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In the aftermath of this week's election, people are blaming Facebook for not taking down fake news reports that could have impacted it. Leo says that Facebook can't vet every single post to verify if it's accurate. That's just unrealistic. And according to Facebook, the fake news posts this year was only a very tiny percentage of the posts that were put up. Leo also says that the most important thing we can teach kids today is to develop critical thinking, to verify what they read themselves and not to take things without a grain of salt.
Pam's internet and email is with Cox, but Cox only keeps mail on the server for more than a month and it keeps disappearing. Leo recommends going with Gmail instead. They don't have a time limit and she can have it grab her email from her existing account. It makes it a much better option. Also, Cox is using IMAP for email, and that's why they're taking the email off. She could set her email for POP and it will download all the email to her computer. FastMail is another option.
Paul wants to buy a hotspot. Leo says that the Karma Go is one he uses. He can pay as he goes, or pay monthly if it is to be his primary subscription. It uses Sprint, so he should check the coverage map. T-Mobile, Verizon and AT&T offer similar devices for around $10 a GB. No rollovers.
Julio has an internet enabled refrigerator and he can't get to Google Calendar online with it. Leo wonders if it's one of the first refrigerators. Leo says that Google changed the way the calendar works and Samsung probably hasn't updated the firmware to accommodate that new standard. Since his fridge is out of warranty, they have little incentive to fix the problem. There's a technote about it at productforums.google.com.
Mike recently "cut the cord" and streams only via Roku. Leo says that what's apparent is that cord cutting doesn't really save money. When you consider Netflix, Hulu, HBO Go, and Amazon Prime subscriptions, he's paying just as much, if not more. That's not the reason to cut the cord. The reason is to send a message that he's not going to take it anymore from the cable companies.
Dick says that when using an uninterruptible power supply, she'll need to use an isolation transformer with it. It sits in between the UPS and the computer that cleans the power and evens out any spikes. The trouble is that nobody buys them because they can be expensive.
Sean is interested in locking down his network completely. Leo says that routers with Unified Threat Management are the best. Sophos is a good one. In fact, Sophos firmware can be installed into many routers that support open source.
Rick has had a Yahoo account for most of his digital life. But now his daughter is trying to get him to use Boomarang, and it only works with Gmail. So he's decided to migrate over to Gmail. Leo says that Gmail is a great option, but if he's looking for professional level support, then subscribing to Google Apps may be the solution. The chatroom says that GSuite is an option. It's $4.16 a month per user with support.
Johnny says if you're planning to travel over Thanksgiving, the key is flexibility. Try a day or two before and after Thanksgiving, or if you have to fly on Thanksgiving day, fly in the afternoon. You'll get better deals than in the morning. When you search, don't put in the time of day. You'll get far more choices and better prices that way. Fly from alternate airports, which could be cheaper to fly into. Check out Google Flights first. Then go to the airline directly. Johnny Jet also has his own search tool.
In this election season, Leo says that touch screen voting machines are simply a bad idea. Technology can be a great thing, but not everything needs to be high tech. Voting machines need to be highly secure, must be constantly calibrated, and are ripe for hacking. Just because we can do it, doesn't mean we should, and voting machines are a great example of that. By keeping paper ballots, there's also a paper trail, so it's harder for someone to falsify them.