The Tech Guy Episode 1937 Transcript

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Hey, Hey and hello friends, how are you today? It is Mikah Sargent in for Leo LaPorte, the tech guy. I am also your tech guy as they say, and so excited to be joining you today to talk tech, to talk computers, the internet, things with chips in them smart watches, smartphone smart computers. I don't know why my voice is doing this, but I'm so excited to be joining you today. Of course, the phone number you call if you have a question that you unanswered is 8 8 8 8 2 7 5 5 3 6 or 88 88. Ask Leo and Micah and yeah, Leo will be back with you all tomorrow, but until then you've got me friends today. I thought we could take a moment as and I think Leo and I are often want to talk about the latest from Apple because Apple decided not to host an event this year, interestingly at the end of the year.

And instead just sort did some press releases and said, Hey, we've got some new products that are out and you can check 'em out. <laugh>. And I believe that some press were invited to kind of learn about the products and we'll sure get some models to review. But Apple announced three new areas. We'll say. First is a reintroduction of the iPad, the standard iPad. There's no little name after it. It's not the iPad Air, the iPad Pro. It's just iPad. And it comes in as Apple says, four vibrant colors, one of which is not really a color, but is instead a lack of color. So yeah, I guess that's a thing but it comes in four colors and it moves the webcam. Interestingly, the camera on the front of the iPad to the landscape side of things, which I find the most fascinating bit of it.

This is an iPad that is 10.9 inches from corner to corner. That diagonal measurement and gives a few boosts, gets a few upgrades. But I think most interestingly, most importantly is Apple has kept this iPad locked in with that first generation Apple pencil. So they are still selling it. It's the one that when you take the end off of it, it has a little lightning connector on the end of it and you were meant to in the past, plug it into the side of the iPad and let it charge there. So it just kind of dangled on the side. It was rather precarious. Now because this iPad has U s BBC as a connection, you actually need an adapter to be able to charge it. I think that of anything that was the most perplexing part of this announcement, it's like could we not have just done the new iPad, the new Apple pencil to go along with the iPad?

Alas, they did not. This iPad, I think is, it's coming in at the sort of lowest spec as you can possibly get, and that is because it is the most affordable iPad and that has remained true forever. You've got that iPad, you've got the iPad Air, you've got the iPad Pro, and it kind of climbs up the ranks in terms of power and cost. And so you, you've just seen some minor upgrades here. Of course, it's got that camera on the back and it does not have any of the new display technology. In fact, the display on this iPad is not even laminated which is kind of a more modern way of doing a display where you layer the screen and the screen technologies and the screen covering all together and it's very thin so that it looks as if there's no glass between you and the display that you're touching that you're pressing against.

So these four colors, which are, I believe it's meant to be blue, red, yellow, and silver are now available. And Apple has announced a new it's called the Magic Keyboard folio, which is a I think the most interesting part of this announcement, if you ask me, it's a two piece device that a two piece case where you've got one area that goes on the back of the iPad and then a little area where the keyboard and the track pad are that goes on the side and you can remove that keyboard and track padd and just have the back part of the case alone. So I find that part <laugh> the most interesting of this iPad announcement. And of course this features touch ID as the means to unlock it, which is something that I found I've really enjoyed with the iPads that I've had. Being able to just tap on the side of the iPad and wake it and unlock it.

At the same time, Apple also upgraded the iPad by popping in an M two chip. This is Apple's latest apple silicon. Of course, we saw this in the new MacBook Air and we will probably see this coming to more max still in the end of this year. So that's expected to happen soon, but for now it has made its way into the iPad Pro <laugh>. And honestly, there's not much else to say about the iPad Pro other than it has M two. In fact, if you look at the little text here that mentions what's new about the iPad Pro, they're mostly talking about iPad OS 16, which is the next version of iPad os, which is going to come to many an iPad. And then, oh yeah, you get wifi six E, which is exciting, right? That's the faster wifi. But you've gotta have a router that's able to handle wifi six E to deliver wifi six E, and then something called Apple pencil.

Apple pencil hover, which you can try to say five times fast. And what it does is it works with the second generation apple pencil and just kind of provides a little bit of preview as you are writing with a stylist. So as you bring that Apple pencil to down towards the iPad, then depending on what you're doing, if you are in a drawing app for example, it'll show kinda a little circle on the screen. And then as you touch it, of course, then that's whenever the movement takes place. So I think kind of interesting, but again, this feels a little bit like how I was feeling about the new iPhone whenever the new iPhone was announced The Dynamic Island was the feature that was kinda like, Ooh, that's why I've gotta have the latest iPhone. And then you get it and it's neat and it works and it's exciting and new, but is it enough to warrant people making that upgrade from their current model?

IPads, and this is something that Apple has kind of always dealt with, is figuring out when it is time to get people upgrading their iPad and frankly just convincing people to upgrade their iPads because people do tend to hold onto them for a long time because even after they may reach the point of not being able to be used very well in terms of their performance, there's still great devices to have around as a quick way to sit down and watch a show or browse the internet or look at your email. And so they tend to stick around for a long, long time. It's just another display to have in the house. So I think Apple tends to struggle with this, trying to figure out how to introduce new features that will make people interested in upgrading to the latest model. So I've gotten some questions so far about should I upgrade, This is the iPad that I have, this is what I'm currently working with.

And I gotta tell you, I'll be honest, I'm still formulating my response to those questions because if you've got an M one iPad Pro, almost certainly you have no reason upgrade to the M two iPad Pro. If you've got an iPad air or an iPad. Upgrading to the iPad definitely makes very little sense sense and upgrading to the iPad in many cases may not make sense. So it is kind of a back and forth there trying to figure out where it falls into line, and I've seen a lot of confusion and questions about this new lineup for iPads. The other thing I wanna briefly mention is that Apple announced a new Apple tv still called the Apple TV 4k, and this model, Apple TV supports HDR 10. It's now got a 15 bionic chip in it. So it's a lot faster and provides for some more performance.

And I think at least for me, most importantly, it supports matter, which is a smart home protocol that is meant to kind of fix things that have been broken, so to speak in the smart home. So all very interesting announcements from Apple. Many of these devices are already available for pre-order. I personally have pre-ordered the new Apple TV with an ethernet connection now and actual gigabit ethernet, which is exciting and good. But as far as it goes, I think overall I am not surprised to see Apple not do a press event for this, given the fact that these devices just are, it's easier to find them in a press release and go on the website and order them if you want to it. Trying to drum up excitement for these and justify an entire event, I think was something that Apple was not able to do. We'll still be on the lookout of course, for the max which should in theory happen sometime soon. So I know Leo and I will both be keeping our eyes out for the press release for that. So yeah, those Apple's, new announcements for its latest devices and we will take a look at those as they come. But I do believe that we are running into a break. This is Micah, Sergeant Infer, Leo Laport, the tech guy. Your questions coming up next. Stay tuned.

Hi Cam.

Kim Schaffer (00:12:00):

Mikah Sargent (00:12:00):
How are you today? Good, how are you? I am doing well. I am happy through that first segment.

Kim Schaffer (00:12:09):
<laugh> the one where you just talked to yourself. Yes. <laugh> it

Mikah Sargent (00:12:13):
Know, like I remember the first day I did it, I, I ran outta stuff to talk about and was feeling a little bit concerned, like, Oh, I've gotta figure out other things to say. And then the second time I was ready to talk for 10 more minutes. This time I could have gone on for a few more minutes, but yeah, this one felt a little bit more okay, but talking

Kim Schaffer (00:12:35):
To yourself for 10 minutes is not an easy task. I mean, I give you credit for being able to do that. <laugh>,

Mikah Sargent (00:12:41):
Thank you. Thank you.

Kim Schaffer (00:12:43):
I have no idea what I would say. <laugh>.

Mikah Sargent (00:12:45):
I would like to tell you all about my genes bleaching technique. See, I have to go back to the things we talked about before. <laugh>. No, you could go on and on about pet stories.

Kim Schaffer (00:12:58):
Oh, I could. Yeah.

Mikah Sargent (00:12:59):
So many pets like, Oh yeah, I know. I'm kind of curious. What is the most exotic pet that you have you ever, have you ever babysat a lucky cricket <laugh>?

Kim Schaffer (00:13:11):
A lucky cricket <laugh>? Yeah. I've fed crickets to snakes. Oh yeah.

Mikah Sargent (00:13:17):
Do people bring you their supplies and, Oh, my dog right now has an abscess on its toe, so I need you to rub the scream on the toe every site, every second day while I'm away. Do you have those kinds of situations or is it mostly low key pets or easy to take

Kim Schaffer (00:13:35):
Care of pets? It depends. Right now I have a doodle who's adorable. Cool. And he takes Prozac every morning, <laugh>. Wow,

Mikah Sargent (00:13:43):
Wow. How adult <laugh>.

Kim Schaffer (00:13:48):
And the funniest thing was I didn't realize this the first time I took care of him and fed him Prozac, but then I looked at the bottle and his name's Murphy, and the last name is Brown, so it's Murphy Brown, which was a TV show that you probably don't remember. <laugh> Brown <laugh>. Yeah, it's very cute.

Mikah Sargent (00:14:08):
Yeah. I knew dogs could take anxiety medication, but I didn't know that <laugh> Prozac was one of those medications. So this is a very chill dog then.

Kim Schaffer (00:14:20):
He's okay. Yeah. Oh yeah. He unfortunately had a traumatic brain injury as a puppy caused by a bad dog at a dog park that should have never been there and off leash. So that's why he takes that.

Mikah Sargent (00:14:34):
Oh, don't get me started. About off leash. Yeah.

Kim Schaffer (00:14:36):

Mikah Sargent (00:14:37):

Kim Schaffer (00:14:38):
It irritates me because I'm with a bunch of dogs that aren't mine <affirmative>, so of course I'm gonna keep the ones, I don't care how much I know these dogs, I'm keeping them on the leash. Cause I don't know how they're gonna react to other dogs, so Absolutely. Yeah, keep your dogs on the leash. People <laugh>, But snakes and bearded dragons and that bird are probably the most exotic thing that things that I've taken care of. Got

Mikah Sargent (00:15:07):

Kim Schaffer (00:15:09):
<laugh> milli Millie van nilly <laugh>.

Mikah Sargent (00:15:14):
Don't forget my number. What is the number? It's 8 8 8 8 2 7 5 5 3 6. Welcome back to the tech guy. My voice may be unfamiliar to you. I am Mikah Sargent subbing in for Leo LaPorte, and I am joined as always by the inevitable Kim Shaffer. Kim, how are you

Kim Schaffer (00:15:34):
Today? I'm great. How are you doing?

Mikah Sargent (00:15:36):
I am hanging in there, friend. Good in

Kim Schaffer (00:15:39):
There. Good, good.

Mikah Sargent (00:15:40):
So tell us what's on your mind,

Kim Schaffer (00:15:44):
<laugh> on your mind. I don't know you Leo's in Vegas. Do we have any exciting plans for this weekend? I don't, sadly. No,

Mikah Sargent (00:15:52):
Sadly no. I, It's like, Oh, I'm gonna be on the radio show. That's gonna involve a lot of sort energy, so I just need to rest the rest of the weekend. <laugh>. Yeah, certainly not waking up in Vegas

Kim Schaffer (00:16:02):
At the end of this three hours you'll need a nap. <laugh>. Yeah,

Mikah Sargent (00:16:05):
Exactly. I'll take a nap. I'll go home, get some Prozac, take a nap. No <laugh>. No,

Kim Schaffer (00:16:08):
Not the Prozac. Not the Prozac.

Mikah Sargent (00:16:11):
Yeah, we were, yeah, we talking about dogs during the break and the medications they sometimes take. Yeah, yeah. All right, Kim, why don't you tell us who we should talk to on the phone

Kim Schaffer (00:16:20):
Today? Let's go to George in Hudson, Florida. And Leo always likes spending other people's money, so you're gonna help George spend some of his, I think that is

Mikah Sargent (00:16:28):

Kim Schaffer (00:16:28):
You need the Mac mini and which one should he get?

Mikah Sargent (00:16:31):
All right, let us head there George, how the heck are ya?

Caller 1 (00:16:38):
Hi, how you doing, Mike?

Mikah Sargent (00:16:39):
I'm doing well. How are you today?

Caller 1 (00:16:42):
Oh, I'm pretty good. I'm in a quandary, actually. Okay. I've got a laptop, but I never used, and it's the windows and I hate it. It's something wrong with it. Again, just, I'm not gonna get another Windows machine. I was just wondering about the Mac, the mini Mac. Is it Mac Mini

Mikah Sargent (00:16:58):
<affirmative>? Yeah, the

Caller 1 (00:16:59):
Mac Mini is have a choice.

Mikah Sargent (00:17:01):
So the Mac Mini is an excellent choice, especially now. So Apple has upgraded the Mac Mini to its own special chip, and before it was running Intel, which is similar to many of the Windows machines, and now you can get a Mac Mini and get pretty incredible performance on that regardless of which one you, you know, can get the smallest least expensive one and be happy, or you can add more money to give yourself more storage and be happy with that. It is absolutely one I would recommend. It used to be that it was kind of a machine that people would just use to run a home media server or to do some everyday tasks, but for the most part, I think anybody can be happy with it. What are you planning on doing with yours?

Caller 1 (00:17:56):
Just the basic things. Every once in a while I'll do a video or something like that, and I got my iPad, which I use Luma for, to do some medicine videos I, and I was wanting to, Can you do that on the Mac Mini?

Mikah Sargent (00:18:11):
Absolutely. Yeah. So Luma and the whole Luma line is very good. I have actually run it. I'm got a MacBook Air in front of me, and this little device is supposedly one of apple's least powerful machines, and it is blazing fast with it. My one suggestion for you, George, is to potentially hold out about a month or so because it is likely that Apple is just about to announce a sort of redo of the Mac mini featuring the latest chip, the M two chip. And so you buy one now, and not only are you missing out on a discount if you ended up wanting to buy the M one version, but you were also missing out if you wanted to go for the latest and greatest, you'd be missing out on that. Apple has been rumored to announce New Max sometime before the end of the year, and so you might just hold that a little bit longer. But in any version of the Mac Mini, I think you would be very happy with it because as I said, it's far more powerful than it ever has been and would easily breeze through using Luma.

Caller 1 (00:19:28):
No, I, We've got Matech Mouse and our keyboard <affirmative> and a Samsung 27 inch monitor. Will that all hook up to the Mac? Many?

