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Johnny Jet on Travel

Episode 1303

Johnny Jet

What does Johnny Jet use for a mobile phone while traveling? Johnny says that T-Mobile is his phone service of choice because he gets free international text messaging, 2G/EDGE Data, plus this summer free 4G data in Europe. Leo says that's because T-Mobile is #3, so they're trying harder to get and keep your business.

How can I improve my Wi-Fi coverage?

Episode 1302

Fred from Upland, CA
Plume Wi-Fi

Fred gets really bad bandwidth with Wi-Fi. Leo says that's a common problem and three companies, including Plume, have started up to address it. Leo says that Eero is currently the only one that has a device out to solve the issue. It costs about $500 for three extenders that he would place all around his home, creating a mesh Wi-Fi network. Luma is a little less expensive, though.

Can I make a living on YouTube?

Ranjith from India

Episode 1301

Ranjith uses Elementary OS, a new flavor of Linux. He also does a YouTube channel on technology, but he's noticing that YouTube doesn't pay well at all. Leo agrees. It's really a pittance and it strikes to the core of what Leo says about the tradeoffs of free bandwidth and access vs. making a living. How can he monetize his content beyond YouTube's adsense? Leo says YouTube is more of a promotional vehicle. To really make money, he'll need to have a consistent view rate of over a million views, and not many can do that.

Why can't Google Maps accurately read my location?

Jim from Simi Valley, CA

Episode 1301

Jim says that every time he does a search on Google Maps, it always comes up with a location in Richardson, TX. Leo says that's probably a regional default when Google Maps can't find what he wants it to find. It may also be that Google Maps thinks that's where he is. Google can sometimes use IP addresses to figure out where you are so it can do a search for locations near you. An IP address can also be read as part of the ISP's headquarters, though. AT&T HQ is in Dallas/Richardson, so that is likely why it's showing up that way. There's not much Jim can do about that.