Audience Questions

Audience QuestionsHour 1

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Watch Sean from Orlando, FL Comments

Sean made the mistake of transferring his domain name in the middle of a Kickstarter campaign. Now he is struggling with time outs. Leo says that Sean needs to talk to the domain registrar. But it takes time moving nameservers from one host to another. He might have to contact the original host and get them to release the domain name so the other host can pick it up. If he's hosting the site at home, then he'll have to run a domain server. This is the main reason why he shouldn't host the site at home.

Leo advises Hover.com. They'll also do domain forwarding. But even if everyone is cooperating, it could take awhile. It's not really a good idea to make changes in the middle of something.

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Watch Margie from Esplante, UT Comments

Margie has an iPad 2 with iOS 8.1. Now she's finding that she can't get Yahoo Mail. Leo says that there's an issue with iOS that corrupts the name of Yahoo Email. One way to fix that is to remove the account, and then add it back with the full email address.

Another option is to bypass the use of Apple Mail and use Yahoo's own app. She should also update to iOS 8.2.

Watch John from Biddeford, ME Comments

John was a Time Warner Cable customer for nearly 15 years and he discovered that they were copy protecting everything that he was recording with his DVD recorder. Leo says that this is why Time Warner Cable and Comcast shouldn't be allowed to merge. Time Warner has a monopoly on TV in John's area, and an effective monopoly on the Internet.

Leo says if he has the option of going with another provider, he should. The more options, the better the competition, the less likely silliness like this happens. But they don't want competition and Leo says that it's likely that a competitor won't really appear since they lobby local cities to allow for only phone and cable monopolies. Their argument is that they lay all the cable and that's expensive. But Leo's not buyin' it.

Audience QuestionsHour 2

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Watch Susie from West Covina, CA Comments

Susie was at Burger King, using their Wi-Fi and she started to get pop up ads. Leo says that Burger King is offering free Wi-Fi and they're paying for it by intercepting customer traffic and inserting ads. And that's troubling. Lenovo did something similar on their consumer computers with Superfish. The good news is, they aren't modifying the computer, they're just modifying the traffic. The good news is, there's probably a McDonalds or a Starbucks just down the street that aren't doing this. Choice solves problems like this.

Watch Steve from Winfield, WV Comments

Steve is worried he's being spied upon online. He gets a popup on his 4G data connection that says "network may be monitored by a third party." Leo says that's exactly what Superfish has been doing. Certificates get issued by various browser authorities like Google. If he doesn't like it, then he should try another browser.

Often though, the most common cause of expired certificates is a dying battery that keeps track of computer time. It will cause the certificate to appear out of date. With Android KitKat, Google does something called "Certificate pinning," which creates an unnecessary warning message. As long as he's on a secure network, he should be fine. Check out this article - http://geektaco.blogspot.com/2013/11/android-kitkat-network-may-be-monitored.html

Steve is also interested in RaspberryPI computers. Leo says to check out KnowHow on the TWiT Network. They do a lot of stuff on Raspberry Pi.

Audience QuestionsHour 3

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Watch Martin from Mesa, AZ Comments

Martin has a book on Amazon Kindle and wants to know how he can generate more traffic to it. Is there software that does that? Leo says that Google would let him buy search terms, or "adwords." He also should have an affiliate link for his book on his website. But he should beware as a self publisher of being lured in by SEO firms. Leo doesn't like SEO firms because they make snake oil claims about putting you number one in the search results. He should ask himself if he's never used what they are offering, would anyone else?

Most people just use Google or Bing, and most just type in the Google search field. That should tell him something. Leo recommends checking out Guy Kawasaki's book - APE: The Book., and also How to Sell Books By The Truckload by Penny Sansevieri

Find Martin's book on Amazon here.

Watch Anthony from Depot Bay, OR Comments

Anthony wants to know if someone can track his email address to where he lives. Leo says no. It can list the servers it's been through, but not the physical location. If the server was in his house, then maybe. But if he's not running his own mail server, then he's OK. Unless he's broken the law and the authorities can find him through his internet address.

Watch Virginia from Monterey Park, CA Comments

Virginia needs a computer just for email and some internet. Leo recommends an iPad for that. But if she needs a keyboard and larger screen, then Leo recommends a Chromebook. These are ideal because they are very simple and secure. Acer's 15" Chromebook is just $349, and that's a great deal.

Watch Kenny from Temple,TX Comments

Kenny wants to know how to clone a hard drive. Leo says that usually when buying a new hard drive, it comes with a utility that will clone all the data and put it onto the new drive. That's much better than any third party utility. What's a good drive to buy? Leo recommends Western Digital, but they're pretty much the same now. There's not much to differentiate them anymore.

Watch Hank from Santa Ana, CA Comments

Hank always gets unsolicited emails and he suspects that when those emails are opened, they send a confirmation of it being read. So he disconnects before reading to prevent that from happening. Leo says he never opens spam because he wants to discourage the practice. Spammers often put beacons in messages, which are actually links to invisible image files that are 1 pixel in size. Those images are actually on their servers, so when a message is opened and the image is loaded, it hits their servers. Another way to do prevent senders from getting that information is to turn off HTML in email.

Watch Jonathan from Riverside, CA Comments

Jonathan is a gamer and he just discovered how much more powerful a PC is for gaming than consoles like the PS4 or XBox One. Leo says it's true. PCs can have more powerful processors in both CPU and graphics. There are better screens, and keyboards and mice are more accurate. If Jonathan is a hardcore gamer, PC is the way to go.

What about for $1500? Should he get a desktop or laptop? Leo says that laptops will cost him more for less because they're mobile. There are heat issues, too. Leo recommends getting a good tower, and for $1500, he can really load it up. He could go with AlienWare, but there are lesser known companies that make great machines for less including MainGear, Falcon Northwest, Doghouse Systems, and IBuyPower. Jonathan should check out TomsGuide.com. They have an article on best gaming PC for 2015.

What about servers? Leo recommends Steam and Blizzard. They're the best and most popular. He can also get into MMORPGs. We're just on the verge for great virtual reality experiences via gaming.

Watch Mark from Corona, CA Comments

Mark wants to convert his old video tapes. Leo says if he has a few, then he'd recommend a service like ScanCafe. But if he wants to do this himself, he will need both a capture device and a playback device. For the capture device, Hauppauge makes a great variety of capture devices. They also have capture devices for game play.