Tanner is into racing and although he has Verizon at home, he still can't get the live racing feed unless he's a mobile subscriber. Leo says funny how that works, huh? They want you to double dip and because they have deals with other broadcasters, they can't just let you have it all with a FIOS subscription.
Abraham wants to create a commercial playlist for a local TV station at his church. TWiT uses Playbox to do this. He can also just use Automator on the Mac with AppleScript.
Automator is widely used in the Mac community and can make automated scripts without a lot of programming knowledge. It's all drag and drop and easy to create a playlist. He can do it by timing, sequence etc. Abraham should check out Automator.us for tips.
Donovan recently received an iMac from 2006 and just got it upgraded to OS X Lion. He would like to mirror his MacBook Pro so he doesn't have to pull it out all the time. Donovan should check out EveryMac.com and it will tell him the most recent version of the OS that his Mac will support. But OS X uses VNC to do it.
Tim has a Mac and every once in awhile he has to run Disk Utility to repair permissions when it runs a little crazy. But it happens quite often. Leo sometimes thinks it's "voodoo" to have to run it, but repairing disk permissions is usually the best thing to do when the Mac starts to act up. What it usually reflects is that the metadata can get corrupted, preventing the computer to write to it. Repairing the permissions fixes that.
Mike is trying to use Windows 10 on his iMac with a Fusion drive and it won't take. Leo says that the Fusion drive causes issues with Windows 10. The key is to get the drivers from Apple. Mike tried those and they wouldn't load. Leo says that points to either a bad ISO download or a bad driver download. He should start over. Download the ISO and the drivers again and see if his luck improves. He'll also need the 64 bit version of Windows 10 to run in Boot Camp, and his Mac needs to be a late 2012 or newer.
Richard has a friend who's Mac is running slower. Is that because her machine is getting older? Leo says maybe, but it may also be that her hard drive is getting less reliable. As the hard drive gets older, it starts to have to work harder to process data. It begins to cache data more. So replacing the hard drive, especially with an Solid State Drive, can make a world of difference in speed. Updating your OS can also help, though if it's too old, you may not upgrade to the latest (El Capitan). Leo says there's a few easy things to do like resetting your browser and clearing the cache.
Ronnie has an iMac that runs OS X Lion and he's stuck with it, according to a salesman at Apple. They said it won't run El Capitan. Leo says that the retail guy is wrong! Apple offers a free upgrade for Lion. What he may be talking about is that if he erases the hard drive, he can install the OS over the air by downloading and installing. In that case, it will download the OS that came with the Mac. But then he could upgrade for free. A ten year old Mac can upgrade to El Capitan.
CMD + F1 will is the keyboard shortcut to mirror the Mac display to an external display. If he's using a Windows keyboard, he'll need to press the Windows key + F1.
James is thinking of getting a used Mac Mini. How can he find out how old the Mac is? Leo says to check out EveryMac. It will give him a list of specs for it. He shouldn't go back further than 2012, though. He'll want to use the latest version of OS X, El Capitan, so he'll want to make sure the machine can support it.
Henry wants to buy a new Mac and wants to know if it's true that processor speed isn't as important as hard drive speed. Leo says that's true. Processors are really fast now and there's only a dimes worth of difference between them for every day use. It's better to get an i5 and then spend more money on a faster hard drive and better screen. Leo says that a 21" iMac with an SSD is best for speed, but a Fusion Drive would give him more space plus a speed boost.