Mikah Sargent (00:19:40):
Yes. That wouldn't be a problem at all. So depending on which monitor you get whether it's got H D M I, then of course that will work just straight out with the Mac Mini. If you decide that you want to use the USB connection, which in turn actually uses Thunderbolt, but that's a whole other thing. Basically, almost any display that you buy is going to have either display port or H dmmi on the back. And so connecting that up is right there on the macin. Now, I wanna make it clear, there are currently two versions of the macin being sold. There's the Intel version and the M one version. At the very least, I'm recommending the M one version, but again, if you can hold out a little bit longer grabbing that M two version is going to be even better because of course it's got the latest Apple silicon chip in it, which boosts performance across the board. But yes any Bluetooth mouse or actual physically connected mouse and keyboard is going to work. If you use Logitech special little connector, there are plenty of USB ports on the back that you can plug that in and rock and roll with it.

Caller 1 (00:20:54):
Okay, I can wait a month because I got Christmases coming, and

Mikah Sargent (00:20:58):

Caller 1 (00:20:59):
I'll talk to my wife about it. <laugh>.

Mikah Sargent (00:21:01):
Beautiful. Well, I hope there is a lovely wrapped square package underneath the tree for you this year, and you'll open it up and say, Oh,

Caller 1 (00:21:08):
I hope so.

Mikah Sargent (00:21:09):
<laugh> Mac, many. Thank you, George.

Caller 1 (00:21:12):
Okay. Can I ask one more question? Absolutely. I've got an iPad that I use for everything. It's a fifth generation. It won't take the iOS 16, it won't up, and it says that they say that it should, but it won't do it.

Mikah Sargent (00:21:31):

Caller 1 (00:21:32):
It's upgraded to a 15.7 or something

Mikah Sargent (00:21:34):
Like that. Fifth generation iPad. And this is just the standard iPad, right? As opposed to iPad Air, iPad Pro.

Caller 1 (00:21:43):
I think it might have been an iPad error. It's been so long since they bought it.

Mikah Sargent (00:21:46):
Okay. Yeah, there is a fifth generation iPad that came out in 2017 so if you bought it, then it one. Okay. Yeah. So according to what I'm reading here 15.7 is the current version that should run on it but as far as upgrading, I'm not seeing it being able to be upgraded to iPad O s 16, but I mean, iPad O S 16 isn't out yet. Okay. Yeah, it's hard to say. Excuse me. It's hard to say, but I think that it should be running that what I would recommend in this case is a complete refresh of the iPad. You can look up and we'll, of course, I include in the show the information that you need for that to do a complete restore. But I do have to take a break mic and Sergeant in for Laport, the tech guy.

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Scott WIlkinson (00:25:47):

Mikah Sargent (00:25:48):
The universe is Scott Wilkinson, home theater geek. Hello, Scott.

Scott WIlkinson (00:25:54):
Hello Micah. Welcome to the big chair,

Mikah Sargent (00:25:56):
<laugh>. Oh, thank you very much. The big ball, actually. Yeah, the

Scott WIlkinson (00:25:59):
Big ball. I have sat upon that ball myself and it's quite the thing.

Mikah Sargent (00:26:03):
I want to fix his desk. I gotta tell you, there's this drawer that just doesn't close, right? Yes,

Scott WIlkinson (00:26:09):
Yes. You bang your knee <laugh>.

Mikah Sargent (00:26:15):
Oh, well we, we'll have to get to that at some point, but of course folks can head to to check out your podcast. What have you got first this week, Scott?

Scott WIlkinson (00:26:27):
Oh, this coming week I've got a good one. My guest will be Chuck back. He is the managing director of a company called Trov, which makes very, very high end audio video processing electronics. Now, they do stuff for professional cinemas, they do stuff for recording studios and the mastering facilities, and they do stuff for home theater. But if you have to ask how much you can't afford

Mikah Sargent (00:26:56):

Scott WIlkinson (00:26:57):
I mean, that's the basic thing there still, if you want the very best and you've got the coin, that's what you want. And what we're gonna be talking about, not turn off specifically, we'll mention them of course, but I like to keep the shows more gen, general and generic. So what we're gonna be talking about is room correction which is the process of electronically altering the audio signal <affirmative> to compensate for problems in the room.

Mikah Sargent (00:27:33):

Scott WIlkinson (00:27:35):
So you put a speaker, you put speaker in one room. It sounds a certain way, you put a speaker in a different room. It sounds a different way because all rooms have acoustic characteristics. <affirmative>, they have reflections and point certain frequencies get emphasized and other frequencies get diminished. And so there's often important, and most AV receivers, virtually all of them except super cheapies, but virtually all of them have some form of room correction in them that can generally automatically increase certain frequencies and decrease certain frequencies depending upon what the microphone measures. So most AV receivers come with a microphone and turn off, processors do too. Really a fancy one. And you put this microphone in your listening position where you're gonna be sitting and you say, Okay, go. And the processor emits a bunch of bleeps and bloops and sign waves and sweeping tones and so on from the speakers, and the microphone picks that up and the processor, the computer within the AV process, AV receiver picks up all that information, analyzes it, and says, Okay, I need to do this and I need to adjust that. And in an attempt to compensate for any acoustical shortcomings in the room.

Mikah Sargent (00:29:01):
So this is a change of things where before you would have to go into a room and find all the, you'd have to plan out, I've gotta put base traps over here and this kind of stuff over here. Now we can turn any room into a perfect escape to,

Scott WIlkinson (00:29:18):
I wouldn't go that far. As a matter of fact, as I'm sure Chuck and I will talk about on Tuesday, the first thing you want to do is make sure is get the room as good as it can be

Mikah Sargent (00:29:32):

Scott WIlkinson (00:29:33):
Oh, okay. That because these room correction systems, even one is sophisticated as the tri off ORAC from Sweden is another really good one. Even as sophisticated as they are, they can only go so far. They can only do so much. So the, it's much better to make sure your room is as good as it can be first. And so putting in those acoustic treatments like base traps and diffusers and absorbers and so on is the first line of defense. <affirmative>. That is the first thing you want to do as much as you can. And then once you've done what you can in terms of the actual acoustics, then run the room correction to take care of any leftover problems or as much as it can. We will talk about these systems are not perfect. And so you want to do a, use, a combination of making the room as good as it can, and the speaker placement, that's another very important thing.

Most people think, Oh, well, I got these speakers, I'll just throw 'em wherever, and they'll be fine. Ideally, you wanna put, there are places where you can put the speaker that will optimize their performance in a given room. So there's more to it than just stick a microphone in your listening chair, hit the button, listen to all the bleeps and bloops, and it's done. And it's perfect. <affirmative> that ain't gonna cut it. If you really want the best possible sound out of your system sub woofers are a whole nother story because the low frequencies are where most of the problems actually exist. And so placing your subwoofer, or ideally more than one subwoofer two is really good. When you place those properly, then you really reduce the problem of certain frequencies being really boomy and other frequencies disappearing because the room is several feet by several feet by several feet.

I mean, that's a typical room and base frequencies. The wavelength of lower frequencies are often in that same range. And so they can create what are called standing waves that build up certain frequencies in certain parts of the room. That's another thing, Where do you place your seats? So all of these things come into play when you wanna be careful and you really wanna get the best possible sound out of your room. Correction is only one aspect of it, so it's gonna be a really interesting conversation. Chuck's a great guy. He's really smart, really technically oriented. He's al, He also works for a company called Proc, which makes speakers, so he knows what of he speaks speaker wise as well. <laugh>, he speaks well of speakers, He speaks well of speakers. Where of he speaks of speakers <laugh>. So it's gonna be a great show and it, it'll be on this coming Tuesday, 1:00 PM Pacific time for PM Eastern time, You can tune in live, you can leave questions in the comment section, and I'll be monitoring that and so on. And then after it's done, you can watch it later if you can't tune in live, I realize, I think we're up against a Twitch show at that same time, and I really regret that. But anyway, there you go,

Mikah Sargent (00:33:05):
<laugh>. Gotta do what you gotta do. You

Scott WIlkinson (00:33:07):
Gotta do what you gotta do. Right?

Mikah Sargent (00:33:10):
All right. Oh, so anything else that you wanna tell us about or talk about this week?

Scott WIlkinson (00:33:17):
Well, let's see. Actually someone in the chatroom might be, I think just mentioned that Samsung and now LG as well, have started to license their TV operating system to other manufacturers, which is, I think, pretty interesting and unexpected. So LGS Web OS is what they call their TV operating system. Samsung calls theirs Tyson, T I Z E N, and they've now decided they were proprietary up to this point, and now other manufacturers can license them. I doubt any of the big names Will. The article that Mike sent me talked about RCA, I think, and some of the other smaller brands, or less important brand, what I called last week, third tier brands. But this could replace Android or Roku or Fire TV interfaces, which a lot of these brands use. So it'll be interesting to see if these brands like AKA rca and a bunch that are sold in Europe that I'd never heard of before it will adopt these interfaces, these OS systems, and might see an improvement in those third tier TVs.

Mikah Sargent (00:34:41):
Well thank you so much, Scott Wilkinson, Home theater Geek forum. Micah, Sergeant in for Leo LaPorte, the tech guy,

Scott WIlkinson (00:35:01):

Mikah Sargent (00:35:03):
Ah, there we go. Will you be sticking around today? Of course. Ah, bless you. Bless you, sir.

Scott WIlkinson (00:35:09):
Always happy to, Always happy, unless I've got some pressing business, but not today.

Mikah Sargent (00:35:14):
Yay. All

Scott WIlkinson (00:35:16):
Right. I have to get ready for a, I'm hosting a brass quintet at my house tomorrow. Oh wow.

Mikah Sargent (00:35:21):
So you'll, it's gonna be

Scott WIlkinson (00:35:22):
Really fun.

Mikah Sargent (00:35:23):
Just for each other or

Scott WIlkinson (00:35:25):
Just for ourselves.

Mikah Sargent (00:35:26):
I love that. Fun. I love that. I think

Scott WIlkinson (00:35:29):
That's nice. I love brass quintet music and I've got a great book of music and haven't had a group to play it with in a long time. So got a bunch of guys coming over tomorrow and we'll drink some beers and

Mikah Sargent (00:35:44):
That is really neat.

Scott WIlkinson (00:35:45):
Play some goree.

Mikah Sargent (00:35:47):
I love the idea of, you know, you're going, oh man, it's been a long time since I've heard this. Or you know, try to picture what it'll sound like and you're just like, No, we'll just get some people together who can play these instruments and we'll make it happen. Yep. That's so cool. Yep,

Scott WIlkinson (00:36:00):
Exactly right. When I was in LA we had a weekly meeting a get together of four trombone players and we play trombone quartets and drink scotch until tall tales.

Mikah Sargent (00:36:13):

Scott WIlkinson (00:36:13):
And when, then the pandemic hit, I mean we did that for years, decades and then the pandemic hit and we couldn't do it. And so we were really frustrated by that. And now that people can get together, I just ordered, arrived, a winix, air purifier, one of these really nice air purifiers, <affirmative> that I'm gonna put in the middle of the group cuz we indoors. Right. And I'll open the windows and

Mikah Sargent (00:36:41):
Stuff, do all the necessary things,

Scott WIlkinson (00:36:43):
All the necessary stuff. But it's gonna feel really great to play music in a small group again. It's just gonna be great.

Mikah Sargent (00:36:51):
Do you find booze interferes with your ability to play music? And I don't mean in terms of intoxication. In terms of dryness,

Scott WIlkinson (00:37:04):
I haven't noticed that to be the case. Not unless you got really drunk, I suppose <affirmative> there are other substances that cause dry mouth that does cause a problem.

Mikah Sargent (00:37:16):
I could see that. Yeah,

Scott WIlkinson (00:37:17):
That does cause a problem. Yes.

Mikah Sargent (00:37:19):
Now I'm imagining brass instruments with smoke puffing outta the end of them. <laugh>, right? <laugh>,

Scott WIlkinson (00:37:28):
Yeah, that can cause a problem. So if one is in that sort of environment, one wants to have a bottle of water nearby <laugh>, but generally speaking, no. I mean, most of us have a beer on hand while we're playing and it's fine. So yeah, that's gonna be really great. Good players too. And that's another thing

Mikah Sargent (00:37:59):
You're not gonna be going, Ooh, ooh, that it's a little off. Yeah, it's a little off

Scott WIlkinson (00:38:04):
There. Why don't you tune up there, dude,

Mikah Sargent (00:38:06):

Scott WIlkinson (00:38:06):
No, we're not gonna be doing that much. We, we've got some good players coming over, so that's really fun. Then one of the reasons we moved to Santa Cruz <affirmative> was to be able to get together with people in la I knew plenty of musicians, but we're all an hour away from each other, so it's like you never got together. So this is very nice, very nice. I'm looking for forward to it immensely.

Mikah Sargent (00:38:31):
Yeah, that's exciting. <affirmative>

Scott WIlkinson (00:38:37):
Let's see, User 1 4 53 says question questionable move by lg. It undermines the difference between top tier and budget brands. That's a very good point. Isn't

Mikah Sargent (00:38:50):
Not the hardware though, that really makes a difference? Well,

Scott WIlkinson (00:38:53):
No, it's a combination of hardware and software, but the hardware does make a difference, the processing. Got it. And I don't think lgs going to gonna give away the chips anytime soon. Here we go.

Mikah Sargent (00:39:06):
Welcome back to the Tech Guy Radio Show. If you were listening and going, Oh, who's, who is that? It is Micah, Sergeant, the guy, usually in the second chair. Second chair tuba. But today I am hosting the show as Leo is away in Vegas. Yes, he will be back with you tomorrow. Worry not. But until then, when you call 8 8 8 8 2 7 5 5 3 6 or 88 88, ask Leo, you'll be 88. 88 asking Micah instead Welcome back though to the show. And I believe it is time to head to ask to answer some questions. So as we press the right buttons to go over to the line, let's hear from Gilda in San Diego. Hello.

Caller 2 (00:39:56):
Hi, how are you?

Mikah Sargent (00:39:58):
I am doing well and I just have to say you have an exceptional voice.

Caller 2 (00:40:03):
Oh wow. Thank you, <laugh>. Thank you. You're very welcome. I have a couple of questions. I'm thinking of getting my brother a Chromebook. He's the basic user, no gaming, just email <affirmative>. And can he use his current Gmail address with a Chromebook? Yeah. Or does he have to create a new one?

Mikah Sargent (00:40:26):
No, Yeah, so he will be able to, Yeah, absolutely. Basically when you first launch your Chromebook as part of the sort of operating system, the setup, you will be given the option to log in with your current Gmail address. So your brother will be able to just use that current Gmail address and log right in.

Caller 2 (00:40:45):
Oh, great. Also, he lists, listens to a religious program, <affirmative>, can he download programs and also do Zoom.

Mikah Sargent (00:40:55):
So Zoom, absolutely. As far as downloading programs with Chromebooks, kind of the whole idea with them is that you are mostly streaming, right? You are going to things online and you're looking at them there. And so Chromebooks tend to not have a whole lot of storage space on them. The devices themselves don't have a whole lot of space, but you know, are able to get, if your brother regularly listens, then maybe that one that gets downloaded after he is done with it, or maybe two or three, then he would want to clean up, get rid of them after two or three are done. But then there'd be plenty of room for that. So downloading is not an issue and Zoom is absolutely not an issue.

