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Our memory may be negatively impacted by the instant access of information online. The authors pose one simple example: Ask yourself how many countries have flags with only one color. Regardless of the answer, was your first thought about flags? Or were you thinking about where you could find the answer? In the old days, you may have thought about all of the flags that exist and which ones have one color. Now, you may be thinking about your Google search term. This is called "transactive memory" and it's been going on long before the internet.
Tina is a software instructor and her Dell Laptop is dying. So she bought an Asus 10" laptop and now her Asus is being recalled. She's returning that and now she's got no backup laptop to do her job. She's looking for something small that she can use.
Leo says that an ultrabook is ideal for Tina. It's thin and light, and has a decent sized 13" screen. It's also great on battery life. Tina's budget is $500, so Leo advises Lenovo's business class laptops.
Joe wants to put his DirecTV on his boat. DirecTV says they can do it, but he doesn't believe them. Leo thinks that if he's in the harbor and there isn't a lot of movement, then it could be possible. But since boats move up and down according to the tides, Joe will likely lose that satellite connection often. It's not a good idea, especially for internet access.
Chris has a Wi-Fi issue in his house, and he's been told that he can only have three Airports in his home because it would cause problems. Leo says there shouldn't be a limit with WDS if the other Airports are just passing along the data and extending the network. If they're all on the same channel, then the limit will probably be in force since collisions could occur. The trick is to get the channels that are overlapping as far apart as possible, around 100 feet away. This is to reduce Wi-Fi congestion. It can work, but it could be a bit less reliable.
At about 3 am Sunday morning, a 6.0 magnitude earthquake struck Northern California. Leo awoke from his bed and immediately went to Twitter, where he found tons of breaking news. Leo says that if you want to know what has happened, Twitter is the place to go. CNN didn't announce the news of the earthquake until 40 minutes later, while Twitter had the magnitude, epicenter, and other details within a few minutes. Leo says that Twitter is great for breaking news because you get details practically as they happened from people who are witnessing it. It's like the first draft of history.
Karen wants to know how much data she uses on Comcast because she's thinking of switching to cellular data only. Karen can log into her Comcast account online and it should tell her how much data she uses.
Mike is looking for a car video unit that he can install. He's building a small fleet of rental cars and wants to include them as a feature. Leo says there's a lot of places to buy Chinese consumer electronics, like eBay, and they're cheap. But the quality varies considerably and he'll have little recourse if they go bad.
Karen has a MacBook which she runs Windows on, but she then deleted the OS X partition to run it solely on Windows. Leo says it's a legitimate use for a Mac if she prefers Windows because it's essentially a high end Windows PC, at least according to Walt Mossberg. Leo says that there is a Windows version of startup tools for Apple that she can get, which will boot up straight into Windows.
Dennis has a computer that crashes whenever he watches videos. Leo says to check for the latest video drivers. Leo also recommends using Google Chrome because it gets updated to the latest Flash drivers automatically. Dennis could also try closing tabs to reduce the memory footprint. He should also make sure that hardware acceleration is turned off. That can often fix the problem.
Bill is an actor who's best known for his impersonation of Caesar from the Planet of the Apes. He's launched a YouTube channel, has gotten into the Maker Movement, and was hoping Leo would do a netcast on it. Leo says he'd like to, but hasn't gotten around to it.
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