Your internet connection, web sites and services.
Internet and Web
This week's website .... Award Hacker. It let's you figure out how to use frequent flyer miles, and what programs work best.
This week's app ... Memrise. How to learn a language while you're playing a game. iOS and Android. Learn five new words a day.
Travel Tip of the week - If there's a weather issue like a snowstorm or volcano, and you can't get through to your airline call center, jump on skype and call the international number. You'll likely be put right through.
Jimmy wants to know if the Fix Me Stick can remove viruses from his computer. Leo says don't get since it won't provide you with anything additional that you can already download from the internet. The most important thing to look for in antivirus software is the frequency of updates. You can also make your own "fix me stick". Antivirus software gives you a false sense of security. Windows existing security software is adequate and updated often. It's best to practice safe computing. Don't click on links and don't take candy from strangers. Be smart online.
Greg wants to know if he can use a Chromebook to record and edit audio recordings. Leo says that newer ChromeBooks support the use of Android apps from the Play Store and that would give you access to audio recording apps. There's also multiple cloud-based audio editors where you save in the cloud and edit through the Chrome browser. Here's good list here. Soundcloud. Twisted Wave.
Marcello has noticed since Spectrum bought TIme Warner, he has trouble connecting to the internet. They disconnected his router and it works, though. What happened? Leo says that when Spectrum took over, they probably enabled the router side of his modem and that put it in conflict with his router.
Brad says every time he tries to upload his photos to Google Photos, his Wi-Fi fails. Leo says that turning his Wi-Fi off and on could help as it renews the "lease" on the router with a new IP address. Something inside the Mac's network settings could be messed up, and renewing the lease can fix it.
It could also mean that the computer has lost contact with the router. He should reset his AirPort and update the firmware. That chatroom says it may be Google Photos that's causing the issue as well.
George wants to know if he can use copyrighted images on his podcast if he is doing so just to make comments. Leo says that there is something called "Fair Use," which is rather fuzzily mentioned in the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. It doesn't prevent anyone from suing him, but he can use Fair Use as a defense, if he presents it right. They may sue him if they believe it diminishes the value of the image, though. He won't go to jail or anything, but if he loses, it will cost him. It depends on if he wants to defend himself legally. It's always better to ask permission.
Anne Marie and her husband have an internet TV channel called The Holy Spirit Broadcasting Network. Leo says it's great that they're harnessing the distribution power of the internet to reach the world. That's the democratization of the internet: it makes content available to anyone and everyone. Anne Marie wants to know if she should have a Roku app made so that people can stream to their TV. Leo says she'll have to be careful with who she has write the app.
Fly from the US to Ireland on Norwegian Airlines for $65 one way from New York. That doesn't include bag fees though. If you can travel lightly, it can be a great deal, just make sure to read the fare rules. The devil is in the details.
Website of the week - The Earth Awaits. If you want to live overseas, this will tell you where you can live according to your budget.
Chris doesn't like the Mac Mail app, and PGP tends to screw things up. Leo has been making PGP keys since 2005, but when he made them, he didn't keep track of the revocation password or get a revocation certificate so he can't revoke old keys. It's always best to use the most recent key. The way to verify that encrypted email with Leo works is by going to his website at leolaporte.com and checking the PGP link, which is his most current key. PGP doesn't work with the updated macOS Sierra Mail app, though.
Dave has an old school iPod that he loves to use every day. Leo says that what killed the iPod is music streaming. It's the HBO model and everyone likes having access to more music, even on a monthly basis. It's really a commodity now. It's not so much a work of art anymore -- it's a service. But Dave can't access the service with an old school iPod. He'd need an iPod Touch for that, or use his mobile phone.