CO Comments

Rosie does voiceover and she needs a new computer to record lines and auditions. She uses the Focusrite Scarlet as a digital interface. Leo says that any computer will work with the Scarlet. Audio is relatively low in demand, compared to video editing, gaming or multi-track recording. Leo's preference is Mac over Windows. The nice thing is that it comes with all you need, including Garage Band. If you want to go up to the next level, Logic Pro is only about $150. And Audacity will work on the Mac as well as Windows.

But if you really want Windows, Dell's XPS line is fantastic. Lenovo's Thinkpad is bulletproof. And HP's Spectre is very nice. Those are great Windows choices. Leo also recommends paying extra for the gold level support. For Rosie's business, that would be important.

Watch Lott from Ft. Lauderdale, FL Comments

Lott came across a set of SYMFONISK WiFi Speakers at IKEA and wants to know if he can get sound from his computer to play on them. Leo says that IKEA has a partnership with SONOS and Amazon to create wireless speakers. You need to use SONOS software to add your music collection and play it. It uses a variant of DNLA and in theory, the SONOS software can scan your PC and play it. As for music streaming services, Leo says that the software isn't that great for streaming because of a three-second delay. So using the speakers as PC speakers would be maddening. But there is a subreddit on how to do it here.

Audience QuestionsHour 2

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Watch Jessica from Torrance, CA Comments

Jessica's desktop is about eight years old and she has nearly a TB in free space on her hard drive. But she's concerned about the age of her computer. Leo says older computers aren't as slow as newer computers like the old days. So an older computer really isn't that big a deal. The more worrisome thing is the age of your hard drive. They can crash as they get older. So replacing the hard drive will be faster and give new life to your computer. Especially with a solid-state drive or SSD. 

If she buys a new computer, will the transfer of the data be a problem? Leo says no. At worst, you'll have to reinstall your applications. But there's a tool that will help you transfer your data. Having a backup will make it easier. So do one more backup of your current computer hard drive to an external drive and you can then restore the data after upgrading it.

So you don't really need to buy a new computer, just get a new SSD drive. It'll come with a bit for bit copy utility that will enable you to move the data over. Then your old drive can act as a backup.  Then you can spend the money on a nicer monitor. Maybe even get more RAM.

Watch Rodney from Houston, TX Comments

Rodney doesn't understand Apple's product life cycle. Leo says that Apple's software is driven by its hardware. So when a new version of hardware comes out, sometimes older generations get left behind. It would be nice is Apple could let you know when the end of life is for its products, but since Apple makes both hardware and software, they don't have to do it. 

Apple, for instance, has left behind 32-bit apps in macOS Mojave. So if software companies don't upgrade to 64-bit applications, those apps stop working on Macs using the new operating systems. 

Audience QuestionsHour 3

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Watch Rick from Pleasant Hill, CA Comments

Rick cut the cord about a year ago and he streams using YouTube TV. Leo uses it too, but at $50, you're not really saving anything. Especially when you spend money on HBO, Netflix, etc. But their DVR capability is great. 

While Rick likes YouTubeTV, it buffers constantly in the evening. The only way to stop it is to switch channels and switch back. The other services don't do that. He uses a Roku. Leo says that it may well be that the YouTubeTV app on Roku just isn't very good. Likewise, AppleTV's app on Roku is awful. So it could be that the app just isn't written very well. Also try deleting the app from your Roku and then reinstalling it could help. 

A faster processor in the next level Roku could help. There's also the fact that YouTube uses the new VP9 streaming codec, and Roku may have a challenge decoding that. Rick could try getting a Chromecast and see if it works better. Leo suspects that since Google makes Chromecast, YouTube TV will run better. It's cheap at $45.

From the chatroom - The HDMI cable may be the culprit. A new HDMI cable may be made with the updated standard and that could help. Switching to a hardwired internet connection directly to your router would also help. It reduces the congestion of WiFi. That would be an ethernet connection.

Watch Steve from Palm Beach, FL Comments

Steve has a DOCSIS 3.1 modem and wants to know if there's anything faster. Leo says that DOCSIS 3.1 can handle up to 1GB down and DOCSIS 3.2 is coming. Should it run hot? Leo says no. If it's too hot to touch, that's a problem and could indicate the modem may be wearing out faster. But cable modems don't wear out as fast as your router does, so you may need a new router. But the main reason to update a router is to get a more secure system. Most consumer routers don't get updated and have unpatched vulnerabilities.

Look for a router that will offer automatic firmware updates. 

Watch Mike from Anchorage, Alaska Comments

Mike runs a CNC machine to create custom precision parts that he sells on eBay. He thought it would be cool to get a GoPro camera and mount it to his machine to grab some CNC footage of what he makes or to monitor the machine as it runs. But he doesn't have a cellphone, so how can he see the live feed? Leo says that's a problem. But Mike could use an iPod Touch and connect to it that way. So if he doesn't want a smartphone, the Touch is a smartphone without the phone and it'll have both Bluetooth and WiFi. That's the way to do it, and you don't need the most expensive one either.