Brian is going to be giving a sales presentation via Skype with two different speakers out of town. Is Skype the best option for a one time group chat? Leo says that Skype would work, but he believes there's better online conferencing options out there. GoToMeeting from Citrix, which was a long time sponsor.
Joan has a new computer running Windows 8.1, but the sound doesn't work when she's doing webcasts. Leo says to go into the sound control panel and see if 5.1 surround sound is on. He advises changing it to mono or just stereo.
The chatroom says that changing to 2.1 sound will fix it. Leo also thinks that it may be a surround sound encoding issue. If it's flash, the chatroom says to disable hardware acceleration in Flash settings. She also may need to reset her sound settings in Google+.
Gammy's father in law is from Iran and he has to make a personal appearance in Iran, or use Yahoo Messenger Webcam in order to collect his retirement. Leo says that although they're using an outdated Yahoo messenger, it's impressive that Iran will allow that. Gammy should assume that any web connection over the internet isn't private. At the very least, it'll be noticed by the NSA.
George would like to have a chat client that will run a black background with white lettering. Leo says to download a stand alone client like XChat or Textual, and then just change the settings. There's info on the TWiT Wiki.
Danny recently got banned from TWiT chat because of something his kid wrote. Leo says that TWiT bans offending users according to IP addresses. They are very careful to keep the chatroom family friendly and there's some specific rules. Generally, though, the ban is temporary, so just be patient. There really isn't an appeal, either.