Caller 2 (00:41:40):
And I was reading that it doesn't need virus protection, it already has built in protection. Is that true?

Mikah Sargent (00:41:48):
Yeah, so that's one of the beauties I would say of using a Chromebook is that the way that it's set up is to do its best to protect the user as much as it possibly can <affirmative>. And so basically where with a Windows machine for example you are using a system that you kind of regularly download new things on and it's it, it's like <laugh> the whole teaching Amanda to fish thing. It's like giving the person the fishing pole and then walking away. That's a Windows machine. But a Chromebook is you give the person the fishing pole and you sit right beside them and you say, Oh no, you don't wanna fish over there, you wanna fish over in this pool and warning the person, keep the line in the water a little longer. <affirmative> guided along the process. So yeah, it is a lot safer and the virus protection is built right in. And what's great about it too is it's constantly being updated. As Google learns about new issues that have come up, then it's going to get those updates as they need to happen. And I have to tell you too, Google's security team is incredible when it comes to finding these kinds of viruses and bugs and issues that exist across the internet. Yeah, it's great.

Caller 2 (00:43:01):
Oh, wonderful. Also, what do you recommend as far as the RAM and maybe a brand, something that's kind of middle of the road? Any recommendations there?

Mikah Sargent (00:43:13):
Well, I'm gonna head to the chat room for this one because I know that a lot of folks that watch the show have different suggestions for the Chromebook of choice, but I know that the hp, I believe the HP Chromebook is a really good one for, that's kind of a higher level version. But if you're looking for just kind of the basics, I know and thank you to the chat room AER and Aus Chromebooks those are the more cost effective ones and Leo has recommended those in the past. So that's AER and Aus. And we will include links if you wanna look back

Caller 2 (00:44:00):
Okay. And he uses a mouse so he can plug in that it has a USB slots, he can plug in that little dude so he can use your mouse.

Mikah Sargent (00:44:11):
Yes. So there are some accessories that work best with Chromebooks where you know can just plug them in and get them working just fine. And Google actually has a website where you can learn about that. But most dongle so I imagine that whatever your brother is using already with the computer, if it has a little thing that you plug into the computer if you were to unplug it from that and then plug it into the Chromebook, you should be a okay there. You'll just wanna check to make sure because again, Chromebooks, they are working on being incredibly cost effective. So just make sure that yeah, you've got an extra USB port that you can plug it into.

Caller 2 (00:44:54):
Oh, wonderful. Jason, I didn't know anything about him and I knew this was a place to go for info. So thank you so much for your help. I really appreciate it.

Mikah Sargent (00:45:05):
You are so welcome. And thank you for calling and yeah, you should call us back and let us know what your brother thinks. I think your brother will be very happy with the Chromebook.

Caller 2 (00:45:13):
Okay. Oh wonderful. Thank you so much.

Mikah Sargent (00:45:15):
So welcome. All right, bye.

Caller 2 (00:45:16):
Have a good rest of your day, You bye as

Mikah Sargent (00:45:18):
Well. All right, back to the calls. This time we've got Robert from San Ramon, California. Hello Robert.

Caller 3 (00:45:27):
Hello Micah. How are you today?

Mikah Sargent (00:45:29):
I am doing well and better talking to you Robert

Caller 3 (00:45:33):
<laugh> maybe, Maybe yes, maybe no. <laugh> I, I've been following Leo for quite a few years and I have decided I needed to get my own email service.

Mikah Sargent (00:45:48):
Yeah, I believe it.

Caller 3 (00:45:50):
<laugh>. So I got a domain <affirmative> and now it's the question of which service,

Mikah Sargent (00:46:01):
Which service should you use with your domain? Okay, this is a great question. My first question back for you Robert, is where did you buy your domain

Caller 3 (00:46:11):, which is what Leo suggested?

Mikah Sargent (00:46:14):
Yes. So I gotta mention Hover is a sponsor on the TWIT network but I have been a long time fan of Hover because of how easy it is. And Robert, you're speaking to the right person here because I have email through Hover and I also have email through the other program that I'm going to mention. So I can give you some advice for both. So Hover by Default gives you the ability to add some different options. There is the ability to create an inbox that then works through Hover and so you can set up me at I don't know, but chicken Yeah, <laugh>. And so you're easy to do that there. You can also set up an email forward which is something that I use for some of my hover domains where it just basically takes whatever email goes to the email address you set up and forwards it along to where it needs to go.

But what I love about Hover on its own is that it's all just built right in. So it makes it very simple to organize things and figure out which emails I have set up. I like that part of it. If you were looking for a full featured email program and one that has all the bells and whistles, then hands down I recommend Fast Mail for you and you can use a hover domain with Fast Mail. Basically the reason why you might want that, cuz this is the other one that I have set up, is that it's got integrations with other services. So my password manager for example it is again a full featured email platform. So it has, if you want to do your calendar through it, if you want to upload files and store those there, I mean it is really powerful and the costs differ between the two of Fast Mail's a little bit more expensive but you are paying for more of a service with it. So it comes down to what you're looking for. Exactly. If you were wanting to move to your own email and be able to do everything, then I recommend FastMail. If you're just wanting to dip your toe in, then that is where I think Hover is best. But we do need to take a break. Micah, Sergeant in for Leah LaPorte, the tech guy, more calls after this.

You still there Robert?

Caller 3 (00:48:43):
Yes. Yeah, I've learned to hang on listening to the other callers cause I come back, I know Leo moved from Fast Mail and went to Notta.

Mikah Sargent (00:48:58):
Oh I had not heard. This is the new

Caller 3 (00:49:00):
Story. Well I think he mentioned that.

Mikah Sargent (00:49:02):
So he have, that's the thing. Leo during the week has so many shows that he has probably mentioned that he's moved to something else and I just don't, I'm not aware

Caller 3 (00:49:11):
Of it. Oh no, it was on the tech guy. That's only one I listened to. <laugh> I otherwise I'd be sitting on TWI all my life.

Mikah Sargent (00:49:21):
Yeah, okay. I see Tuto, NoDa is an end-to-end encrypted email app and a freemium secure email service. So that I think is, I will tell you it is a little overkill. While it is good if you are wanting to make sure that your emails are as encrypted as possible, <affirmative> one of the problems that I found with that is it depending on who you're emailing and how you're emailing the other person may have trouble being able to see your email because of the way that, depending on how much encryption you do on them, then the email program might not be able to read it by default. And so it can introduce some issues. And I gotta tell you, Fast Mail has just been so fantastic that I personally, if he was here then he could talk more about two to Notta. But I can only speak to Fast Mail and Hover. And as I said, I think both of them are great. They both do a great job of email by default. Again with Fast Mail having lots more features and kind of spam protection and stuff like that in place.

Caller 3 (00:50:27):
I want that.

Mikah Sargent (00:50:28):
Okay. Yeah. So then you may wanna go there cuz Hover is just like, we'll give you a mailbox and you can have all of your emails sent here. Then it's your job to do what you want from that point on

Caller 3 (00:50:37):
Past mails, I'm looking for the tech support too because we just had a whole lot of trouble with our PAC

Mikah Sargent (00:50:45):
Oh, okay.

Caller 3 (00:50:46):
I And it's like, okay, now I need to do what Leo said. Yeah.

Mikah Sargent (00:50:50):
Yeah. It often, I mean it often does take that. Well then I think for you Robert, I am gonna recommend for sure Fast Mail Hover has great tech support. Absolutely. But if you're looking kind of for a full featured email program, and I mean that is what FastMail does first and foremost is email. So they'll be there to help you along the way and get everything figured out. And you can use your hover domain easily with Fast mail.

Caller 3 (00:51:11):
Okay. And they've got Fast Mail has good tech support.

Mikah Sargent (00:51:14):
Oh, a hundred percent. Yes. It,

Caller 3 (00:51:16):
That's the biggest thing is I worked for the phone company, so I've got a back door phone number to get tech support. But normally PAC Bill, it's hard to find tech support.

Mikah Sargent (00:51:29):
<affirmative>. Yeah. Those free services Fast Mail is quick to respond. They list their information to get a support ticket on really quick and I've been able to get back or they've been able to get back to me right away. I've always been impressed with it and that's why I continue to subscribe and use Fast mail just because it works so well. Okay. Yeah. $3 a month for the basic plan $5 a month for the standard plan.

Caller 3 (00:51:55):
Yeah. Yeah. And that's what I was gonna say on the show too is they're all fairly cheap actually. Yeah.

Mikah Sargent (00:52:03):
None of them are too costly for sure.

Caller 3 (00:52:05):
Yeah. So it's like yeah, we gotta get some place where you can go. Okay. Yeah, you've got me convinced there. Can I ask one real quick question?

Mikah Sargent (00:52:13):
Yes. Super quick,

Caller 3 (00:52:15):
<laugh>. Okay. Yes it is. I wanna do a Alac converter. Do you have any suggestion

Mikah Sargent (00:52:21):
Scott, help me

Caller 3 (00:52:23):
<laugh>. Hello

Scott WIlkinson (00:52:26):
Scott, I'm still around. Hey, how you doing man?

Caller 3 (00:52:29):

Scott WIlkinson (00:52:31):
Hi, I'm sorry, I was concentrating on typing something into the chat. What was the question again?

Caller 3 (00:52:37):
Flack to Alac converter.

Scott WIlkinson (00:52:40):

Caller 3 (00:52:44):

Scott WIlkinson (00:52:44):
Why do you wanna do that?

Caller 3 (00:52:47):
Because I've, I've recorded all my CDs on Slack and I'm going to go to a Apple phone. So

Scott WIlkinson (00:52:57):
The Apple phone, The Apple phone doesn't do fla?

Caller 3 (00:52:59):
I don't think so. I think it does Alac.

Scott WIlkinson (00:53:03):
Right. Well though those are both Lossless audio compression.

Caller 3 (00:53:07):

Scott WIlkinson (00:53:08):
And good for you for ripping all your CDs into flack rather than MP3 or some

Caller 3 (00:53:15):
Lawsuit. Well I did that too. I spent a long time. You've

Scott WIlkinson (00:53:18):
Got it both. Oh, okay. All right. Right.

Caller 3 (00:53:20):
Mp3. It's easy to put on an Android on MP3 if I need to, but now I'm gonna probably go get an iPhone and I was going, Okay, well I want my music. <laugh>

Mikah Sargent (00:53:30):
John, our studio engineer is telling me X A C T for the Mac is the program that he uses for conversion.

Scott WIlkinson (00:53:42):
I don't take his word for it cuz I don't know that much. I'd have to look it up. I don't know it off the

Mikah Sargent (00:53:48):
Top of my head. I don't know enough either X A CT dot scott c <laugh> is, Yeah,

Caller 3 (00:53:53):
It's Scott C.

Mikah Sargent (00:53:57):
Yeah. I head to tech guy and we'll link to it. But if you look up X A C T Mac, then you should be able to find it because that's what I typed in. I typed in X A C T, Mac and Google and the first one was X A C T.

Caller 3 (00:54:11):
Okay, perfect.

Scott WIlkinson (00:54:13):
Sure. Right. That seems reasonable to me. Yeah.

Mikah Sargent (00:54:16):
Works for me. <laugh>.

Caller 3 (00:54:17):
Yeah, it works for me. I gotta go check it out. I was like, what? And the whole problem here is I know what I'm doing with computers, but I'm getting older and I'm starting to go, oh, there's so much stuff out there. And it's like, oh, that's why I listened to Leo

Mikah Sargent (00:54:32):
<laugh>. There you go. Well Robert, thank you so much for calling again Tech Eye to find those links if you have trouble finding them and great questions today. Thank you.

Caller 3 (00:54:40):
Okay, great. Thank you. And thank you Scott.

Scott WIlkinson (00:54:42):
Hey, you bet.

Mikah Sargent (00:54:45):
All right Scott, now it is all yours. I will be run back.

Scott WIlkinson (00:54:49):
Oh yeah, go get yourself some Java.

Mikah Sargent (00:54:51):
Thank you. Thank you all.

Scott WIlkinson (00:54:52):
Yes indeed. So hello everybody. So nice to see you all. I was just about to type a message to Beat Master who asked me, who says a while back you mentioned you're looking for an H D M I switcher. How's that search coming along? I have not yet found something that works flawlessly. My latest acquisition is by trip light T R I P P L I T E. And it doesn't work flawlessly, but it works sort of well enough. I'm waiting to hear back from a friend of mine at AV Pro Edge I think is the name of the company. The real problem is with what's called eid Extended Display Identification, E D I D. And if you have several sources, well the problem is that with H D M I, you have a source device like a streamer or a BLUERAY player, something like that.

And it's connected by H DM I to the TV and the TV sends a message back to the source device that says, Here are my capabilities, this is the eid. And so the source device says, Okay, this are your capabilities, this is what I'll send you. It's a nice smart system. But when you go through and when you go through an AV receiver, that general, the AV receiver is smart enough to take care of it, but AV receivers cost several hundred dollars and so they've got better electronics, better processing in them than these $50 HDM I switchers such as the trip light or the SE I tried as well S E W E L L that make great products. But when I plugged in two different sources and then sent them both to the TV and tried to use the little remote to select between them, I would get problems.

It would say this device is not authorized or because it also has not only is EID involved, but H D C P high definition copy protection is also involved. And anything that disrupts either of those two things through the process called hand shaking will cause problems and the signal won't flow. So I'm gonna have to spend more money than that now. I'm resisting spending more money than that for an H D I switcher because when we move into our house, which will be probably March-ish I am gonna get a new AV receiver and that's gonna solve the problem. So why do I wanna spend hundreds of dollars now on a switcher that I'm only gonna use for a few months? So what I have to do, what I have dessert ended up doing is when I wanna watch the streamer, I plug it in and when I wanna watch the Xfinity box, I have to unplug the streamer clumsy. But there it is. Uhoh. Looks like we're about to start.

Mikah Sargent (00:58:19):

Scott WIlkinson (00:58:20):
Here we are. Rolling

Mikah Sargent (00:58:22):
Is back around. Thank you so much Scott.

Scott WIlkinson (00:58:24):
It does so quickly. <laugh>

Mikah Sargent (00:58:26):

Scott WIlkinson (00:58:28):
Enjoy the rest of the show, Michael. Thank

Mikah Sargent (00:58:30):
You. Have a good day.

Scott WIlkinson (00:58:31):
You too.

