Audience Questions

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Watch Fred from Pasadena, CA Comments

Fred is suffering from Zoom Fatigue and would like to boost his morale by creating a virtual background. But he can't because his computer seems too old, even though it's not. Leo says that Zoom requires a certain power processor, and Fred's computer probably doesn't support it. That's why he can't do the virtual background. But there may be a background thanks to an app called Mmhmm Mmhmm

Watch Adam from Burbank, CA Comments

Adam has an older Mitsubishi HD TV that he really loves. It still works fine, but he needs an over the air converter that won't burn out over time and has component out. Leo says that Silicon Dust's HD Home Run or Channel Master's DVR are his best options. But Adam may have to get an HDMI to a Component converter for the video out. But using one of those will open up other digital tuners as well. The nice thing about the HD HomeRun though, is that he can watch TV anywhere in the house by connecting a Roku device and using the HD HomeRun app. 

Audience QuestionsHour 2

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Watch Vernon from Edmonton, Alberta CAN Comments

Vernon is thinking about upgrading to the new M1 Macbook Pro. But he would really like a desktop. Leo says to wait until the new M1 iMacs come out. No need to get another Intel machine at this point. Leo suspects that next Spring will bring a bevy of new desktops coming with not only the M1 chip but an even more powerful model with more RAM. 

What about a NAS? Leo says you can take that old Desktop and convert it into a homebrew NAS using FreeNAS and multiple drives, but Leo says a five-bay Synology NAS is a better option. 

Watch Kim from Mission Viejo, CA Comments

Kim is worried that her Android phone may get hacked. How can she prevent it? Leo says that Android is more open source and is more vulnerable to attack than an iPhone. But really, the best way to guard against it is to keep your phone up to date with Google's security updates. Can she get hacked by clicking on a link? Leo says it's possible, but the most common way is to download a bad app from the App store. Only download apps that are well known from well-known companies. Avoid any apps from Russia.

Leo says if you don't click on a link, the link can't hurt you. But if you have clicked on a link, a factory reset will solve that problem. Just make sure your data is backed up.

Watch Joel from Culver City, CA Comments

Joel has a Sony Bravia TV, which is pretty old. He's limited to 32" because of his cabinet. So what can he get to replace it? Leo says that you can still get 32" flat screens, but you'll need to measure them to get the right model that fits. And they're cheap. TCL makes one for $128, HiSense for $139. Vizio about $160. You may even be able to get a slightly larger one depending on the model.

Watch Ron from Riverside, CA Comments

Ron has a TV that is an "Amazon Edition." Recently, it started showcasing his photos as a screensaver.  Leo says it may be showing your photos that are backed up to Amazon Photos. Or maybe even your Google Photos. If you're an Alexa user, it may be a skill that Amazon recently added. Can he opt-out? Leo says you can probably disable it in your TV's menu settings. Or it could be in the Amazon App. It could also be the Roku. There are apps in the Roku that picks up your photos. There's a slideshow setting in Roku that could be enabled.

Audience QuestionsHour 3

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Watch Myra from Anaheim, CA Comments

Myra recently got an M1 Mac Mini to replace her old Windows machine. How can she run her Windows teaching programs with her new Mac? She hears that Parallels isn't perfect for running Windows virtually.

Leo says that the M1 doesn't use BootCamp anymore, so it is virtually the only option now. Leo says that VMWare Fusion is the other virtual option. But both VMWare and Parallels have yet to release an M1 version. However, Parallels has released a technical preview version that you could try. But there is another challenge. You need a special version of Windows.

Here's an article that talks about it - https://9to5mac.com/2020/12/17/windows-m1-mac-parallels/

Warning though: Leo says it's going to be a rocky transition for a while, but in the end, virtualization will end up working. It'll just take some time. So be patient.

Watch Barry from Portland, OR Comments

Barry is getting a new Motorola Moto G series mobile phone. Leo says it's the best mid-range priced mobile phone on the market today. Barry is concerned though, that updates are coming slower and slower these days. Leo says that unless Google makes the phone, that's going to happen since both the phone manufacturer and your carrier have to test the update before releasing them for their phones. Google can send updates directly. So if you're concerned about how fast updates happen, a Google-made phone like the Pixel 4a would be better. Check out the Android 1, too. 

Watch Bernie from Lakewood, CO Comments

Bernie wants to use ExpressVPN (a sponsor of the TWiT network) using his Ubuity router. How can he put it on and keep it working for his main network and his guest network? Leo says that there is a recommended list of routers that you can use with ExpressVPN; sadly, Ubiquity isn't one of them. But some of the privacy features a VPN does are available from your Ubiquity router. Your DNS lookup, for instance, can be secured using your browser via DNS over HTTPS via DOH. It's deep into the settings. You can also use another DNS server that can block them. Leo likes NextDNS. Cloud Flare's 1.1.1.1.