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Microsoft Sues Feds Over Rampant Encroachment to Privacy

Episode 1279

Microsoft campus

Saying that the federal government has demanded personal data of their customers over 2500 times this year, Microsoft has sued the federal government demanding that the court rule on how the company must provide the information. According to the complaint, Microsoft is not allowed to tell their customers of the action, nor is there any expiration on the demands, effectively tying up the company forever. Microsoft is asking the court to rule and provide a level of transparency, and to act as a hedge against an overreaching government.

Why does my router drop the internet all the time?

Episode 1278

William from Capistrano Beach, CA
Apple Airport Extreme

William has an Airport Extreme router that disconnects 3-4 times a day. Leo says that's not unusual with routers. They're basically just a dumb computer that sometimes crashes. So he'll have to unplug and reboot it. If it continues after that, it indicates that the router is starting to fail and he'll need to replace it. He can also try rebooting his modem.

How can I get into my Verizon Yahoo account?

Bob from Apple Valley, CA

Episode 1277

Bob has Verizon and they recently migrated his email from Yahoo to AOL and they didn't bring over any of the email or the data. And Yahoo won't let him reset his password. Leo says that it's apparently the case that his email had been disabled. The irony is that Verizon may buy Yahoo, and if they do, they'll probably move him back. Bob may also try going directly to Yahoo Mail and logging in that way. He could also try account.yahoo.com and see if he can log in that way.

Johnny Jet on Travel

Episode 1277

Johnny Jet

Johnny Jet says that airlines have been charging too much for multi city trips. He suggests paying for one way tickets to and from, because you'll save a bunch. At least price it out that way. Some cities are cheaper to fly round trip, so the message is to try different ways before you buy. Check Google Flights because they make it super easy to check different ways to book your flight.

Usage of Ad Blockers Are on the Rise

Episode 1277

Use of ad blockers is on the rise, lending many who rely on browser ads to complain. And it raises the question ... who owns your browser and the media that comes to you? Leo says he understands while viewers want to avoid ads they don't care about while surfing, but as someone who makes a living by providing ad supported content, he is also understanding on of the impact of blocking the ads, it costs him money. It's a fine line to tow. Should users be allowed to block ads? Some believe they shouldn't.

Google's April Fool's Joke Backfired

Episode 1275

Google had two April Fool's jokes this year, one being the introduction of Google Cardboard Plastic, which is a VR headset to experience real life. It's simply clear plastic that you'd wear on your face just to see the real world through it.

The other April Fool's joke actually altered the way Gmail behaves, and it had some disastrous results. It was called "Gmail Mic Drop," and it replaced the "Send & Archive" button with "Send and Mic Drop." This inserted a goofy animated GIF of a Minion doing a mic drop.

Why is my internet access slow while streaming?

Alan from West Los Angeles, CA

Episode 1275

Alan is having more trouble streaming video. Is his computer too old? Leo says probably not. The processor is fine. Should he clean up his computer then? Leo says that's always a good idea. Do a local backup, and then format the hard drive and reinstall Windows from a known good source. Then update it. The computer will be fresh as the day he bought it.

It could also be that his internet speed is lagging. Alan should go to SpeedTest.net and he can find out how fast his internet access is.

Why does Linux kill my internet access?

Larry from Sherman Oaks, CA

Episode 1275

Larry's Debian Linux computer kills his UVerse internet connection. He can't even stream with the network. The problem is, he's blind and he can't troubleshoot it with his screen reader. Leo suggests trying a non graphical output version of MRTG. W3M also supports Javascript browsing. Leo suspects a host name error. The challenge is that running Linux means he's supporting himself, and the Linux community is smaller than Mac or Windows. A good Sys Admin may be able to figure it out. Leo suggests getting a logfile and putting it on the forum to ask them if they see what's going on.