Downloading, streaming, or encoding music and movies.
'Office Space' and 'Beavis and Butthead' creator Mike Judge is doing a show based on Silicon Valley startups, which premiered Sunday night on HBO. Reactions from actual Silicon Valley entrepreneurs was mixed, as to be expected. It's based on stereotypes that may not be completely accurate and will likely be rejected by some in the community. Within three minutes of the first episode, Eric Schmidt of Google makes a cameo appearance, and there's an in-joke about Steve Ballmer. Mike Judge is trying to give the show mass comedy appeal while still appealing to geeks as well.
Mario downloads music and he wants to know if he'll get sued or arrested for it. Leo says that when he's sharing or downloading, law enforcement doesn't know who he actually is because it's all based on IP addresses. Both the recording industry (RIAA) and the movie industry (MPAA) often have phoney torrents in order to find out what IP addresses are downloading them. Then they have to find out who owns that IP address from the ISP.
Michael wants to back up all his images onto CDs for safe keeping. He used to use Nero, but it doesn't work on Windows 7. Leo says that Windows may be able to burn it natively. He'll want to format the CD and then drag the files onto it. Then he can select "burn," and it'll be done. Leo says he doesn't put stuff on CDs anymore, he uses the Cloud instead. And with Flickr by Yahoo offering 1TB of free image storage, it's a good option. Also, just having one backup isn't really a backup. Backing up to the cloud is a wise idea.
Explaining that he had no choice but to pay Comcast's "toll" to allow users to stream Netflix content, Netflix CEO Reed Hastings blasted the cable company for anti-competitive behavior. "The essence of net neutrality is that ISPs such as AT&T and Comcast don't restrict, influence or otherwise meddle with the choices consumers make," wrote Hastings on the Netflix blog. "The traditional form of net neutrality which was recently overturned by a Verizon lawsuit is important, but insufficient."
Scott Wilkinson joins us to talk about audio sampling. Leo became a Kickstarter backer for a company called Pono this week, which says that audio is way too compressed and oversampled, leaving the pure audio experience wanting. Neil Young's Pono seeks to change that. Leo says that he would like to hear music at the highest possible quality, as if you were hearing it while being in the same room. You don't get that with the current state of the art - mp3s.
Todd would like to have separate Apple IDs for his kids. Leo says users can have up to 5 Apple IDs per credit card, but only two Apple IDs per device. iTunes allows 10 devices with 5 computers. Todd will have to remember to deauthorize them when he stops using a device.
Leo also says that he can have as many iCloud accounts as he wants, and that's good for backing up photos to Photostream. Todd can have a separate iCloud account for Photostream and then a separate Apple ID for purchases and iMessages.
"Cosmos," Carl Segan's epic PBS science television series about the universe returns to TV tonight on Fox at 9pm. Leo's very excited about it because Dr. Neil Degrasse Tyson is the new host.
Richard is trying to back up about 300GB of photographs and videos. He's using Dropbox and it's expensive. He's also tried Carbonite, but it takes too long. Leo says that's because his upload bandwidth is really slow. Amazon has a more affordable option called Glacier. It costs pennies per GB, but it's cheap because he won't have access to it immediately.
Paul has several interviews on his iPod of World War II vets and the iPods are dying, so he needs to get them off. He'll need a computer to do this. Paul will have to be careful not to erase the iPod, since that's the first thing iTunes will prompt him to do when he connects it. Then he can get a third party program that will get the files from the iPod.
John has a PC that runs Windows XP and he can't view videos that are sent to him through email. Leo says that it's likely a codec issue. He recommends downloading VLC Media Player. It can play pretty much anything. But the real problem is that after April 8th, Microsoft will stop supporting and updating Windows XP with security patches. So John's computer will be vulnerable to attacks. Leo says that's a cause for worry and John should take it off the Internet before April 8.