Audience Questions

Audience QuestionsHour 1

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Watch Mike from Norco, CA Comments

Mike is having connectivity issues with his home network and is wondering if he needs a new router. He has a desktop, three laptops, and a smart TV. Is that too many? Leo says yes and no. It depends on what he's doing. If everyone is streaming Netflix at the same time, the bandwidth won't really handle all that activity. On the other hand, if everyone is just emailing, then it should be fine. Four or five devices shouldn't be a problem. If his router is 4 or 5 years old, then it may be showing its age.

Mike should find out if there's a firmware update for that router. Otherwise, a good Linksys or DLink router would solve the issue. A dual band router may be the solution.

Also, he should make sure he's using automatic configuration on all of his machines. That way he won't run into conflicts. Let the router decide what address goes to what machine.

Watch Sergio from LaPuente, CA Comments

Sergio wants to know what the best app is to record and transcribe ideas through his iPhone. Nuance does computer transcription, but Amazon's Mechanical Turk is human based, and he would pay for them to do it. Humans do a better job with accuracy and Mechanical Turk does a great job of transcribing with multiple users and then comparing them for greater accuracy.

Watch Josh from Los Angeles, CA Comments

Leo says Josh would need to get a USB SuperDrive to read the DVD. Then, use a DVD ripping program called Handbrake and VLC Media Player. Both work together to rip and encode the DVD files to a format that will work on his Macbook Air. It works great for DVDs. Blu-rays though are much harder. Of course, Leo recommends doing this only for movies he already owns. Don't give copies away to friends -- that's piracy.

Watch Jeff from North Carolina Comments

Leo says Jeff probably didn't do a sector by sector image of the hard drive and as such, there's key files missing. He really needs a one to one copy. Most hard drives come with utilities that will image them properly. One thing he can try is a Windows Repair. He can insert his Windows disc to install, but choose repair instead. Hopefully that will fix his problems.

Audience QuestionsHour 2

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Watch Richard from West Los Angeles, CA Comments

Leo says that either HDMI works or it doesn't. HDMI doesn't degrade like analog cable does. However, if he's coiling the cable together, there may be enough resistance and interference overlapping the cable to prevent it from working. Leo recommends going to MonoPrice.com to get a shorter HDMI cable. Get the right cable for the job and he'll see results.

Watch Walt from Los Angeles, CA Comments

Leo recommends SuperDuper. It'll let him make a bootable version of the hard drive. Then he can reboot by holding down the option key and boot to the backup instead.

Watch Cameron from Yorba Linda, CA Comments

Cameron is in college and he has friends who have done some hacking. He'd like to set up his computer so it can't get hacked when he uses it, like with an SSH tunnel or virtual private network. Leo says that's a great and wise idea since wireless internet use is like using a radio to broadcast data. Using a VPN or SSH is like drilling a hole into the net that's shielded and encrypted so that hackers can't grab anything that he's using.

OpenVPN is a good, free option, but it is a command line interface, which could be challenging. There are a lot of companies that offer VPN as a service: StrongVPN, HotSpotShield, and Tunnel Bear. These aren't free, except for HotSpotShield which is free with ads.

Watch Larry from Clearwater, FL Comments

Leo says that formatting that SD card is a good idea. Otherwise, a microSD card is about $25 for 8GB.

He's also having difficulty connecting to Wi-Fi with his Galaxy S III. Leo also says that Galaxy S IIIs have more trouble with WiFi these days and he thinks it's due to the phone being "promiscuous" with all the WiFi signals out there to the point it's getting confused. If he can't connect, he should take it back, because there might be a problem with that handset. He could try connecting on the 5Ghz band too.

Audience QuestionsHour 3

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Watch Shirley from Laguna Niguel, CA Comments

Leo says it's not the tablet, it's the providers. Networks are afraid of users watching TV shows on mobile devices. They want everyone to watch it on a computer, not a portable device. A Kindle is just as much a computer as your desktop, though, so it doesn't make a whole lot of sense. But there's really not much she can do until the networks decide it's safe and that they can make money by it. It's very frustrating. Leo also says all this attitude does is push users towards piracy with sites like BitTorrent.

Watch Justin from Wisconsin Comments

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Watch George from Houston, TX Comments

Leo recommends checking out the Roku Channel Database. There's over 1200 channels available and he can learn how to get them onto his box. Roku also has the Roku Stick, which will enable him to watch streaming video off the internet via a small HDMI stick.