Mikah Sargent (00:58:34):
Hello and welcome back to the Tech Guy Radio Show Now for our two, I am Mikah Sargent in Fort Leo LePort today taking your questions 88 88, Ask Leo. That's the number that you dial. 8 8 8 8 2 7 5 5 3 6. I will answer and take your call. Leo will be back tomorrow for the Tech Guy Radio Show on Sunday. He's currently in Vegas but until then you've got me. So I hope you're enjoying so far. Before we head back to the calls, I did want to talk about an interesting bit of news. Cause I've seen this lately more so than we have in the past where a company in this case, LG, has realized that folks like the idea of being able to use one device to rule them all, if you will, when it comes to kind of viewing and computing. So I remember back in the day, <laugh>, I was in college and I thought, You know what, I'm gonna save myself some money.

I'm gonna buy one thing, I'm gonna buy a tv and this TV is going to be my computer display and my television. And I got it and I hooked it up to my computer and I said, Oh, get rid of it. It's awful. It didn't look good for doing the things that I wanted to do on the computer because it was a computer or it was a TV screen. And so it looked fine for tv, but it looked terrible for computing. And of course technologies have improved since then. Now we're seeing increasingly these things called Smart monitors and they're very much of this work from home years now we've had that. The idea is you don't need to have, especially if you live at a place where there's not enough room for it, all of these different displays hooked up in your space, you can just have one display again to rule them all.

LG just announced a new 4K monitor that has lgtv features built in. It's got web OS built into it. It works with smart apps like Netflix and Hulu. And it also has airplay connectivity. And so this is able to be both your computer display and your television display and kind of switch back and forth between both. And it just takes me back to that time when I tried to do that and everything looked terrible. But now these displays have improved so much and the technologies have improved so much that you can do this without kind of compromising too much. Of course by making the decision to invest in a display that's specifically a computer display and a television that's specifically a television that is going to give you the best possible performance for both. But let's consider the fact that not everybody can afford to do that.

Not everyone has the space to do that. And that's where I think devices like this LG Smart Monitor make sense. And so I like the idea The Verge kind of in this article goes on about making a joke about how it is. If you don't have the energy to step away from your workspace and go sit on the couch to watch television or something like that, then this is going to do that for you. I funny haha, but I don't think that's really what this is about. I think this really is a situation where if you don't have the space for it, then this makes sense and if you need to be able to do it then you can. So yeah, it's $499 for the new LG Smart Monitor. It's a 31.5 inch display. It's got a built in u s BBC hub so you can plug in all the things you need and then it's got lgs.

Nice stand for being able to move it around as you need as well. Clamp it to a desk if you'd like and adjust it up and down from there. It also has a built in ethernet port so that you can watch the content at high bandwidth. So it's going to look better, but it also features H D M I E arc. So it really is trying to be the best of both worlds, that television and that display. And I just think it's a good idea. We've come so far in this technology that now it makes sense, now it works and it's not one where you're, again, having to compromise between the two. So yeah, I think it's a pretty cool the latest one from lg but of course there have been some in the past. I remember my co-host of the Smart Tech Today podcast Matthew Elli, and I talked about one of these companies making a smart display at the time and I thought, I'm gonna get one of those. I never did, cuz it was good to go display wise, but I always thought it was a good idea. So I'm excited to see that they're still making them, means that it's still working quite well. All right. I think we will head to the phones for a question before we head into another break. This time we have a call. Let's see from Bernie in Lakewood, Colorado. Hello Bernie.

Caller 4 (01:04:12):
Hi Micah. Hi. I love your show and you're doing a great job there. Oh, thank you. I have a question. A few years ago I scanned 35 millimeter slides into my scanner and digitized in that way and I did a 28 400 dpi. Wow. Now that's better than high definition <affirmative>, but not quite 4k. And so I guess I'm wondering if I were to take these their bitmaps slides and to use a 4K program, I'm something like what an Apple would be. What Pictures Or

Mikah Sargent (01:04:56):
The Photos app?

Caller 4 (01:04:58):
Photos app <affirmative> or the video app. I think they can both make slideshow <affirmative>. How can I force it into being 4k? So it's, the resolution isn't quite 4k, but it's better than one K.

Mikah Sargent (01:05:14):
Right? Right. So you were saying, you're not saying that you want to rescan them at a higher dpi. You want to use what you currently have, but you just want them to be kind of upsize a little bit.

Caller 4 (01:05:25):
Yeah, that's

Mikah Sargent (01:05:26):
Correct. Okay. So this is a little bit involved, but there are kind of two ways that I think you can go about this. The best way. There's a program on the Mac called Automator <affirmative> and it is built into every Mac. It's a utility that's available and Automator is slowly being phased out for the app that's now on the Mac called shortcuts. I still swear by automator though it's lasted a long time. It works very well and it is very good at doing a repetitive task like this. It's a little bit involved because you would basically launch Automator and you would say, I want you to ask me for photos and then I want you to resize these photos and you give it This is what's magical about it, is you can choose do you want to tell it to completely resize it? Do you want to tell it to resize at a ratio?

Do you want to just say that the longest edge is X amount of pixels or however you need to do it to upscale them a little bit? And it will do all of that for you. It's not something that I will be able to walk through on the radio show because it doesn't make for very good audio. But what I can do for you is include a link in the show notes, tech guy to some information about Automator that could get you there. And I think if we can, Yeah, can also have you, I do a show called iOS today here on the network, and if you email us iOS today at TWI tv with that question, Bernie then my co-host on the show would be able to create a little basically shortcut for you that you'd be able to use to do this. That's the show where we kind of go more in depth with it. But yeah, between Automator and that, you should be able to do this. I mean you could always go through and use an application that has so many more features, but I think that you kind of just wanna let this sort of spin in the background cuz I imagine you have a lot of photos that you are wanting to upscale

Caller 4 (01:07:37):

Mikah Sargent (01:07:37):
Yeah. Yeah. So this is definitely one that's best for automation. I do believe we need to take a quick break here, but yes, tech guy and that will have the links to automator and shortcuts and as I said email us iOS and we will be able to help you out even more. Bernie, thank you for calling Mikah Sargent in for Leo LaPorte, the tech guy back soon.

Caller 4 (01:08:09):

Mikah Sargent (01:08:17):
Yeah, this is definitely a little, So you can of course use the Photos app itself. If Bernie or still out there listening, you can use the photos app itself to do this. But again, sort of spinning on all of those photos all at once to try and upscale them I think is gonna be a little involved. So kind of having it run in the background through an automator process or through a shortcuts process would take care of this much simpler. And you'd have those photos at that 4K resolution or 4K size that you want. I'm reading an article talking about scanning in digital prints and what is the word specifically scanning in your film. Negatives. That's the word I was looking for. And they are even recommending as much as let's see, 4,800 dpi. If you've got a scanner that can do it which I, that's wow. You would see every little tiniest speck of dust that's there. Well, I might need to figure out a news segment for when we get back from the break.

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Caller 5 (01:14:29):
Hello Micah. How you doing?

Mikah Sargent (01:14:30):
I am doing well. How are you Rich?

Caller 5 (01:14:32):
I'm doing good. Say I have this issue. At the beginning we had problems with different remotes for home theater. Now I think we have a new problem with home theater and that is with streaming service. You know, put on your favorite movies, you make a list of your favorite movies, <affirmative> for Netflix and then Amazon. And then the movie will migrate from one to the other and you lose track of the movie. Does that make sense? Yeah,

Mikah Sargent (01:14:57):
Yeah, yeah. So you're saying you know, you've got your favorite movie and because you don't have a sort of media library, then you think that whenever you go to find it, you can find it on Netflix for example, but you go there and it's gone and then you're going, Where can I find it? And so you have to hop over to Hulu, which doesn't actually have it, but instead you have to log into Hulu with a special provider account that is actually pulling it up from at and t's service that is then playing it through Amazon Prime video. And you're going, how, How can I find this? How do I get to it? What is going on? Why am I paying $5 here and $2 there just to watch this movie? That is one of my favorites.

Caller 5 (01:15:36):
Boy, I didn't even think it was that bad, <laugh> it that way.

Mikah Sargent (01:15:40):
<laugh>. But that is kind of what you're talking about that it is

Caller 5 (01:15:43):
Changed and then I have a solution, which is almost perfect. Oh, okay. Have you ever heard something called real good,

Mikah Sargent (01:15:49):
Real good? No, tell us about

Caller 5 (01:15:51):
It. Yeah, well real good. What it does, it just enables you to pick your favorite movies on an independent list, independent of any service. First you tell it what services you have and you tell it what movies you want to see and then it'll say, it'll tell you which services have your movie on it.

Mikah Sargent (01:16:06):
What I've always, Yeah. Okay. Wow. Okay, so this is for folks who are listening and may have missed that cause I was talking over him a little bit. It's r e e l Yeah. And so you say, these are the services that I use, these are the shows that I wanna watch or videos, movies that I wanna watch. And then it tells you all the different places that it's available.

Caller 5 (01:16:26):

Mikah Sargent (01:16:28):
This is, well

Caller 5 (01:16:29):
Great. Wait, there's more.

Mikah Sargent (01:16:30):
Oh, but wait, there's more. Well first then I gotta ask, are you an investor in the company or you just like it?

Caller 5 (01:16:36):
No, I just like it. Okay. Just the customer. Okay. And was free. And they even have an app for my LG TV V one to real good. Oh yeah. Now get this, I can go into real good and go up my, pull up my list of movies and in some cases I can actually say launch that movie on the service where it is.

Mikah Sargent (01:16:55):
No way. I wonder if they've got it for Apple tv.

Caller 5 (01:17:00):
No. And well, I don't know. I don't know, but it should be, or something like it. First I wanted to see if there's something better than real good, but if not, well what some people have brought up is it should be on something like Roku. I mean Roku should have something like this. And I recently gave a presentation with a woman whose husband works for Roku and I mentioned real good to him. He says, Oh yeah, we know about real good.

Mikah Sargent (01:17:21):
Oh wow. Wait, is that good or bad? Was that a positive thing?

Caller 5 (01:17:25):
Oh, that's what I was trying to figure out. Yeah, I couldn't really make it out cause it's not like, Yeah, we were aware of real good because what it would happen, if you go into, in your local box, bring up your real good app, you'll pick your movie, pick your movie from your list and say just launch it <affirmative>. Cause it sometimes works on the Lgtv and I don't think it works with Amazon Prime, for example. It works for Netflix but not Amazon Prime. But anyway, I mean that would be perfect. Cause then you have all your movies listed in one place and it doesn't matter where they happen to be playing at any given time. And then you can just launch from Roku, your streamer TV or

Mikah Sargent (01:18:00):
Whatever. Yeah. See this is, so I guess I could see how it could be a problem if you were a service that also had the movie and you somebody who launches real good and they real good kind of prioritizes one service over yours. So then you might be going, okay, I'm a little annoyed with real good but then this is where I say these things should be better <laugh> and easier to use. And because they're not, then you are stuck with what you've got. And I like this. So what I used to do which was way more complicated, was I would just type the movie into well I would would do two things. I would type the movie into Google and then I M DB usually would have some recommendations for where I could watch it, but sometimes they would be incorrect or out of date.

And so then I would have to switch to something else. Or what I most often do now, because I have an Apple TV I launch, there's a search app on Apple tv. And what Apple really wants you to do is just hold down the little microphone button and talk to Siri to do search. But I don't like using Siri. So I launched the search app. I type in the name of the movie that I'm looking for, and Apple kind of has a built in tool that is a little bit real good in the sense that it will pop up the movie and then it'll give you a list. You can watch it here, you can watch it here, you can watch it here, you can watch it here on these different apps. But if those companies don't integrate with Apple and don't integrate with the Apple TV operating system, then they don't show up.

And I think what's good about what's good, what's real good about real good is it doesn't seem to kind of rely on those integrations as much as I, I'm curious how they do their reporting to figure out what is where and how you can find it. Because there's so many more options here. I'm looking through, I just signed up for an account duh. And there's Netflix, there's Hulu, there's even Apple TV plus on here, Discovery Plus Showtime. I mean everything that I could possibly want to find something on, it's all there. So yeah, this is exciting. I see it's I'm using it on the browser now, but it also has an app for Apple tv. And as you said, or not Apple tv, it has an app for iOS, it has an app for Android. Yeah. I'll have to try it to see if it'll work for the Apple TV later. But yeah, that what you were talking about. Just I launch real good from my Roku or whatever and then it automatically plays. I don't have to think about it. That's how I want it to work. So this is the way it should work. Yeah,

Caller 5 (01:20:36):

Mikah Sargent (01:20:37):
All right. Well I'm seeing the chat saying that they know of a few others, including one called Just Watch, but they said just watch is not as good as real good are e e L. Good. So I think you may have found the one

Caller 5 (01:20:55):
<laugh>. Yeah. Sounds like you just get it integrated with Apple TV and Roku set.

Mikah Sargent (01:20:59):
Yes. So you know what? Now that it's been on the radio show, listen real good. Look into my eyes. I'm telling you, you've gotta get this integrated because we need this. We absolutely Rich and I need this, please

Caller 5 (01:21:13):
<laugh>. Yeah, yeah. Come on. Real good. Yeah, really. I should probably contact one of their product managers and say, Hey, what's going on? Yeah, sure. They're talking to Roku and Apple. They must be.

Mikah Sargent (01:21:21):
Oh yeah. I mean, and like we said, it's interesting. I'm curious where there may be bad blood or concern or what have you. Yeah. But we'll have to find out. Well thank you for calling in with that suggestion. You've just saved my life and yeah, I appreciate it. Rich. Mikah Sargent in for Leo LaPorte, the tech guy. Hello Johnny.

Johnny Jet (01:21:59):
Hey, how are you

Mikah Sargent (01:22:00):
Micah? I am doing well today. How are you?

Johnny Jet (01:22:03):
Good. So is Leo sick

Mikah Sargent (01:22:05):
Or No, he's in Vegas. Yeah.

Johnny Jet (01:22:08):

Mikah Sargent (01:22:08):
Better. He went to see Katie Perry. What in concert? Yeah.

Johnny Jet (01:22:13):
Oh my <laugh>. Well good

Mikah Sargent (01:22:15):
For him. Yeah, that I've seen lots of photos that Lisa's posted of Katie Perry doing her thing. Where

Johnny Jet (01:22:23):
Does she do it from? mgm.

Mikah Sargent (01:22:25):
Oh golly. I have no idea. I

Johnny Jet (01:22:28):
Gotta look. I'll

Mikah Sargent (01:22:28):
Look it out. Yeah, I just know she's in residence somewhere. But you're not in your typical place.

Johnny Jet (01:22:33):
Well you know what, I just went downstairs where my studio is. Got it. And my, I hardwire it and it wasn't working and the wifi wasn't strong enough so I just ran upstairs.

Mikah Sargent (01:22:44):
Oh, gotcha, gotcha, gotcha.

Johnny Jet (01:22:46):
I told my wife, I said, Please just keep the kids

Mikah Sargent (01:22:48):
Room for just for

Johnny Jet (01:22:50):
15 minutes. Yeah. <laugh>. It's wild around here. She, she's at Resorts World. Oh, that's the new one.

