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Is StreamYard Good for Live Streaming?

Episode 1697

Jose from Modesto, CA

Jose wants to know how to use StreamYard to stream his own show. Leo says that StreamYard is an app that will stream to multiple platforms including YouTube, Facebook, and others. But there's a free app called OBS that can also do it. But if he's only interested in streaming live to one platform, then he can stream using Facebook Live or YouTube Live directly. Mevo is a simpler option though, and it can stream using a built-in 4K camera.

Johnny Jet ... staying local

Episode 1697

Johnny Jet joins Leo to say that while travel is slowly starting to make its way back as the country reopens, he still doesn't think it's a good idea to travel unnecessarily.  Johnny also expects a second wave of outbreaks. So now is not the time to travel for fun. Vacation local this year. Johnny also says that airlines are starting to refund tickets with travel vouchers that have no expiration date. Users can also upgrade or change flights with no charges.

In other news, Hertz has filed Chapter 11 bankruptcy. 

Why Did My Email Client Stop Working?

Episode 1697

Benjamin from Pacific Palisades, CA

Ben has a twelve-year-old Mac that runs Entourage for his email client with AOL. But it has stopped working. Then it started working again a month later on its own, then stopped receiving mail a month later. Leo suspects that AOL may be the culprit. But also, Entourage hasn't been updated in years because it was discontinued by Microsoft in favor of Outlook. But Leo doesn't like that option either because both store email in one giant file, forcing Ben to rebuild it when it gets corrupted. It's a terrible way to do email.

Twitter Announces Employees Can Work from Home Forever

Episode 1697

Twitter announced this week that their employees can work from home and don't ever have to come back to the office. Leo says that this could be a new emerging trend, where companies allow ther employees to telecommute. The result could also be that people will be able to live where they can afford, rather than living in expensive areas. But it may also mean that companies will pay their employees less if they live in cheaper areas. But companies are also battling for the best talent, by offering amenities. Working from home will be part of that.

Should I buy a WiFi 6 router?

WiFi 6

Episode 1696

Ted from San Diego, CA

Ted wants to know if he should get a DOCSIS 3.1 modem. Leo says that not everyone is supporting the DOCSIS 3.1 standard, especially for WiFi 6. But it'll certainly be future proof your system for the foreseeable future. How about a WiFi 6 router? Leo says that WiFi 6 routers are out, sure, but they just announced WiFi 6E, and those routers will be out later this year. And any current WiFi 6 router won't support it. Another thing to consider is that you won't get WiFi 6 benefits if your devices are only WiFi5 compatible. So it depends on what your current gear supports.

Why am I getting odd autocomplete suggestions in Outlook?

Microsoft Outlook

Episode 1696

Mike from Banning, CA

Mike is getting some strange autocomplete suggestions when he addresses an email in Outlook. Leo says that Mike can change or turn off autocomplete in the Outlook settings. It should just autocomplete from the contact list, but if it's not doing that, then you can disable all autocomplete suggestions and do it the hard way. Look for an option to autocomplete from contacts and leave that enabled. But turn off everything else. It should be your mail settings.  Leo also recommends moving over to Gmail. The autocomplete is much better and focuses on contacts.

What's causing my mesh network to slow down?

eero Station

Episode 1696

Ryan from New York City. NY

Ryan has noticed his WiFi speed has drastically dropped off as of late. Leo says that with everyone at home now, there's a lot of people working at home, streaming, and doing other things online that cause a lot of congestion. Ryan says what's odd is that his mesh router network gets faster if he unplugs one of the satellites. Leo says your mesh network shouldn't slow down if you have an extra satellite connected. The benefit of Mesh is that it has its own backchannel for access point communications. Leo also says that Google's mesh router speed is definitely slower than others like Eero.

Why is my email bouncing back?

Domain Name Service

Episode 1696

Jim from Pleasanton, CA

Jim has been having issues with his email bouncing back on him. It happens with four different hosts. Leo says that the ones that are bouncing are from older ISPs like Earthlink. Gmail adheres to all modern standards, and it may be that those hosts are misconfigured, especially since they all started to happen on the same day. It sounds like Gmail has a new standard protocol enabled that is preventing these carriers from going though to and from Gmail. It'll likely be fixed soon, but it's likely a new Gmail protocol.