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Watch Max from Boca Raton, FL Comments

Max has an issue with his Dell XPS 15 laptop, where if he's running off the AC adapter, it will slow down. He has to take out the battery and then put it back in to solve the problem. Leo says it could be because the computer thinks you want to charge the battery, but it can't. Dell has addressed it by coming out with a separate USB-C charger. 

Watch Troy from Fontana, CA Comments

Troy is going to be doing live streaming of his church service using the OBM project. But he is having trouble understanding how to manage multiple streams at the same time and be able to manage the ads that are put in the stream. Dubbed Content Delivery Network (CDN). Leo says that Vimeo is a good option. If only audio matters, check out IceCast and ShoutCast. But he'll have to host it himself if he goes with Icecast. Troy will also need a converter in the streaming software to put it into the IceCast format.  Leo recently moved to a new hosting service to handle all that. It's fairly inexpensive. Digital Ocean is an option. He can set up an Icecast server with them. There's a free low-level tier that would work fine for audio-only. The premium tier is $10 a month. Good deal. 

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Watch Franklin from Maui, HI Comments

Franklin wants to know what CUDA is in a video card and can he use it with Linux? Leo says that CUDA is a performance codec that will help higher resolution video perform at various frame rates and resolutions. The key is to make sure he's using the proprietary NVIDIA drivers for the best results. If he's using Linux, though, it's possible he won't get CUDA support, especially with Linux drivers. He could also make sure that he has OpenCL drivers as well. 

Watch Don from Culver City, CA Comments

Don wants to know if it's too late to upgrade from Windows 7 to Windows 10 for free. Leo says that technically it is, but they never turned off the free servers, so you can still upgrade for free. They just don't talk about it. Search for the Windows Media Creation Tool and one can then create it on a USB thumb drive and then reboot to it and run the installation. Here's an article all about it.

 

Watch Scott from Orange County, CA Comments

Scott's wife is going to take her Covid relief check to upgrade her laptop. What MacBook should she get? Leo says that in terms of performance, the iPad Pro is in the same class. But she could be limited in terms of software. So it depends. The three Apple M1 Macs all have the same processor running at the same speed. The MacPro has a fan, but the Air doesn't. That's really the only difference. But for portability, the Macbook Air will be an excellent choice. She can't beat the 20-hour battery life. HOWEVER, there is going to be a new Mac event coming in a few weeks. So it may pay to wait to see what's coming in the next few months. 

Scott also downloaded a new camera app called FocosLive. It gives a bokeh effect for video. 

Audience QuestionsHour 3

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Watch Jackie from Rome, NY Comments

Jackie is trying to download and install the latest Windows update to her husband's Toshiba laptop. It won't. Leo says that the update isn't out yet, and it's possible that the computer she uses isn't ready for it, or it won't be supported. But it's only a feature update, not a security update. So it's nothing to be overly concerned about. But it's definitely time to look for a new one. Leo recommends Dell, HP, or Lenovo.

Watch Dale from Santa Monica, CA Comments

Dale uses Google Photos and he's concerned that the change to limited photo backup will affect Apple's sync feature that makes photos available on iPad from the iPhone. Is there an alternative? Leo says that Google's price scheme for additional storage will be very affordable. But if he still wants unlimited free storage, he could try Amazon Prime Photos - it's free to all Prime members. Shutterfly also offers unlimited free storage for originals.

Watch Lucy from Temple City, CA Comments

Lucy is having issues hearing the audio on her TV. Leo says there may be a problem with the audio processor.  It's likely not worth repairing, but he says that doesn't mean the TV is unusable. Get a new soundbar. She can get them for under $200. Leo recommends Vizio! The speakers in a TV are really meant to be an afterthought. That's why they're not very good. So getting a soundbar is a good option. If she buys it and it doesn't work, she can just return it. Then it's time to look for a new TV.