Viewer Question Extravaganza

  • S07E30
  • April 22, 2014

The viewer questions have been coming in at full force, so we've bumped our features back and dedicated an entire show to your viewer questions. Topics ranging from VirtualBox to making Facebook not burn your retinas at night.

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We used one of the Logitech C920 webcams for our main camera this week to see if we could get good picture without the flicker.

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  • {play 7:58}Viewer Question: You mentioned on the show about using a DSLR with a 300mm lens to shoot live video in a church, and I'd like to do that. How could I set this up at my church?
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  • {play 13:01}Viewer Question: I've been using Windows 7 for a while and I enjoy using it. I've been running some of my old programs on XP though. Is it safe for me to run Windows XP in a virtual machine so I can continue running these programs?
  • {play 16:45}Viewer Question: How can I setup my web browser to use the Blackify plugin on all sites for late-night viewing?
    1. Install the Stylish add-on for Firefox ( or Chrome/Chromium (
    2. Install the Blackify plugin for Stylish from
  • {play 21:17}Viewer Question: I love your desktop widgets! What are they and how can I get them?
  • {play 24:07}Viewer Question: I used to have a dedicated computer for online banking, but it is on Windows XP. If I move over to Linux, how can I make sure I'm safe for online banking?
    • Understanding secure certificates and how they help you identify the web site you are visiting, and protect your data via encryption.
    • Watching out for phishing scammers who create domains or sites that look like the site you are trying to visit (eg.,, with a 1 (one) instead of an l (L) in "royal").
    • Making sure you're entering domain names in the correct place in your browser. Check out Episode 281 where we discussed this topic further.
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    • The iconic all-in-one personal computer ‘Amstrad CPC 464′ turns 30 this month.
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  • {play 38:48}Viewer Question: I'm a Windows user switching to Linux. I work with 3D modeling with tools such as ZBrush and 3ds Max. I'd like to switch to Linux, but am curious; if I create a virtual machine, will it run my 3D software okay?
  • {play 47:24}Viewer Question: I downloaded Linux Mint and am running it from the Live CD to test it. It seems sluggish. Is my 3 year old laptop too old? Should I be using a 64-bit distro since my processor supports that?
  • {play 51:32}Viewer Comment: I absolutely love your show after finding you on Roku.
  • {play 52:13}Viewer Question: I have only one issue with Point Linux: I have been unable to figure out the root password. How can I figure this out?
  • {play 56:09}Viewer Comment: I found your show on Roku and really enjoy it. I got a laugh out of your "Important Introduction". Looking forward to hearing your take on tech.
  • {play 57:48}Viewer Question: When you did the build for a wedding photo booth, I was unable to find the links. Where can I find this?
    • Check out the show notes page for Episode 286 from Season 6.
  • Host: Robbie Ferguson
  • Co-Host: Hillary Rumball

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