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Jeff is having speed issues on the internet with his Linux machine. How can he check for speed? Leo says that Linux has built in utilities just for this purpose. How about something that's cross platform with Windows? Leo says that is a different issue. He can run SpeedTest.net but that will only give him the speed of his internet connection, not his computer.
Ron has an RV and wants to know how to get satellite internet for it. Leo says he can get a disk that fits on his RV, but it's not the greatest and he'll always have to reposition it. Leo says that 4G/LTE is a better option. Every carriers sell MiFi cards that will enable him to connect up to 5 devices to it and have access to the internet.
Another option is the KarmaGo. It's pay as you go and Leo uses it when he travels. It's about $10 a GB. Ron should also check with his carrier.
Adam has a service and repair business and he's looking to replace his invoicing software. Thoughts on alternatives? Leo used to use Freshbooks. He used it for years when he was a freelancer and you can customize the invoices to your needs and even set them up to be recurring.
(Disclaimer: Freshbooks is a sponsor).
Ed got a used computer and wants to know if he can delete his browser's autocomplete stuff. Leo says he can reset his browser and that will wipe out everything in the autocomplete file. Or he can delete them individually by starting to type, go down to it, and delete it.
There is a 'refresh Firefox option.' Ed should go into the help menu and go to troubleshooting information. There will be a button there that will wipe out everything. He can also just delete the profile folders in the firefox directory.
This week's app is Air Mule. Think of it as Uber for package shipping, as travelers use their spare luggage space to shop items. $40 for up to 5 pounds. If you have extra space in your luggage, you can rent it to people needing something shipped. Packages can be delivered internationally within 24-72 hours.
Website: Vaccine.org. Find out where to get a flu shot near you. Usually a local pharmacy.
Paul has a bunch of email accounts and he wants to know how to consolidate them. Leo says GMail can do it by importing accounts. Google will fetch email from his other accounts. He just has to enable it and select "add email account." He can also configure "send mail as" to reply from the same address.
Stan is an author and he uses WordPress for his website. He has it as a forwarding address. Does that affect his search engine results? Leo says not really. the Google crawler follows links. So there's no worry there.
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Mark hears that FreedomPop is a free service for under 500MB. He's thinking of using it with his home alarm system, but it's ethernet hardwired and he's not sure it will work. Any ideas? Leo says a Wi-Fi Ethernet dongle is a cheap and easy way to do it. Leo says to also look at the fine print, as he seems to remember that FreedomPop doesn't work with burglar alarms from legal reasons. Another option is a CDMA cellular radio interface.
Robert has been using Google Adwords and Facebook Ads to contact his clients and find new customers, but it's a very expensive way to do it for a seasonal business. He wants to choose one or the other. Leo says Facebook ads are the better of the two, but he'll need to use it effectively. Facebook knows more about its members than anyone, but he needs an expert who can make the most of that. He'll have to think about his business in a way that leverages these new tools and there are ways to do it.
Joseph wants to know why his Wi-Fi speed is slower than it should be. Leo says it could be a variety of reasons, like distance from the access point, the amount of metal in his home, and the number of devices on the same network and bandwidth. The fastest speeds are received by being hardwired directly into the router.