Internet and Web

Your internet connection, web sites and services.

Can Gamergate be combated?

Louis from Hollywood, CA

Episode 1233

Louis is disappointed that this year at South by Southwest they cancelled discussions about Gamergate. He finds it sad that people are cowards and shrink away from internet bullies and trolls. Leo agrees and says that Gamergate came about because hardcore gamers decided that anyone changing gaming, especially women, were the enemy. As such, they've taken to the Internet to bully them online, mostly through Twitter.

Why is it taking so long to load a web page in Safari?

Michael from Wisconsin

Episode 1232

Michael uses the Safari browser, but it slows to a crawl and the pages time out. Leo says that if he uses a five year old computer, modern sites are going to be a challenge. One thing could be to use a different browser. Michael could download Chrome and see if he has the same problem. If he doesn't, then he'll know the problem is Safari. If the problem persists, then he can look at his connection. Leo also suggests trying an ad blocker to eliminate ads from loading. That'll make it easier. He should also check that Safari is up to date. He may need to update OS X to do that.

Why can't I use Gmail with Windows Live Mail?

Julia from Yorba Linda, CA

Episode 1232

Julia is having problems with Windows Live Mail, which is rejecting her Gmail. Leo says that Julia needs to check her settings to make sure the server settings are properly configured. Make sure that IMAP is enabled in GMail's settings. She could also use POP, but Leo says that IMAP is better. GMail will also give her step by step instructions to set it up as well. Leo recommends turning on two factor authentication. There may be an app specific password she'll need once she turns that on, though.

Why should I pay for a music service when YouTube has it for free?

Dean from Denver, CO

Episode 1231

Dean wonders why people pay for Pandora and Spotify for their music when every song is on YouTube. Leo says that's a good question. YouTube also has it's own music service for $10 a month. It's really convenient. And many also use Apple Music as well. But if it's possible to just make a playlist and watch YouTube, then why not? The only thing is that he'd have to deal with ads.

Starting on Monday, YouTube will launch YouTube Red ad free for $10 a month, and if you already have Google Music, you get it for free.

How can I find out if a domain name is available?

Sonny from Torrance, CA

Episode 1230

Sonny wants to use a domain name and he can't get the one he wants through GoDaddy. Leo says that GoDaddy may have bought it and will then turn around and try and sell it back to him for a higher price. Some believe they watch domain traffic and if he doesn't buy it, they'll snap it up. People don't have to build a website to buy a domain. They just buy them to reserve the domain for a later use. Others, though, cyber squat the domain and then scalp it, which it looks like GoDaddy is doing, and that's not the right thing to do.

How can I have my own custom email address?

Elliot from Boston, MA

Episode 1229

Elliot (aka Mr. Robot) wants to know the best service to get his own domain email. Leo says most domain registrars offer mail forwarding. Leo likes Hover because they'll do it for $5 a year per address. Once he registers his domain, he can setup his Gmail account to handle it all. Here's how to do it, courtesy Doctor Mom -