Internet and Web

Your internet connection, web sites and services.

Is GoFundMe good for raising money?

Kevin from Los Angeles, CA

Episode 1306

Kevin is going to be studying film abroad for his senior year in college. He needs to raise funds to travel to Great Britain for school. He's thinking of starting a GoFundMe campaign and using crowdfunding to do it. Leo says why not? Surely there are people who would chip in to get Kevin there. He shouldn't expect strangers to chip in, but friends and family, and maybe friends of friends would do it. GoFundMe will take a piece of the pie though, so he should factor that in on his goal.

What's the best device for streaming to my TV?

Episode 1306

Stana from Green Bay, WI
Roku 4

Stana cut the cord and is going to watch TV by streaming online from now on. There's a few cable channels she wants, though. What's her best option? Leo says she could get some channels over the air by putting up an antenna if she's in the right location. Some channels offer services through stand alone apps, but she'll have to pay for them. HBO, for instance, has HBO Now, which she can subscribe to on the Apple TV and Roku. If she's already a cable subscriber, then she can use HBO Go, which enables her to watch it on cable and online. It's a bit confusing.

Is email taking up too much space on my iPhone?

Episode 1305

JB from Placerville, CA
Apple iPhone 6s

JB has an iPhone and he wants to erase all the email from GMail. How can he do it all at once? Leo says that the mail is stored on the Gmail server, and not on his phone. So he doesn't have to worry about emails filling up his phone storage. It's just a window to the server and when he taps on it to read it, that's when the email gets downloaded. One thing JB can do is go into Settings > General > Storage and iCloud Usage > Manage Storage and then look at how much space each app is taking up.

What's an affordable and reliable web host?

Mark from Honolulu, HI

Episode 1305

Mark is looking for a new web host now that his hosting fees have tripled. Leo says that Mark got an introductory offer and then when that expired, he started to get charged the regular rate. Fortunately for Mark, he uses Wordpress on his site and he can just move it. The cost isn't really that bad so he could just pay the $12 a month hosting charge, or he could shop around. SquareSpace is a sponsor and Leo says that they provide excellent service and has the ability to scale as he gets more popular.

Johnny Jet on Travel

Episode 1305

Johnny Jet

Johnny says that the US has banned all Turkish Airlines traffic into the US because on top of the attempted coup, passengers have been able to board without being screened. Johnny says that if you're left stranded, you can try and have your ticket reissued through one of Turkish Airlines' partner airlines. Absent that, you'll eventually get a refund on your ticket, so you can buy another ticket with a discount airline to get you out of Turkey. Or you can take a boat to Greece, or even a train. The best thing to do if you're trapped in Turkey is to lay low.

How much bandwidth do I need to stream Apple TV?

Episode 1304

Newt from Aliso Viejo, California
Apple TV

Newt is getting a new Apple TV from his son, who says it doesn't work for him. Leo says it should if he has internet. Newt says that their internet just isn't good enough to handle video streaming. He's also using up all his data. Leo says that doesn't have anything to do with Apple TV, it's just lousy internet. It's capped internet at that.

Why doesn't the color of links change after I click on them?

Mark from Los Angeles, CA

Episode 1304

Mark is finding that links aren't changing color anymore. Leo says that with the advent of CSS, links have stopped changing colors and just remain the same color, unless specified in the style sheet settings. One option could be to use the accessibility settings in Chrome to make that change. Google search will change link colors. A feature could be turned off in his browser. He may want to try resetting it. The chatroom says that when you're in incognito mode, the color won't change.

Why is my DSL so spotty?

Episode 1304

Frank from Pacifica, CA
Eero

Frank was sold on the notion that DSL was always on, but he's had cases where it get drops out quite often. Leo says that by comparison to dial up, DSL is always on. The drop outs are possibly due to being too far away form the central hub, as the farther away, the worse it gets. It could also be a signal that his router is starting to fail.

How can I get started in social media?

Steven from San Diego, CA

Episode 1303

Steven has created a new tooth brush that fights bad breath. However, he's been told he needs to get on social media. But he's scared about hiring someone to do his social media. Leo says don't! Do it yourself! And since his wife did an amazing job on his website (check out NeutralizerPlus.com) she can easily navigate the waters of social media. Go with Facebook and Twitter, and maybe Snapchat for the younger crowd. That's it. Also have a YouTube channel.