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Tony moved from AT&T to Comcast for his landline service, and while he was out of service for 4-5 days, the service so far has been wonderful.
Brian has a couple of friends that want to start a podcast. Leo says it's a great time to start one, and you can get started with just a smartphone thanks to Anchor.FM. There's also Twisted Wave, an app. In fact, a smartphone has everything you need to do a professional-sounding podcast. But if you want to expand, Leo says an Emotiv mic will plug into your phone and give you a little better audio. Anchor.FM can then be the publisher. They will also bring it up to iTunes and other podcasting aggregators. You also get a web page. And they don't charge you either.
Jerry is looking for video conferencing software to be able to do book club meetings online. Leo says HouseParty is great for eight or fewer people. Google Hangouts is another option, which is Leo's favorite. It can handle up to 250 people. Zoom is another, but it's not free and is being used currently for schools and businesses.
Joey wants to know how to do a remote desktop with his home computer so he can work. Will remotePC.com handle it? Leo says that remotepc.com is a good middle man since remote desktop requires one to open up a port on the router to do it. RemotePC handles that for users. RemotePC also allows users to use a phone in the same fashion.
Johnny Jet says that with Airlines cancelling flights and now shutting down, there are ways you can get your money back, even if you're the one cancelling the flight. Johnny Jet says do not call the airlines right now to cancel, because they are busy getting people home from overseas. Wait until the last minute, and if they cancel the flight, you can more easily get your money back. If you bought a trip with your credit card, within the last 60 days, you can get your money back according to federal law.
Joe wants to know if the personal vault feature of OneDrive is easier to use. He's copied and pasted folders into it and finds now that there are duplicates. Leo says that Microsoft apps save things to backup by default. Also, personal vault is encrypted for your security. It won't automatically sync from multiple places, just that my documents folder. Plus, you'd have to unlock it every time you need access.
Tony has a podcast all about Jeeps. Leo says that the best way to be successful with a podcast is to go NARROW. A niche podcast will not only enable you to build an audience of like-minded listeners but also make it easier to get advertisers. He gets a decent number of downloads, but after nine years, it's not as good as he expected. How can he get the word out? Leo says that having an existing audience helps, but it can be very tough. There are 7,000 new podcasts every week, with about 20% out by the three episodes.
With the Coronavirus outbreak prompting the government to encourage people to practice "social distancing," many companies are letting their employees work from home. Leo says we finally have the bandwidth speeds available to be able to do video conferencing and team applications that can work via telecommuting. Church's are encouraging parishioners to watch services online, and thanks to Google Hangouts, Apple's Facetime and other video chat apps, we can keep in touch with friends and family. So it couldn't be a better time to be facing this.
Tom is worried that the Internet will become overloaded if everyone is staying at home. Leo says that it'll work just fine. Networks are engineered with overcapacity now, and there won't be an issue. What about bandwidth caps? Leo says those were more about making money than anything having to do with capability for load. Leo also says one of the problems is people who don't have internet access and rely on work, schools or libraries, will be cut off. And he thinks the next few months will show that.
Dick is thinking about getting YouTube TV. Good buy? Leo says it's the best way to go for cutting the cable and streaming online. It comes with all the local channels. Is there a DVR that supports it? Leo says it has a DVR built into it for up to six people. The only thing it doesn't do is skip commercials. Dick is also a pastor who wants to stream his church services. The ATEM Mini from Blackmagic offers up to four HDMI inputs for streaming different cameras.