Software

Apps, Operating Systems (Windows, MacOS, Linux), or pro level software.

Can I Use VPNs with Linux?

Arch

Episode 1626

Joey from San Diego, CA

Joey wants to know if Linux has a built-in VPN. Leo says no. He will need a provider to handle VPNs, not just software. Leo recommends visiting the Wiki for ARCH, a version of Linux. There's a great list of clients, carriers and servers that will run on Linux. That's the best place to start. Where can he get apps to download for Linux? Leo says that PopOS has its own "store," called the PopShop, which is an app that will help to install software.

How can I backup both Windows and iPad without iTunes?

iTunes

Episode 1625

Octavio from Fontana, CA

Octavio wants to make a switch to iOS, but he wants to know how he can do backup while on the road and not use iTunes? He wants to also backup his Windows machine with the same option. Leo says that if you want a "trust no one cloud backup" then there really isn't going to be a solution. But a local backup is your best bet for that, and that means a NAS (network-attached storage). Leo likes Synology. It'll backup every machine, except Octavio's iPad. Your only option there is to iCloud directly or through iTunes.

How Can I Move Microsoft Works Over to a New Computer?

LibreOffice

Episode 1624

Galant from Jacksonville, FL

Galant wants to know how he can get MS Works installed onto his new laptop. Leo says that if he doesn't have the original disks, it can be problematic to move a program over to a new computer. Works is more than ten years old, and as such, Leo recommends going with a replacement like Libre Office. It's open-source, free, and far more powerful. It's a full office suite and it's always kept up to date. It'll open his Works files.

Should I Port My Apps to macOS?

macOS

Episode 1624

Bill from Irvine, CA

Bill is an app developer for iOS and he's looking at using Project Catalyst to create them for the Mac as well. Leo says that it depends on the app, whether it makes sense to have a desktop app as well. So it depends on the app. But Leo says that developers are crazy for Catalyst, and it's Apple's "dog food" for writing their own apps in it. So if Apple is using it, it would make since to go that route.

How can I change the monitor order in Windows?

Dell SE2717HSC1

Episode 1623

Jerry from Pennsylvania

Jerry has a Lenovo desktop with two monitors. But the most recent Windows 1903 update has screwed up his multimonitor setup. It's reversed and he can't change the display order. Lou MM from the chatroom is a Microsoft guy and he said - reset the drivers for Monitor and GPU, Device Manager-> "View->Show hidden" -> remove (uninstall) all devices monitor and GPU. Completely remove the drivers and then let Windows Plug n play figure it out. Also make sure the device driver for the display is correct. 

Why Can't I Log In to Windows?

Windows

Episode 1622

Don from Dana Point, CA

Don tried to sign in to Windows on his Lenovo Desktop and he can't access it. Leo says that he worries that Don isn't using the same Microsoft account to log in. Can he go to Best Buy to fix it? Leo says that Best Buy is fine, but Leo recommends finding a "shade tree mechanic" computer store locally, that will be happy to do the work in front of you. The best thing may just be to wipe your drive and start over with a fresh install of Windows. 

Why can't I log into Windows 10?

Yubico Key

Episode 1620

Don from Dana Point, California

Don got a laptop and now he's having trouble signing into Windows 10. Leo says to go to account.live.com/password/reset and reset your account. You should be able to reset your password that way. 

Don also has a Note 8 and he can't get his authenticator to work. Leo uses a physical authenticator key called the Yubico, which always works because it's hardwired. Text messages can be compromised, or expire if you don't use them right away. Another option is AUTHY, which is great for moving from device to device.