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Al recently signed up for satellite internet because he lives in a rural area. DSL was an option, but it was very limited. He has to be very conscious of data use. Is there a way to keep track of how much data he uses? Leo says that Windows 10 keeps track of data used, and his cell phone will give him an idea as well. His ISP may have a way to do it, and may even send him an email warning when he's approaching his bandwidth cap. Personally, the best way to do it is through the router. Many routers keep track of this information in the menu settings.
Penny is going on a cruise to Alaska soon and needs to keep in daily contact with her business. Will she have issues? Leo says it depends on which cruise line she's going on. Royal Caribbean has decent internet, but most of them don't. It'll be really slow because it's by satellite, and it will also be expensive. With over 1,000 people wanting to stay in touch, it'll slow to a crawl unless she logs on in the middle of the night when everyone else is asleep.
According to a new study, the more outrageous fake news tweets you see on Twitter, the more likely it will be retweeted, while actual news only gets retweeted about 1/4 of the time. Leo says that this is driving many to give up the social media app altogether. And those who have stayed, Leo says it works as an outrage engine to rage at the machine.
With Ready Player One set to come out later this year, Leo says there are a ton of virtual reality exhibitions at the annual South by Southwest Interactive Festival this week in Austin. Leo also saw a mockup WestWorld outside of Austin. Tickets sold out in minutes.
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Photo: 2017 SXSW Conference & Festivals | Photo by Samantha Burkardt
Lately, Leo has been taking advantage of MOOCs, or Massive Open Online Courses. These are college and university courses that are available online for free. There are a lot of ways to do this — iTunes U is a great way to find free courses on the Mac or iOS device. MIT has its CourseWare, and there are even courses provided by Yale and Harvard. There are also commercial MOOCs like Udacity and Kahn Academy. A lot of high school students looking for help on difficult subjects like Calculus and Physics can go to YouTube and watch Kahn Academy videos.
Tom can't open anything on his Chrome browser, especially in Gmail. Leo says that Chrome can do this from time to time. He should try resetting his browser. He'll find it in the settings menu. That will clear out the cache. This article at support.google.com will show him how.
Tyson wants to know if using a torrent is a good way to send files across the country. Leo says it is, but he'll want to use a standard called BitTorrent Sync. Resilio Sync is the app to use. Then he can drop the files into the folder, send him the torrent link, and it will sync both computers automatically.
Nichole is having problems getting a clear Wi-Fi signal in the back of her home. Leo says that's largely due to congestion. Everything from a mobile phone to a tablet, to even a microwave are using that 2.4 Ghz band, and so there's a lot of congestion. One way to fix that is to get a dual-band router. The 5.0 GHz band is a lot less congested, but it doesn't have as good of a range. So she can use it for some of her traffic, and use the longer range signal for the back of the house. Or she could use a mesh router.
Website of the week - Heal. $99 to see a doctor who will actually come to you. Johnny has used it four times and has been very impressed with the doctors who come.
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Debbie is having problems opening the Microsoft Edge browser. It opens fine on her husband's account, but not hers. Leo says that browsers are vulnerable to that and if there's an improperly cached file, it won't open. A bad extension could also cause it. Resetting her browser may fix it, and she can do that from settings.