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Pat has four macs in various locations and wants to know if they will all be synced with iCloud like DropBox does. Leo says yes and no. It will sync, but not via a folder. The key is all the same Macs running the same shared Apple ID. Can she go work on different macs simultaneously? Leo says that could be problematic. To do team operations, a good third party app is GitHub.
George bought a new TIVO Roamio, but he's having trouble streaming. Leo says to try using the TIVO app. Adding MoCA on his router couldn't hurt either.
Katherine has really slow internet of about 1Mbps on Verizon DSL. Leo says that's probably because she's too far away from the central hub. The farther out you are, the slower it gets. What can she do in order to watch Netflix? Leo says to get Netflix, she'll need a consistent 5-6 Mbps for standard definition, and 10-15 Mbps for HD. And that's not even including data caps. What about Satellite internet? Leo says that the best is Exede by Wild Blue, but the drawback is buying expensive equipment, data limits, and a lot of latency. But it should be fast enough.
Johnny Jet joins Leo to review his riverboat cruise down the Danube. Johnny says he likes river cruises because they're flat and slow and you stop in all the best places. Leo liked that when the cruise stopped, it was always down town, so you have access to everything locally.
App of the week - AirGrub. If you're traveling between Boston and San Francisco, you can log onto AirGrub, order and pay for delicious food for pick-up when traveling through airports, rather than deal with over priced airport food.
Garth is having trouble on his browser accessing the internet. It's very slow. Leo says that if he's tried different browsers and different websites, then it sounds like the DNS configuration with his router is screwed up. He can use a third party DNS like OpenDNS, which is free and easy to set up.
The reason why Apple is going to a subscription model as opposed to the iTunes music purchase model turns out to be due to waning sales. More people are listening to streaming music than are buying music and downloading it. So it makes sense that Apple would want to get into that business with a subscription service. It's why they bought Beats. And their $10 a month service is competitive as well.
Aaron has had his Gmail account for 10 years. How can he backup his email to his hard drive? Leo says that any email client can do that via IMAP. Thunderbird by Mozilla is an option because it uses the standard MBX mailbox format so Aaron can access them in plain text.
Leo says the good news is Google is inexpensive for storage. It's free for 15 GB, and it's only $2 a month for 100 GB of storage. Leo likes having his email with Google because then it's all easily searchable from anywhere.
Old Geek has issues with his answering/fax machine. Leo says he can set a fax machine and an answering machine for different rings, but if he has them on one line, he won't be able to tell the difference between a fax or a voice message. Some have a pass-through for a fax and if he doesn't get the tone, it will pass the call to the voicemail machine. If he doesn't have that, then he's out in the cold.
Michael has a home based business and would like to have his search results pop up higher. Will Search Engine Optimzation help? Leo says no -- it's snake oil. And it could cause Google to penalize him by downranking him or removing him from search entirely. SEOs overpromise and under deliver.
Leo recommends following Google's tutorials at google.com/webmaster, and he will learn everything he needs to know to get better search engine results.