Audience Questions

Audience QuestionsHour 1

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Watch Kyle from Louisville, KY Comments

Kyle uses Carbonite and he has been having corruption issues with his backup. When he tries to restore it, he can't because it's corrupted. Leo says that Carbonite has great support and they use "versioning," with their backups. They often have off site backups that he can't see. Leo recommends calling up Carbonite to ask them if they have his backups in deep storage.

That's a risk with backups of any kind. Hard drives can become corrupt. If he starts with a bad file, then there's really a tough road to hoe to get it back. But if anyone can, Carbonite can.

(Disclaimer: Carbonite is a sponsor)

Watch Benny from Pasadena, CA Comments

Benny is looking to buy a Samsung Galaxy Note 4. Leo says it's an excellent choice. Benny is wondering about all the junk that Samsung puts on their devices, though. Leo says that while it got pretty bad with with the Galaxy S4 and S5, the Note has been a different story of late. Samsung has backed away from its software obsessions.

Samsung changes Android more than any other company. The most serious Android fan wants a pure Google experience, and the latest version of Android 5 (Lollipop) has improved to the point that skins aren't really needed anymore. The Note 4 has much less of a skin, so it's far better than the Galaxy S5.

What about security flaws? Leo says that all too often, claims of a security flaw are overblown. If he updates his apps and OS from reputable portals like Google Play, he won't have issues.

Watch Dave from Nova Scotia, Canada Comments

Leo says VMWare is the king. It's his first choice. Windows Pro has Hyper V, but Leo says VMWare is the way to go. There's also the free choice, Virtual Box, but it's fairly limited.

Audience QuestionsHour 2

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Watch Diane from Oxnard, CA Comments

Diane wants to be able to save her email messages from Yahoo Mail locally to her computer as a form of backup. Leo suggests using an email client, and he recommends Mozilla Thunderbird. This program stores email in a very standard mbx, or mailbox format, that other programs can also understand. That way, if Thunderbird were to go away, Diane would be able to easily be able to still look at her messages with any text reader.

Diane will have to figure out the POP settings she will use to access her Yahoo Mail through Thunderbird. She'll also have to enable POP mail access from her Yahoo Mail account online. One option she should make sure to leave checked is "leave mail on server," unless she wants to have her email deleted online when it's downloaded to Thunderbird.

Yahoo has instructions on how to setup Yahoo Mail with Mozilla Thunderbird at help.yahoo.com here.
Mozilla has information on setting up Yahoo Mail with Thunderbird at support.mozilla.org here.

Watch Nick from Belmar, NJ Comments

Nick has heard about a technology that could turn any printer into an internet enabled computer. Leo says that the current state of the art is wireless, and using AirPlay, he can Air Print. But if he doesn't have that capability, then XPrintServer can take a USB printer and turn it into a internet enabled and networked printer. If it's older, then it may or may not work. HP did have a technology called JetDirect which did it.

(Disclaimer: xPrintServer is a sponsor)

Watch William from Dallas, TX Comments

William and his Dad built their own computer together. Leo says that's a great project to do together! But his hard drive crashed. He rebooted it and now he can't do anything with the OS. Leo says that it's best to wait. Don't reset because that'll cause the hard drive to spew data across the disk. That could cause the hard drive to become corrupt. Fortunately, William has a backup. So Leo recommends doing a deep, low level format and reinstall Windows. He could try running SpinRite, but that won't solve the corruption of the file system. It'll just double check the physical condition of the drive.

Watch Dave from Nova Scotia, Canada Comments

Dave wants to know what phone would be better: the Sony Xperia Z3 or the Samsung Galaxy S5. Leo says that the S5 is waterproof like the Z3, but it has a better camera. Leo adds that TWiT staff have tested the S5 and it's pretty good. There's a test video of a third party testing both phones here. He can check the waterproof rating (IP number) on each to make sure. That will tell him exactly how water resistant it is.

Nothing is perfect, though. He still shouldn't go swimming with it or put it in a glass of water. And he should remember that real life is far different than laboratory conditions. But if he's in the rain and wants to take a picture, he won't have to worry about it.

Watch Tom from Riverside, CA Comments

Tom is getting an error message on his Windows computer that his hard drive may be starting to die. Should be believe it? He just bought it. Leo says to always keep his hard drive backed up, but Leo says that over-relying on Windows can be a mistake. Most hard drives have a technology called SMART which can warn him of some errors. So yes, he should be concerned and always have a backup just in case.

Audience QuestionsHour 3

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Watch Eric from Cathedral City, CA Comments

Eric has an iPad and wants to be able to print wirelessly with his printer. But AirPrint doesn't work on it. Leo says that probably means his printer doesn't support AirPrint technology. There's more than one way to add support for this, though. Before AirPrint, there were apps that could do it. They were kind of kludgy, sending the file to the app and then to the printer.

If he can't find an app in the store that supports his printer, then the other option is to go with Google Cloud Print. Eric will send the file to Google over the internet, and it sends it to his internet connected printer. Another option is xPrintServer, which takes a non Wi-Fi printer and connects it to the internet. The xPrintServer is $150.

(Disclaimer: xPrintServer is a sponsor).

Watch Rosalind from Temecula, CA Comments

Rosalind wants a computer that will allow her to communicate with her family overseas. She's thinking about getting an iPad, but she's not sure what would be best. Is Android better? Or should she get a computer?

Leo says that the iPad is ideal for Rosalind. Getting a computer comes with a host of other problems like security, updating, troubleshooting. A computer is too much for just what Rosalind needs. An iPad is natural and simple. And she can Skype with it. The iPad is also great for sketching. There are a ton of things she can do with the iPad without being burdened by the problems associated with a more complex computer.

Can she get a keyboard? Leo says she can buy a physical keyboard that works over Bluetooth. What about an Android tablet? Leo says that iPad is better because of the maturity and availability of apps.

Watch Doug from Orange County, CA Comments

Doug wants to get a computer for his kids and teach them about technology, computers, and programming. His son is 18 and is thinking about a career in technology. Leo says that everyone has a favorite bias and language, and he guarantees that whatever he teaches him now, it'll be obsolete within a few years. It's better to understand how a computer thinks and keeping up to date on how the computer will change. Understanding and expressing problems in an abstract way that isn't specific to a set programming language is key. He should learn about programming for distributed computing environments, not a specific desktop.

There are great programs, such as University of Texas.