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Johnny Jet is in Toronto. This week's travel site is SaferCar.gov, a US Government site for checking if your rental car has any recalls. Input the VIN number and it will tell you if there's any recalls. Then you can advise your rental car agency you want another car because it's illegal to rent a car that's being recalled.
Myrna replaced her motherboard a few months ago and now it's dead. Dell says it's out of warranty (90 days only), so she wants a local repair facility to deal with it. Leo suggests going to Yelp in her area to look at reviews.
John is staying at an extended stay hotel for a few months and is concerned with internet security with the hotel Wi-Fi. Is there a router he can use to protect his data? Leo says that the D-Link AC750 Travel Router can do a good job standing in the way of the public shared network.
Michael updated to Windows 10, and now he doesn't have internet access. He went to Microsoft's website and downloaded it. Leo says he did it that way and a lot of devices didn't get the needed drivers. So Leo thinks that being impatient and updating before Microsoft pushes it is not the way to go. It's much better to upgrade when Microsoft says your copy is ready, and that way you get all the drivers and proper activation.
Diane is getting odd phone calls from her VOiP system at work. And the caller ID has only a few digits. Leo says it could be the provider upstream. But with VOIP, she could also have a security issue. Leo recommends finding a consulting IT guy who can lock down her system.
Clyde heard about the Jeep that got hacked and worries that it could happen to his car since he connects his phone to the car with USB. Leo says that simply connecting the phone to the car stereo isn't sufficient for this. The Jeep hack involved using the car's built-in 3G access. The real flaw is that the entertainment unit of the car and the computer running the car (braking, ignition, etc), are not physically separated. They are connected in many cars through the CamBus, or internal car network.
David has several email addresses from multiple domains and wants to know if he can send emails from a master Gmail account and choose different email account options to send from. Leo says that's called "delegation," and he can find the account option in Gmail settings. He could also just change the 'reply to' in his email client.
Chris wants to get a domain name for a specific country. Leo says that the international organization called ICANN approves registries and country codes for all domains. Leo suggests Google searching for the domain registry for his country code. Any registrar will work if they support registering the country code he wants.
AmericaRegistry.com is a good place to start. But he may run afoul of laws pertaining to that country. Brazil, for instance, requires a Brazilian tax ID to buy a domain with their country code.
Eric has free Wi-Fi in his neighborhood, but his signal is pretty weak. Sadly, he doesn't have access to the router. How can he use an extender to pass the signal along? Leo says that he'd ideally want to boost both transmission and reception, but without access to the router, he can't do that.
Johnny Jet says that mileage runs for traveling is out now, and most people are traveling to maintain their status or reach the next travel status level.
This week's travel website Quest Organizer. You can just put in where you're going and it will tell you where you can get a free layover. They also sort by lower price. Once you decide which one you want to go with, it then searches for flights for that combination.