Hardware

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How can I get better internet in my RV?

Episode 1416

Gregory from Anaheim, CA

Gregory has an RV and wants to know if he should get satellite for it that will give him faster WiFi. Leo says he could, but it would cost him a lot of money and would be a hassle to re-position the dish often. The future is in LTE, and it's also more affordable. Often times it's faster than home internet as well. He can get a WiFi device and he will then have access to over five different devices. Leo recommends Google Fi because it has three different ISPs on the same device and switches to the one that is better. And he can pay as he goes with it.

Are there cameras using buttons and knobs these days?

Episode 1416

Dale from Santa Monica, CA
Fuji X-T2

Dale says that the Fuji X-T2 and he says that most adjustments can be made without the menu settings. They have dials and buttons like the old days. Leo says that seems to be the trend now, going back to physical dials to make changes while shooting, and you can even reassign and program buttons for your most often used settings. It's mostly in higher end cameras, though. Leo says that they look like the old retro style film cameras and he loves that.

Why did the touch screen on my point of sale system go out?

Episode 1415

Kevin from Palm Desert, CA
POS

Kevin has a point of sale touch screen system and it blacked out right in the middle of sale and didn't come back. What can he do? Leo says that when a screen goes out, it could sometimes be the backlight. If he looks at an angle, he may see a very dim screen. But if it's totally black, that means that the screen completely died. Or it may be a bad cable. Leo suggestions changing out the cable to start. If it's proprietary hardware and software, then it's not going to be user repairable.

How do I know if I have the right glasses for the eclipse?

Episode 1415

Clarence from Virginia
Eclipse

Clarence says that if you grab the wrong pair of welding glasses, it'll be just like having a huge flash going off in your eyes. So he advises taking a quick glance at the sun with the glasses on, then look away. If it looks like a camera flash, then you have the wrong glasses. Leo agrees. The damage the sun does to your eyesight will never heal. It's permanent and it's not worth risking for two minutes.

Can I stack welders lenses to view the eclipse safely?

Episode 1415

Ben from California
Welders Glass

Ben wants to enjoy the total eclipse but all the glasses are sold out. So he's looking at welding glasses, but can't find 14 grade lenses. Can he stack two 8 grade lenses together? Leo says he doesn't think that they are additive and it won't work that way. It's certainly not worth taking the risk. The best place to find out what to wear is the NASA Eclipse Website.