Mikah Sargent (01:23:00):
Oh, Resort World. Wow. Yeah, it sounds like a Jurassic,

Johnny Jet (01:23:04):
The conventions center. I was supposed to go there at a convention this past summer, but I pulled out because of

Mikah Sargent (01:23:11):
Covid. Yeah, I don't blame you. Interesting though we were talking a little bit earlier about artists and residents and how that used to, I used to think of that as it was sort of a, oh you're past your prime. But now that I think about it, it's, it would be so nice to just be in one location, get to set things up, how you want them do your shows. And people as Professor Laura from the radio was saying, people are coming to you to see your show there in this one place that you get to kind of be regularly. So yeah,

Johnny Jet (01:23:48):
Being on the road, especially as a musician, I mean you're traveling with a whole group. And actually there was a big, this actually yesterday in Canada. I don't know if you saw that story. The Zach Brown Band. Oh

Mikah Sargent (01:24:00):
No. Two

Johnny Jet (01:24:00):
Of their band members got stopped at the border of Canada. My wife's Canadian <affirmative>. But I gotta tell you, the Canadian Border Patrol is the toughest out of anywhere I've ever been. If you have anything on your record, these guys, I guess two of the band members had something on their record from 10 or 10 plus years ago that they have now off. But if you have a D DUI or if you any, or if you had got possession of marijuana when you were 18 years old and some of these guys were like 50, they're not gonna let you in. It's up. It's up to the agent. But this one agent didn't let two of them in, so they said forget it, we're not going, They canceled

Mikah Sargent (01:24:36):
Their shows. They couldn't even do their shows in Canada because of it.

Johnny Jet (01:24:39):

Mikah Sargent (01:24:39):
Oh my goodness. That's really intense.

Johnny Jet (01:24:42):
Make sure you have a clean record before you go internationally. It's not just Canada, but Canada, they are tough. And if they find out that you're working and you didn't do a work visa, good luck then to Canada.

Mikah Sargent (01:24:52):
Oh man, that's interesting.

Johnny Jet (01:24:55):
So yeah, always apply if you're going for work, you gotta make sure you apply for the business visa and let them know. So they are tough. But the Canadians will say the same about the us. Oh really? It's not like reciprocating. Yeah.

Mikah Sargent (01:25:09):

Johnny Jet (01:25:09):
For the most part

Mikah Sargent (01:25:11):
That's, See I've never been out of the country so I that all I think about is how stressful it must be to get what has been some of the easier places that where you're just like, Oh wait, they're not gonna ask me this or ask me that.

Johnny Jet (01:25:25):
I mean, there's some in Europe, in Italy and France, I mean they, they're just stamping.

Mikah Sargent (01:25:31):
See <laugh>,

Johnny Jet (01:25:34):
They don't even ask you a question. Wow. But Germany, they're usually tough. I mean I didn't have my exit stamp one time. So when you land in a country, they stamp your passport and not my passport at that time. Cause I just got a brand new one was almost full. And so when I was flying through Frankfurt to go to the Middle East and the guy could not find the stamp that my entry stamp and it literally took 15 minutes and it was because the person who entered it was so, it so light the stamp was not, didn't have a lot of ink on it. So that's a good tip. Make sure that when you get your passport stamped that there's a lot of ink on it. Otherwise have him do it again.

Mikah Sargent (01:26:10):
Yeah. That very good tip. He's been everywhere man. And he's here with us today fam <laugh>. It is Johnny Jet. Hello Johnny. How are you?

Johnny Jet (01:26:21):
Hello Mike. I'm doing all right. Hanging in there. Good to get ready for Halloween with two little ones.

Mikah Sargent (01:26:27):
Oh. Oh, that's exciting. I really quick. Johnny to check out all of Johnny's great work. But Halloween with the kiddos that I imagine doesn't involve travel, right? You do that near where you live? Or do you actually Yeah, travel first

Johnny Jet (01:26:41):
Just in our neighborhood. No, but I just wrote a post this week actually talk writing about if you are flying on Halloween. The TSA has some tips and I've flown on Halloween a couple of times and I was looking through, it's been like 10 years and I had some great photos that I took. So I used them. But so they tell you about makeup and liquid, make sure that it has a TSA rule, the 3 1 1 rule, which is a 3.4 ounces or less, it has to be in one plastic court, although I never even take my plastic bag out anymore. But I do have TSA precheck <affirmative>. So that helps. But even when they denied me that they usually don't flag it. Although other countries they do, you gotta take your liquids out. But they also say what costumes you should be wearing, Obviously nothing offensive or scary and no props with any kind of fake explosives or Lord oh Lord, knives not even, you know, can't have any of that stuff.

Mikah Sargent (01:27:36):
Do people dress up? Do they actually do that? I think I would just forgo any kind of,

Johnny Jet (01:27:41):
Not many passengers do, but there are, once in a while you'll see some passengers, but a lot of the staff do, which is cool. And the photos I do have in my post are of ones of a Delta I think, and ones of a Southwest agent. And they do get into it, some of them, which is cool when the airlines allow 'em do it. And they're obviously not gonna do anything risk

Mikah Sargent (01:28:01):
Gay. Yeah, yeah. They would be very careful about what they are doing too. I'm sure to make sure that it's a okay to do. But yeah, I think I would just say, no, no, no. I'll save my costuming for after I'm off the flight. Thank you.

Johnny Jet (01:28:14):
And you can bring pumpkins, by the way, through security

Mikah Sargent (01:28:17):

Johnny Jet (01:28:18):
And if you ever have, Yes. And if you ever have a question of what you can, can or cannot bring through security, the TSA does a great job. I've mentioned it before, Ask TSA on Twitter, they also do it on Facebook. But I have much better luck on Twitter. You send them a tweet within 10 minutes, they'll respond during regular working hours. So you can ask 'em anything. I mean, I saw you can even look at their Twitter handle and see if they're even working right now. It's usually during the week, although I think they might be on the weekends, it might be seven days a week and people are asking, Can I bring C B D stuff or can I bring a pumpkin pie through

Mikah Sargent (01:28:54):

Johnny Jet (01:28:54):
But it's good to know because there's times when you're really like, I'm packing right now and I waited till the last minute. I don't know if I can bring it. Just ask the tsa, They will tell you. They also have an app that you can download that I recommend as well.

Mikah Sargent (01:29:06):
I would imagine this is for people who travel a little more regularly. Cuz I, as a person who doesn't travel all that much, I'm like, let me, if I could go through with a, I don't know, a unibody suit on and nothing else, no luggage or anything, I would do that. Just like to make it as simple as possible. Nobody else has to ask questions. Nothing. But yeah. Somebody who travels regularly, like, Oh, I'm gonna bring a full Thanksgiving dinner on the plane. Is that okay?

Johnny Jet (01:29:32):
<laugh>? No, I actually think it's the opposite. I think it's for people who don't travel very often.

Mikah Sargent (01:29:36):
Oh, they don't know the tips,

Johnny Jet (01:29:37):
They don't know the rules. <affirmative>. So yeah, it's very handy for people who are not traveling very, I mean, it's handy for anybody. Cause I asked, Leo and I were talking about, you know, can bring, they say you can't bring more than, you can't bring a bottle of water through security. Well if you freeze it and it has to be completely frozen. And I asked the TSA this question and they said, Yes, you're right, but you gotta make sure it's frozen because if it's not even just a little bit, they'll deny you. And also not every, it's like this everywhere, but not every agent is, or officer is not the same. Right. Might be like, sorry, that's not good. But you know what, you always ask politely for a supervisor, and I had this problem with when we were traveling with my wife's breast milk for the baby or baby food or even some medicine <affirmative>. And it was over the 3.4 ounces and they would give us a hard time. I'm like, Sorry, let me speak to the supervisor please. And they'd make me wait 15 minutes. But I would speak to 'em, the supervisors. Yep, you're right. They're allowed to bring it through. They just gotta check it for explosives.

Mikah Sargent (01:30:35):
So, and you are recommending this in a case where, for a fact that it's allowed through it. It's not like, oh, I think that I might be able to bring my, I don't know, 10 pounds of dog food or something onto the, But I'm not certain. So lemme talk to a supervisor and see if they let me through. This is more for certain that you could, so they just don't know. And that that's possible. I mean, we have that situation sometimes with, you know, talk to a person, a support person for a tech company and for a fact that this does or doesn't work. And so you do have to talk to someone kind of further up the chain and then you have that moment of like, Oh yes, I know exactly what you're talking about. This is how we solve this, et cetera, et cetera. So yeah, if you're pretty sure that it can go through, then just as you said politely, ask for a supervisor.

Johnny Jet (01:31:26):
Always, always be polite. Same thing if there's a problem with your reservation and the agent, you know, call up and they say, no, you can't change whatever. But you know that you can say, what can I just speak to a supervisor? I just wanna make sure I know these rules. And then the supervisor, usually they'll make you wait. They always try to make it sweat, sweat. And sometimes they'll even hang up on you. And if they do, just don't be rude cuz they'll put it in the notes. If you know that the agent you're speaking to is not doing anything for you, just say, You know what? Oh, I got another phone call, I gotta go. Just call right back and get another one. And because again, they're not created equal.

Mikah Sargent (01:31:59):
Wow. Recently on your blog kid screams for 29 hour flight to Berlin, what would you

Johnny Jet (01:32:08):
Do? Well, my wife wrote that one, and it's obviously, it's not a 29 hour flight, but it was a 29 hour trip. The guy wrote that in his TikTok. So my wife put that up. But we were just, I was like, there's no 29 hour flights. The longest flight right now is 18 and a half hours from Newark to Singapore.

Mikah Sargent (01:32:24):
How do you tend to, I as a person with kids are obviously going to have some sympathy and empathy when it comes to other parents traveling with kids. But what's your advice to someone who does not have kids themselves when it comes to traveling with

Johnny Jet (01:32:39):
New kids? I only got kids six years ago. I flew so much and I have heard every kid scream some for the whole flight. And of course it bothers you, but you gotta be prepared. Bring earplugs, bring music, bring headphones that play music or obviously bring headphones, but have some kind of good music they like to listen to because the noise canceling headphones will just actually make the sound even clearer. But if you're playing music, either have calm music or rock, whatever you want, you can drown it out and fall asleep. You just gotta deal with it. And now my kids rarely ever scream, but once in a great while they do. Of course I feel bad. We try everything we can to do it <affirmative> to get them to stop. And most parents do and you just gotta suck it up. But for a long international flight, that kind of sucks. I try to avoid red eyes because I wanna make sure people can sleep. At least we fly usually during the morning or in the afternoon when my kids will take a nap. And yeah, we try to avoid red eyes as much as possible.

Mikah Sargent (01:33:37):
That's a good tip too. Yeah, avoiding red eyes if you do have kids. But yeah, I think that it's gotta be a back and forth a balance and some understanding. And yes, it could be difficult. But then what about the <laugh>? The one that I kids find somebody who is, I don't know, maybe pre pandemic, someone who is feeling unwell and is doing a lot of coughing and they're just like somewhere near you. Not a huge deal, but the one like

Johnny Jet (01:34:06):

Mikah Sargent (01:34:06):
No, now it is a huge deal, especially yes. But I'm trying to think of all these different situations where they're like, oh, that can kind of fly by. But the one that I know would be very difficult is someone putting their feet up through the seat. <laugh>, you see that song sometimes? Do you just ignore it or you

Johnny Jet (01:34:25):
No, you tickle him with So <laugh> find something on the floor and you just tickle 'em a little bit. But you know, just turn around and say, what the hell are you?

I mean, seriously who raised you? Right. But try and be polite. But I was always a germophobe. So before the pandemic, I always had masks on me. So if my seat mate was coughing or I was under the weather, I'd put a mask on, I would offer it to them. Oh nice. Just, you gotta really do it with kindness <affirmative>. But I've seen people, even today, you see people coughing and sneezing without covering their mouth and you're like, what are you thinking about? Oh, people have lost their minds. Some of them are so rude and they're just oblivious. They just don't care about anyone. And the people who are talking on their phones on FaceTime without earbuds or watching movies or music, it's like, seriously. And this week I wrote a post about a woman painting her nails. They paint their nails on.

Mikah Sargent (01:35:15):
Oh no, there

Johnny Jet (01:35:17):
Was an emergency landing because of the smell was so bad.

Mikah Sargent (01:35:19):
Oh man. Well, Johnny Jet, thank you so much. Johnny Mike and sergeant in for Le Laport, the tech guy. All right, thank you, Johnny. Hey,

Johnny Jet (01:35:39):
Great job.

Mikah Sargent (01:35:40):
Thanks so much. Yeah Wow. I can't imagine someone paint thinking that they can paint their asshole.

Johnny Jet (01:35:45):
It happened multiple times. And you know what, what's what's shocking is I did some research this week. It's not illegal. I always thought it was illegal. So I would just say, Hey, that's illegal. It's extremely flammable. But not these days. All I do is just hit the call button, tell a flight, attend. They just go nuts out on them. Oh,

Mikah Sargent (01:36:00):
Nice. For the

Johnny Jet (01:36:00):
Most part, care of it. 99% of the time they'll be like, Sorry, put that away. Because it makes people nauseous. Yeah.

Mikah Sargent (01:36:09):
It's environment. Oh, I can't imagine. But

Johnny Jet (01:36:11):
You can't can bring it through security, which shocks me.

Mikah Sargent (01:36:14):
That is, Yeah, I didn't know. I figured for sure, like you said, because of how flammable it is that you wouldn't be able to

Johnny Jet (01:36:19):
Ask tsa, you can just ask

Mikah Sargent (01:36:20):
The tsa. There you go. I've got nine types of nail polish I'd like to bring through <laugh>. All right, well thank you John. A appreciate it. Hey, have a great week. You as well. Take care. Bye bye. But the bomb. Oh, that was a good question, Doug M I'll have to ask that next time. What Johnny recommends for or noise canceling on headphones. I mean on headphones. On flights. <laugh>.

Wow, nice. iTech. iTech recommends quite a few noise canceling headphones. Sony XM four or XM five, The Bose QC 40 fives or the AirPods Max or Pro? Oh, I've not tried the anchor ones personally. I've got a pair of Sony noise canceling headphones and then my AirPods Pro second gen. And I really like the AirPods Pro Second gen, if you're looking for something kind of lightweight, but if you want full coverage, then yeah, you'd wanna go Bose or Sony probably. I gotta tell you. Thank you Professor Laura, our musical extraordinaire who's just playing some great music today for me. Mikah Sargent, the tech guy also filling in today for Leo Laport, your tech guy. Again, if you want to call in and ask your tech questions, eighty eight eighty eight ask Leo is the phone number (888) 827-5536. That is how you can ask what you want to know. And I will do my best to answer that question for you. I do wanna mention again that you can head to tech guy where the show notes will be up after the show with links to the stuff we talked about during the show. But with that, I think it is time to head to the foods so we can talk to David in la. Hello David.

