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Johnny bought the OwlCam, and now that they are out of business, he doesn't have access to the online backup. Leo says that their online servers were likely shut down. If it still records, there may be an SD card option, or maybe WiFi sync. But Zirgo recently bought all Owlcam assets, so there's always hope that they may continue it on.
YouTube reports that advertising revenue for the streaming video portal has plummetted by as much as 15-50% since the COVID-19 outbreak. This is directly impacting the content creators who have made YouTube their full-time careers. It's interesting because everyone is at home. But Leo says that advertisers just aren't putting money into the portal right now.
Dave wants to know how he can access text messaging via email. Leo says that you can email directly to text messages through text or with the full phone number. (phone number)@att.net (or whoever their ISP is).
Jay uses a budget program called "You Need a Budget" because he wasn't happy with Mint. But it doesn't have the features he wants. He heard that Excel can now connect to his bank. True? Leo says Google just announced that as a new feature, importing bank information. Leo says that there's a subreddit at reddit.com/r/personalfinance. There's a good topic of discussion there. Another option is an app called Personal Capital.
Kenny bought a new TV, and a few weeks later, it went on sale. Leo says that happens with just about everything you buy. Is there a way he can be notified when a sale is coming? Or keeps an eye on pricing as it drops? Leo says on Android there is an app called Camel Camel Camel: Wiki Buy is a website that follows it. Also, Honey and Earny are other options as well.
After the news came out that Zoom was filled with security issues, the video conferencing company has hired a top security expert from Apple to lock down the platform and make it more secure. Leo says that Zoom is going everything they can right now, and while the app was designed to be easy to use, they are now working to make it more secure.
David wants to create a Wordpress document database. Leo says that there are a lot of options out there. Check out Barn2.co.uk. They make a Wordpress plugin. But creating a Wikipedia style database may be easier to do. He can also open it up for family members to add to it. Search for Wiki hosting services. PB Works has been around forever. And he would have complete control over permissions and data. Check out DocuWiki on Synology software.
Which is better, the NVIDIA Shield or the Roku Ultra? Leo says both are 4K streaming devices. Leo really likes the Nvidia Shield. It's got the Integra processor and runs Android TV. But Roku has more channels and is 1/3 of the price. NVIDIA though, has better gaming, if you're into that. But if not, then the Roku Ultra is a better buy. How about mesh routers? Leo says that the Netgear Orbi has Wifi 6, but it's pretty expensive. The Eero is "smarter," in Leo's opinion.
Joe wants to do a video conference get together and then save it online. Leo says that Zoom is a good option for that, in spite of their security issues. But he will have to pay for the storage to the cloud. From there, he could download it and send it to youtube.
Larry has a good home network but he wants to create a media hosting website. Leo says the first thing he has to check is if the ISP will allow it. Likely, they don't unless he subscribes to business class internet service. He'll also need symmetrical upload. He also needs a single board computer. Leo says the ODroid is an interesting idea. It's about the size of an Altoids tin with a ton of horsepower.