Ask The Tech Guys 2001 Transcript
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0:00:00 - Mikah Sargent
Coming up on Ask the Tech guys. Leo Laporte is out, but don't worry, I'm Mikah Sargent and I'm at the helm, and we've got a great show for you. First, Rod Pyle joins us to talk about Starship Test Flight 2, how did it go, what have we learned and what's to come. Then we are joined, of course, by Chris Marquardt for our photo assignment. The next one. It's time to get unusual. We also answer some great questions, including using an older iPhone for iMessage while running a main Android device. And hey, should I have my own modem and router if I want to have the most control over my home network? All that and more coming up on Ask the Tech guys.
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0:02:13 - Mikah Sargent
Hello and welcome to Ask the Tech Guys, minus the S. This week. Leo is, I think, rACIng around Las Vegas, nevada or Nevada, and is currently unavailable to join me this week on Ask the Tech Guys. But don't worry, I am here. I am one of those two tech guys and I am so excited to answer your questions. This, of course, is the show where we and in this case I take your questions live on air and do my best to answer them. You can get in touch with the show live by going to calltwittv on your mobile device or your computer, and when you do that, you will join a Zoom call where you will hang out for a little while until we're able to bring you up and have you ask your question. If you do go the way of Zoom, we ask that you use there's a little button at the bottom that says raise hand and if you click on that button, that says hey, I'm here to actually ask a question, because we do have some folks who like to just hang out in the Zoom, which is totally fine. You can also email us at at twittv, leo usually works out as rotator cuff to get those emails. I've got them over here, thanks to John ready to roll. So lots of emails there and you can send, if you want to, audio and video there as well. It's a great way to get in touch with us. Or you can call us at 888-724-2884. When you call that number during the show, you will also be brought into the Zoom. It's not going to look like Zoom for you because it's just audio, where you'll hang out and when we bring you on the air you'll need to hit star six in order to unmute yourself and be able to get your question asked and hopefully answered. If you do call that number during the week 888-724-2884, you can leave a voicemail and then we're able to pull that up and play it and answer it live on the show. So those are all the ways to get in touch and I am very excited to kick off this episode, of course, with some news.
I was shook when I actually opened up our Slack here at work and someone had posted in the news section of our Slack to say it was actually John Salanina who did to share a blog post from OpenAI that said hey, this was on Friday, by the way, we are going to be kicking out Sam Altman as the CEO of OpenAI and instead we will temporarily bring Chief Technology Officer Mira Murati to the CEO position while we continue to look for a successor. Now, sam Altman is kind of at least in my mind synonymous with OpenAI right. The OpenAI is the company that makes chat, gpt, dole E and some other generative AI systems, and Sam Altman was the one who took the stage to talk about the new additions to OpenAI at its recent event, where it talked to developers and is, as far as I'm concerned, kind of has been the face of the company and, I think, for Sam Altman himself, the face of the company. So it was shocking to learn that OpenAI had made this choice. Now, what they ended up, what ended up kind of coming out, is that while Sam Altman was the CEO of the company, he reportedly was talking to different investors to be able to get investments for some potential other companies, and what was happening, allegedly reportedly, is that Altman was working on a venture wherein the company would be created to make GPUs, quite literally, the chips that are kind of behind the processing of AI systems, these generative AI systems, to compete with NVIDIA, and what the board said was the reason that Sam Altman was fired from the position or jettison from the position was because there was a breakdown in communication between the board and the CEO.
Now, what is particularly wild, I feel, is that, since that happened, it turns out that the company is working to get Sam Altman to return as CEO. So, after getting fired on Friday which again reports suggest that not only was he fired on Friday, but the companies that have a vested interest in OpenAI, like Microsoft, which has a huge investment in OpenAI, didn't learn about this firing until the last minute. That called into question that partnership there was, you know, worried that this is going to lead to a tumultuous situation where, if Sam Altman is not at the head, what's going to happen to this company? Will it be the same? That it just got more messy from there, if you can believe it, because, on top of them letting him go, not really telling people about what was going on until the last minute then the people the researchers who work at the company, the engineers who work at the company, the folks that are pro Sam Altman, so to speak, reportedly said look, if you don't fix this, if you don't get Sam Altman back, we're going to resign from the company. And so the Verge has reported, along with the information which is another publication that Sam Altman was in talks with the board to come to a decision of what would happen. And what would happen is that the entire board would resign, sam Altman would be reinstated as CEO and that things would then progress from there, with Altman getting more of a say in how the board would be structured and what rules the board would have.
Because OpenAI is a unique company in the sense that when the company was founded, it was founded as a not-for-profit organization that was aimed at making sure that artificial intelligence, and especially artificial general intelligence, would not be at odds with humanity. And so, as time progressed and OpenAI made these huge breakthroughs in its GPT systems, we had the situation where the company is going oh, we're kind of needing to look at how this could be a profitable thing and to keep it growing, to keep it going, to keep it moving. And so the board exists. Unlike a typical company, where the board exists to make sure that the shareholders are getting the most value from the company, this board exists with the sole purpose of making sure that the company is still abiding by the kind of general rules that were set up for OpenAI in the first place to be the kind of creator of AI that is conscious of how it has an impact on humanity, and so it's not necessarily, in its current form, set out to make sure that the company profits and that they're by shareholders profit. So in that case it does make a little more sense that the company might make a decision like this to let go of someone who maybe is more focused on profit and creation, for the sake of where they want OpenAI to go in the first place.
But when push comes to shove and you've got something as big as Microsoft kind of having a key role here, then and also, I think, just the general excitement around Sam Altman and the fact that so many of the people who work at the company are also excited about Sam Altman and appreciate the work that he's done and want to continue work with him then you're faced with this kind of horrible situation where maybe it was the right choice for what the board set out to do, but it's not necessarily the right choice for what the company needs going forward. And that's kind of where we are right now, according to, again, the Verge, late, late, late last night, so technically early this morning as we record the show on Sunday, november 19th, they kind of turned in for the night or the morning to what was the last update, which is that there was a 5 pm deadline that many of the engineers and researchers had set for the company or for the board to say, look, we're, we're leaving and we're bringing Sam Altman back. That deadline went ahead and passed without any clear indication about what was going on. But, as we as far as we know, sam Altman is still in talks with the board, so we're waiting to see what happens there. And now this is all going to play out, because we also heard that Sam Altman and some other folks from OpenAI were already in talks with investors about sort of a pivot and to figure out what was going to be next to start up another company. So I I'm personally a little bit concerned about this because I have, as time has gone on and Leo and I have both talked about it on this show we've seen more value and more, more utility out of chat GPT, but also the tools behind chat GPT that are being used across the whole ecosystem of technology products, right, and as that value and utility has increased, we're left with this kind of concern that, ok, does this mean that, even if Sam Altman returns, this is a scar? Nonetheless, this has happened. There's been this, this situation that's taken place, right, and so you wonder how does a company recover from this and, if it can, if it's something that everybody will just kind of glance over or not we have it remains to be seen, but we're kind of keeping an eye on that. Another thing that really shocked me I remember coming in on Thursday for Tech News Weekly and finding out that Apple had made an announcement that the company was going to support is going to support RCS.
For those of you who don't know, rcs stands for Rich Communication Services and it is a messaging standard. Ok, so for many, many years we've had SMS and MMS, and then there have been third party systems that have have used basically just Internet, the data, to transfer messages back and forth. So WhatsApp and what we chat and I message, and some of Google's many, many messaging apps that they've had and killed over time. But SMS and MMS were these standards that existed, that gave you the ability to send a very with SMS, a text based message from one phone to another over the cellular service, and MMS, which would let you send media. Well, for the longest time, we've had the green bubbles and the blue bubbles on iPhone.
If you don't use iPhone and you haven't heard of this, you're probably living underground or something. But essentially, the way that it works on an iPhone is if I message someone who has an iPhone and has turned on I message, then when I send a message to that person, my text appears in blue, it's a blue background and the text is itself written in white. When that person responds to me, their background is gray and their text is black, and what that does is it lets me know that I'm communicating with a person who has I message, has it turned on, and that is Apple's indicator that I am using this secure messaging platform, this end to end encrypted platform that lets me send messages and know that it's secure. When I send a message to someone like my pal, my co-host, jason Howell, who has an Android device, when my text message goes to Jason, it appears with a green background and white text. That's the green bubble. Now, I have always had a problem with this whole green bubble blue bubble thing because we always call the other person. I would call Jason Howell, the green bubble, but technically, ios is displaying my messages in green, not his. The other person's messages are always displayed with a gray background and black text. That's beside the point. The point is that what that tells me is I am using SMS or MMS to send this message, so it doesn't have the security of I message.
With the support of RCS from Apple which the company says it will support in an upcoming software update quote later next year, that's going to introduce some new features, including the ability to send media in a way that's more kind of all encapsulated and also to, in theory, help keep group chats from breaking. If you are an iOS user and you have ever tried to send messages to a bunch of people who have iPhones and even just one person who has an Android phone, you have the issue of it not working as a group chat in the same way. That has led to, particularly in younger people, this sort of separation of folks who are Android users and who break the group chat, and iPhone users, who are able to communicate with one another without any issues. What it boils down to for me is that I don't care if you're an Android user or an iPhone user. I just want to be able to have a way to message whoever I'm talking to and know that the message is going to show up and it's going to show up how I expect it to, as any time I message Jason, I'm concerned. Do I need to break up this text into 140 characters for each text that I send? I have a habit of sending essays to people. When I send this photo, is it going to show up as just this tiny little thumbnail and it's not going to look how I expect it to. If I send a GIF, is that actually going to be delivered? What's going to happen on the other end? I don't know, but if I'm communicating with someone who's on iMessage, then I know how it's going to work. As an iPhone user, I want this RCS implementation to happen.
Of note, rcs, by its default, it's the standard that's published by the GSM Association. The RCS Universal Profile does not have encryption as part of the standard. It does not have end-to-end encryption as part of the standard. What has happened is that Google, and through Android, has augmented the RCS Universal Profile to add that encryption. Just be aware that, as it stands, we don't know exactly how it's going to work in practice in terms of if we will see end-to-end encryption or if Apple will simply support at its base just the RCS Universal Profile as it's published by the GSM Association. That remains to be seen. That's something I'm very much paying attention to. One thing that I have read since then is that the company, reportedly, will continue to show these messages and whatever you message a person over RCS, it will appear as a green bubble that they're not going to add a third color. Will that change? Don't know. It stands blue and green will still stay. What I think is the most exciting part of this is no more broken group chats. We can finally communicate with who we want to and not worry that those messages aren't getting delivered.
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0:23:04 - John Ashley
All right, I know Adam's been hanging out since we started the call, so I should probably pick up on Adam.
0:23:11 - Caller
All right let's go to Adam. We'll wait for Adam to hop into the room and bring Adam up on the star gauge. Adam, I know you're there, you just joined. Yeah, I can hear you guys. Oh, I can hear you Awesome.
0:23:34 - Caller
Y'all are my favorite tech guys.
0:23:36 - Mikah Sargent
Oh, that's so kind. Hello and welcome to the show, adam. Where are you calling from?
0:23:41 - Caller
We're calling from the Corpus Christi, texas area.
0:23:44 - Mikah Sargent
Okay, you have an awesome setup. I like this. What's, what's this? Are on the wall with the letters.
0:23:51 - Caller
That is the phonetic alphabet.
0:23:53 - Mikah Sargent
Oh see, I need that because when I place tech support calls yes, even the tech guys have to place tech support calls I always make up what the letters are.
0:24:03 - Caller
I actually. My computer is right here, I own a tech company. I turn around and do the same thing. Oh nice, I don't use the Morse code portion oh nice, it's got Morse code too.
