Business

Anything from starting a business to working in a corporate environment.

Should I get the extended warranty on the 2013 car I buy because of it being more computerized?

Victoria from Santa Ana, CA

Episode 913

Leo thinks this extended warranty is just an upsell. He doesn't generally recommend extended warranties on personal electronics. It's basically insurance, and it is a profit center for the company selling it. Ultimately, the decision is up to her on whether or not she thinks she'd benefit from this.

Why wasn't the Screen Savers a viable TV program? (Part 1)

Steve from North Hollywood, CA

Episode 910

Steve wants to know why TechTV didn't make it in a gadget obsessed society, especially the Screen Savers. G4 has decided to abandon technology programming altogether and is going for eyeballs with what they call "GQ programming." The reason is economics. A cable channel like TechTV lost $100 million a year. Leo is doing the same thing eight years later, he has a larger (but more narrow) audience, and is profitable because his costs are lower.

I'm a business owner with 9 employees. Should I move to Microsoft Exchange for email?

Mike from Hermosa Beach, CA

Episode 909

Exchange is Microsoft's mail server, but it's not the only one. Leo's company uses Google and GMail. It supports IMAP, and it can be used as an Exchange server. It's likely cheaper to use, and Google Apps for business is the whole package. Especially since Mike is using Google docs already.

Ford Sync and Sirius

Gabriel from Yorba Linda, CA

Episode 868

Gabriel has a Ford with Ford Sync and Sirius. But he can’t listen to Leo. Leo says that XM doesn’t want Clear Channel stations on Sirius. Leo also says that’s OK because Clear Channel has iHeart Radio and it works great with the new Ford Sync. That’s the way to go and it won’t cost you to listen.