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Portland Gets Google Fiber Internet Service

Episode 1091

Google has wired Portland, OR for gigabit internet and Wi-Fi as part of their Google Fiber high speed broadband initiative. Leo says that this is a good trend as Google is working to not only make faster internet more affordable, but also give customers better access to streaming. It's the exact opposite of ISPs, which are acting as gate keepers buffering streaming traffic unless content providers pay more.

How can I publish my podcast through Wordpress?

Audi from Great Britain

Episode 1091

Audi is into podcasting and he says it's very frustrating to get podcasts on all the available sites. He found a cool plugin called "PowerPress." He says it lets him control cover art and print tags in iTunes. It gives full control over a podcast feed. Leo says it's a great plugin, but it doesn't really work inside WordPress.com. He'll have to run his own, hosted version of Wordpress. But it works great. Another alternative is LibSyn.

Where can I host my podcast?

Raymond from Thousand Oaks, CA

Episode 1090

Raymond's boss wants him to do podcasts for work. Where can he host it? Leo says that LibSyn is great because it's cheap and they don't charge for bandwidth, only the storage for the podcast. At $5 a month, it can't be beat. It'll even submit the podcast to iTunes. Soundcloud is a great free storage option that will support podcasting. But it doesn't have as many features.

How can I adjust sizes of images in my blog?

Ofer from Los Angeles, CA

Episode 1090

Ofer is going to be reviewing websites and wants to link them by a thumbnail. He makes two images and it's just too much work. Leo says that using HTML and adjusting the resolution will work. It loads a full image, but shrinks it down to thumbnail size until they click on it. Very easy.

He can also do batch resizing. Irfanview is a great choice for that. Wordpress or Jumla has the option to do it rather simply as well. But when he inputs the link in HTML, he can specify height and width and it'll appear smaller.

New Hampshire PD Infected with CryptoLocker, Refuses to Pay Ransom

Episode 1090

The police department in a New Hampshire town has been infected with Cryptolocker and the city has refused to pay the tribute to get their data back. This is the opposite reaction from a Massachusetts police department that decided to pay up to get their data. Leo says that if the PD was backing up their data, they wouldn't have to pay up. Clearly, they haven't been. And that's not good.

Why can't I get into my email?

Tom from Yorba Linda, CA

Episode 1089

Tom is having issues getting into his Microsoft email and when he tries to reset the password, it won't help. Leo says it could be that Tom's email has been hacked and the user has taken over the email account. Leo says Tom will have to call Microsoft and have them walk him through regaining access to his mailbox. This is why second factor authentication is vital.

How can I get Outlook to open?

Doug from Upton, CA

Episode 1089

Doug has an Outlook problem. He can't start it, open it, or access any of the data. Leo says that Outlook is a hassle because it puts all it's data into one big furball of a PST file. Often it can get corrupted, and then causes this kind of issue.

Doug could try to locate that PST file, back it up, move it out, and then hold down the ALT key and select "rebuild the index file." Microsoft has a tech note on how to do it.

Johnny Jet

Episode 1089

Johnny Jet is in studio today. Johnny travels to about 20 countries a year and thinks that people should go to a new country every year. Especially to see the UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Macho Pichu, the Great Wall of China, the Pyramids, etc. Those are the most notable from learning world history. What are your favorite travel apps? Johnny just heard about NextBus, which tells you when the next bus is coming where you are. Leo likes Google Maps because you can see it anywhere and the street view is amazing.