0:24:14 - Mikah Sargent
You know, I always thought about learning that I could. I could send John's secret messages with my eyes while I'm recording the show. Actually I picked that up in Ikea.
0:24:22 - Caller
0:24:23 - Mikah Sargent
Well, I might have to check out. So, welcome to the show. How may I help? You this? Week. Oh, thank you, it's it's, it's happy to have you on the show First time, pauler, and I can't believe Leo's not here.
0:24:33 - Caller
I've been listening to Leo and you for quite a while now. Love both you guys. I've been listening to him since the tech guys. I mean the tech TV.
0:24:44 - Mikah Sargent
Oh, wow, yeah, that's. That's been several, several years ago. He's currently on the racetracks, but since his regards, as always.
0:24:54 - Caller
But I knew that he loves printer questions.
0:24:59 - Mikah Sargent
Oh, those are his favorite.
0:25:02 - Caller
I know you guys love printer questions, so I'm going to ask a different one.
0:25:05 - Mikah Sargent
Okay, that's fine, that's fine. You know, I'm sad, it's not a printer question, but we could take a different one.
0:25:11 - Caller
No, it's, it's. It's going to be a printer question. Oh, it is Okay. Yeah, so my question is since I've been in tech for many years and heard you guys talk about printers and we don't like printers that much at all either when it comes to the connectivity of it all, has there been any talk about anything such as is there going to be a new standard in the future?
0:25:33 - Mikah Sargent
Ah, a new standard for. So here's the thing about printers and standards. That is wild. I don't know if you've ever taken the time to hop into your printer's sort of built in web server, but you, yeah. You could typically type in the IP address for the printer and up will pop the settings, and there's always a page that has the printer's protocols, and that page is chock full of protocol after protocol after protocol, because this has happened time and time again, that someone comes along and says look, you know, we have been buying printers for years and we're trying to get them to work with our specific network. And what if someone just made a protocol that answered all of our problems? And then they do, they make a protocol that answers all of their problems, but it just joins the list Well, good to see you it just joins the list of all of the other protocols that are there as well.
And here's the thing we also saw the sort of loss of an important protocol, and I can't remember now what it was called. It's one from Google you have to be paying attention to the chat but when that went away Google Cloud Print, I think, was the name of it, and it was a oh yeah, what is it? Mopria? That is well, but these were again supposed to be a universal protocol that, no matter what system you were using, no matter where, that you would be able to print and even do it while you weren't locally near that device. Right, I will say that, as an iOS and Mac OS and iPad OS user, air Print is the closest thing I've come to, something that just works. It's kind of Apple's Google Cloud Print in that way, and almost all of the modern systems make use of that.
But you know, you may be onto something right, because if we think about the smart home right now, we've finally seen what is supposed to be the true be all, end all solution by way of matter, and underneath it, one protocol called thread, and it's finally all of the companies playing ball. I would say that the reason why we haven't seen that with printers is because we it all boils down to the fact that there are hundreds upon hundreds of dental offices out there and all of these companies that have been using you know some printer for years and it works just fine and their protocol works just fine. If a new protocol comes along, then it's going to result in a lot of support calls, and so you just end up adding and adding, and adding, instead of ever sort of you know going into one specific option. So I don't, I don't think we will see that in the printer space, because printers have just existed for too long versus something like the smart home yeah.
0:28:53 - Caller
Yeah, it's really too bad because it's not a problem for us. We can make them work, but it does take time when they have issues. And Just it just was a thought. I thought I'd bring that out there if somebody ever wanted to think about it. This is probably it's never a bad time, but you may be right, maybe too late to they're too long on the tooth.
0:29:18 - Mikah Sargent
Yeah, yeah, right, and I I don't know about you, I hear from I there's this weird push, I think, especially in the tech space, of people kind of why do you even need a printer? I don't exist in that space, I do still need a printer and I have a use for a printer and I don't think it's odd to have a printer. But I've noticed, because Leo has said it before too why do you even need a printer? Uh, and I've heard that from other people as well. So, yeah, I think printers have a while to go.
We, I mean it when it was when that technology was first created In in its modern form.
I mean it was kind of Absolutely life-changing that someone could, in their home, take something that they made and see it, you know, in in person to have that it was.
It was, um, the closest thing we got to like replicator technology at the time, right, and it was just amazing thing that I could create something on my computer and then have it physically in my hand. And I think that's part there's, there's a there's still a wonder, I think, with printers, uh, even though they have so many issues and they cause problems, it almost speaks to that right that, despite the frustrations, we still keep using them, because there is something cool about being able to Make uh. To take a photo, make some adjustments to it and then suddenly have it hanging on the wall. Or to Create a card for you know, your mom for mother's day. Or, you know, send your, your sibling who's away at college, a letter, whatever it happens to be, uh, it's. It's really cool that we're able to do that, and I think that that plays a role in why we keep them around, even though they keep adding more protocols.
0:31:09 - Caller
Well, I hope that that was a discussion that, um, you know I brought up. That may, you know, somebody may think about in the future, or like, like you said, I feel the same way Having a printer is for me is I don't even carry a pen anymore, so I don't even really use paper, put everything on my, my phone and, uh, other people have to use printing. My wife's business uses printing. I don't, um, and it's kind of like fax machines. They're pretty much almost gone.
0:31:39 - Mikah Sargent
Right, we'll see what happens. Yeah, fax machines. Yeah, that's it really. Now I don't want to talk about that. Yeah, exactly, let me forget about those. Uh, it's a really thought-provoking question. I thank you. Do you have a? You know podcasts or something? I see you've got lots of set up there, actually.
0:31:55 - Caller
Yes, I do, yes, I do. What is it? Uh, recently it's five acre tech. Five is the name of the podcast at five acre tech dot com. Uh, I have a partner, his name's ronnie tofty. He's not here today and uh, we Kind of record during the week and release on monday and kind of kind of like, uh, matter of fact, uh, when he said we ought to do something like this, uh, I was going to do a youtube channel many years ago, uh, I think about Three, well, right before coven, okay, and then I hadn't, uh kind of got sick, got an infection, lost part of my thumb, oh no, and it all just kind of went away. And then we kind of thought this up and it's been fun ever since. Matter of fact, I, he, I introduced you guys to him that day. Oh no, you guys on the way to houston. So, um, it's been fun. And uh, I was like you know what I never have called into the show all these years and I'm like I've got to do this.
Yeah, well you, you should definitely go spend great. You have been great I love it.
0:33:00 - Mikah Sargent
Thank you, love. Thank you so much. Listen all the time. Yeah, you should. Uh, you should give us another call if you come up with another question when lios are. I will. Yeah, I will love to hear more from you. Thank you so much, all right, thank you, have a good day, all right. Yeah, that's five acre techcom. If you want to check out the podcast, there's a great image at the top of the page of them sitting on some sort of contraption. Uh, podcasting, it's pretty funny. Uh, it's like farm equipment or something. Um, all right, john, where should we go?
0:33:31 - John Ashley
next let's take a actual phone call and then hang it out a little bit. Yeah, someone called in 8887242884.
0:33:42 - Mikah Sargent
Once you join the call, remember to hit star six to unmute and uh, we'll be ready to take your match.
0:33:48 - John Ashley
I see you, we'll be picking up, picking up on you next. Just letting you know.
0:33:54 - Mikah Sargent
Hello, welcome to the show. Hello, Hi there. What's your name and where are you calling from?
0:34:01 - Caller
Hello, um, my name is Wes. I'm calling from the dfw area.
0:34:04 - Mikah Sargent
Hello, wes, welcome.
0:34:07 - Caller
Hello, I just had a quick question for you. See if I can pick your brain a bit. Yeah, absolutely. Uh, it's regarding. It's regarding monitors. Okay, so I'm looking to buy my wife a monitor. She's gonna be working from home and starting grad school in spring.
Currently she works from the laptop and I'm concerned that she's that that's not the most efficient or ergonomic way to do long hours and having to multitask between programs. So when it comes to monitors, from my, from my experience, it seems like they last forever, so you never have to replace them, really, and I have no issues splurging on one. That's essentially a one-time purchase, and so I wanted to get her something she's gonna be comfortable with, and I like the studio display for a lot of reasons, like the power bridge built in Takes a lot of the clutter out, and she connected her to split her laptop to the display and the design seems to be easy to adjust because she's constantly standing up so it not be sitting for so long. Yeah, so she's just a hide-alot constantly, and Also it's got the built-in speakers and the webcam, absolutely, and it seems pretty rigid.
It seems like a pretty rigid design. Doesn't wobble or creak, um, but from the reviews I've seen they all seem to mention you can do better for less money, and it seems like there's usually compromises involved, as it's not always just the screen size and the price. Yeah, I want your opinion to see if there's good alternatives. And also, does a curved monitor make a difference? Okay, yeah, these are contain the 2000.
0:35:41 - Mikah Sargent
All right, sorry, no, I was gonna say these are really good questions, right, if you're gonna, if you're going to spend that much money, you want to make sure that you're you're getting the best and that the compromises, that you're not making any compromises if you don't have to, I think you've. You've asked some really good questions. I will say first and foremost Um, when it comes to the, the reviews that have been of that monitor, um, they are, it's heavily skewed toward when you're spending that much money, you are tending to go towards displays that are for gaming and are for, uh, sort of video performance stuff, and because of that, the studio display doesn't match the level that you can get from another device. But, um, I'll go into that a little bit more. I want to start by making sure, confirming that the laptop that your wife is using is an apple laptop.
0:36:40 - Caller
So currently she has an m1 macbook pro, and For her job she's required to have a bunch of programs running at once with multiple windows while she's on camera. She's also going to be reading a lot of research papers online, and she tends to do image editing on her laptop and iPad when she designs products for her Etsy store, so the color actor seems to be important too.
0:37:02 - Mikah Sargent
Okay, so what I'll say is this Um, I have the studio display. Um, when I first got it, there were lots of complaints about it. Uh, in terms of, again, for that price, people expected more out of it. What I will say is that if you're looking for something that has the best Integration, uh cooperation, collaboration with an apple device, very obviously an apple made device is going to be the best and in terms of that, it really does just work. You know, I plug in the uh cable from the, the monitor, to my computer and and instantly it recognizes it. I can, you know, adjust the webcam how I want to. I can change color profiles very easily on it. It has all of the built-in technologies for Adjusting the display based on the time of day. You were just talking about how, if she's, you know, reading research papers throughout the day. Um, you know, as the day goes on, you want to give your eyes a little bit of a rest, and so taking out some of that blue light is important. Um, I have.
The reason why I have always liked apple displays is for what you mentioned having the speakers built in. Um, I, before I had the studio display, I had the I think they called it the thunderbolt display at the time and it for the same reason, I could plug in my macbook pro and it would power the macbook pro and I would have all of that stuff that I could do on the display itself, play music from it, etc. Etc. Um, the webcam is okay. Uh, it is by no means. If you're, if you know, if you're trying to, if your wife suddenly wants to do A podcast or something or wants to record video professionally, it's not that level of of uh webcam. But if you've got an iphone, of course you can integrate with the iphone and use that as a webcam. Um, I do tend toward Suggesting this, simply because of the fact that it's all baked in. Uh, it is calibrated perfectly. Using the buttons on the macbook pro to adjust display brightness will work with the.
The display itself and I have had After the. It had some initial issues. There were some firmware updates that fixed it. After those initial updates it is rock solid, steady, um, and is now one of my favorite displays that I own. But if you want to step outside of uh, what apple offers, um, honestly, to this day, one of the places that I go as a tech guy Is the new york times wire cutter. Um, they have reviews that are constantly being updated and what's great is that they give you options based on what you might want. So, if you want a bigger screen but you don't want to pay a lot of money, there are asus pro art displays that are, uh, you know, 27 inch displays, and asus makes a bunch of them.
