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How can I mirror to my TV with my Note 2?

Eric from Torrance, CA

Episode 1097

Eric mirrors his Samsung Galaxy Note 2 to his HDTV via NetGear. But if he roots it, it won't work. Are there any alternatives to the NetGear? Scott says that's a black art, but he could mirror to his laptop and then HDMI. The chatroom says that the laptop has to be running Chrome for that to happen. The chatroom also says the Google Chromecast won't mirror just yet. Eric could connect it via an MHL cable and then run it that way. Scott says that's "so 20th century." But there is a way and it also fits in his pocket, so as long as the TV has HDMI, he's good to go.

How can I digitize old MiniDV video tapes?

Libby from Claremont, CA

Episode 1096

Libby has some miniDV tapes that she wants to make digital copies of. She wants to know the best method for doing this, and what format she should use. Leo says that miniDVs are already digital. So that saves a step. Since the service Libby took them to made DVDs, she can rip them and get MPEG2 files. Leo uses HandBrake and VLC Media Client, which work together to rip DVDs. Leo says to just rip it. Don't reencode it.

How can I use email in Outlook 2000 on Comcast?

John from San Diego, CA

Episode 1096

John's friend uses Outlook and when he moved, Outlook can't find his email server. Leo says that it's likely that Comcast altered settings that prevents him from seeing it. Outlook doesn't support the standard port 25 SMTP port. So he'll have to use the secure SSL ports. He can enable that in settings, and then he should select port 465 or 993. Comcast blocks port 25. Here's a technote on how to use his email client from Comcast.

Where can I get free Wi-Fi?

Dave from Riverside, CA

Episode 1096

Dave says that Riverside is ending their free Wi-Fi service tomorrow after complaints that some people couldn't use it. AT&T, who set it up, pulled out a few years ago and Riverside may have decided it was too costly to operate on their own. Leo says that's a shame because Riverside was one of the first communities to give it a try. It's not likely that more communities will be able to join in, as most ISPs have lobbied legislatures to outlaw free Wi-Fi service so ISPs can charge more.

How can I offer GPS tracking of pets?

Episode 1096

Glenda from Orange County, CA
Glympse

Glenda is a dog walker and she wants a GPS tracker that her clients can access so they can see where their dogs are. Leo says that's a nice idea. Most smartphones can do it, and there's a great app called Glympse she can use. It's on Android and iOS she can share her location in real time on Google Maps. Waze also has GPS tracking.

Garmin also has GPS trackers for dogs that she can place on dog collars.

What can be done about the FCC's new net neutrality rules?

Dave from Los Banos, CA

Episode 1096

Dave is concerned with Net Neutrality and the deadline looming to comment about the new rules the FCC is trying to put in place. He thinks the government should regulate the big three providers so the little guy won't get lost or swallowed up. Leo says they can't do that because of equal protection laws. The issue is that ISPs shouldn't be able to block content until that content pays for access to the customer. But the courts have thrown out the FCC rules anyway and have come up with new rules, which Leo says has some good and bad aspects.

Facebook Manipulates 700,000 User News Feeds for Psychology Experiment

Episode 1096

Happy or Sad

Facebook admitted this week that back in January 2012 it conducted a psychology experiment that involved manipulating user feeds to see what people would post or share. The experiment was to see whether more negative or positive content in a news feed would have an impact on that user's future posts. Leo says it's probably legal since they are a private company and we've given them permission to toy with our feeds. But how does it make everyone feel to know that Facebook manipulates users for their own ends?