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Frankie is moving to a rural area and would like to have an alternative that's similar to FIOS. Leo says that rural areas are hard because there's not enough in population to justify laying down broadband cable. So that leaves Satellite and 4G. Satellite has the downside of being expensive and that there's a lot of latency. It's also slow and subject to weather. The chatroom also recommends Wireless Internet Service Providers (WISPs). Exceed is the best satellite Internet provider.
Brad says that getting an inverter in the truck, and then plug in a regular Epson printer and you can print via WiFi. All you need to do is turn on the hotspot or just add wifi and you can't print directly. What about scanning via WiFi? Leo says that scanning to Evernote is a great option and you can do it through your phone. In fact, there's a huge amount of apps on the iPhone that you can use your camera as a scanner and then upload it in PDF format. JotNot Scanner Pro is one.
Garrett has a site where he helps people via youtube videos. He has a personal youtube account and a dedicated youtube account. Is there a way to have one parent account and manage the other channels from that? Leo says you can have sub-channels on one youtube account, but the negative is some people want to subscribe to individual channels. So having separate accounts in the best way to do that. But for what Garrett is doing, it's sufficient to have one account with different sub-channels on that. You can also cross promote your other channels as well.
Randy would like a program for Outlook that would enable him to "white list" email addresses so he can avoid spam. Leo says that White Listing is where you approve email addresses and the rest get bounced out or quarantined. Leo says that's an effective way to avoid getting spam, but if someone wants to contact you that you haven't heard from but need to, you're out of luck. And spam filters are so effective now, that white listing is really not necessary now. Leo says using GMail, you get collective spam filtering which as really caused SPAM to drop to nearly nothing.
Johnny Jet is going to a conference in Tennessee in a few weeks and is going to have to hop through a few cities, and he's not really thrilled with that. So he discovered that if he added an extra flight back to LA, he ended up with a cheaper flight. He's thinks it's because he added a Saturday night stay and he didn't return from where he originated. He not only pays less, but he gets more frequent flyer miles. So, if you're traveling multi-city, always check if the price will drop if you close the triangle.
Don's email isn't getting to the recipient. Leo says they could be gleaned out by spam filters. Internet service providers may use a "black hole" service to block mail from spam senders and Don could've been put on a black list. So Don needs to research this to find out if he's been placed on a blacklist. Some go so far as to block all webmail from places like Yahoo.
Roberto wants to raise money for a project and he wants to know how to make a Kickstarter campaign successful. Leo says that Kickstarter needs to accept him and if he already has an established business, they won't allow him in. He also needs to give great thought into reward levels. He'll have to create a video that has a prototype product too, not just a rendering.
Here's Roberto's Throwboy Kickstarter site.
Leo's guests are Anthony Evans and Kyle Taylor, who are talking about bio tech and glow in the dark plants. They've raised nearly $125,000 on Kickstarter to try and fund creating home plants that glow in the dark. The idea is to take genomes from bacteria and then put them into another organism via another bacteria.
Email marketing is a challenge because one man's treasure is another man's spam. So it's important to be very careful. Leo says that having people "double opt-in" is the best policy because it gives users twice the options to ask for newsletter updates.
Vincent has a service area business, noticed a significant drop in business, and discovered that it was a problem with Google. Apparently, when Google activated Google+ and migrated data from Google Maps, a lot of these businesses had been deleted. Unfortunately, he has found that Google is apologetic but doesn't seem to have a solution. Now his business doesn't show up in Google Places anymore. This is a big issue because Leo says if a business isn't showing up in Google, it pretty much doesn't exist online.