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Joe uses Internet Explorer 11 for his surfing because of work, and he's having issues when trying to download an image. He gets tabs that popup when he hovers over the pictures. What is that? Leo says that's likely because of an extension and Leo recommends resetting his browser, which will remove all extensions.
The chatroom says that Internet Explorer has a display accelerator button on the selection menu that could be causing it. Leo advises going into Internet Options, then the Advanced tab. Then he should look at the browsing extensions and uncheck the ones he doesn't want.
Tom got AT&T fiber internet in his house. His speed test is slower than he'd like at 400 Mbps. Leo says that if he's doing WiFi over GB ethernet, he should get 400 Mbps. So that's about right. He should also try using multiple speed test sites to get a more accurate depiction of how fast his broadband really is.
Cindy wants to know if the Echo can work as an intercom all around the house. Leo says it can, but the Echo Dot requires external speakers, while the Echo has its own speaker. There's also the Echo Show, which also has video. She heard that it can make phone calls. Leo says it doesn't make phone calls, but it can make Echo to Echo calls to anyone in her network. If she wants to make phone calls, then Google Home is the way to go. It uses Google Voice.
Jennifer is retired and doesn't want to pay for cable, so she has an antenna. She wants a few cable channels, though. Leo says she may be able to stream those channels online through her internet access. Leo recommends streaming from the cable channel website, or use a streaming box like the Roku Express. It's cheap. She should also check out tvfool.com for how to point her antenna to get the most channels.
Website of the week - driveshare.com. If you want to drive a classic hot rod, or a car you've always wanted, check out DriveShare. You can even find a show car like one you saw on TV. You can even list your car for rent. So it's kinda like Air BnB for cars.
Another great site - Smokey Mountains Fall Foliage Prediction Map
Myrna got locked out of Facebook when she had to reset her account due to malware. Leo says that's Facebook's latest technique for protecting the social network against malware. But like all antivirus utilities, there sometimes can be false positives that can trigger the lockdown. Myrna even ran her own scan with ESET. Leo says that's why he doesn't like antivirus software.
Michael wants to know if the internet is just one computer talking to another, why do we need to pay ISPs for the privilege? Leo says because someone has to build the roads between them. So he's essentially paying the toll. But our internet freedom is at stake as Net Neutrality is under threat. Service providers want to charge both ways and they want to prioritize traffic. Net Neutrality is the idea that bits are bits and it shouldn't be that way.
Gregory has an RV and wants to know if he should get satellite for it that will give him faster WiFi. Leo says he could, but it would cost him a lot of money and would be a hassle to re-position the dish often. The future is in LTE, and it's also more affordable. Often times it's faster than home internet as well. He can get a WiFi device and he will then have access to over five different devices. Leo recommends Google Fi because it has three different ISPs on the same device and switches to the one that is better. And he can pay as he goes with it.
Travel Tip of the week - Follow the top chefs in the country and see where they're dining. Create a Twitter list of them. Then, when you are going to a city where there's a popular chef, you can see where they're going to eat. Then go to that restaurant for a great dining experience. Thanks to the chatroom, here's a great list of the 100 top chefs.
Bob and his wife are going on an around the world cruise for six months and they want to write a daily blog of their adventure. The problem he has is that it's difficult to upload video and photos for the blog. Leo says that will be the issue when using cruise line internet. It's very slow since it uses satellite. It's also not cheap. But many cruise lines are moving towards a service called VOOM, which is as fast as a home broadband connection. What Leo does is upload to Google Photos before he goes to bed.