Caller 6 (01:38:39):
Hi Mike. How are you

Mikah Sargent (01:38:40):
Doing? I am doing well. How are you today?

Caller 6 (01:38:43):
Good. Well I had a comment on Roku, but I think we've kind of passed by that. So I'm going to morph to your most recent topic. I got two for you. Number one, I've flown to about 70 countries. I'll tell you the country that is the toughest security that I've ever seen in the world. And also the strangest substance I've ever taken through tsa.

Mikah Sargent (01:39:00):
I love all of this.

Caller 6 (01:39:01):
So the strangest substance, I'll start with that. The first time I brought my father's cremated ashes through tsa, I didn't have any letter, I didn't have a document, I didn't have anything. Oh no. So they're, they of course stop you and it's very dense ash and they're like, okay, what is this? They had to call the mortuary.

Mikah Sargent (01:39:21):
Oh my goodness.

Caller 6 (01:39:22):
And verify that my father had been cremated and that I would be transporting his ashes. So that's the strangest stop I've ever had. When I brought my mother's ashes through, I actually got a letter.

Mikah Sargent (01:39:33):
Oh good, good.

Caller 6 (01:39:35):
But that was good. But the toughest security, I've been through all kinds of countries. I went to security on the way departing, they don't care coming in. But on a departure out of Tel Aviv airport, I went to the airport with friends of the security people. They knew the security people and they still talked to us for 20 minutes before we got on the plane.

Mikah Sargent (01:39:57):

Caller 6 (01:39:57):
Minutes flying out of Israel. Flying out of Tel Aviv is the wildest most secure airport service I've ever seen.

Mikah Sargent (01:40:07):
Wow, that that's fascinating. And you said, how many countries have you been to? 80? 70. 70? Holy moley.

Caller 6 (01:40:15):
About 76 November. I haven't made it to Antarctica yet. You gotta Antarctica's tough to get

Mikah Sargent (01:40:21):
To. Oh is, I was wondering, I covered, does it have flights to it through special means or is it mostly boat?

Caller 6 (01:40:28):
I it's either special charter flights or you have to take a steam or you gotta take a ship. Wow. They don't fly there that often. So that's this matter of fact, there's places I've been where they have a six continents club. So if you've been tall, six continents you can join.

Mikah Sargent (01:40:43):
Oh, I see. You work together to get to go.

Caller 6 (01:40:46):
You need to travel a little bit. Nothing expands your perspective like travel. Yeah, I'll just changes your perspective on the

Mikah Sargent (01:40:53):
World. I can only imagine. It is certainly it's next on my list. It's like you get through these other things you gotta do, then it's like, ah, now now's the time. And Leah always comes back with such interesting stories that really make me wanna head out on the road. Now I think it is okay to go back and talk a little bit because you had some stuff about Roku I think, and we were talking about that earlier. I'd love to hear more.

Caller 6 (01:41:20):
Sure. So I'm a huge fan of Roku because the guy was talking about the service that he had. But Roku allows you to search across services right in the device. So I used it all the time. You can say I wanna watch whatever top guns and it'll show you all the services that have it. It'll also show you the ones that are charged versus the ones that are just free, if you remember first, whatever. So I always think that's why Roku has a leg up on everybody else because that's built into the Roku service. So he was talking about integrating with Roku. I'm like, man, I do it on Roku. Interesting. The search on Roku is spectacular. Yeah. Tell you. Cause it connects to all those, right? The Hulu and Netflix and all those guys are connected in through Roku, so they see the schedules and the availability. So I always thought that was a stellar part of Ro. I keep putting to invest, but it's just in the tank right now. So I don't know, maybe a good time to do it.

Mikah Sargent (01:42:16):
Yeah. What is it? Buy low, sell high. But I'll have to look into that then to try and see why real great real good is different or if there's anything different about it. Because in the same way that Roku has that search I was mentioning with the Apple tv, it's a similar thing where you, instead of going into any app just from the main screen, you click the search button and then it searches across a bunch of different things that are integrated. But I have found that on occasion there will be something that doesn't show up in when I use that search feature. And so that's whenever I've gone to IMDB or to Google just to do a search that that's where I think that real good could help. But I wouldn't be surprised if,

Caller 6 (01:42:59):
Well I'm sure there's some gaps, right?

Mikah Sargent (01:43:01):

Caller 6 (01:43:02):
Sure there's some gaps there. But for free, I mean my Roku cost me what, $35? Right? <laugh> plug in a little thumb drive and for that pretty, I take a look at it I get it's pretty decent.

Mikah Sargent (01:43:14):
Well thank you for those very interesting stories and also for that tip about Roku. I appreciate it.

Caller 6 (01:43:21):
Trying to keep it entertaining and join you today Miss Leo. So wait, Leo's out watching Katie Perry.

Mikah Sargent (01:43:27):
Yes. As some people in the chat have said Lisa went to see Katie Perry and Leo went with her <laugh>

Caller 6 (01:43:35):

Mikah Sargent (01:43:36):
I think they're both having a good time. No, I think they're both having a good time. Sure. <laugh>,

Caller 6 (01:43:40):
Right? Sure. Thanks

Mikah Sargent (01:43:41):
Man. Yeah, no problem. Thank you David. All right, let's see. We have, oh, I recognize that name. It's Micah from Maine. Hello Micah.

Caller 6 (01:43:54):
Hey. Hello to my other favorite Micah <laugh>. Talk to you.

Mikah Sargent (01:43:57):
Good to talk to you too. Oh, thank

Caller 6 (01:43:59):
You. Hey, I'm only calling in cuz you were short on calls and I have a question that's relevant to today's your first monologue about the new Apple announcement.

Mikah Sargent (01:44:07):
Oh, beautiful. All right, what you got for me?

Caller 6 (01:44:09):
Well I've been waiting for this time of the year because I have an old iPad air too with 16 gigabytes of Ram that I've been nursing along <laugh> until now and I've been waiting for now to decide what I'm gonna get instead. So I've been trying to decide between a new iPad air with whichever whatever I get is gonna have cellular in it <affirmative> and it would be the 256 gigabyte iPad air or should I go nuts and go for the iPad Pro? And if I do, should I get the M one or the M two? I'm leaning toward the M two cause it just came out <affirmative> how much memory And the real question becomes since the iPad Pro with the M two, it's really the same processor or practically the same machine as a MacBook <affirmative>. Am I ever gonna be able to run Mac software on it? Does it pay for me to go with a big two gigabyte memory and do that and hope that one day they're gonna actually let me run it as a Mac as well.

Mikah Sargent (01:45:06):
All very good questions. So let's start with your iPad air to what applications are you using on it? What do you use this iPad Air to for?

Caller 6 (01:45:16):
I don't really use it as much as I would like because it only has 16 gigabytes of RAM on it <affirmative>. But on my iPhone for example, I do Zoom on it, I use Skype on it. I'm using, I'm on Twitter on it most of the time and I would do a lot more with it. If it had a bigger screen I would probably try to record on it. I would love to be able to travel with it. Well actually I use it when I do a lot of my podcasting and interviews. I'll plug out an ATR 2300 microphone into it and I can record on it and do get wonderful high end wave recordings on it that I can sound perfect. I'd like to be able to do that with the iPad <affirmative>. I'd like to be able to travel with it as a computer if I'm gonna be able to do that.

Mikah Sargent (01:46:00):
So I wanna say first, never hold out, hope that Apple is going to suddenly make the iPad a Mac that it'll kind of work like Mac os. It'll run a bunch of Mac OS apps because for as long as Apple has been doing this, they've kind of tried to hold to the fact that they don't. Ultimately, I think that you would be better you would be off by going with the iPad Pro rather than upgrading to an iPad air right now. And definitely the M two over the M one, but I don't know if you want the biggest, the brightest, the best then that is the way to go. But you may be just fine rocking that iPad Pro M one. I think in any case going the pro route is the better option rather than the standard. But yeah, iPad Pro of some sort would be a good get for you. Mikah Sargent in for Laport, the tech guy more calls after this. Yeah, so you are already on this iPad Air too, able to do Zoom and Skype and Twitter and even record stuff, which is awesome.

Caller 6 (01:47:30):
Apps on it with only 16. But the amount of memory I have others rather a storage space I have on it, I can't do anything on it. I'm reading the New York Times and Skype and I'm overloaded with memory because my storage is pretty filled.

Mikah Sargent (01:47:46):
Yeah, I mean in this case then I think if you were kind of looking for an all inclusive machine that can be that travel machine got, I almost wanna push you to the MacBook Air over the iPad. Of course if you love touch interface and that's important to you then I think you would be happy with either an M one or an M two iPad Pro. They're both fantastic. I've got an M one iPad Pro that is blow away in terms of performance and can Apple's recently upgraded iPad OS to better handle kind of workflows where the memory is more swapable essentially between programs. So programs can better make use of the RAM that's available. And all of that is kind of tailored to that line. But I think that if you're looking for a travel machine that you can do a bunch on, I gotta tell you, I haven't typically say this about computers in particular and I try to be careful about being too googly-eyed about tech in general.

But if I've ever come close to being googly-eyed about something, it is this M two MacBook Air I it so lightweight, I've just got one hand on it. And despite the fact that it's just this lightweight computer, it is so performative. It is so like the battery lasts forever. Whenever I do the tech guy on the weekends, I bring in my MacBook Air, I never have to plug it in while the show's recording or even all throughout the rest of the day as I'm using it. And yeah, iPads are, I think fun and they can a lot. And speaking for the display itself, the display is gorgeous. So if you're doing actual photo editing or video editing on that, then that may be more the way that I would lean you toward. But doing audio stuff, doing podcasting having Zoom and Skype and Twitter and all these on them, I really wanna push you towards towards the Mac over the iPad.

Caller 6 (01:50:07):
But I'm probably, what I'm probably gonna end up do. I prefer working when I'm working on a computer, when I'm doing my writing. And I write for Johnny sometimes too. I've got a number of posts on his site <affirmative>. But I end up doing that from my desktop <affirmative> and I'm probably gonna change that from my Windows computer to when they come out with the M two Mac mini, I'm probably gonna go Mac and get a Mac Mini and do that <affirmative> because I just like to perf. I prefer working in front of a desk. So I'm definitely thinking about an iPad. Okay. It's just a question of which one and I and should I bite the bullet and go the full length and get the two terabytes of storage? If I'm going with the pro that ends up being a lot of money,

Mikah Sargent (01:50:46):
I hesitate to recommend that for an iPad. I, I believe the iPad pro I have is one terabyte and I haven't come anywhere close to that, but that's because I pay for the two terabytes of iCloud storage space and I do all of the syncing magic where Apple will pull things off of the iPad to make room and it does this all automatically in the background. I almost always recommend when Leo and I talk about Mac recommendations, we always say get as much storage as you can afford. But increasingly with iPhones and iPads, you don't need to go all that way with it unless you are specifically trying to do everything local, recording, local this, local that in which case you may run up against storage issues, but I have never come anywhere near the one terabyte that I have. And the only reason to go with the terabyte options over the gigabyte options is because bumping that storage space gets you the more that you don't get if you get one of the smaller ones.

But I think Micah, you don't need two terabytes of storage on the iPad but I would recommend going for the one TB because of the bump and ram that you get through that. And that seems to be an issue for you right now where you're multitasking with this iPad air too and having some issues and running up against the performance there. So yeah, if an iPad is where you want to go it sounds like you deserve a pro model <laugh> and yes, far as storage space, I really don't think you need to have all that space on it. It's fine.

Caller 6 (01:52:28):
Well, that's what I'm gonna do then I'll just I'll gonna wait to see if there are any Christmas specials on Amazon and order it right then. But I'm gonna keep my eye out for the prices and now I know what I'm gonna get.

Mikah Sargent (01:52:38):
Awesome. Well I'm happy to help.

Caller 6 (01:52:41):
And I wanna offer you a recommendation. The last call you had talked about Roku <affirmative> and how Roku offers that search and their interface and their software. And I guess you don't have a Roku device. I would highly recommend you invest in one and give it a try. And I know it's not Apple, but it's really, I think Leo recommended as the best streaming device available. And I've never heard anybody say anything bad about it in terms of its streaming capabilities and the software and how it works. So I'd get their high end unit, which I think it's under a hundred bucks, and give it a try. I think you're gonna end up liking it. Yeah, I really do.

Mikah Sargent (01:53:19):
I will have to do that cuz yeah, I've got Chrome cast and I've got Apples and then I've got the ones that are built in, Technically I have Roku because my TV is a Roku tv but I've never tried one of the Roku streaming devices themselves. So yeah, I'll have to give it a go.

Caller 6 (01:53:35):
Yeah, I have the Chromecast too. And I gotta tell you, I never use it. I don't like Chromecast came from my, Yeah, I can stream anything I want from my iPhone to the Roku and it works really well.

Mikah Sargent (01:53:46):
Yeah well I will definitely take that under advisement and I will have TWI buy me a RO and I'm just kidding. <laugh>. Yeah, I'll check it out. Thank you Mike, I appreciate it.

Caller 6 (01:53:58):
Mike, I thank you for having me on. Have a great day.

Mikah Sargent (01:54:00):
You as well. Bye bye.

Hello and welcome back to the Tech Guy podcast. This is the show where I, Mikah Sargent, I'm filling in for Leo Laport, your typical tech guy. I am here to talk with you about the internet, home theater, televisions, travel technology, and other buzzwords that have things to do with electronics of the future. Thank you so much for joining us to listen to the Tech Guy Radio show. If you have questions for me, well I've got a way for you to get in touch. It's a phone number. It's eighty eight eighty eight. Ask Leo (888) 827-5536. And that is the phone number you use to get in touch and ask your tech questions. We will then try to answer them on air to the best of our ability. We've taken questions about Chromebooks Home Theater we've talked a lot today about Roku and other streaming services and how you can search and find the content you're looking for. It's been a lot of fun so far. So why don't we head to the phones and take a call from I'm, I hope I'm pronouncing this correctly, ICO from Missoula, Montana?

Caller 7 (01:55:33):
Yeah, it's actually ico.

Mikah Sargent (01:55:35):
Ico. Ico. Hello ico.

Caller 7 (01:55:38):

Mikah Sargent (01:55:39):
Welcome to the show. How may I be of assistance?

Caller 7 (01:55:44):
I have son who is trying to find out what the best graphic tablet to purchase because he would like to do drawings on a tablet and he understands that getting a PC that wouldn't be as efficient. But he also is interested in building his own PC down the road, <affirmative>. So he's 15 possibly interested in engineering and wonderful, just kind of filling around with stuff. So we were first trying to figure out what a good crap graphic tablet would be for him to get.

