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Clinton is a cable installer and he uses Squarespace to for his website. But he wants to know about search engine optimization (SEO). Leo says that there's a lot of "snake oil" out there from SEO gurus, and in some cases, it results in the pages getting delisted by Google.
Jennifer would like to record video from her Nintendo 3DS and post it on YouTube. Leo says she can get a 3DS capture board which can then route the video signal to her PC to record, edit and upload. This requires an original 3DS to work though, so be aware of that.
Johnny's tip of the week is to search for a single fare first if you're looking for multiple fares. If you search for four tickets, you'll pay a higher rate. So search for one, and then when checking out, change it to the number of tickets you need. You won't pay more. Or if there's a limited number, buy the cheaper fares first, and then go with the other fares for the number of fares you have left. That way you'll at least save some money.
The hacking of Sony's servers have revealed even more embarrassing details about how the studio conducts business, including backbiting and name calling of director and star Angelina Jolie, as well as Sony Pictures Chairman Amy Pascal getting into hot water for racist comments about President Obama.
Johnny stops by, and recommends checking out the Pager app. It provides for a doctor making housecalls. $49 first visit. $199 for second. Only in New York right now, but the plan is to roll out nationwide.
Mirthgirl would like to log into her Mac remotely. Leo says she can do it by going into Settings, then into Sharing, and she'll see several settings including File Sharing, Remote Management, etc. She should also go into the iCloud control panel and turn on "Back to my Mac." Apple has a tech note on how to do this here.
Diane wants to be able to save her email messages from Yahoo Mail locally to her computer as a form of backup. Leo suggests using an email client, and he recommends Mozilla Thunderbird. This program stores email in a very standard mbx, or mailbox format, that other programs can also understand. That way, if Thunderbird were to go away, Diane would be able to easily be able to still look at her messages with any text reader.
Eric has an iPad and wants to be able to print wirelessly with his printer. But AirPrint doesn't work on it. Leo says that probably means his printer doesn't support AirPrint technology. There's more than one way to add support for this, though. Before AirPrint, there were apps that could do it. They were kind of kludgy, sending the file to the app and then to the printer.
Bob wants to know when Netflix is going to replace Silverlight. Leo says that Microsoft dropped support for Silverlight a long time ago, and Netflix is slowly starting to change to HTML5, but it's not fast enough for most of us. Bob says that Silverlight goes away from time to time and it's frustrating. It has happened on the Mac. But for Windows, I.E. 11 uses HTML5. Since Bob uses XP Pro, he can't even use that. He's stuck at IE8. Leo says it's really time to get a new computer. The Chrome browser may be an option.
Michele is contemplating getting a Blackberry because she thought it had the best encryption. Leo says that every smartphone can be encrypted. But the traffic coming out of the smartphone is another issue.
Encryption on the Blackberry runs through Blackberry's own servers. But even email can't really be encrypted unless she shares that encryption with the recipient.