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Carlos would like to cut the cord with DirecTV, but he has 2TB of movies on their service. How can he get them? Is NitroTV a good deal? Leo says that NitroTV is an over the top service, and it sounds a bit suspicious. They charge just $20 and you get everything including premium channels? How can that be when HBO charges $15 a month? And they're offering all channels for no extra charge? No way that isn't piracy.
Gary wants to know more about FireFox Send for sending files up to 1GB (or 2.5GB for those with Firefox acct) in size. First of all, it's free! Firefox Send also has a timed delete, so after a set amount of time, the file disappears from the server. Users can also encrypt and send the password to the recipient.
Mike is down in Cabo a lot and he streams using high-speed DSL. He uses a VPN but lately, the ISP has been shutting him down. Leo says that it sounds like the internet companies are getting wise to that. Sometimes users can switch VPNs and get back up and running. Another option is to set up a VPN server at his server in the US, then surf to that with Remote PC.
Johnny Jet is in Temecula for a little family getaway. The SuperBloom is underway in Southern California. Because of all the rain, there are California Poppies all over the mountains. Additionally, this week is the Painted Ladies butterfly migration from Mexico. So taking a drive through Southern California is a beautiful sight to see right now.
Big news in travel - The entire Boeing 737 Max has been taken out of service for a huge software fix.
Mike has AT&T for all his services. But his rate just doubled. So he's looking for an alternative. Leo says to just call them up and tell them he is leaving unless he gets a better deal. Cord cutting is not really cutting the cable if they also provide internet and often they'll raise the rate because he is not using their cable service. In general, he doesn't really save when he adds in Netflix, Hulu, and then gets live TV from a streaming service like YouTubeTV or Sling.
Bill wants to know if there's an app to generate QR Codes. Google has one, but they're discontinuing. Leo says that there are plenty, including bit.ly and ow.ly. Those are really link-shorteners more than QR code generators, but they're both quite good at what they do.
All three of Facebook's major services were down, or partially down, for about 24 hours this week. Facebook says it wasn't an attack, but a misconfiguring of their servers.
Accusing Apple of anti competitive behavior, Spotify's music streaming service says that the company charges a 30% commission for subscriptions through the Apple store, while charging 30% less for their own music service.
Gary wants to know if he can use a Raspberry Pi to host his own web site. Leo says that's a great idea. If he installs an FTP program, how can he get that to talk to his Apache server? Leo says this isn't ideal for a public site because of upload speeds and terms of service with the ISP. But if it's a personal file server that he can access for the web, that's legitimate. He also has to punch holes in his router firewall to get it, and that means to be sure his Pi is secure and up-to-date. Leo also recommends using Secure FTP to keep his system secure, and set port forwarding to Port 80.
Michele is about to launch a startup, and she has a website for it, but she found out that her website has been copied from another company. What can she do? Leo says that unfortunately, that kind of stealing can't really be prevented. She does have intellectual property copyright and it would help to have that expression on the website to spell it out. But the bottom line is it is difficult to prevent. She could write a cease and desist, but it's kinda like "wack a mole." Shut one down, and another pops up. If they're a well-known company, she can shame them or threaten to sue.