Mikah Sargent (01:56:19):
This is a great question and back when I first went to college, I went to college originally to go into graphic design and before college I was actually doing freelance graphic design. And so I was kind of in that same boat of what should I do, what should I get, what all tools do I need for this? And I bought at the time a WM tablet, W A C O M. And one thing that I wanna say about the WM tablet in particular is that these have staying power. They have lasting power. I bought that thing actually may have been even a Christmas gift at some point back in high school. And for years and years and years afterward, I was still able to use it. And I imagine if I pulled it out today, plugged it in and went and grabbed the drivers, I would still be able to use it with my modern machine.

So if you're looking for especially an investment, then I feel there's no better option than going with the WM tablet. Now there are a bunch of different versions, of course, of the WM tablet. There are ones where you basically just have a plain tablet that sits on your desk and you move the pen, the stylist around on it, and you are looking at a screen in front of you, which of course is making the mouse move and making the cursor move to different places. And then there are the ones where the display is actually built into it. Of course those are far more expensive. Those are quite the investment. And I recommend especially kind of starting out with this, that it would be easier and much more cost effective to go with one of the more budget-friendly versions of the WM tablet. Now the reason, and here's one that's available for $51 from WM for example that I'm seeing on Amazon.

The reason that I sort recommend against any of the kind of third party no name brands is that they are often going to have that issue of the staying power that I'm talking about that come a year from now or two years from now, the company stops supporting it and the computer can no longer use it. And then you've gotta buy a new one anyway versus this tablet, which is going to work for a really long time. Now I, I'm seeing in the chat some different suggestions and it does make me curious. I do wanna clarify. You do mean a drawing tablet like this and not a tablet is in an iPad or a tablet from Samsung or something like that. Correct?

Caller 7 (01:59:04):

Mikah Sargent (01:59:05):
Okay, good. Yeah, I just had that moment of like, oh, could you have meant just an iPad tablet? Good. So yeah, again that's the problem is you go and you look for drawing tablet and I'm seeing so many that come in and even 30 bucks and while it may seem like it's a good bet oftentimes with those, you put the stylist down onto the tablet and the mouse is not in the same place as it is meant to be on the screen that they don't quite work how you would expect them to. But regardless of from $50 up to the very expensive ones if you're going with that brand, I think that you wack em as the brand. I think that your son will be happy with the performance that you can get from that.

Caller 7 (01:59:57):
Is there a particular whack version that on the plane style that you would recommend? Yeah,

Mikah Sargent (02:00:05):
Let me take a look at, cuz the names have changed over time. I know Wacom used to use the term Bamboo for its products and I think that those have changed since the time that I had purchased one. So I'm looking now to see what their sort of nomenclature is and Okay. Yeah, so it looks like you've got the WM one and the WM intuos and that's I N T U O S. So here's your kind of option. You can go with the one by wm which this is, it looks like this is sort of the budget friendly option or the most budget friendly option you can get one for as little as 49 95. I would recommend again if, well it depends, I think if you would have a good idea of whether this seems like it's sort of a dabbling thing or if it's a longer term thing.

And so I would suggest that if you feel like it's a sort of, oh I'm just dipping my toe in, I'm seeing if this is something for me, go with the one by whack line, which is their most expensive model versus the intuos line where if this seems like it's gonna be more than just dabbling, any of those within that line are gonna be good. And ultimately then it comes down to budget get, I would say between small and medium size depending on budget, but large is going to be huge. It's gonna take up a lot of space on the desk. There won't be a lot of room for the keyboard and all that kind of stuff as well. So I think that might be a little bit too much room being taken up, especially for someone who's just kind of trying this out. And I do wanna mention too, thank you to our chat room, the photographer extraordinaire on the network Aunt Pruitt, he recently reviewed one of the one by WM tablets so we'll include a link in the show notes to his review to be able to check that out as well just to see what he had to say about it.

But yeah, I think again, if this is just super dabbling, just checking it out, seeing what it's about, go with the one by wm. If this is more of a potentially a long term thing, I think that the Intuos is gonna be a longer term bet and that actually was the tablet that I got at the time a W tuo and as I said, I'm almost certain I could pull it out right now, plug it into my Mac and just download some new software and it would work just fine. So they can last a really long time if you take good care of them. And that's the one thing about WAC M that I, it's an investment that sticks around for a while.

Caller 7 (02:02:54):
Great. And then my second question is he's been talking about maybe building his own pc, this would be down the road, but I thought since I have you on the line Yeah, I could also ask you about that. Is there something that you recommend

Mikah Sargent (02:03:10):

Caller 7 (02:03:11):
That you would want to be doing coding, possibly making videos and whatever else you'd be planning on doing?

Mikah Sargent (02:03:19):
Yeah, well I do need to take a break but I will answer your question off air on that one. Mikah Sargent in for Leo LaPorte, the tech guy back soon.

Okay, so this is a great question and for this one again we kind of go with understanding of dabbling versus getting more into it and I'm also consulting with folks in the chat our live chat room who regularly are building machines or considering that I would almost recommend and I think not the only person to suggest this that you check out before you get super into building out an entire machine. If you're wanting to do coding, you're wanting to try out building a PC and making it all work together, that a raspberry pie would not be a bad bet because Raspberry Pie computer, it's a small computer but it is very extensible. You can add stuff to it, you can add little modules to it to make it more powerful multiple monitors and also has just sort of a base level operating system the base level software that lets you do a lot of coding as far as building a machine.

This is one of those recommendations where I have to say it can quickly become quite the investment. And so it's almost better to start out with a sort of build it kit where you've got kind of a base model that you put together but you're not building it piece by piece. And then as you know, get more comfortable with having put everything together, connecting all of the cables and the ports and the wires together that you then buy the more expensive components and so you kind of get to upgrade it over time. So it it's as far as brand, I personally do not know have a recommendation for what brand but I'm looking now at some of the sort of PC build IT kits and I think that yeah, again it is almost a good idea that whatever you choose to do in fact New Egg which is a website that has lots of information about building machines and is also a great place to buy tech is it has a whole guide on building your own machine and it has these kits in it.

So we'll include this in the show notes as well. So you can check that out later and pass it along to your son that's at tech guy and New Egg is the name of the website and then that way it can kind of end up being this thing where you're going, oh my, I've gotta do this. But I do need to let you go because we are back from the break. Thank you so much. Hello and welcome back to the Clap, the Tech Guy radio show. This is the show where I Mikah Sargent am filling in for LEO LaPorte and taking your questions live on the air, the tech questions you have that you need answered. I do my best to answer those for you, help you out with the tech stuff <laugh> that you are going, How in the world do I make this work? Why is this not behaving as I expect? What can we do to fix this? And so it is time to head back to the phones this time to Benjamin in Pacific Palisades, California. Hello Benjamin.

Caller 7 (02:07:21):
Hi Micah. Thanks for taking my call. Happy

Mikah Sargent (02:07:24):

Caller 7 (02:07:25):
Okay, yeah, I have a question that maybe's come up before on the program. I have a regular M one Mac computer and when I go to YouTube everything is clear and in sync audio and video. Recently my satellite supplier dish offered me a higher end box and device called the Hopper. And with that I can get YouTube through the Hopper <affirmative> but unfortunately the lip sync is off, the audio is slightly ahead of the video. Is there any fix for that? Now my TV has no sync adjustments and everything else is in sync so I've tried to talk. Interesting And they're not giving me any answers.

Mikah Sargent (02:08:11):
Yeah, this is okay, this is interesting. So the hopper I imagine is kind of a set top box. It's a box that you can play Netflix on, play all sorts of things on, and one of those is YouTube, Correct? So they're like different apps on the hopper?

Caller 7 (02:08:29):
Yes, yes. Okay. They have Prime video and other things like that and it's their basic DVR receiver unit to get all the stations that you subscribe to through them.

Mikah Sargent (02:08:40):
Okay. Now how are you listening to the audio? Is it coming out of your television? Do you have a receiver? How do you do it?

Caller 7 (02:08:49):

Mikah Sargent (02:08:50):
Okay, so it's all just it. Wow. It's just direct through the tv. No problem. And you said other apps on there work just fine.

Caller 7 (02:08:58):
Perfect. Prime TV is fine and they're all based I think on internet access and yet this one is outta sync.

Mikah Sargent (02:09:08):
Interesting. So someone suggested that there could be a frame rate issue <affirmative> that this specific app, if it's YouTube content that's really high quality and so it's able to play back at 60 frames per second that it is not working as it's intended to do. If the YouTube app itself has different options for the frame rate or for changing, say the aspect ratio for switching between different qualities, seven 20 P, 10 80 p all the way up to 4k.

Caller 7 (02:09:43):
Well I never looked at that. That would come up somewhere in the settings I guess on it.

Mikah Sargent (02:09:50):
Yeah, I would imagine that it would be, you'd launch the YouTube app first on the hopper and then within the YouTube app, wherever there's an option to wherever you logged in to be able to get on your YouTube specifically if you did or any sort of settings option, then there is likely someplace where you can change it. And the reason why we're suggesting this is because if you can change it, you can see if by changing it affects the frame rate, which then makes it so that the sync is happening at which point then you'll at least know that there is some sort of bug with this app. Because when you're using the hopper you are relying on the company that makes the different apps to update the app. That's for the hopper, right? When you think about YouTube in the iOS app store or YouTube in the Google Play store Google is paying a lot of attention to those.

They've got huge teams working on those. But then as you start to get into the more obscure areas, you've got smaller and smaller teams working on these different things. And so now you've got a specific YouTube app that is on a set top box that is provided by the cable company. It may be that it's not as as quick to update it and so there could be some sort of bug here which would at least give you some comfort knowing that there's an issue that's causing it. But what maybe the case is by dropping the quality from 10 80 p or whatever it happens to be that could kind of jog it and let it play. And then let's see, another suggestion is to check all of the settings for the hopper itself to see how updates are done and then if you are able to update it there, then you can, you'll be able to do that. But it's funny, the chat room is providing one suggestion over and over again and it's one that I don't like to give because it's not really an answer, but it is. Have you tried just using YouTube on other things and Yeah, of course we can. Oh

Caller 7 (02:12:07):
Of course they're fine. It's fine on my computer, it's fine on my computer. There's no frame rate issue. It's only through this hopper. So is there a setting that would change the frame rate? When you say frame rate, are you talking about going from 10 80 to seven 20 or

Mikah Sargent (02:12:21):
So That on its own does not change the frame rate, but so the reason why I'm suggesting that is because when those videos are uploaded, they're uploaded at the highest quality possible and then YouTube on its end cranks out a bunch of different versions. One that's seven 20 P one, that's 10 80 P one, that's another as high as it can go. And those are all served depending on what you select. And so it's possible that by choosing a lower quality by lower quality in this case, I mean a smaller video seven 20 p, that it might also be at a slower frame rate that it might not be that full 60 p if that's what it is. But again, these are all kind of troubleshooting steps. It's hard to know if that will potentially solve it. It's just something that you can test and then you

Caller 7 (02:13:13):
Go ahead. But ideally, I guess it's responsibility to fix this. I should get one of their techs out here have it documented. Absolutely. They have done something that they have not updated to keep the frame rate and the slip sync accurate.

Mikah Sargent (02:13:28):
Yes. And it sounds like that is going to be, so ultimately it depends on, because there are different ways that this can go. A company like Dish can go to Google and say, Hey, we want to have YouTube as an offering on Dish, right, on our Dish Hopper. And they say, because we wanna do this and we're trying to make this happen, you just give us access to the API and our developers will create the YouTube app for the Dish hopper. That's one way. The other way is that Google might say to Dish, Hey I know you have a set top box and we would really like it if people who get that set top box who get the Hopper are able to watch YouTube videos on there. So our team is going to create a YouTube app that can be downloaded to the hopper and then offer it in your little store, however that works, wherever you go to download it.

And so depending on who it is that is in charge of it, that would be the team that's responsible. But if you contact Dish and say that this is a problem and it's actually a YouTube thing and a Google thing Dish is more likely to be able to get in contact with the people who need to know on Google side. So I recommend yes, taking this option of saying, Hey Dish, here's going wrong and here's what I think it is and what's working and what's not. Then going from there. Thank you for calling in with this and I'll see if anyone else mentions this. Micah, Sergeant Leo LaPorte, the tech guy. Yeah, this is an interesting issue for sure.

Yeah, on its own. I don't think that changing the quality from seven 20 to 10 80 is it's just again, some troubleshooting stuff that needs to happen to try and figure it out. Yeah, I agree Joe, I do think that this is on Google's side but I just want, Dish is obviously going to be working closely with Google and be able to reach the right people and beat Master. That is a good point. YouTube in many of its apps has a Stats for Nerds option. You can see the frame rate. I just don't know where that would be in this specific YouTube on Dish app. So I believe Scooter X and the chat provided a link to Dish's website for the hopper. And so I'm looking at it now and I don't see, Well, yeah, there's a three dots and there's a gear icon, so yeah, might be able to get something.

Yeah, Joe, I think you're right. This is ultimately gonna be something that if now I've forgotten the name if our friend who called in can kind of document this and get it out in front of the right person, then it may be solved. But then you also have that issue that is unfortunately very frustrating where a development team only has so much time and so many resources that they can put to a thing. And so if they can't get an answer or if it's just one person or two people that are experiencing it, it's very far down on the list of being able to be solved. So I hate that. That's why I always want it to be something that we can answer here and solve for the person rather than having to reach out to support and solve it that way. One of these days when I've gotten more than 10 minutes, I'll have to tell everybody the harrowing tale of my ongoing issue with Apple and find my network for my Apple ID is just completely zonked due to some issues with air tags where they deregistered from locally from my device, but they didn't de-register on the server side.

So the serial number that gets registered with your iCloud account that still exists somewhere in the server, but because locally it was removed from my device then the sort of encrypted connection between the air tags and my phone and other things that Key is no longer there <laugh>. And so it basically confuses the find my network and it just spins and spins and spins and spins. So I can't add any new air tags to my iCloud account. I can't remove the ones that I have. And so it's just stuck. And I think it was three hours on the phone with Apple support where we went through a whole bunch of different stuff trying to solve it and I spoke to some engineering people and tried to solve it and it's still not solved. So I can't use any, find my items like air tags or the third party options, like some headphones that have air tag stuff built into them.

Well find my stuff built into them and even find my phone or find my Mac or find my whatever. If I launch the find my app on my phone, it will just spin and spin and spin. You have to select the device's photo on the map in order to see that one specifically and be able to make some changes to it. It won't show up in the list. So yeah, it's been not fun trying to get that solved, but I've been, I have to wait until the next version of iPad OS is finally out so that all of my devices are off betas because if your device is on a beta and you call in and try to get helpless support, they automatically go, Oh, it's because of you're on the beta, that's the problem. And so then you have to call their beta team, which then is a whole nother process. So I'm waiting for I POWs to hit and Mac West Ventura to hit and then all of my devices will be off betas and then it'll be working again. Hopefully. Welcome back to the Tech Guy Radio show. I am Mikah Sargent in Fort Leo Laport. The phone number you could call is eight eight eight eight two seven five five three six eighty eight eighty eight. Ask Leo and Micah and you will be able to ask your question live on air. Up next we're going to have Dick Bartolo, but until then we will head back to the phones for another question. This time from Robert Inre or is it Bre? California? Hello, Robert.

