Audience Questions

Audience QuestionsHour 1

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Watch Adriana from Tryon, North Carolina Comments

Adriana has a Synology DS1520+ NAS, and she's upgrading to a new model soon. She's then planning on putting the latest release candidate DSM 7.0 onto her current model. She then plans on using the NAS to back up her photographer husband's photo archive. What is the best way to connect a universal power supply to the NAS? And which one? Leo says that Tripp Lite is very good, as is CyberPower CP800AVR which Leo uses. And they aren't that expensive either. Leo's was $100. It'll connect via USB to the Synology in order to communicate with it. So it's a pretty good way to go. 

Watch Joe from Ladera Ranch, CA Comments

Joe started noticing that his mouse has become very laggy, jumping around when he uses it. This happens on his MacBook Pro and his Surface Book Pro, plus a third. Leo says that since they are wireless, to try and wired mouse and see if it still happens. If not, then that points to the mouse itself. Maybe some radio interference? If it still happens, then the next step is to check the updates and update them. Leo says that as strange as it sounds, it could be the mouse pad. There's a great MP called the precision mouse pad that could help. Or, it could be malware that's causing it. But unlikely since malware is targeted to specifical operating systems. He can also run AUTORUNS from Microsoft's SysInternals, and Process Explorer. They can tell him if something is running in the background that could be causing it on Windows.

Audience QuestionsHour 2

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Watch David from Washington DC Comments

David listens to the iHeartRadio App but he doesn't get the ads, which he enjoys. Leo says that ads are either different or disappear on the streaming app because advertisers don't want to pay for them on the streaming service. This can either be because they are cost-prohibitive, or that an international audience is of little benefit to particular advertisers. And the station doesn't want to give them a freebie. So they get edited out. It's just the nature of streaming radio. One way around this could be to use a VPN to mask location. 

Watch Dan from Atascadero, CA Comments

Dan's Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra keeps defaulting to cellular preferred, instead of WiFi preferred. But instead, he's missing calls and texts as a result. He uses T-Mobile. The cellular is a bit sketchy in his area, so he'd rather use WiFi Calling. But the phone won't let him. Leo says that if he gets out of range of the WiFi, it'll immediately go to cellular. Dan says it stays that way, though, when he's back home. Try rebooting the phone. Often that fixes the problem. 

From the chatroom - it appears that T-Mobile is forcing users to use Cellular instead of WiFi calling if the phone determines it's better (even when it doesn't). There is a workaround by downloading the app TASKER. The app will prevent it. Also, make sure to keep updated on the latest Android. Apparently, it locks in WiFi preferred, rather than let the phone decide.

Watch Richard from Atlanta, GA Comments

Richard wants to know how different a mesh network is from a network extender. Leo says that extenders repeat the signal and send it along the way. So the bandwidth gets cut in half because it's communicating half the time. Mesh, by contrast, has its own back channel to talk to the router and satellite units. Leo says it's a little primitive, but he could have two of the same wifi routers with the same SSID and password, and they could hand off the signal to each other. But the Netgear Orbi Mesh router is the better option. And it uses WiFi6. 

Watch Micah from Maine Comments

Micah is a podcaster for the Airplane Geeks podcast and he says that the Boom Supersonic zero-emissions aircraft is largely smoke and mirrors. It claims zero emissions because it's going to use biofuels instead of kerosene. It'll lower emissions, but the rest will have to be handled by buying Carbon offsets. So not strictly zero emissions. Micah says that Boom will likely be vaporware before it actually takes to the air. 

Audience QuestionsHour 3

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Watch Chris from San Diego, CA Comments

Chris has several terabytes of video and photos backed up on spinning hard drives. How long will they last? Leo says they can last a long time, but he will want to be sure that they are powered down properly, removed from the enclosure, and wrapped in bubble wrap. Is that the safest way to back up? Leo says it could be safer than discs. But another good idea is the Amazon Glacier. They will back up on drives (they'll even send you one) and then back it up for a very low price. Just don't expect to get it back quickly. 

Watch Jim from Louisville, Kentucky Comments

Tom bought a few domain names and has used them to create email addresses for all his kids. He's been able to forward the MX records to Gmail, but he's having issues being able to associate the domains with the actual accounts. Leo suspects that Google may be restricting it for those who pay for Google workspace. They're not going to allow it for free accounts because there's no benefit to Google to do so. 

Leo recommends Fastmail. It's a paid service, but it supports it more affordably. Can he transfer them to Google Domains and go that way? Leo says sure. He can do that. That will give a better chance.  Another option would be to change the DNS settings!

Watch Ken from Temecula, CA Comments

Ken is using Windows and wants to connect some audio hardware to do some audio recording. But he's having trouble connecting via ASIO. It just hisses. He uses Reaper and Pro Tools. Leo isn't surprised that Pro Tools doesn't work with it. It's rather old. Reaper can handle it, so it isn't a limitation of Windows. So it must be that Pro Tools doesn't support ASIO. But it may support the native drivers instead.