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Your internet connection, web sites and services.

Facebook Creates Virtual Meeting Place

Episode 1387

Facebook Spaces

Known as Facebook Spaces, this new virtual meeting place/world enables you to use your Oculus Rift to interact with others around the world through your avatar, as if you're in the same room. Leo says it's buggy, but it's a beginning. You can share video or pictures, and add images to your world so it becomes part of the background. It's interesting. Maybe even intriguing. But Leo says you wouldn't want to live there.

Find out more at newsroom.fb.com.

Can I install ChromeOS on an old computer?

Episode 1387

Eric from Hutchinson, KS
Neverware

Eric would like to put ChromeOS on an old PC. Can he do that? Leo says there are some ways to do it, but they really aren't that easy to do. He could install Chromium OS using NeverWare's CloudReady. It won't work on all computers, though, so he should read carefully what computers it supports. Another option is to put Linux on it. Xubuntu or Zubuntu could work.

How can I create a closed site for sharing information?

George from Bell, CA

Episode 1387

George needs to create a central bulletin board that can allow two universities to communicate and share data out of the public eye. Leo says that a website is probably the best way to do it because he can set up authorship and commenting privileges. He could password protect it, too. Websites have superseded BBS because they are a lot easier. Doctor Mom runs a special space for her medical society and they use LinkedIn. They can even make it a closed group.

New Study Finds Social Media Is Making Us Miserable

Episode 1387

Facebook

According to a new study, social media is making us miserable as we compare our lives to those posting online. Leo suggests trying to search the beginning of a phrase in Google, such as "I always," and Google will finish the phrase using search data from other people. You'll immediately find out that everyone else's lives are not as glamorous as they seem on social media.

How should I host my podcast?

Episode 1386

Mark from Costa Mesa, CA
Mic and Pop Filter

Mark wants to do a podcast and his partners say Podomatic is great because it's free. But he's thinking of going with WordPress and their podpress plugin. Leo says that either would work. The difference is that doing it on his site will mean he absorbs the bandwidth costs. Podomatic uses ads inserted into the site to cover bandwidth costs and profit. But they handle the burden of scaling it up if his podcast gets very popular.

How can I get Silverlight for my browser?

Episode 1386

Mike from Murrieta, CA
Microsoft Silverlight

Mike is frustrated because one of the government real estate websites he visits requires Microsoft Silverlight, and they don't support it anymore. Leo says that everyone has moved away from Flash-like players that require a plug-in in favor of HTML 5. But it's not unusual that government hasn't caught up to the new thinking. Leo thinks government should never require proprietary plugins.

Why is my internet buffering so much?

Episode 1385

Mike from Panama City, FL
Eero Routers

Mike is frustrated that his internet access is going through a lot of buffering, especially when he's streaming. Leo says a router needs to control his ethernet connection, not a modem. It's the one assigning IP addresses. Then he can put routers all over the house, but have them set in bridge mode so that they just pass the bandwidth along. Mike should try using different names for his routers, too. That way, he can join the nearest ones directly. Getting a mesh router is also be a good idea. They aren't cheap, but they definitely solve the problem.

Is LifeLock safe?

Episode 1385

Val from Los Angeles, CA
LifeLock

Val is interested in LifeLock and wants to know if it's safe. Is it? Leo says yes. They were a bit over confident in the early days, but they are dedicated to getting in between you and identity thieves by putting fraud alerts on your credit history. But now they can't do that because of lawsuits. So now they own companies that are built to target fraudulent credit activity so that if anything unauthorized occurs, you get wind of it and they can shut it down. They will also help you fix your credit record should you be a victim of credit card fraud.