The problem is that once you, when you pull out of the scope of of using, uh, an apple display, uh, then you have to start considering I guess you said it's a macbook pro, right, so you can do hdmi, so that's actually that's quite good, um, because then any of these displays are going to, you know, work rock solid over hdmi. Um, there, you know, I have had, um, let's see, I think this was probably back in 20, 2014 or 2015 I bought two del ultra sharp monitors. Uh, they were. They were just small ones, because I didn't. I wanted two kind of smaller displays that I could use and to this day, as you pointed out, they still work. They work great. Del's ultra sharp line is fantastic. We use them here at the studio. Um, yeah, and I'm getting a thumbs up from john ashley, uh, as, uh, you know, our editors have them. I have one, we all have these ultra sharp monitors, so you can never go wrong in that range.
As far as a curved display, there are going to be gamers who get mad at me when I say this, but I think that that is silly nonsense and that it doesn't make a difference if you are, if you want to feel like you're Wrapped in your content, right that that you can see to the left of you somebody coming at you whenever you're gaming, or to the right of you. Sure, I can understand how a curved monitor might be of assistance, but in terms of of just Doing work and reading, don't spend the money on getting a curved display when you could put that money into getting something that has a higher dpi, that has a much better calibration for color and, will you know, work against eye strain. So I would say, in general, avoiding curved displays Not a bad idea. If you want to go all in with apple I I know you'll be happy with the studio display. If you're looking outside of the uh apple studio display, my suggestion is to go for a del ultra sharp monitor.
0:42:27 - Caller
No, I heard that, since the Apple display has a 5K resolution, there are concerns with going to a 4K display and that they're scaling issues. Can you explain that? Yeah, so when you come into the wrong folks, do it.
0:42:43 - Mikah Sargent
Yeah, so this is long been an issue with the way that Apple because Apple when they are working on their display technology, they are more concerned with how things how do I put this? They're more concerned with how things look in the end and how it works for their user than they're necessarily concerned about the math and the specs. And so when you go into the display properties for your monitor, you are presented with some basic options for the resolution, and there's a default resolution of 1470 by 956 for this MacBook Air that I'm using, for example, but there's a button that says Show All Resolutions and that can go all the way up to 2560 by 1664 pixels for the resolution. That's basically the extent of what the display is able to do. They drop that down to 1470 by 956, because that gives you this very sharp, very clear, very clean, crisp edge. What you don't have to worry about is that I don't know how to put it it is something that is taken care of automatically.
The only time that this is an issue is if you're using a low pixel density display and a high pixel density display next to each other. So if your wife decided to, for example, plug in the studio display and then next to it had the one that I just mentioned earlier, the 24 inch ultra-sharp monitor that I talked about. That is from years ago. When the browser detects that it's on that lower density, it will display stuff so that it looks good on that monitor. And if I drag it over to the studio display, sometimes the browser doesn't realize that it's gone to the higher density display and so I just have to refresh the page and then the content works. But if you're only using the studio display, that scaling issue doesn't happen. It takes care of that all automatically, as long as you're using the defaults for both of those and I recommend using the defaults- for. Both of those.
0:45:13 - Caller
So she's designing things on her iPad and then for her store and then putting them on the non-Apple display. She might notice a little bit of inconsistency there.
0:45:22 - Mikah Sargent
Not between the iPad and the display, no, because. Well, sorry, what level of iPad model is it?
0:45:31 - Caller
She has an iPad Pro.
0:45:32 - Mikah Sargent
Yeah, then no 20 inches.
OK, yeah, so the iPad Pro is high density, the studio display is high density, so it's less about the 4K or 5K resolution and more about the PPI. And those are all above a certain level that the screen doesn't need to readjust the interface on the PPI to be able to work between those. And Apple does a lot. Again, that's the beauty of again working within the ecosystem is that the iPad and your device itself the MacBook Pro in this case and the monitor are all Apple devices. They're all communicating using Apple technology and so it's a very clean, very clear movement between them. Now, if it was working on an external Wacom display and then bringing that over to the studio display, that could be where you would see a shift in resolution and need to do something to adjust. But because it's coming from an iPad, I've actually done this before, worked on something on my iPad Pro, brought it over into the studio display. It looks just fine. I've edited photos on my MacBook Air and then plug in the studio display, bring them onto there. Looks just fine. And with the built in color profiles, that also, I think, adds to the experience where you know that you're getting a locked in view across them. So, yeah, I honestly. I know it's an expensive purchase, but, yeah, that Thunderbolt display. I ended up giving it to a friend and I wouldn't be surprised if I called up that friend and said is that still working? It probably is still working to this day.
Monitors do. They can last a really long time and it's a very sturdy, hefty piece of tech that so far I have been very pleased with, again after those first initial firmware updates that needed to take place. Yeah, this is a really good question Because typically we get people calling like how can I connect seven different displays to my computer? But you're just talking simply about look, I just want a display that I know is going to work. Does it need to be this? Does it need to be that? By the way, I just want to give you a little bit more info. In our chat room, everybody there is talking about how they use Dell UltraSharp monitors. So if you decide to not go the way of Apple, I'm not alone in suggesting that Dell UltraSharp is the place to look.
0:48:13 - Caller
Are they using the same type of display pen?
0:48:16 - Mikah Sargent
I actually don't know where Dell sources their UltraSharp monitors. That's a good question. I know that they have some of the best factory color calibration and when we look at the pixel density that is advertised versus what the display provides, dell is always the closest to that range, and so, yeah, overall they've got very good quality control and, I would say, steadfast in terms of their lasting power. They do seem to last quite a long time.
0:48:59 - Caller
0:49:00 - Mikah Sargent
Yeah, thank you for that question. I think it's a great one, and let us know what you end up going with and how things turn out and if you have any more questions about it, especially about the studio display, happy to answer those in the future. Good, no problem, thank you, thanks. All right, should we take another break, john? All right, I love it, we've got the break sign. Let's take another break to tell you about our next sponsor of today's episode of Ask the Tech Guys. It's TraceRoute.
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0:51:20 - John Ashley
You know, matthew, I'm going to call up on Matthew next.
0:51:23 - Mikah Sargent
All right, Matthew will be joining us next on Ask the Tech Guys. If you've got questions, you can go to decolltwittv, call us at 888-724-2884, or email us at attwittv. All right, in theory we've got Matthew in the Zoom room. Welcome to the show, and where are you calling from?
0:51:47 - Caller
Hi, Micah. I'm calling from beautiful Valley, Glen California.
0:51:51 - Mikah Sargent
Nice, nice, happy to have you on the show. How can I give you?
0:51:55 - Caller
service Well. Congrats on flying solo. I like Leo, but I'm glad to see you doing the show too now. Thank you, thank you. Last week there was quite a bit of talk about the usual topic of green bubbles versus blue bubbles, which affects our family, because my stepson is the only one around who has an Android phone. The rest of us have iPhones and his friends all have iPhones. Oh wow.
0:52:28 - Mikah Sargent
I need to know. This is a person who knows what they like. It sounds like.
0:52:33 - Caller
Yes, yes, he does. Well, his father was an open source programmer and he must follow in his footsteps. Ok, that's fine, but last week it was mentioned that there was a possible solution that turned out to be not such a good one, involving server farms of Mac minis. I mentioned that to Ben. He doesn't like the idea either. Oh good, but he came up with an odd alternate solution. I'd like to run past you and see if it's at all viable. I am interested. Well, rather than get the messages on his Android phone, which is what he prefers, he was saying that he might get a cheap old iPhone and use that without a phone plan, just Wi-Fi, maybe even using his Android phone as a hotspot. Use an ancient iPhone that still works, and that would be what he would use for messaging. So I'd like to know whether the drawbacks. Is this workable? What do you think?
0:53:46 - Mikah Sargent
Wow, ok, I think this is really interesting. That was actually one of the initial ideas that a company that was also trying to do this whole messaging thing had was that if you had a device at home that was an older iPhone, you just needed to log in with your iCloud account to have iMessage and then be able to set it up that way, as it just existed, as this place. That could be the source of truth for the messages that would then let the service be able to send and receive. Now there are a couple of things to consider here. While this would work in the sense of giving a way to connect to the iMessage network, there is a problem where you have to register your phone number with iMessage in order for your phone number to be recognized as an iMessage address, and when you do that, it messes up having your phone number exist as a non-iMessage number. And so if your stepson were to have a friend at some point who does have Android and is using Google services or some other type of messaging platform, when it tries to contact that number, if that number is registered with iMessage, it may have issues getting through. That is the one issue. What your stepson could do is only register the iMessage with an email. Typically it's going to be your iCloud account, so androidlovericloudcom, and then your stepson will need to give that email address to all of you to say hey, this is how you contact me through iMessage. That can be a little bit confusing for some people. And again, there's stigma involved, right, because it's like why am I having to text you at your email? This is weird. But what that would do is keep the phone number pure, so to speak, and untied from iMessage. If your stepson's OK with the phone number being linked to iMessage, then you can go through with that and then later on, if that were to change, apple does have an online support page where you can type in your phone number and say do you register this number from iMessage? It'll send a text to your phone and then you respond or type in and I can't remember exactly what the process is at this point, but that would help kind of undo that.
But in terms of giving the ability to get messages through iMessage, I mean, yeah, you're going to have to carry two devices with you. It's a little bit clunky, right, and you could end up missing messages. If that phone ever reaches its end of life, then you're going to have to get a newer, ancient phone. So there are those issues that go along with it, but I think that that's not a bad solution, particularly in terms of the security implications. Right, your stepson is very wise in recognizing that passing along an iCloud account and password, even if the company swears up and down that it's not going to do anything, it's risky and that's why I've never used any of those services. The closest I've come is using a service where you get the service on your Mac and it uses the accessibility features of the Mac to essentially screen, read a message that comes through on iMessage and then send it in its own service. So it's super clunky, it's silly and it's the best way of doing it without having to hand over your username and password. Yeah, I agree that it's not. It's kind of that idea of now some Mac mini somewhere has my username and password for the account that I use the most as an iOS user. I think this is a much better solution in terms of security, but again, a little bit clunky. And if the phone number wants to be completely separated from iMessage, then yeah, that's another thing to keep in mind. You can just use the email address. But I think it's a really good idea on the face of it because it gives you you can still stay with Android, but everybody doesn't have to complain about. Oh, I've got to text this Android user, but by the time RCS rolls around, I think it'll get a little bit easier for your stepson to do that.
Yeah, no, in the chat someone has asked could they use another app. I will tell you from experience it is nearly impossible to convince family members to download an app and start using an app that everybody can play ball in. I get teased a little bit around the holidays where someone will be like so what app are you going to make us all download? This time? It'll be like, oh, we want to do Secret Santa this year and I'm like I have an app for that, and they're like, oh, I bet you do have an app for that. But yeah, I love that question. And again, kudos to the stepson for picking up on the fact, because I got to tell you my younger siblings some of the things that they've told me. Oh, yeah, so I jail broke my iPhone the other day and I did this, that and the other and I'm going do. You must not watch any of my shows. No, they don't, they don't. Thank you for the great question, though. Yeah, thank you, micah. Yeah, absolutely, and hope to see you again soon. All righty, should we want to do an email, let's do a quick email maybe. Oh yeah, because we'll be coming up shortly with the Space man himself. All right, so we have an email. It says call for help from Santa Cruz de la Sierra, bolivia. Hello Leo and Micah. Hello Leo, I have a bunch of Lifex lights and light strips that are on an older generation and have the issue that when electricity is out, when it returns, the lights turn on independently of the state they were in when the power went off.
