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Why Does My Video Freeze When I Zoom?

Zoom

Episode 1737

Karen from Temecula, CA

While on Zoom, Karen has an issue where her image freezes while her audio stays the same. Leo says a slow internet connection can cause that. She had Spectrum come out and replaced the modem and router, and that's when it started. Leo adds that it could also be an issue with her webcam. Check using Facetime. If it freezes there, then it's not Zoom, it's a wider video issue. 

Why Can't I Stream My Podcast On Youtube?

ATEM Mini Pro

Episode 1737

Mary from Lisbon, North Dakota

Mary uses an ATEM Mini Pro to stream her podcast via YouTube Live. But recently, it stopped streaming from her camera. Leo says the ATEM is a great video switcher for the money. She found out that YouTube changes her streaming key from time to time. Leo says that Leo does that a lot. The key changes randomly. That's likely the issue.

YouTube does offer a permanent key, but Mary tried that and it didn't work. The solution may be to get her key just before she goes live, which can be a tedious thing from week to week. 

Johnny Jet ... in Paradise

Johnny Jet

Episode 1737

Things continue to loosen up travel-wise. A million people will be traveling in US airports this week for the first time since March 16th. And the latest research indicates that air quality in planes is cleaner than the air in your home. The study, conducted by the Department of Defense, may be flawed because it was limited to one passenger and doesn't take into account people not wearing masks or moving around the cabin. But another study by the IATA, only 44 cases worldwide have been infected while traveling, out of over a billion travelers worldwide.

How Can I Connect My Computer to a Bluetooth Radio?

Digital FM Transmitter 2 for Sending Near Broadcast Quality

Episode 1737

David from Greensboro, NC

David wants to know if he can put Bluetooth stereo in the house and then listen to them from his computer? Leo says it depends on how close they are to the room. Bluetooth has a range of about 33 feet. If the computer doesn't have Bluetooth, then he can buy a Bluetooth receiver that can plugin and then pair it to the radio. But why do that when he can just listen to streaming audio online from services like IHeartRadio or Pandora? Or even his favorite radio station's website will have a listen now option.

What's a Good Way to Remember Passwords?

LastPass

Episode 1737

Dan from New Jersey

Dan wants to know what password vault or manager to use for his 90-year-old father. Leo says passwords are annoying, to be sure. Everyone wants a password now, and it can be very problematic to remember a unique and random password to stay secure. So people use the same password over and over. It may not be an issue for logging into Facebook, but for your bank, it's a bad thing.

How can I post new episodes of my podcast?

Seriously Simple Podcasting WordPress Plugin

Episode 1736

Kevin from San Diego, CA

Kevin is starting a new podcast and wants to know how to post updates on his website and then have that go to all the podcast aggregators. Leo says that there's a plugin for WordPress called PodPress that can help. But you can also put it up on iTunes and let it handle it through the RSS feed. There's another one called Seriously Simple Podcasting, amongst others. There's a list here - https://www.podcastinsights.com/best-wordpress-plugins/

How do I set up my own dedicated email for free?

Gmail

Episode 1736

John from St. Petersberg, FL

John bought a new domain name and wants to set up an email. How can he do it for free? Leo recommends going with Gmail. It's a great free service with excellent spam filtering. Microsoft's Outlook mail is also good. Then, you can tell your domain DNS listing to send an email that comes for you to that email service. In the settings for the domain name, there will be DNS settings and one will be for email. That's where you will input the forwarding address for your email. It's also called the MX setting.

What Are My Broadband Options?

Cox

Episode 1735

Ed from Henderson, NV

Ed is looking to cut the cable and is looking for options for the internet. DSLReports.com is where he can go to see what's available in the area. Leo recommends checking out AT&T U-Verse. They use fiber and it's very fast. Avoid Satellite. The latency and bandwidth caps are too great. Sadly, cable has no competition due to being granted a regional monopoly. But he can go with fiber or even wireless. DSL may be an option, but it gets slower the farther he is away from the central office.