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This week's gadget is the BiOrb Halo aquarium. It's got 16 color LEDs and remote control and you don't have to clean it. To maintain your BiOrb Halo 15 MCR, all you do is simply replace the filter cartridge every four weeks and change a third of the water. For safety and peace of mind, the lights and pump are low voltage and are backed by a 12 month guarantee. The aquarium itself is made from acrylic, which is ten times stronger than glass.
Tyler does a lot of social media through YouTube and Twitch and he's been hit by a DDoS attack. Leo says that those attacks are easy and are usually done by a troll who has an axe to grind. But they can't go after Twitch, so he's attacking his personal IP address. Leo says to call the ISP and request a new address. Running through a VPN will prevent it since it's an encrypted tunnel and they can't see the IP.
Bob will stream Leo's show and then after going to another show, he'll go back to TWiT and it gets really quiet. Leo says that UStream may be changing the level. There's no standard, so the basic volume can change from Leo's site to UStream. Leo says he'll check the streams in studio to see how it's going out.
Bruce wants to know if his friend's website should be using a VPN for secure web access. Leo says that he can, but the first thing web sites should be doing is running a secure site with https. Amazon uses an extended SSL certificate which has a green bar so that it's even more secure for eCommerce. Using a VPN like HotSpot VPN or Tunnel Bear can give him a secure and ecrypted tunnel to a server.
Johnny Jet just got back home but there's insane deals out right now to Switzerland and Japan that's making him want to take off again.
Matt has a friend who uses Yahoo exclusively and his account has been compromised. Leo says bounce backs happen to all of us. It's called spam scatter. Spammers don't use their return address -- they spoof it with someone else's address. He just got his email selected by the spammer and there's nothing he can do about it. The good news is that sooner or later, they'll move on to a different address.
Johnny Jet just flew in from the East Coast and now he's starting to slow down his travel time since his wife is about to have a baby. Johnny says that if you want to fly first class or business class, do it early. Check out FirstClassFlyer.com. For tips on how to get great deals on flying first class. It costs about $100 a year for the newsletter, but if you can book a first class flight for less, it could pay for itself the first ticket you book.
Bernardo got the Triple Play bundle from Time Warner using the Internet, but he has to send them information from time to time via fax. Leo says that's because of them needing his signature. Leo does a rubber stamp JPG onto a PDF file and sends it to them.
Nick's uncle has a bunch of certifications and wants to map out what people make all over the country to figure out what he's worth. Leo says that using Google Maps API can do that without having to buy any mapping data. It will require knowing Java to do it. Google has training at developers.google.com/maps.
Avatar is having trouble getting his pictures from his iTunes backup. Leo says that iTunes is a really old program now and Apple really needs to completely rewrite it. There is a backup icon that will enable him to back it up. On a Mac, iTunes will backup everything. On Windows, it backs the images up to "My Pictures" when connecting the phone. Avatar will need a photos app to do what he wants iTunes to do.