I have read the new models have solved this by remembering the state they were in before the power shortage, and when the power returns, they also return to the same state. If they were off, they keep staying off. If they were on, they return to be on in the same color and brightness. So I was thinking that a solution for my old models could be to set a shortcut that would notify me when a Lifex light turns on. Of course, this would mean that every time I turn a light on it would notify me, but I can live with that, as what I want to avoid is to have all of my lights on without knowing when I am out or, even worse, while I am traveling. Is this possible, or can you see a better workaround? Thank you in advance for the help and for all the hours of fun and interesting listening you guys give us.
So Fabio is basically saying that and this has been an issue with early model devices in general it used to be that when you would do a firmware update on your Philips Hue bulbs, when they restarted after applying the firmware update, they would come on, and if you had them install the firmware update at 2 in the morning, then, lo and behold, 2 in the morning rolls around and these lights turn on at full brightness. It was not good, and so over time, philips and many other companies that do smart lighting have added in the ability for the lights to remember the state they were in. Some of them will still flash, but then they go ahead and remember the state they were in, and that way you don't end up getting blasted or, in the case of having the power go out and come back on. It would be frustrating to visit your home after having been gone for a couple of months and it turns out many of the lights are on. I think that you have not a terrible solution with the shortcut. What I would suggest that you do is give it a location condition.
The Home app has this feature built in where you can say when I leave, when I arrive, or you can have it even say when I am home, when someone is home, when no one is home, when at least X amount of people are home and everything in between. So you would set up an automation that says give me a notification that I've turned on this LifexLight or this LifexLight or this LifexLight, and I would recommend doing them, unfortunately one by one, when I am away from home, and that way it will not be that annoying thing that while you're at home and you turn on the lights that it's unfortunately giving you those notifications. So at the very least, you're only going to get that notification while you're away. It's a very simple thing to do in the Home app. Apple has support documents on creating automations for the Home app. But yes, essentially I think you have a good idea. Just go ahead and add that extra little option that is in that setting that says do this thing when I am home or when someone is home, or, on the reverse of it, when I am not home, when no one is home. So that way you don't have to get those notifications while you're there, it'll only be while you're traveling or while you're out.
But great question, who was that again? Fabio from Santa Cruz de la Sierra, bolivia. Thank you All. Right, I believe it's time for us to be joined. I don't have any music to play, but that's OK. Joining us is Rod Pyle Spaceman. I bring my own sound effects this week. I love it. I love it. Welcome back to the show. Leo is on the racetracks in Las Vegas, but I am happy to be here with you.
I mean, we've got seemingly a lot to talk about. I know John Slanina was in the studio very excited about what's going on. So tell me at all, Mr Spaceman.
1:04:27 - Rod Pyle
Well, first of all, congrats on taking over for Leo as well as you do, and I wish that sometime in my life I could have done anything as well as you do. Dapper, oh, thank you, that's so good, I mean, you're the very definition of dapper, which is the only time I ever got described as anything like dapper was foppish, which isn't the same.
1:04:47 - Mikah Sargent
I think I'm going to add that to my business card. The very definition of dapper. That's so nice. No add to the lower.
1:04:52 - Rod Pyle
Third, the very definition of dapper. So I assume John was revved up about the Starship. Second, hopefully, orbital test, absolutely, yep, yeah. So we've been waiting for this for a long time and it isn't SpaceX. They develop and prep these things very quickly. He's got a whole assembly line. Elon's thing has always been in all the other ways that he's a Robert Barron slash industrialist of the late 19th, early 20th century has been you know, build these rockets on an assembly line. So they've always got a lineup of two or three of them standing there, these Starship upper stages and the boosters.
So what we were waiting for was approval from various government agencies, faa and, oddly, fish and Wildlife Service, because they didn't want Elon once again blowing chunks of concrete in the ocean where it might bonk a shark or a tuna or something. I guess they're worried about people too. But the big one. So finally, saturday, after a one day delay, which is nothing when you're talking about new rockets. They had their test. I think John Ashley's got a file of it. If he's got it handy, there we go.
And you know, biggest rocket in history, most powerful rocket in history, by about double Really, the Saturn V. Yeah, I mean 33 engines on the lower stage. The only people who ever tried that were the Russians, back in the 70s with their late 60s, early 70s, with their attempt at a moon rocket, and it failed every time. Because it's really hard, it turns out, to synchronize 33 or 24, however many engines you've got all burning at once. And Musk, you know. Love him or hate him. I wish he had never even heard of Twitter. But he makes this work and he I won't say he makes it look easy, but compared to the aerospace companies that NASA's dealt with over the decades that have been in business since the 1930s, he does make it look easy, probably because he doesn't have shareholders. Anyway, uh, this, the first stage, flew pretty flawlessly.
Now they were trying something new here, separating the upper half and the lower half. Most rockets use explosive bolts or fasteners, um, to separate the two stages. In the past Elon had used, uh, mechanical plungers. This time he decided no, I'm going to do what's called hot staging, which is the upper stage starts firing us engines before the lower stage is completely done. That way you're still moving forward. You just toss the, the, the spent stage away and the first one, the top one's already firing.
That appeared to work, although it looks like it may have done some damage to the upper stage, because in a few seconds, here you're going to see it do a great big kaboom, or as they, of course, liked to tongue and cheeks say it's base X, rapid, unscheduled disassembly, um, which is a pretty silly way of saying it, kaboom, but anyway, uh. So the first stage blew up. Second stage did continue flying, got up to about, uh, I think it was 90 miles, 91 miles, which is in space, it's just not orbit and uh, unfortunately they lost contact with it. So they either uh detonated this destruct mechanism or it self destructed. I don't know which yet, but you know this is only the second flight of this complete system and although NASA did manage to fly the Saturn five, uh in tests with fewer mishaps than 1960s, they had unlimited budgets at that point. Effectively, Got it.
Um, you know they were running about 5% of the federal budget. Space X isn't spending anything like that and although companies like space X have had the virtue of learning from what the government and the Soviet Union bag did back in those days, Nobody else has even come close to this. It's like when I was a kid in the 1960s, growing up and you see these old black and white movies about the crazy guy, the scientist inventor goes out and builds a moon rocket in this garage. Yeah, Uh. So it's just. It was astonishing and, like I said, there's there's things about Elon that drive me nuts Like I know it does you guys, cause I listened to everything but no other human being as an individual has ever come close to having this kind of influence on not just this program, but he controls over half the world's launch industry at this point, having started from scratch in 2002.
1:09:09 - Mikah Sargent
So that's off. Yeah, I was going to say something has to be said for that. Can I ask you? You said that this is, uh, the power of this is doubled. Can we talk about what? What is the benefit of having this much more power? If the the one we've had before got us to the moon, why do we need more power?
1:09:30 - Rod Pyle
So there it's really hard to compare these systems in other than gross numbers, because, yes, it's more powerful, but it's also gotta come back Right. So you end up moving with all that extra power, not that much more mass than Saturn five did. So the Saturn five 1960s, it's NASA's moon rocket and it was a Falcon nine we were about to see there. Um, you know, got us to the moon, but it got us there by bare minimum bandwidth, right. So it was just enough to get the job done.
And uh talked about the lunar module before, which is what landed six different crews onto the moon in the 1960s, early 70s. The astronauts were not kidding when they used to call the aluminum balloon. It was so thin and so delicate and could not have have landed in a one G environment like earth, and so on and so on. So the difference is two things One starship is fully reusable. We eventually, we hope and uh can do this kind of regular shuttle cargo delivery service, whereas the Saturn five was a one used, very bespoke design specifically For the Apollo moon program. And the second is, uh that the starship system, once it's in orbit, to do its, its duty to the moon, needs multiple refuelings by other starships coming up and pumping fuel into it, whereas the Saturn five again was a hey see you guys, and you get back, go have your single journey thing. So there's a lot of other differences, but those are kind of the big ones. Okay, that makes sense. Um, yeah.
1:11:03 - Mikah Sargent
The, the coming back, uh, in particular now the.
the other thing that you mentioned, um, the choice to, to have the, the the top of the hit fire and while the everything's still connected, is, when it comes to this kind of thing, uh, instead of doing the, the exploding bolts, is it a matter of just spaghetti projects? Is there something you know? Has there been research done that suggests this? Are we just trying to get the, the, the, the, the, the, the, the, the, the, the, the, the 좀 thing? So there's a role in, in putting the smoke in order for the, the smoke to昆o.
1:11:42 - Rod Pyle
I am'm looking at the, the COVID result of little little ways to overgrain there, let alone there. Okay, another thing that kind of grew on me is what was started in the US in terms of the times, the heat that send thealts out into the Summa. Uh, and we, we got building for a relatively long time. Some began something off six weeks ago. Uh, and you know, when we do the fire at least after four million people drive little rockets on the back of the upper standard and standard five stage that after the first stage separated, these things would fire just long enough to settle the fuel in the bottom of the tank. So it wasn't sloshing around, it cavitating. And when you separate stages the traditional way, there's a chance of that happening once they're up higher. So this helps keep that from happening and the Russians had done it successfully for years. So, and Musk you know he's a very practical guy. So in his Falcon 9 program, the smaller rockets I haven't been out to SpaceX since they were working on the Starship but in the Falcon 9, as you walk around the plant you see a lot of kind of what I would call vaguely Russian techniques, which is like, okay, this isn't fitting to get out to sledgehammers I'm exaggerating a bit, but it's very practical and just get it done, do enough to get it done and then step away and do something else.
Here we're seeing the Falcon 9 take off Now. This weekend, besides Starship, he scheduled two Falcon 9 launches on opposite coasts, one at Cape Canaveral and one at Vandenberg, because apparently SpaceX can handle doing two routine launches and one completely massive experimental launch of a monster rocket at the same time. Again, hats off to this level of organization. The booster we're seeing here, this is an older flight but it basically looks the same as what's taking off Vandenberg tomorrow morning. These are Starlink launches, so they're deploying more and more flotsam out there in orbit for our internet proclivities, and I think that the booster that launched Saturday morning early had flown 15 times I think, and this one that's going off tomorrow morning may have been 11. Again, nobody has ever flown a used rocket before, at least not like this. There were experiments with McDonnell Douglas and so forth, but nobody's flown rockets over and over again and he's reached it up to 15, 16, 17 times at some of these boosters. So that's, that's pretty impressive.
Yeah, I think the guy's kind of a stinker, but I just can't contain my admiration for his ability, if not, to do it. I mean, he has a lot of great people working for him. Right, he's figured out a way to inspire belittle, cajole, bully. I don't know what the proper adjective or verb is, but you know he's figured out a way. Did you read the Isaacson book, by the way? I did not know. Okay, I know Leo did. It's an interesting read. You know Isaacson's been beaten up for not digging hard enough, but there's a lot of character insults and assassination in there nonetheless, and it doesn't paint a very pretty picture of the guy, except for his abilities, whatever they are.
1:14:54 - Mikah Sargent
Right, well, I mean, that's the thing. It's the. At the end of the day, you do have to look at what he's able to pull off, and I guess I was curious about that as well. When, what does it take?
1:15:08 - Rod Pyle
And maybe this is too long a question, but I will not nearly as long as my long winded answer, so please take your time.
1:15:16 - Mikah Sargent
What does it take for someone to be able to put something into orbit? What is required? Who do I have to ask? Can he just? If I decided tomorrow that I oh? You mean permissions-wise right. Yeah permissions-wise, because it seems like he's always putting new satellites into orbit. That's a lot of satellites in orbit. Is there someone who's like no bro, you've reached the maximum. Or can he just go to a different government and be like can I launch from here instead? How does that work?
