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Episode 891 July 14, 2012

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Watch Juan from Van Nuys, CA Comments

Yes, there are a lot of picture sharing sites for this. Since 900MB is a lot, he'd have to pay for it if he used Flickr or SmugMug. PicasaWeb is free though even for that much storage. They have a free client that he can use to edit and post the photos. Then people can download the full quality version.

A lot of professional photographers who do this and want to sell high-quality prints along with mugs or tshirts use SmugMug. It's around $12 a month, and allows users to store full RAW uncompressed versions online, and has other great features too.

Watch Robert from San Diego, CA Comments

Yes, there is a significant difference between the two. The Samsung Galaxy S III is an LTE phone so if he's on Verizon or AT&T it'll have a faster data connection. Since he's on Sprint, the LTE won't make any difference in that respect. The Galaxy S III is much faster, has a bigger 4.8" screen with a higher resolution of 1280x800, and most importantly -- it comes with Android Ice Cream Sandwich. The latest version of Android, "Jelly Bean", just came out but no one will have that for awhile. All in all Leo thinks the Galaxy S III is better in every respect.

Leo doesn't recommend using the face recognition feature, but it does "watch" what the user is doing so the screen doesn't turn off while looking at it which is neat. He could also get animated wallpaper like Leo's virtual fish tank.

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Watch Walter from Huntington, WV Comments

Simply copying the files from the DVD to his computer won't work, he needs to "author" them using an authoring program. The easiest way to make a duplicate of a DVD is to use a program called CloneDVD from SlySoft.com. SlySoft has a number of DVD authoring products, and none are very expensive.

Watch Mohammed from Cairo, Egypt Comments

He could get Microsoft's Server 2012, which has most of the same features. Windows 8 also has many of the same features. It depends on what his needs are exactly because there are a number of open source alternatives. Leo recommends keeping up with Paul Thurrott's WinSuperSite.com and listening to Windows Weekly on TWiT.tv. He'll be looking for replacements for Windows Home Server since he really liked that product too.

Watch Mohammed from Cairo, Egypt Comments

Leo doesn't recommend starting off with video and multiple cameras. He suggests starting with audio because it's much simpler to do. If he really wants to do video though, he should look into a product called WireCast by Telestream. He can switch video on the computer. There's also BoinxTV, which would let him do webcasting. Both WireCast and BoinxTV are around $500.

Watch Ruflan from Los Angeles, CA Comments

Ruflan wants to know why Leo never mentions a Windows Phone, like the Nokia Lumia 900 Windows Phone 7. Leo thinks the Lumia is a very nice phone, and it does have great compatibility with Microsoft Office. It doesn't sync with Outlook though, and Microsoft is late to the smartphone game. For most people, they have to sacrifice a lot to get Windows Phone. There isn't the same choice of apps that are on iPhone or Android. Had they come out with this in 2008, it'd be a mature operating system by now.

Microsoft also made a huge error in telling people that the current Windows Phone 7 phones won't be capable of running Windows Phone 8. The other problem Leo has is that Microsoft is a very poorly run company right now. Buying into the Microsoft ecosystem means you're buying into a company that's stumbling.

Watch Doctor Ramsey from California Comments

Leo would think of Ustream as a separate thing, and he should keep doing his audio show the same way he always has. He can add cameras that go into a computer, which is sending video to Ustream. Ustream also has a free program called Ustream Producer.

He also was having an issue where he was hearing himself echo back. Leo says he's got a "mix-minus" problem. He's listening to the full mix, which is everything including him. By the time it gets back to him it's slightly delayed, which is very distracting. He wants a "mix" (everything) "minus" himself. He'll need to use the Aux bus on a mixer to feed his headphones, which will allow him to select some things but not everything so he can turn himself down.

Doctor Ramsey's show is at ThinkAboutItTalkAboutIt.com

Audience QuestionsHour 3

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Watch Chris from Fort Collins, CO Comments

Chris wants to use his new Macbook Pro for both Mac OS X and Windows. Since he has plenty of hard drive space, Leo recommends using BootCamp. BootCamp turns the Mac into a "dual-boot" machine. On startup, he'll have a choice of whether it will be a Mac or Windows PC. When he runs Windows, it'll run at full speed just like a typical Windows laptop. The issue right now, which should be solved by the time he gets the laptop next month, is that he won't have drivers for the retina screen. Parallels has been updated to support the retina display, however.

The main reason he'll want to use BootCamp is that once he installs Windows there, he can then run that same installation as a virtual machine on Parallels too. So he'll be able to use Windows natively or as a virtual machine on Mac OS X using Parallels or VMware Fusion. In both cases, he'll need a copy of Windows. He can use an upgrade to do a full install, and Paul Thurrott's SuperSite for Windows has information on how to do that. He also can look into upgrading to Windows 8 since it'll only cost $40.

Chris also wanted to know if his old Windows games would work in BootCamp. Leo says if you can run it on a Windows machine, you’ll be able to run it on the Mac via BootCamp. Chris may also want to look into STEAM.

Watch Ty from Sonoma, CA Comments

Opera Mini isn't a full browser. The way it works is that all his surfing goes through a proxy to Opera in Norway. They send back squeezed down versions of those sites. If he had a smartphone capable of running other browsers, that would solve his issue. But his cell phone doesn't sound like an Android phone, it's most likely a feature phone. If it was an Android phone, Leo would suggest using the stock browser or Chrome and see what his results would be. Same with the iPhone, he'd use the native browser which would solve his issue. This sounds like a limitation of his phone, and unfortunately he's stuck with what he's getting.

Watch Ann from Irvine, CA Comments

Leo wouldn't recommend getting a Windows based tablet now because the existing ones are running an operating system not designed for touch. That will change though when Microsoft releases Windows RT, which is pretty much Windows 8 for tablets. Microsoft is expected to put out their Windows RT based Surface tablet in September or October. If she can wait, and if she's really happy with her Windows Phone, she might want to consider these Windows RT tablets. There won't be much software available for it because it's so new, though.

The iPad, on the other hand, has a lot of applications, has been around for awhile, and is beloved by millions. If she were to give him no other information and was just asking what tablet to buy, Leo would say the iPad. There are some strong competitors right now though too. The Google Nexus 7 is an Android tablet and is available for $200. It's 7 inches though, so it's smaller, but that's an advantage to some people. Android also has a lot of apps, and Leo believes there are a similar amount of apps on each. But the iPad is a blockbuster. It was the first good tablet and still considered to be the only good tablet by many. The only reason to really get the Nexus 7 is that it's cheaper.

Watch Andy from Tacoma, WA Comments

Andy talks about the history of computers, and wonders about their ability to compete with Microsoft in the business world. Leo actually thinks Microsoft may be helping them compete better with their release of Windows 8.

Watch Aaron from Tennessee Comments

The buzzing sounds like it's a ground loop, and the high pitched squealing is noise getting into the transmitter from the engine itself. He should check his grounding from the buzzing noise. For the higher pitched noise, he should get some noise suppression in. This is why it's a good idea to get car stereos professionally installed because these two issues are very common.