Caller 8 (02:20:41):
Hello, it's Robert in Brea.

Mikah Sargent (02:20:44):
Brea. Brea. Nice. Where is Brea?

Caller 8 (02:20:47):
Yeah it's close to Disneyland.

Mikah Sargent (02:20:50):
Oh, okay. Awesome. Well I hope you are having a <laugh>, a magnificent and magical day.

Caller 8 (02:20:56):
Yes, always

Mikah Sargent (02:20:58):
Good. I'm happy to hear it.

Caller 8 (02:20:59):
Sunny in southern California,

Mikah Sargent (02:21:01):
<laugh>. Indeed. So how can I help you Robert?

Caller 8 (02:21:05):
So I've got an old computer, it's a gigabyte dual processor course core two. Okay. And I've installed Linux Mint on it, nine version 19.2. It's up to date, but it seems like not every time but five or every fifth or eighth time that I booted the system, it's got a slow boot and then the operating system is very slow in responding. So when I reboot it, then everything's back to normal.

Mikah Sargent (02:21:38):
Interesting. And

Caller 8 (02:21:38):
I haven't been able to figure out why it's getting a slow boot.

Mikah Sargent (02:21:41):
So you've got a slow boot and then you reboot it again and then the boot is no longer slow?

Caller 8 (02:21:49):

Mikah Sargent (02:21:50):
Interesting. Okay.

Caller 8 (02:21:52):
The boot is no longer slow and the operating system is running

Mikah Sargent (02:21:55):
Normally. Okay, so me, let's walk through the process. You have the computer off or maybe you have it on and you're using it and then suddenly you recognize that applications are slow to launch and things are not running as you would expect them to. So you restart the machine and when it restarts then the boot is taking forever and then it finally loads you get into the system, but it's still running slow. So you reboot one more time and then it's running quickly.

Caller 8 (02:22:31):
It's close. Close. Okay. It's not that I recognize that the system is running slowly and I reboot and then it's gotta slow boot <affirmative>. It's when I power up the system and boot it for the first time. I recognize that instead of the normal 32nd or 45 second boot time, it's taking two or three minutes to boot.

Mikah Sargent (02:22:50):

Caller 8 (02:22:51):
And then once it's booted, the operating system is slow in response and everything else. And then when I reboot it, then it's got a short boot, it's back to its 32nd boot and everything's running normally again.

Mikah Sargent (02:23:03):
Okay. How old is your hard drive in this machine? Is this the original hard drive that came with it?

Caller 8 (02:23:11):
No, it's rather new. It's a ssd.

Mikah Sargent (02:23:14):
Okay. You've got an ssd. Okay. Yeah, because the chat and I <laugh> were sort some suggestions there were potentially what was going on here is if you've got an old enough hard drive then there you wouldn't believe but old enough hard drive and there is kind of a warmup period. So when it was kind of booting that first time, it was sort of, and then you restarted it and then it was running a little bit faster. They are mentioning that there could be could a bad sector in the SSD that is causing this or that there could be some overheating going on upon rebooting that could help. But here is one suggestion that I think is a good option. So obviously one of the beauties of Linux is being able to run it from different places.

So the suggestion is to install your Linux on a USB key flash strive and run it from that flash drive on the machine and see if there's a slow boot there or if there's not. Because by doing that then we factor out the SSD being an issue. If you're still getting a slow boot, then there's likely something else that is causing the problem as opposed to it being the ssd. If you don't get the slow boot, then you are kind of narrowing it down. It is probably that there's something going on with the SSD and there are many different ways to solve this. One of which is I don't know how many Twitch shows you watch but our friend and pal for security now who has, Steve Gibson has the spin right program. And that could be helpful in SS D sort of checking to see if there's anything going on with the ssd.

So again oftentimes what this show ends up being is providing some troubleshooting steps if it's not as easy as a 1, 2, 3. And this is one of those issues where it's hard to tell exactly what it could be but by narrowing it down you'll get more of an idea. Some folks are suggesting that if you are booting from the flash drive and it is still slow booting that it could be your power supply that is at fault here. And if it isn't the flash drive, then that is where we would look at the SSD and need to check on that. Especially because you've got the latest version of Linux mint running just fine on the machine. And I guess the one other question I'd ask is, how long ago did you start to notice this being an issue?

Caller 8 (02:26:15):
Oh, it's been happening for over a year. It started with next version 19.1 and I've just kind of ignored it. Oh. I'm hoping the future update might fix it, but

Mikah Sargent (02:26:26):
Okay, so you feel like it might be tied to the distro?

Caller 8 (02:26:31):
I think it's tied. Personally, I think it's tied to the distro. It's not a heat up problem with the ssd cuz I know it's a first thing in the morning when I booted up first time in the day. Sometimes it boots up very slow.

Mikah Sargent (02:26:43):
<affirmative>. Well yeah I'm seeing, I went to Linux Mint and it's showing Linux Mint 21 is the latest version,

Caller 8 (02:26:51):
Correct? I have not upgraded to the latest version.

Mikah Sargent (02:26:54):
Okay. Yeah,

Caller 8 (02:26:55):
I'm still on 19 the 19th thread.

Mikah Sargent (02:26:57):
Gotcha. Okay. Well yeah, I think you might try again doing the USB key just to see if that, or even if you've got space to do a partition and trying it that way just to see if the 21 channel is solves the problem versus the 19. That might get you somewhere. But yeah, outside of that if you feel like it's got something to do with the latest version, you know, started to notice it after you upgraded a 19.1 I hesitate to suggest otherwise I run PPOs on my Linux machine. So I don't have a whole lot of experience with Linux Mint myself. But those are the best bets I've got for you are the best suggestions I've got for you regarding how you might solve this slowing issue. But I am sorry you're experiencing that hopefully one of those suggestions will be helpful and maybe that update that you're talking about would kick things back into the gear as you're expecting.

Caller 8 (02:28:02):
Okay, thank you. I really appreciate it.

Mikah Sargent (02:28:05):
I appreciate you calling Robert. Thanks so much.

Caller 8 (02:28:07):
Thank you. Bye.

Mikah Sargent (02:28:10):
All right, thank you Robert. Yeah, this is a tough one because there are so many different <laugh> flavors of Linux and any number of them

Caller 9 (02:28:20):
Could be not properly up updating firmware for your different components or there's some other issue, some memory leak somewhere. Or if it is a hard drive issue itself that is, there's so much that could be going wrong and that is where we ended up having to provide some suggestions for troubleshooting to kick things into back into working shape by finding whatever the problem is. Micah, Sergeant in for Leo LaPorte, the tech guy.

Oh, won't you listen? Oh wait, Too, Too soon. Too soon. <laugh>, welcome back to the Tech Guy Radio show. I am Mikah Sargent subbing in for Leo Laport, the tech guy, and it is time for disco dancing. Dickie d Bartolo. Welcome Dick. Thank you. I'm glad to be here. You're doing a super job. I think that's great. Thank you so much. So you are our gizmo wizard, the one who has all the gizmos gadgets and <laugh>. Yes, yes. And I think you're going to like this. So it's from a pep com event, that's one of those things where about 40 companies get together and they each have a table and they show you something new <affirmative>. And this is their holiday edition of it. So this is a device called Ruckus fx. Ooh, Ruckus. This is a little handheld motion controlled music maker and it has all separate little tracks in it so that you can, And as you move it around, it makes music.

It makes music. If you go one way, it makes a certain music. If you shake it, it makes a different way if you swipe it, if you twist it. So it's kind of like A and runs through a B it. Except this one is just for making music. Exactly. And it has 120 music tracks built into it. And then you alter them by, you are shaking it around and it has the US bbc. And I immediately plugged the charging cable in it and then opened the instruction book, which I rarely do. And it said USBC is not for charging. Oh wow. <laugh>, I unplugged. Okay. Yes sir. So what is it for it so you can record the track as you make it? Oh, so that is SBC out. It has USBC in, if you want to put in some of your own tunes and then alter them by adding beats and shaking it and doing other alterations to the music. And then there's 80 sound effects, including sounds of people passing gas and other <laugh>. The guy says, Well where you put these in? Cause the kids love this kind of stuff. So it has a little built in speaker and so you don't drive everybody crazy. There's a headphone jack.

Mikah Sargent (02:32:00):
Okay, I was gonna ask if had ox out.

Caller 9 (02:32:02):
That's good. Yes, yes. No, absolutely, absolutely. And at the show, the guy was using the Little Ox out for, to hook it up to his speaker. It's 49 99, not on Amazon, but it's on Walmart and their own website Ruckus And it has l e d lights in it and it's a little handheld guy. It

Mikah Sargent (02:32:32):
Is primed for the TikTok market, right

Caller 9 (02:32:35):
Is oh my. Oh my goodness. Yeah. Oh yes. Oh, I as a matter of fact, I think in the press release, I think they have their own YouTube channel and they think they have their own TikTok channel. Yeah,

Mikah Sargent (02:32:49):
You're right. Would not be surprising. Perfect for that. Yeah, cuz you've got the lights going,

Caller 9 (02:32:53):
Oh yes, you have the dancing LEDs, you have the movement. YouTube is not

Mikah Sargent (02:32:57):
Cooperating, cooperating with me, but

Caller 9 (02:32:59):
Oh, it's not. Okay. And it's great because you, you're doing some movement in order to make the music. So there's a little bit of exercise exercise involved in it. So I think kids are gonna love

Mikah Sargent (02:33:12):
This. That is pretty neat. And yeah, it looks like it's super full featured in terms of all the different little buttons you can press, all the little things you can again, you said punch, swipe, twist flick and then that light up part of it. Yeah, that seems like a lot of fun. I could see, again, as you mentioned, it could get annoying, but with that, the headphone jack or the ox out being able to show some dance moves that involve, this is pretty neat.

Caller 9 (02:33:40):
No, absolutely. And it's very funny because I'm one of the drilling down, I found the inventor, actually the guy in the video that I put on my website is the inventor, but early on they had what the little device would look like and then he had a thing about the size of a phone book and he said, This works great. Now all we have to do is get all the works in the phone book to fit in the <laugh>

Mikah Sargent (02:34:09):
Little, a

Caller 9 (02:34:10):
Little tiny thing. And I think it took a couple of years that they did it. Oh

Mikah Sargent (02:34:15):
Goodness. Yeah, they got there in the end.

Caller 9 (02:34:17):

Mikah Sargent (02:34:17):
All right. Well yeah, that one I could see several family members who would have a lot of fun with that. For sure. That's available. You can add to, which is Dick D's website. You'll go to the right side and find the GWiz visits the tech guy. So you can learn about that. But there's also, what the heck is it Contest? Yes. Where you can try to figure out what the heck is going on <laugh>, what the heck this item is. And again, the computer is just not playing a ball with me today, so I can't show it. But if you can correctly guess or incorrectly guess in a way that makes a few people giggle then you may win this. Very important, very special. I'm gonna actually pull this out, the special anniversary issue of Mad with this lovely pull out here. Let's see, how can I, Okay, there we go. This lovely whoop pull out cover here that is wraparound cover. That is just fantastic. Yeah, really like this one that's delightful with the

Caller 9 (02:35:23):
Outfit is celebrating 70 years. 70

Mikah Sargent (02:35:26):
Years. My goodness.

Caller 9 (02:35:28):
And I tweeted it, but in case people didn't see it when Med first came out, Time Magazine reviewed it with I think a seven word review. Mad Comics will be a short-lived satirical pulp.

Mikah Sargent (02:35:45):
Wow. Boy. Yes,

Caller 9 (02:35:49):
I imagine.

Mikah Sargent (02:35:51):
I love that. I love that. You can look back on that and go, You know what, you were wrong, <laugh>. No, Now the computer I think is playing ball so I can at least show you this strange, if it loads this strange item. There we go. You gotta try to figure out what that is. Now the tape on there I assume is covering up a brand, right?

Caller 9 (02:36:10):
That is correct. Okay. That is

Mikah Sargent (02:36:12):
Correct. Yeah. This one is the most perplexing that I think I've seen since I started joining on

Caller 9 (02:36:19):
Saturday Deni. Then my job has been done. Well,

Mikah Sargent (02:36:21):
You have done a great job. And as of note, these are items that are available to purchase like today. It's not just through an old note. No,

Caller 9 (02:36:30):
And it's the whole item. Someone sent me a photo and said, Can you guess what this is? And I said, No, that's great. I could use this as a, what heck is it? What is it? And he said, It's part of a table that holds up the leaf <laugh>. And I said, Well wait a minute. Like a minute. Can't

Mikah Sargent (02:36:48):
Just be the piece. Come on.

Caller 9 (02:36:49):
No, it has to be a whole catch.

Mikah Sargent (02:36:52):
All right, well is the websites to find all of that. And I wanna thank you so much, Dickey D for joining us today to talk about a very interesting, very ruckus giving gadget there. And again, you gotta participate in what the heck is it contest? Let's try to figure out what's going on here and potentially get this wonderful special anniversary issue of mad, which as you pointed out, is available both you know, can get it directly. You can also get it, is it Barnes and Noble?

Caller 9 (02:37:28):
Barnes and Noble is the only mass market distributor.

Mikah Sargent (02:37:32):
And then also,

Caller 9 (02:37:33):
Unless you're a subscriber and comic book stores and

Mikah Sargent (02:37:37):
On Kindle and Comicology. So if you are a long time comic nerd, you'll know about comicology. You can get it there as well. Or on Kindle. Dickie d, thank you so much. We appreciate it. And all of you out there listening, thank you so much for tuning in. I am Micah, Sergeant Leo LaPorte will be back tomorrow for the Sunday episode of The Tech Guy back from Vegas. Thank you for tuning in. Thank you for all the wonderful questions and we'll talk to you next time. Have a great geek week, still have 20 seconds and I will continue saying have a great, great Geek week until I see you next Saturday. And Leo, we'll see you soon. Thanks for tuning in to the Tech Guy Radio Show. Remember those notes, Tech guy

Leo Laporte (02:38:31):
Well that's it for the Tech Guy Show for today. Thank you so much for being here. And don't forget twit, T W I T. It stands for this week at Tech and you'll find, including the podcast for the show. We talk about Windows and Windows Weekly, Macintosh, a Mac Break, weekly iPads, iPhones, Apple Watches on iOS today, Security and Security now, I mean, I can go on and on. And of course the big show every Sunday afternoon this week in tech. You'll find it all at and I'll be back next week with another great tech guy show. Thanks for joining me. We'll see you next time.

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