1:15:48 - Rod Pyle
You can go to different governments for clearance. There are upsides and downsides of that. There's actually been a lot of talk over the last 20 years of some of the equatorial African nations on the East Coast of Africa being in the perfect position to start building launch fACIlities and launching, giving launch licenses because it would get you away from government red tape in the US, which a lot of the private operators are very cranky about. And you're launching out over the oceans East of the African coast, which is perfect, and on the equator, which is the reason why we launch at Florida. You're giving this little additional shove because you've already got the maximum speed while you're leaving Earth. Traditionally, launch has been controlled by the FAA, which makes sense to get you out of the atmosphere without hitting any airplanes, and the FCC, which is kind of weird, has a hand in permission for orbits because of communications bandwidth and comms satellites. And there was just a something that passed in the Senate recently. Oh boy, I'm glad I can't see the chat right now because people probably saying come on, you idiot, trying to reallocate some of this authority to the Department of Transportation, the OST, which is the part of it that does orbit, and another branch which has escaped me at the moment. But this very question steps into this kind of boiling cauldron of who the hell is going to control this stuff, because there's traffic control to worry about. As you know, there's a lot of stuff singing around up there and we're constantly moving the space station to keep it from smacking into things and we don't want other uncontrolled things up there. So that's why they're so careful about it, and Musk is talking about ultimately having 32,000 plus satellites up there. Yeah, I mean, they're constantly looking out for each other and other things now and maneuvering to get out of the way.
Well, when you run out of maneuvering fuel or you lose contact or something stops working, you basically have a big missile up there waiting to run into something at high rates of speed. Oh, my word. And as I think I've mentioned on here before, the space shuttle lost a portion of a front pane of a window. They're multi-panes so it wasn't dangerous, but they lost a substantial amount of glass out of the front window from running into a paint flake oh no, the size of a dime. This happened a few times because everything's moving very fast and sometimes in different vectors, so the collective speed can be very destructive. So these permissions are pretty important. You know that's horrifying, yeah, and up till now the Air Force has been the primary organism tracking all this stuff, and they're trying to diversify that too. So there's a bunch of work going on in both traffic control and permitting. But the short answer to your elegantly short question is yes, you do have to get permission, and it takes a long time and costs a lot of money.
1:18:47 - Mikah Sargent
Yeah, okay. So that's again where he comes through, with the cajoling and mulling and all of that.
1:18:53 - Rod Pyle
Well, yeah, and my favorite was years back, I think it was 2012 or 13. He really wanted to be launching Air Force payloads and they said that's nice, kid, you know, come back to us when you guys. So maybe it was earlier than that, it might have been 2010, because he was still working on getting the Falcon 9 to be reliable. So and at this point, you know, the launch alliance, which is, you know, the old standby guys, kind of had a death grip on everything and we're just pillaging the taxpayers for money to basically sit there and be ready in case there had to be this national security payload and space access. We can do it for less than half. So when the Air Force didn't listen to them, he sued them and made them listen and then they said, yeah, okay, being good sports about it. They said, yeah, okay, you're right, and now he's a regular provider. So it's a very weird day to do bit way to do business, but seems to work for him.
If only we could do the same thing with podcasting. Look at where we'd be Right. Who can I sue? Yeah, and who do I lambast? A Mao, mao? I haven't figured it out.
1:19:58 - Mikah Sargent
Oh, dear Well, rod Pyle, anything else that you want to talk about before we say goodbye?
1:20:03 - Rod Pyle
Well, there's a little more UFO news which you always love to talk about. I know we're supposed to say AUPs now, but UFO is just more organic and fun and and still, you know, they are still unknown. So Sean Kirkpatrick is the head of the Pentagon's AUP investigative office and, as you know, there's been various attempts at trying to set up more legitimized ways of looking at this stuff. Nasa just finished their own study and was recently quoted as saying he was disturbed about this substantial uptick and reporting of UFO slash AUPs. Their impression is that most of these are benign, so they're probably. You know, even at 30,000 feet you can get a floating plastic trash bag out there, right. And of course those Dan Mylar balloons that every birthday and bridal shower have get loose and if they have helium in them especially, they take off in the upper atmosphere and they reflect radar waves because they're metal coated.
So there's all kinds of crap going around sending off false alarms, mostly with the Air Force, but there's also been maybe four or five percent of these that they're scratched in their head saying we really cannot figure out what they are. And part of what Kirk Patrick's concern about is aviation hazards. You know, things that can be ingested by jet engines or run into jets, either military or civilian. Now, a whole lot of these warnings come from carrier battle groups and Air Force bases like Nellis out in Nevada and so forth, but part of this just because they're the ones that are always looking around, right, because they don't want the bad guys to come in and bomb their bombers, and so forth. But the the upshot of this is the Pentagon, in about a month or two, is going to open their public submission portal. Could you imagine being in charge of that word? That's a good thing Coast to coast is wonky, yeah.
So they're going to be flooded with everything from intelligence, semi scientist reports to you know, guys from Hickory stick, joe and you know. But, as he says, if you're taking reports from the broader public, who now have cell phones, and you know we're better equipped to do this than ever before electronically, if not mentally, it would be very hard for a foreign actor to get away with much. So I thought that was interesting because you know we've been crowdsourcing science, we've been crowdsourcing funding, now we're crowdsourcing military surveillance, and I think that's pretty cool.
1:22:36 - Mikah Sargent
Yeah, I think that that's important too, because every time I watch a show that's, you know, based in the past and I think about, wow, this, this wouldn't even be a story in modern times because we've all got these devices that would have, you know, the mystery would have been solved so quickly. And yeah, that is something that is nice that you know. Hopefully they can figure out a way. Maybe we'll use AI to sort through the stuff that's just goofy and find the actual citizen reports that matter.
1:23:08 - Rod Pyle
That's actually a good point, because AI I just did a segment on ancient aliens with them, or William Shatner's unexplained about every six weeks. For years I didn't do it, but they've actually kind of upped their game in terms of science. So I said sure, and part of it was talking about the impact of AI on both UFO reports and also looking for life were you know at least exoplanets, radio signals outside of the beyond earth. And AI is going to be huge for that, and already is huge for that, because it'll sort through these mountains of data. That would drive people absolutely bats. They've been crowdsourcing that too, but there's only so much that human beings could do. So you know the the upshot of this is there's a lot of very smart people that think that within by the end of the decade, we'll have found something from somebody Nice.
1:23:58 - Mikah Sargent
1:24:00 - Rod Pyle
1:24:00 - Mikah Sargent
Yeah, exactly Me too. Let's hope they're nice. Yeah, like those two friends you have behind you.
1:24:07 - Rod Pyle
Yes, Would you like to know the story? Do you have time? Yeah, we've got time for a story, so let's see if I get this right. Okay, over there, the space suit came from Hollywood magic. Oh look, thank you. Apple came for Hollywood magic back in the 1970s. It was $500. No, it was the 80s. I bought it for a history channel show I was working on and never used it. The head also came from the same magic store in the 1970s that mask over there and that was, I think, back then, a hundred bucks, which was a lot. Wow. But look at it.
It's still there. It's very detailed. Yeah, this goofy guy is named Big Lou, the Moon Robot from Mark's Toys in the early 1960s. My father bought it for me for $9.95. He shoots water out of that hole in the middle of his chest. No way there. He shoots darts out of the breast, which is a little disturbing. He's got a manipulator claw over there and he used to have a crank in the back of his head that when you turned it it actually tried to play a scratchy little three inch record that say my name is Big Lou, I am yours to command, and so forth.
1:25:12 - Mikah Sargent
That is so great, a great toy when you're a little kid. Yeah, absolutely. How big is it? It looks quite large, four feet tall. Wow, and how much was $9?
1:25:23 - Rod Pyle
Today that would be. Oh, all the other boomers on here are going to be going get it right, I think about 40 or 50 bucks. Okay, yeah.
1:25:31 - Mikah Sargent
So it was a lot at the time. Yeah, absolutely, that's a premium toy you got.
1:25:35 - Rod Pyle
Maybe 30 bucks, something like that. Yeah Well, you know, everybody got one good thing for Christmas.
1:25:40 - Mikah Sargent
What's the best thing you ever got for Christmas? A Kindle keyboard was the best thing I ever got for Christmas. Yeah, wait a minute, a Kindle keyboard. Yeah, I had the keyboard on it. That was a model name.
Yeah, I was I, because I grew up we did not have a lot of money, and so I kind of set it jokingly as this thing. That was, you know, something I really, really wanted but didn't expect. And so when I got the last gift and it was this little box and I opened it up and that was inside. I thought how is this happening? This is so cool. Did the tears come? Oh, absolutely, the tears came. Yes, it was, it was, it was a miracle, it was awesome, it was awesome.
1:26:18 - Rod Pyle
I still have a Tuesday. I'm still angry that I can't use my sidekick anymore.
1:26:23 - Mikah Sargent
Oh, I was just watching the sidekicks in it.
1:26:26 - Rod Pyle
That rotary flip screen thing, not the one that flipped up, but the one that circles up. It's a little. It was as silly as it sounds. It was the sensuality of that thunk when it hit. It was so perfect about that device. It was one of the best pieces of designs I ever saw. And then they said, oh, we're not going to support it anymore. That's so sad. Oh, it is so cool.
1:26:47 - Mikah Sargent
It really was All right. Well, thank you so much for sharing some great stories with us today. Of course, folks can check out this Week in Space at twittv slash TWIS.
1:26:59 - Rod Pyle
Let's see if I can do it again.
1:27:00 - Mikah Sargent
Yeah, can you get the thumbs up going? Oh, now it's not going to work Of course.
1:27:05 - Rod Pyle
Oh there you go, oh there we go, got some fireworks going. Oh, good Lord.
1:27:09 - Mikah Sargent
Twittv slash TWIS Go, subscribe to the show. And, of course, you are the editor in chief of Ad Astra magazine, which can be found at whatspacenssorg.
1:27:21 - Rod Pyle
And at astramagazinecom, because I like to keep things complicated. Hey, have a great Thanksgiving.
1:27:26 - Mikah Sargent
Oh, you as well, yeah, happy Thanksgiving to you and yours. And hey, people, go buy. Go buy Rod's books, because I know you're trying to get another one in the works. I don't know if that's still going on but hopefully it is actually.
1:27:39 - Rod Pyle
I called the gentleman who I'll be doing my first biography, complete biography anyway, and I said look, I know I've got a couple of publishers ready to bite, but let's stop jerking around and just get the thing started. So we're going to start in about two weeks and then, once I finally get the contract signed, I'll make a big announcement that everybody will ignore except you, because you're not paying attention.
1:28:01 - Mikah Sargent
Yes, Thank you. You're very welcome. Thank you, Rod. So much for your time and we'll see you again soon. Take care, have a good show. Bye, All righty, folks Up next. We've got more questions waiting to be answered. We will get to those in just a moment. All right, we are back from the break. This is Ask the Tech Guys. This week, just with Micah Sargent, Leo Laporte is rACIng through the streets of Las Vegas and is doing other, I don't know what's it called. What's it Formula One? Formula One things? That's it Formula One? Drinking out of a shoe, probably?
1:28:38 - John Ashley
Well, not exactly. At least, I did post a photo of someone drinking out of a shoe. Wasn't Leo, Wasn't Leo okay, Wasn't Leo?
1:28:45 - Mikah Sargent
we know that he cannot confirm or deny whether Leo himself had any drinks out of a shoe, but someone there was. All right, let's go to the calls.
1:28:58 - John Ashley
I want to pick up on, I think, Thomas a phone caller.
1:29:01 - Mikah Sargent
All right, we've got a phone caller coming up Again. You can call 888-724-2884 if you have a call and when you get connected be sure to hit star six on your phone to unmute. And I think we're bringing them into the call now.
1:29:29 - John Ashley
I don't know exactly it's Thomas, but Thomas, go ahead, hit star six Star six on mute.
1:29:42 - Mikah Sargent
There we go Hello, okay, what's your name and where are you calling?
