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Johnny is in France right now and he's got a great rental apartment through a website called Paris Perfect. It's a gorgeous home for less than a hotel stay in Paris. Fully stocked kitchen and great bakery. Johnny doesn't know if he can go back to staying in a Parisian hotel.
Jim runs email for a local school through Gmail and now they're starting to bounce his emails as spam because of his large mailing list. Leo says that just goes with the territory when using a free mail service. They get a bit skittish about mailing lists because of the abuse that comes from spam. Leo says that going with a service like Mail Chimp is a better option. They do a confirmation opt-in/out system so that people are choosing to get the newsletter.
Sam was having issues with his laptop and he clicked on a popup for a place called "Geekatoo" for support. Leo says if it's "computer hand-holding," then it can be beneficial. But Sam will want to be careful clicking on popups and paying for promised support. But from what Leo can tell, Geekatoo seems legit.
Cindy has two email addresses: One for business, and one for personal. Her Apple mail program always confuses business and personal, though. Leo says that most email programs have a setting for delegation, which would allow her to delegate which email she'll want to reply from. She should go into the composing settings of Apple Mail and she'll be able to select which message address she wants to send from. She should also make sure she has outgoing mail servers for both accounts and that's in the "Accounts" section.
Carlos has recently updated to Windows 10, but whenever he plugs his computer into ethernet cable, it disconnects and defaults to Wi-Fi. Leo says that in network settings he can prioritize his connections. So he should just make sure his ethernet connection has a higher priority than his wireless connection. He can also just turn off wireless. Another thing that can cause problems is IPV6 compatibility, so he should turn that off as well.
Mike wants to expand the range of his television by streaming via the internet. Leo says that since Mike wants to play internet radio through his home theater system, the Chromecast Audio would be the best option. He can then browse to the internet radio station (if supported) and then connect to it. Roku has a lot more stations available, but if he has to get a website up to stream with it, then Chromecast is the simplest way to go. If he wants to connect the computer to it, then using Miracast would work.
Chris has been chatting online with his parents for years via iChat. Now it doesn't work. Leo says that Apple killed iChat back in OS 10.7. He'll have to use Messages now, which can be a bit confusing. He may have to upgrade to get it to work. Can he go straight OS X El Capitan? Leo says Chris will need to add the app store first. But if it won't download, it may be that his computer isn't compatible. He should still upgrade as far as he can, though.
Gary has a ton of devices attached to his network, including home automation devices. It's called the "Internet of things," where all those devices are accessible to the Internet. But is it secure? Leo says it's possible that his network can be breached through them, but that's theoretical. It hasn't happened yet. More likely, his router will be overwhelmed by all the connections. So it may be time to upgrade it.
Johnny got a free upgrade on a seat flying the day after Thanksgiving. JJ says that this is a great time to fly because most people are sticking around for a day or two after Thanksgiving. So there's plenty of seats on flights the day after.
Travel News - Marriot bought Starwood hotels, making it the largest hotel chain in the world. Johnny says that Starwood's rewards program is far superior than Marriots and hopefully they won't screw that up.
Travel tip - Clear your browser at check out. Sign out and Sign back in. It'll give you a lower price.
Peter wants to get some internet enabled security cameras. Leo likes the Nest (formerly DropCam). Leo recommends checking out the Wirecutter. They have a great roundup of internet enabled security cameras. They like the Nest Cam and the NetGear Arlo. Axis makes excellent professional grade IP cameras.