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How can I get a better deal on my cable service?

DSLReports - broadbandreports.com

Episode 1734

Marcy from Inverness, FL

Marcy is tired of the high cost of cable after that initial bundle deal. She's ready to cut the cable. Leo says that you have to read the fine print in your bundle deal to see what the details are. Usually, they raise the rate pretty dramatically. Marcy went scorched earth and canceled her service, then waited a few months to get the next offer. Leo says you can do that, but you can also threaten to cancel and ask to speak to the retention specialist. They can give you a better bargain.

How Do I Digitize My CD Collection?

iTunes

Episode 1731

Trip from Tustin, CA

Trip has a huge collection of CDs that were gifted to him. He wants to digitize them. Is iTunes the best way to do it? Leo says that yes, iTunes has a good digitizer and converts it to AAC. Apple Lossless is even better. It'll take more disk space, but hard drives are cheap. Don't skim with MP3. Go with Apple Lossless. He also may want to use a FLAC Ripper. It's more standard. 

How can I transfer old VHS tapes to digital?

Elgato EyeTV

Episode 1730

George from Houston, TX

George is having issues converting his old VHS videotapes to digital. The old app that he's using, called the Elgato EyeTV isn't capturing the video. Leo says that the new eyetv company is now called Corsair and he says it's a good company. But there's likely no new driver for and old version of the software to support the latest macOS. Mac recently went to 64-bit only, dropping support for older 32-bit versions of the software. So you may need to buy the latest 64-bit version. But there should be a try before you buy option. So download it first and see. 

How can I eliminate duplications in my address books as I sync them?

Cardhop

Episode 1724

David from Ithaca, NY

David is having issues with contact duplications across multiple contact lists due to sync. What can he do to clean them up? Leo says to pick one contact list to clean up. You can use apps to find duplicates and merge them into a single contact.  It'll take some time. Though Leo doesn't advise deleting old ones, in case you need to contact them someday. Once you've eliminated the dupes. SAVE IT. Back it up. It's your "canonical address book." 

Why can't I print screen grabs?

IrfanView

Episode 1722

Mike from Rancho Mirage, CA

Mike has been watching videos on youtube and wants to screen grab various shots. But when he does, it's terribly pixelated, like a multi-generational copy. And Windows just gives him an error. Leo says to open the file with a photo editor and see if it's better. Leo recommends Irfanview. Leo also recommends trying to make a PDF of the image and then printing that. It could be a print driver issue.

How can I back up an old iPod Nano?

iMazing

Episode 1718

Van (Edmunton Oiler Guy) from Edmunton, Alberta CAN

Van has an old iPod Nano and wants to back up the media from it. iTunes doesn't work because while it sees the Nano, it's grayed out. So you can't really do anything with it. Leo recommends iMazing. It will work with any "i device." They have a free trial before you buy it. Another option is the Wondershare Doctor Phone. It specifically says it supports the iPod Nano.

How can I make a virtual choir using zoom or youtube?

Eric Whitacre's Virtual Choir

Episode 1712

Paul from Rancho Cuca Monga, CA

Paul was in the recent Erick Whitaker's Virtual Choir on YouTube, and he'd like to do that on YouTube. How does he do that without latency? Leo says that You can do it by having people record their track, clapping at the very beginning, so there's a reference to sync them up. Whitaker sells a hard drive that shows how he does the virtual choir and while it sounds beautiful, it's expensive.