1:29:46 - Caller
from no, no, no, micah, hi, I am calling from LA, la okay, and your name is Tom Tom.
1:29:52 - Mikah Sargent
Okay, hi, tom from LA. How can I help?
1:30:03 - Caller
First of all, I'm going to say how great you are.
1:30:07 - Mikah Sargent
Oh, thank you, that's very kind.
1:30:10 - Caller
It's wonderful to watch you. I want to know about how to maintain an old Mac, an old Mac mini I mean it's not really old. I've got three Mac mini's that are on my desk a 2012, a 2014, and a M1 Mac mini and I want to maintain one of the old ones with Catalina on it because I want to run. I've got some Windows software 32-bit Windows software that I want to run in emulation and I was running an emulation on the 2012 and you know, one day I was what was that? I was running a Tatlino. Whatever they cut out 32-bit, wow look at that one that's like my 2006, I guess.
1:31:22 - Mikah Sargent
Yeah, what year is this, John?
1:31:23 - Caller
1:31:25 - Mikah Sargent
I think it's 2009. Yeah look at this one's. Look at how yellow it is. This one's gotten so yellow.
1:31:35 - Caller
Yeah, well, those and I actually have a CD or DVD drive in them. Yeah, check that out. I don't know which one you got, yeah, but I saw I want to run Windows in emulation. Okay yeah, but I need a Windows in emulation that's old enough to run 32-bit and I as far as I know, there's nobody making an emulation package that'll run on any older Apple.
1:32:09 - Mikah Sargent
Silicon. Oh, so well. So if it's so for Apple Silicon, yeah, they're. Oh goodness, we just showed this. I actually did an episode of Hands on Mac where we had Paul Therot on and he talked about running Windows apps on the Mac on Apple Silicon, because it actually works quite well now, given Microsoft's sort of semi-commitment to ARM, to running Windows on ARM.
1:32:42 - Caller
Yeah, but that is not 32-bit, right? Okay, I see I don't think they support 32-bit.
1:32:49 - Mikah Sargent
Yeah, yeah, yeah. So I'm going to have to go to the chat for this, because I am not aware of 32-bit emulation for Mac to run Windows. That is a certainly complicated thing.
1:33:06 - Caller
I understand. It's weird and the problem is, if I plug it in the Internet, then Apple wants to upgrade things and then they don't. As soon as you lose Catalina, I think you've lost all 32-bit support.
1:33:28 - Mikah Sargent
Right, yes, because they stopped supporting as I got. Yep Ooh, you have really introduced a difficult issue here because, yeah, you have to be very careful about how you go about this, right. So, right now, what are you doing? You just can't run these Windows apps that you're wanting to run. You just don't have a way to do it.
1:33:53 - Caller
No, I've got. Well, I have a 2012 Mac Mini that I was running it on. It was, everything was fine and I still got Catalina on it, but it kind of blew up a year ago and I just finally got. I found a 2014 at a pawn shop and I bought that and I've been struggling. I finally got Catalina running on it because I had, when I opened it up, it's got what looks like an NVMe M2 drive in it. It's a stick drive of some kind. I started programming on with Cobal and my first computer was a CPM machine. So this is decades before you were born and I'm not as quick and keep it up with things as I used to. So I still want to run this old software Right, which is totally fair, and so you know. The problem is I don't want to if I leave it plugged into the internet. I want Apple and Microsoft want to update software Right and blow me out of the water again.
1:35:28 - Mikah Sargent
Yes, then you're going. Well, now what do I do? I'm going to have to go to a pawn shop again and try to find one, or come sneak into a Twit whenever we're not here and get ours from 2007 and 2008 and whatever.
So I once again, scooterx has posted in the chat with a suggestion. Shout out to ScooterX. There is a person on YouTube who, in order to play a 32-bit Windows game on the Mac, used a tool through Wine, which is it's kind of a complicated thing, but it basically translates I know a wine, okay, you know a wine, okay, great, perfect. Do you like red or white? No, I'm kidding. So with this thing called the WineSkin Winery, it works with macOS Catalina, and will let you run 32-bit emulated that way. Now I would recommend that you watch the YouTube video that you, as much as you can read through and understand the code, because it's a GitHub package, so you can read through and understand what's been changed. Read the discussion.
Basically, I'm saying I can't just come out and recommend this because I've never used it before and I'm only just learning about it now, but this could be a potential solution for you to continue to run that on this machine. So what we will do, as we always do, is include a link to this YouTube video that links to a GitHub page in the show notes which you can find at twittvatg, and in doing so, you'll be able to find this and learn about installing the package that basically lets you run Microsoft Windows software on macOS, including 32-bit on 64-bit installations. So this might be exactly what you need. In fact, it might be overpowered for what you need because it's specifically made for gaming. So to not have to even go as far as to do the gaming you know that you're just wanting to run some software, I think is going to be potentially great for you, okay.
1:37:55 - Caller
I'd like to then go into a completely different topic, which is connecting to twit. I'm currently talking to you over my phone and watching you on my computer because, well, I refuse to hook up camera and audio and all that to the computer. I just don't want it.
1:38:26 - Mikah Sargent
Yeah that's fine.
1:38:28 - Caller
But when I go to try to log in I can't log in to the club. I can't for some reason. I've tried logging in with my Discord password and my numberful password and it tells me no, I can log into the club just fine on the computer Interesting. And for some reason the twit app on the phone at least when I get on the phone doesn't have a button so you can see the password to make sure you've got the right password type. Yeah, I hate these people who won't put in a. Show me the password.
1:39:20 - Mikah Sargent
I, you know, I see, Because it only yeah.
1:39:23 - Caller
Yeah, it doesn't let you see what the password is. I'm trying to type with my fingers on a, you know, on a pixel screen. Yes, you know, pixel X now is a big screen, but it's easy to. Yeah, you can, accidentally, you can just throw up with your type, absolutely, absolutely.
1:39:46 - Mikah Sargent
So there are a couple of things here. First and foremost, what I would recommend for you in that particular situation because I do this sometimes and you can do this even outside of this issue. What I like to do is I have a text message thread that I have just with myself, like I send it to my own number, and anytime I have a password that I want to make sure I'm typing in right, I will go into my text message thread with myself and, you know, in the part where you type in the message, I will type out my password. I won't send it to myself, but I'll just go ahead and type it out. I see that it's typed in correctly, then I highlight that and I copy that text in on my phone and then I go to the page and I paste it instead of having to type it out there. That way I know that it's typed out correctly.
But what I would like because for the sake of keeping the show moving along, we'll have to go some more questions, but what I want for you to do is to email me directly. That's M-I-K-A-H at twittv. Tell me that you just talked to me on the show and I'm going to help you get that figured out. Okay, so we'll figure out how to get you logged in and get all that ironed out, but we don't want to do discord troubleshooting on the show.
1:41:03 - Caller
Copy that, copy that, okay. Well, thank you, because my next question is along the same lines and I'll copy that on the email to you. Awesome, thank you. Continue your wonderful work. Happy Thanksgiving, happy. Thanksgiving to you All right.
1:41:20 - Mikah Sargent
Talk soon and thank you. Thank you for the call. Bye-bye, all right, all righty, let's go to another email.
1:41:29 - John Ashley
Let's do that Email or voicemail. Oh, voicemail, we haven't done a voicemail yet, yeah.
1:41:36 - Mikah Sargent
So yes, if you want to. Hi Leo and Micah, I have one second to voicemail. Good job, just so folks know. If you want to leave a voicemail, 888-724-2884 is the phone number that you call while we're off of the air to leave a voicemail. All right, go ahead.
1:41:52 - Caller
Hi Leo and Micah. Good job, calling from New York. Love the show. Really quick. I got to work iPhone and I have my personal iPhone and unfortunately I probably made a mistake using the same Apple ID. When I take photos from one phone they go on to the second phone and they're work related so I didn't really want them on my personal phone.
Is there a way at this point to stop it from happening? And the pictures I take for business just stay on that phone and the person will stay on that phone and they don't share with each other, or text messages as well, but, more importantly, the photos. So I appreciate it, love the show, keep up the great work and I look forward to hearing the answer.
1:42:31 - Mikah Sargent
Thank you, what a great question. So the first and easiest thing to do is to go in on your work phone and you launch settings. You go into Apple ID and then you tap on iCloud and then you turn off iCloud for the things that you don't want to sync. So you would turn it off for photos, you would turn it off for messages in cloud and whatever else it happened to be. You know, maybe you don't want notes to sync between the two devices. That's if you want to keep the Apple ID's the same, if you don't want to go through the hassle of setting up a new Apple ID. That's the way that you would do it. So you simply turn off iCloud for those. It's going to give you a bunch of warnings and you do need to understand then that only what's stored locally on the device is what's going to be there. It's not going to sync away. But that's the kind of simplest way to go about it. If you decide that you have the gumption, the wherewithal, the desire to do so, the best thing you can do is just go ahead and create a new iCloud account. So what you'll do is, on the work phone again, log out of the phone with your Apple ID, erase the phone there's like an erase all settings and restart kind of thing and then when you go through the setup process, it will give you the ability to create a new account. I did that. I have a Micah twit at iCloudcom account. I don't care if you email it, it's fine. I use it for hands on Mac, especially to show all sorts of stuff with Apple ID things. Oh and okay, so that? Sorry, I had a brain blast, I'll say, but it will give you the ability to go in and set up the account wholly separately, and then you don't have to just turn off piecemeal. And what's great about that? The reason why I suggest going that route is because if you go that route, then you have your own pocket of iCloud storage, you have your backups, you have all of that stuff and, hey, maybe you can even go as far as to get work to pay for or you can expense. If you need to increase the iCloud storage for the photos that you're using for work, or if you are the one that runs your job and tax time comes at the end of the year, then also you're using that iCloud storage. You can use that at that point too. So in either case, those are your options. I would recommend going the way of creating a new iCloud account for that work email. Go ahead and back up the phone before you obviously erase everything, but then you would start fresh and you'd be able to use that work phone separately. But yes, the quicker, simpler way is to just go into your iCloud settings and turn those off for the stuff that you don't want to sync between the two. Great question, and thank you for calling in to ask the tech guys. All right, email now. All righty.
So this next email comes from Pat, who writes Hi, leo and Micah. Quick question I have a whole Google Home house with mostly smart bulbs, plugs and cameras connected to the Wi-Fi. All good. I would like to change my internet provider for a better price. The problem is that if I change providers, I have to use their router and that means connecting up all my smart products one by one again. Any suggestions to make this process simpler? Big fan of the show from all the way over here on the west coast of Ireland. Thanks again for your help, pat. Pat, I love this question. Okay, so we have some options here.
The first thing that you can do is if you commit to wanting to change providers, look at the current SSID that is, the name of your Wi-Fi and password, and write that down somewhere. If you haven't changed it since your ISP first set it up and you're using the one that they gave you the same password and everything write that down somewhere and then, once you have that username or that SSID excuse me and that password so SSID is just the name of your Wi-Fi Mine, for example, is Ashmead and then my password, which I'm not telling you Then you have the information that you currently have typed in or logged into on all of your different home networks. When you get the new ISP, either instruct the person who's installing the internet or, if you have the wherewithal and you have the know how to do it, you yourself go into the new router and you change the name of the router to that SSID so I would change it to Ashmead and then you change the password to the password that you had before. When you do that good news many smart devices too dumb to know that that is not just the same router that you've always had. So they will connect to the new one and you won't have an issue. Now I have run into this myself, where there will be one or two that they get weird in some way. The password is Chihuahua123. Now I've got to change it. Thanks a lot, so they will. You may run into one or two, but you won't have to do the whole thing all over again, right? So plan for one or two to be the issue.
