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Episode 1761 January 10, 2021

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Watch Mario from San Fernando, CA Comments

Mario is looking to get a new 3D flatscreen. Leo says good luck as 3D capable flatscreens died a quick death about two years ago. RIP 3D TV!

Mario's is concerned that since his Sony Bravia 3D TV is getting older, he soon won't watch his 3D BluRays. Leo says you can still watch them in 2D though. But if you want 3D, then make sure your existing 3D TV keeps working.

One alternative, you can use the theater experience of Occulus Quest 2 and other VR headsets to watch 3D movies. 

The Chatroom says that Epson Home Cinema Projectors Support 3D. Here's a list.

Watch Sabine from Louisville, KY Comments

Sabine is looking for a professional microphone to use on her Zoom calls. Leo says you want to have one that supports USB. Leo uses the Heil PR40 and uses an adapter interface that converts it to USB. You don't really have to spend a lot of money though. Leo recommends looking at RODE. They design a lot .of high quality, professional-grade microphones for those on a budget. Check out the NT-USB Mini. It's $99. But avoid buying them on Amazon. There's also Blue and the Audio Technica ATR2100.

Watch Dave from Twin Falls, ID Comments

Dave has an Epson Inkjet printer, and he constantly has to clean the ink that has dried out of the printer's head. Leo says that inkjets aren't really good for people that only print occasionally. And the routing to clean out the clogs wastes a LOT of ink in the process. So a laser is a much better option. Leo got an inexpensive Brother Laser printer.

But you could create a shortcut that would enable you to print out a test page every week to keep your inkjet healthy. Here's how - https://www.tenforums.com/drivers-hardware/109440-how-automate-printing-test-page-once-per-week.html

iOS has an automation tool called ShortCuts that may be able to do it. Here's another technote from Apple - https://discussions.apple.com/thread/7086632

Doctor Mom suggests using a print command skill through Amazon Echo to do it.

Audience QuestionsHour 2

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Watch Chris from Rhode Island Comments

Chris wants to know if there's a TWiT show on coping with turbulent times using technology. Leo says mental health is important, and just about everyone has been affected by it. And this year has been tough. We all need resources to cope, but a radio show isn't really the best way to go about it. Leo does recommend the US government's MentalHealth.Gov website, which offers resources to get help. Your doctor can also recommend a good therapist or mental health professional. 

Georgia Dow, a regular guest on TWiT, has her own YouTube Channel. That could be a good option.

Watch Jeff from Santa Rosa, CA Comments

Jeff has a Chromebook that has reached "end of life." What? Leo says you can still use it, but they won't be supporting them with updates anymore. But it's still secure for use. If it's that old, however, it may be time to upgrade it. The latest round of ChromeOS devices support Android apps and are much more powerful. And the price ranges are very affordable. 

Watch Tom from Warren, OH Comments

Tom is wondering if there's a new TV technology coming out. Leo says that there are two kinds of TVs right now, LCD/LED and OLED. LCD has different flavors, including LED, MiniLED, QLED. But the next generation is microLED, which will be like OLED, but the LEDs are really super tiny. Samsung has a 108" model for $156,000 that is more of a technology demonstrator. But we'll be seeing them more affordably on the horizon soon. 

Right now, OLED is the best picture available for low light. But in bright ambient conditions, LED/LCDs are the way to go with full-array local dimming (FALD).

Watch Peter from San Gabriel, CA Comments

Peter wants to be able to make calls over the internet. Leo says that's called voiceover IP and a good way to do it is with Google Voice. And it's free.

Audience QuestionsHour 3

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Watch Chris from Burbank, CA Comments

Chris wants a calendar program that he can keep his personal and business calendars separate. Leo recommends FantastiCal

Watch Walter from Palm Springs, CA Comments

Walter bought a used computer, but now it won't take the administrator password. Leo says that the best thing to do is wipe the hard drive, install a fresh copy of Windows, and start over. There's likely some stuff on there Walter won't want. You can use Windows free for ten months, and it's really only $99.

If you don't want to pay for your OS, put Linux on it. Leo recommends Ubuntu or Manjaro.

Watch Paul from Bethesda, MD Comments

Paul doesn't want to use Zoom unless he can prevent it from accessing his personal information. How can he do that? Leo says that Zoom has a web interface now so that you can log in as a guest for your Zoom calls. And it's got new security features to keep your information safe and secure. Zoom has spent a lot to secure its platform. But understand that the company is based in China, so it's likely that everything that goes through their service is viewable by the PRC. 

But if you're concerned, get everyone to use Jitsi. It's open-source.

Watch Dave from Ridgecrest, CA Comments

Dave wants to be able to save locations in his browser. He used to be able to do it, but now it won't let him. What gives? Leo says that most sites automatically do it if you permit them to do so. It uses a file called a cookie. To do it, you can delete the cookies or even block them, though, and if Dave did that, it could be why he can't save the location data. Leo recommends going into your browser and look at your privacy settings. You can then change them to allow cookies to be saved. 

Then use an ad blocker like UBlockOrigin to do the heavy lifting and keep your data private.