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Johnny Jet had to get a last minute ticket to New York when a family member suddenly passed away. So Johnny now suggests keeping some of your miles in a bank just in case you need to fly at the last minute for an emergency. Also, if you want to use your miles for a vacation, plan your vacation at the last minute and fly standby. Often times, that's when you'll get the best deal. What's the best airline for miles? Johnny says it's Alaska Airlines, where you can get one point for one mile flown.
Scott will want to look at the price point vs. the channels he wants. The nice thing about Playstation Vue is that they have live, local programming.
Peter has a non profit and he's looking for a database to keep track of his clientele. Leo says that BatchBook is good. It's $35 a month, and free to try. Other options include Donor Snap and NonProfitEasy. Leo says that there's probably some free solutions as well. Peter should check out NonProfitHub.org for more suggestions.
Eric built a house, but there is no internet connection or cable in his community. So the builder is suggesting buying cellular data as a solution. Leo says that sounds like a lawsuit in the making. Leo says that Eric's only real solution other than cellular is satellite, and although it's getting better, it still has severe bandwidth caps. Leo says logging a complaint with the state Public Utilities Commission could help, but it sounds like it's up to Eric to look for wireless solutions.
Bret says that watching the TWiT Stream on his tablet buffers while his desktop doesn't. Leo says that the tablet is likely not powerful enough and has to buffer. It fills up the memory with frames so he can stay ahead of the stream, and if he's watching a higher resolution stream, that takes up even more room. His PC has larger memory buffers to handle it with no hesitation, but it can buffer as well, depending on the network traffic. Both will also get dropped packets.
Dick is thinking about cutting the cable. Leo says that cutting the cable may be more convenient, but it doesn't really save him money if he's streaming television. He'll end up paying more for his internet access and premium streaming services.
Jim has an Amazon Echo and wants to know how he can find out if a skill is good or not. Are there reviews anywhere? He also wants to know if there's a way to play audio from YouTube. Leo says he could pair his Echo to his phone and play it that way. It can then work as a Bluetooth device. There may not be a YouTube skill yet, though.
Ron is driving an RV around Europe. He wants to be able to upload all his 4K videos to the cloud. Leo says that he can upload them to YouTube or Vimeo. Both support 4K, but he won't have sufficient bandwidth to do that. Leo recommends saving them to an external drive and then shipping them home. Or he can just send thumbdrives, which he can get as large as 256GB now. Shipping them would be the most efficient way to back them up. Uploading, even at an internet cafe, would take forever.
Steven is worried that his Amazon Dot could be hacked since it becomes a Wi-Fi access point during setup. Leo says it only becomes an access point during that setup process, and after that it turns off. This does bring up an interesting issue, however, about how the Dot communicates with the device used for setup. Is that communication encrypted? Leo thinks it probably is, but there's no password required to access the Dot during setup, so we don't really know.
Rob wants to know how he can sign into multiple GMail accounts at once. Leo says that Gmail supports it. He just has to click on his picture and press the "add account" button. Then he'll be signed in and he won't have to sign out of the other account.