But, pat, if I may, this is where I implore you save money in the long run, save hassle in the long run and take more control of your destiny by getting your own router and, dare I say, getting your own modem, if you can. Now, I don't know how it works in Ireland it could be different there, and so I understand that that may be the case, but if you are able to, one of the best choices I made a long time ago was going through the initial headache of getting my own modem and my own router and not using the stuff provided by the ISP, because oftentimes it doesn't get updated. It's older technology. It's been used by a bunch of other people, so it is sometimes not working at its best because there may be some power issue or some heating issues. It's been around a long time.
There's so many different things that could be. You may not have as much control over it and you could have more control if it was yours. You're saving money because you're not spending each month on renting the router and the modem. So I would suggest, in the long run, getting your own and then, if you do get your own same thing, give it the same name and the same password as the Wi-Fi that you had, and almost all of your devices are going to go ahead and automatically connect. Great question, love that, and thanks for writing in, pat, and for listening all the way from the west coast of Ireland. We appreciate you. All right, where should we go next? Pick up another phone caller.
Alrighty, we've got another person on the line. Remember that when you join the call, you want to hit star six to unmute yourself. Star six to unmute Hello. Hello, what's your name and where are you calling from?
1:50:08 - Caller
Hey Micah, hi Robert Holowinski, I'm calling from Utah Hi. Robert from Utah, thanks for calling Long time listener, long time listener, and I'm actually pretty surprised that you went to fame. Elementary school I did what, yeah?
1:50:26 - Mikah Sargent
Camp Pendleton. Holy moly, that's wild Wow.
1:50:29 - Caller
1:50:30 - Mikah Sargent
Yeah, that's. How long ago did you go?
1:50:36 - Caller
I graduated in 2000. So my teacher, my sixth grade teacher, was Mr Jackson. Wow, so quite a ways back, but yeah.
1:50:45 - Mikah Sargent
Yeah, my kindergarten teacher's name was Mrs Wheeler and I remember that we I can't remember the names of the other two teachers, but there were two other kindergarten teachers and one of them did the science stuff and the other one, I think, did math and we went to the science teachers I don't know if they, if they, if it stayed the same, but at the time they were teaching in like individual trailers and went to the science teachers and I remember she had, there were ants all throughout the room and she said if you see any ants, don't step on them, because they're supposed to be here, they're just walking around. And oh man, that was. That was an interest.
1:51:29 - Caller
So that was you were there basically. You were there, basically when the school was older, yes, and they didn't replace the school, or okay, yeah, yeah, that's when I was there too, and then I went to Potter junior high and then fall back high school and graduated there.
1:51:44 - Mikah Sargent
Oh right, yeah, I um, yeah, it was. It was a good time, from from what I remember it was. I really enjoyed my my experience there, but how? How can I help you today?
1:51:56 - Caller
Yeah, so I'm a longtime listener. I started listening to Leo in 2008 when I got out of the army Uh, after eight years of active duty as a tanker on the Abrams and I've listened to you guys ever since, and I am a club member going down today. Oh, thank you so? Much and totally support. Yeah, I support all that you guys are doing and I, you know, as a disabled bet I have a lot of time on my hands as a stay at home father and I just enjoy listening to you guys all day.
Um my question is is how do I listen live? Um, because, as a club member, like, how do I listen live when I have no problem on my Amazon, but when I go to leave somewhere? I used to listen on the phone live and I don't know how to listen to that audio live.
1:52:59 - Mikah Sargent
Um, yes, away there is. So I know there's a URL Um what, maybe somebody knows a, is it a M something? Uh, hold on just a sec, where it's going to be whispering into my ear in just a moment. Uh, but I know that there's a URL that folks can go to. Um, let's see new. Let's see Twitteram forward slash listen.
Twitteram forward slash listen, um, and that is an audio broadcast that is going out, so you could visit that on your phone and you don't have to have you know anything open on the phone at the same time. It'll just play as it normally does through your phone. So if that ends up connecting to your car, then it'll play out of your car. So that's, yeah, that's just an audio feed that's available to you. Um, if you, if you have a YouTube subscription this is for folks I don't know if this applies to you, but for anyone who's listening who has the same question if you have a YouTube subscription, um, then you also have the ability to turn off video and keep the audio streaming in the background, and so you can also do that by our, our YouTube live stream. But, yeah, I think the best option for you is to go to that URL twitam slash listen, okay, t, okay, and that's a website. Yeah, that, and actually it's not even a full on website. It's literally. Whenever you go to a twitam slash listen, if you do that from your phone or you do that from your you know your browser all you're going to see is a little, a little stream thing that's just playing audio. It's, it's quite literally a direct connection to our audio stream. So, yeah, there won't be there, won't? It won't have, like you know, the twit logo in the top or anything like that. It's as if you're just connecting directly to the audio so that, yeah, folks who are watching, you can see how it is appearing in the browser and, um, oh, yes, that's right.
Uh, you can also download Thank you, john the broadcasts app. Uh, it's just called broadcasts, um, and that is an app available for I assume it's for Android as well, but definitely for iPhone, and you can, yeah, okay, cool. So, yeah, you can download broadcasts and then you just put that URL in twitam slash listen, and then it will give you that connection. That is how John Slanina, um, will listen at times. So, yeah, he's given the thumbs up to confirm that that works as well. But, yeah, between either just going in the browser to that or getting the broadcasts app, which is going to give you a little bit more functionality, obviously, um, you'll always be able to hear, but, yes, if you want to watch, then you'll need to use the YouTube live or our discord live to be able to watch while you listen. Okay.
1:55:54 - Caller
And last question are you guys going to come out with like an Apple app for just members? Twit members um to log into.
1:56:06 - Mikah Sargent
It's a. It's a good question, it's a fair question. I would say not in the short term. Uh, frankly, right now it it's harder than ever because we are having to make cutbacks, such cutbacks that, when I went to do go through the development process of that is difficult.
What I'm hopeful for and what I would love for everybody who is a listener to do, uh, especially those of you who use discord tell discord. Tell discord that they need to get an app for Apple TV. It's not just club Twitter, it's so many different places uh that are going. Why can't I watch my discord streams on Apple TV? Why can't I see it on my TV? Um, if you reach out to discord via email or if you, you know, tweet at them or wherever your social media happens to be, if discord is there, say, can you please make an Apple TV app? Can you please make you know smart TV apps? Um, I know a lot of people want them and there needs to be more pressure to get them to do that. If they will, then you'll be able to watch it there, uh, but in the short term, you can always use uh. Youtube has apps and almost everything, and then you can just browse to our YouTube live stream from the YouTube app and watch it that way.
1:57:18 - Caller
I agree, and also for all the other listeners. Seriously, it's just seven bucks a month, or $84 a year to sign up. It's a good cost. So thank you guys.
1:57:30 - Mikah Sargent
Thank you Micah, thank you so much and thank you for your service. All right, appreciate it. Bye, bye, bye, bye. All right, uh, great questions. And uh, let's, let's, let's, take a break to hear from one of our sponsors. All right, we are back from the break. This is ask the tech guys this week with just uh, yours truly, micah Sargent. Leo Laporte is in Las Vegas, uh, doing the Indy 500. No, that's not it. Uh, rACIng F1 cars. Um, you know, watching F1 cars race and drinking out of shoes maybe? Um, anyway, while he is gone, I am here to answer your tech questions. And can we do a voicemail? Cool, we're going to go to the voicemails.
1:58:20 - Mikah Sargent0
Hi Leo and Micah. This is JP calling from Portsmouth, new Hampshire. I've got a problem on iOS. I'm getting BAM calls from foreign countries Greece, russia and a few others and I can't block them by default with all like block country wide. I can block individual phone numbers but of course, as BAMers they're, you know they're using a different number every time and I don't want to block all unknown callers. For example, I had um got a call from my doctor's office today and it was an unknown number, but I needed to take that call. So if you could help me out, that would be excellent. Thanks a lot and keep up the good work. Bye.
1:59:07 - Mikah Sargent
Uh, jp, this is a fantastic question, and it's one that is ongoing. For a lot of people, it is something that is frustrating and something that I have tried to handle in many different ways, and so I use a lot of. I've used a lot of different services to try to make this not be as terrible as it is. Uh, what I would recommend is yeah, unfortunately, you can't do it with just what Apple provides. Uh, apple has the ability to do what's called silence unknown callers, and, as you point out, that means that if your doctor calls you and they're not in your phone, then it will also silence their phone call, and that's frustrating. So what I recommend? Uh, there are two apps, um, that you can check out. One is called Robo killer and the other app is called Haya H. I Y A.
Now, leo's not a big fan of Robo killer because of the potential privacy implications. Um, what Robo killer does is you give it permission to forward your calls through its system before they are then forwarded to you. So what Robo killer then knows about you is who is calling you. That's important to keep in mind. So be aware of the fact that, if you use this service, they will have, uh, they will know who you have, uh, or who is calling you, rather. But what the system does is it takes calls and if the call is known as spam, it will keep it from coming through to you. Uh, with Robo killer, you can also have it answer some of these phone calls. So it wastes the time of spam callers. Uh, it will do like the hello Sorry, I can't hear you. What are you saying? Hello or some other thing. They have like celebrities as well, so it can be, uh, you know, a celebrity taking the phone call in your place, all sorts of stuff. And the point there is that you kind of get to quote unquote, fight back, but what it does is it, um, will block the phone calls that are ones you don't want.
And what I've done in the past with Robo killer only because of his paranoia, like I've not had any. I never had an issue with Robo killer blocking calls that I actually needed to get through, but because I'm paranoid, what I would do is, when I knew that my doctor, you know, they say, oh, we're going to call you tomorrow to follow up about the appointment. Right, I will pause. They have an option to pause, robo killer, and you can pause it for 24 hours. So for that next 24 hours, yeah, you'll get some spam calls again, but then it'll turn back on afterward, but even still, it did not. I did not have issues. When you know, I forgot to be paranoid. My phone calls were still getting through, the ones that I wanted.
The other option is Haya. I've used Haya as well. Um review suggests that Haya is a little faster. Um, it will. It does the same thing, and what Haya also offers is a little bit more of the ability, of what you were talking about the ability to go in and say I want phone numbers from this area to not get through to me. I want phone numbers with this area code to not be able to contact me. So for me, uh, that was very helpful when I had phone numbers with my same area code and the first two digits were the same as mine trying to get through to me. I knew that those multiple calls were all coming from spammers who were trying to get in touch. So check out Haya and Robo killer, and those should be able to help you out. All right, um, I do believe it's time for our next, well, for the revelation of the photo assignment we've had and our next photo assignment, chris Mark. What joins us here in this Stargate? Welcome back to the show. Good to see you, good to see you too.
2:03:14 - Chris Marquardt
How's it going? It's going very well over here in Germany and we have an assignment to talk about. Yes, we do. Um, here it is the shiny assignment. Shiny Paul from the fish ball last time, and, uh, uh, we had let me, let me bring this up here on the screen. By the way, it's in the tech guy group, which now has, I believe, over 14,000 people.
2:03:41 - Mikah Sargent
Wow, so more than 14 K uh people who are hopefully many of them submitting photos.
2:03:48 - Chris Marquardt
Yeah, almost 8,000 photos in there. I mean, it's just, it's just a wild story. So anyway, we have a whole bunch of shiny pictures and I have, as usual, chosen three of them and we'll go through them. Um, um, first one, Scott Snyder submitted a picture called shiny balls. Now these are plastic balls and they are a photo of his daughter's stress toy that fell apart. Oh no, I like these kind of photos because just just a sheer abstractness. You would have no idea what that is if you just looked at it. We're looking, looking at yellow and blue and and violet balls and green ones in between, and it's just like it's. It's one of these, one of these. Yeah, you guess what that is.
2:04:36 - Mikah Sargent
It reminds me of those magic eye puzzles where you have to stare at them and then suddenly 3d shapes come out. I don't know if you've ever I see a dolphin, yeah yeah, there's a chicken launching a space rocket.
2:04:48 - Chris Marquardt
Wow, Exactly, yeah, I tried it, I just went cross-eyed. Um so, scott, thank you so much for submitting that. And the second one I chose was by 20, by 20 March, 1, 9, 8, 9, another shiny anthorium, which is a flower, and I didn't even know that's what it's called in English. So anthorium, okay, anthorium, it's this, it's. You know. I know exactly what they feel like. They feel like wax, like the red part of it.
2:05:21 - Mikah Sargent
Yes, I know what that flower is.
2:05:23 - Chris Marquardt
Yes, oh, wow. So what? What you see here is a close-up and you also see an issue, an issue that that you very likely have when you do close-ups of red flowers and and crank the the color saturation In the right front part you see some flatness in the red. Do you notice that? Yeah, okay, I thought that was like texture Texture. No, there's texture missing, because what happens with with these, with these very, very screen-filling primary colors like red, green and blue, they often tend to blow out that channel, to overexpose that color channel. So you end up with like, okay, there's no texture and a little. Just a simple way to fix that in in taking the picture is just just bring down the exposure just a little bit, just make it a bit darker when you take the picture, and that will usually take care of that the beautiful picture nevertheless. But that's a little technical tip here. So, last but not least, wow, gary Neville's Mackinnac Island is the title of this photo and the.
The reason I chose this is well, first of all, what we're seeing is is the sea, with the sun coming from the back. So you have a lot of tiny little specks of bright light and if you look closely at them. Let me zoom in. Do you see what I see? All these little tiny stars. Oh, my goodness.
2:06:58 - Mikah Sargent
That sparkle? How did how? How do you do that?
2:07:02 - Chris Marquardt
There's, there's, there's. The secret is that this is hard to do with a smartphone, unfortunately. You need a like a bigger camera, a mirrorless camera or a DSLR, and you need a lens that can have a very small aperture. So the hole that the light comes in through when you make this really tiny, then point light sources will turn into little stars and you, you can use this. You can use this for for Christmas lights, for example, christmas coming up. So if you, if you, if you have one of these cameras, try to stop down the lens to like something like f 16, f 22, a really tiny aperture and it's. You can only use some, some software to fake that on a smartphone because you will really need this, this, this physical aperture, to make this work.
So, anyway, really pretty, three amazing pictures, pretty pictures. Thanks everyone for participating in this, and it's time, I guess it's time for the next assignment from the meeple, pull that from the fishbowl. Oh oh yeah. Oh, that's a good one.
2:08:22 - Mikah Sargent
Unusual unusual is the word. Oh, that is fun. That's got so many different options right.
2:08:30 - Chris Marquardt
There's this, yeah, yeah, definitely. So the way to do this is you go to the tech guy group on flicker flickers, a free website. You can just sign up and Submit photos and you submit that photo to the tech guy group again, the, the, the name of the, the thing I chose is unusual, so the tag you have to add to make sure you are part of this whole thing is Tg unusual. That's how we find you, and then, in about a month from now, we'll We'll have a look.
2:09:04 - Mikah Sargent
Oh, that's very exciting Choose another three unusual. I have a feeling there are gonna be a few goats in the mix for this. I find goats unusual. Maybe I'll go take some pictures of goats, because I think they're very unusual creatures. I think.
2:09:20 - Chris Marquardt
I think we all have unusual stuff or we find unusual stuff. It's just a Just a matter of of of, of going with that internal impulse that's that tells you, oh, that's unusual. I better take a picture for this assignment.
2:09:34 - Mikah Sargent
Absolutely so. Do your assignments, kids, and join. If you have not, that's at flickercom Groups, slash tech guy. You'll know you're in the right place because you'll see Leo's photo, but you'll also see a little over 14,000 members, so be sure to join. Of course folks can head to discover the top floor dot com To check out your work. Chris, is there anything you want to promote before we say goodbye?
2:10:03 - Chris Marquardt
Now I'm just in the process of adding some more driving tours, more photo road trips for next year, so they should be coming up in a few months.
2:10:11 - Mikah Sargent
Awesome, awesome. Well, thank you so much and get out there and take your Unusual photos for the assignment. Thank you, chris. Thanks for having me. Alrighty, I think we've got time for maybe one more Pick up on one more phone call. All right, we're going to the phones. When you get to the notification that you've been brought on air, or however that works, hit star six to unmute yourself and then we'll be able to take your call. Ah, welcome, welcome. Tell us your name and where you're calling from.
2:10:49 - Mikah Sargent2
Hey Mike. This is Kenny from Continental Tennessee. How are you doing? I'm doing well, kenny. Thank you for calling.
2:10:53 - Mikah Sargent
Hey, I wanted to kind of see, but maybe I could help you out, because yeah, a guy that called in about the 2009 Mac mini.
2:11:00 - Mikah Sargent2
Yes, and ironically I was going to call about Pararwell and I don't know if that would be, a option for him If he wants to run like, let's say, windows 7 or Windows 32.
I believe that's still available, even on the Apple Silicon. If I'm you know, you may need to have some help with scooter X and the discord chat on that, but I'm pretty sure you could still run a Windows 7 even on an Apple Silicon, and he might be able to Run 32 bit programming on there. Yeah, I guess I am seeing here. There was a blog post back in.
2:11:40 - Mikah Sargent
October of 2019. That was updated in September of 2020 and it says Apple says Mac users will not have support for 32 bit applications or programs on Mac OS Catalina. That is incorrect. Mac users will be able to continue to run 32 bit applications or programs even if they're using Catalina with the help of parallels desktop for Mac. So it is possible that, through the use of parallels, that our listener would be able to Run 32 bit Windows applications. So, yeah, that's, that's fantastic. Parallels Is, in theory, still able to run that. Now, the great thing about parallels is there is the ability to try it out. So our listener will be able to Give that a go and and see if it works. Or if you know, parallels has updated since then to stop offering that support. So, kenny, that's that's great advice.
2:12:39 - Mikah Sargent2
Yeah, yeah, and I actually do use parallels a lot, especially when it comes to Windows, because it is works very well with Windows on arm. But I've also been dabbing, but it on Linux, and there was a really good reason for that. I've been dabbing, but it on Linux and there was a recent software update where I was trying to, you know, get it to use the x86 64 emulation on the Ubuntu side of things, a little Linux. Unfortunately, some of the programs just will not work, even though it has reset up built into it which helps emulate some of the x86 64 Textured.
But the question I wanted to have and this may be not something that you might be able to help out with or maybe someone this core can is there anything else that I need to add on to say the Ubuntu Linux emulation on parallels To have all the x86 slash 64 doc, doc or applications or programs to work? Because I've tried Some of them. I was able to go. I'm mainly use Linux for Python and programming, but our in our studio I could not be able to get on a 66 slash 64 emulation. I just was wondering if anybody on this cord knows of any other options besides, for said that, that might help solve that problem.
2:13:59 - Mikah Sargent
Yeah, this is definitely. This is a phone, a friend question. My friend is watching Formula one cars rACIng right now. But you've you've now put out the call to the discord for your Linux question and, in theory, someone might have an answer for you on that. You know it is. It is part of the job of a tech guy to not pretend to know the answer and To admit when he doesn't, and so that's what I'm doing for you here. I said I said I do not have an answer for you on that, but if if somebody listening does, then you can. You can check that out in the discord. I'm not seeing anybody saying anything at the moment.
2:14:45 - Mikah Sargent2
So, alright, all right. Well, I'll give you an easy question to wrap it up this one. It kind of involves, well, DVR, but in a local sense. Yeah, one of my first experiences with tech growing up when I was four years old was learning how to program and run a VCR, and that kind of helped me, got going on a tech perspective and I know that we've had Tivo in the past and normally with streaming services. Now we have DVR, cloud DVR. But my question is is there a DVR that does like local not internet, not streaming, but like a local, like, let's say, a VCR or a Tivo or, if you wanted to? I hate to use the word capture, but it's true, capture anything like. Let's say, you wanted to capture a YouTube video Without a lot of heavy equipment. I know that there are some cables out there and even some cards that you got to Put into some of them but I was just wondering if you've heard of anything of like, say, a VCR equivalent when you can just plug in, record and capture and that's it.
2:15:48 - Mikah Sargent
Yeah, I think there are quite a few options for that. So there's a. There's a company called Tableau that makes a device that will let you capture up to four Channels at a time. These are, you know, ota channels, so you can, you know, use whatever it happens to be, and We'll also it. What's cool about it is that while it's a DVR, it can also Work as a set top box in the in the same sense. So that also limits, you know. You're talking about not having too much technology at once. Since it gets to be kind of everything, it will also do that as well. Let's see scooter X in the chat. Recommends or Points out something called yeah, yeah, exactly, hd home run, which is at silicon dust calm.
2:16:46 - Mikah Sargent2
I've heard of both of them. Yeah, that's the home run they're very good yeah, hd home runs the big one.
2:16:51 - Mikah Sargent
So sorry. Are you wanting something other than that, or are you just wanting the sort of best recommendation?
2:16:58 - Mikah Sargent2
No, no, that's. That's the best recommendation, because I know I've heard of HD home run. I just was wondering if that was the only two. But since they are the only two, I'll definitely look for them in the future if I ever want to. You know, do the DCR route when it comes to, let's say, youtube, or even I dare say it's, with live. Maybe one day, if I need to get some tech help, to get some tech help, it'd be good to be able to have that on there.
2:17:21 - Mikah Sargent
Yeah, if you're right.
2:17:22 - Mikah Sargent2
That's why I really wanted to call.
2:17:24 - Mikah Sargent
Yeah, those are great questions. I they're pointing out. You see, you mentioned something about capturing YouTube. Are you talking about YouTube TV? Are you talking about YouTube as in, like the YouTube website and live stream?
2:17:36 - Mikah Sargent2
Both really. I mean if it's possible. And I know that when it comes to like streaming, there's always the copyright issue per se, whether it's prime video or something that they may try to block the image and so forth, like if they could maybe detect that or something. But I just didn't know if there was a way of doing that locally.
2:17:53 - Mikah Sargent
Yeah, I mean, when it comes to that, it's essentially just a matter of so if you, if you're talking about capturing something from, say, a computer, that can be as simple as Plugging it into some sort of HDMI capture device and then having whatever is displayed on your screen and playing through your screen Captured that way. There's also a website. John Selenina has recommended hoppages H-a-u-p-p-a-u-g-e-dot-com, hoppage, and hoppage has several different TV tuners, but also a Device that works with things like YouTube live and Twitch, so you can check out that.
2:18:38 - Mikah Sargent2
That's a good thing, that before that's yeah, that's got some really good stuff there. I'm looking at it right now. I'll definitely Keep that in mind as well. I just like I said, I'm just looking for options and I figured I at least try to give you an easy question on the way out, and looks like I have, and I am still a Clubfoot member and I'm looking forward to, like I said, hopefully we can encourage this court to get an Apple TV app, because that would really help it On the way, and thanks, thanks for the call.
2:19:06 - Mikah Sargent
Thank you. Thank you so much for calling in and, yes, we'll keep our fingers crossed that discord gets around to Bringing an Apple TV app. Folks, I think that's going to bring us to the end of this episode of ask the tech guy. Thank you so much for tuning in this week. I will be back next week for another episode. Now's the time where I say, if you have questions, oh wait, hop, hog, really hop, how's it spelled?
2:19:38 - John Ashley
are pronounced Hopo hopo, just say two times fast hop, hog, hop, hog.
2:19:44 - Mikah Sargent
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