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Sam's internet connection is costing him $100 a month. Why is it so expensive?! Leo says that Sam didn't realize that they set him up with a super fast, high cost internet plan. He should contact Time Warner and tell them he wants to cut it back, because Sam is overpaying! He should tell them he wants to cut the cost in half. It shouldn't cost more than $50 with cable.
John wants to secure his wireless network, and is wondering if he should set it up with MAC addresses. Leo says MAC addresses don't really do anything. He recommends setting up the router with WPA2 (NOT WEP) encryption and give it a good password with alpha and numeric digits. He should also set the SSID for something that is easy to remember (Leo uses dead rock stars).
Johnny Jet is back, live from the Michael Jordan Invitational Celebrity Golf Tournament in Vegas as part of MGM Resorts M Life Rewards program, where you can cash in your MLife points for experiences. This week, Johnny has a great pair of sites to save money. The first is FlyerTalk, a travel forum where you can find deals. Check out the Mileage Run Deals in forums.
Steven went to China and while he was there, he posted his travels to Facebook and Twitter by first posting to Posterous. Sadly, Twitter bought Posterous and shut it down at the end of the month. They offered a transfer utility to back it up, but it didn't really work all that well for Steven. Leo says that's a cautionary tale about free services. One day they're here, the next they get purchased and shut down.
Todd is a blogger who writes about Theater lighting and he uses Google docs to share links to his research data. As he gets more and more links, he'd like a better, more efficient way to share these links. Delicous, perhaps?
Brad has been getting slammed with spam and the bill for his ISP got lost in the pile of junk. So his service has been disconnected and his email account scrubbed. Leo says that there's no legal requirement to keep personal data, so it's likely they just deleted everything and moved on. It could be worth pursuing though. They may have a backup somewhere and if he's willing to pay up his bill, it may not have been long enough for them to completely wipe his data.
Barney wants to open the rolodex file he has saved in his old Seiko Smart Label Printer on his Google Nexus 7. Leo says to use the software that the file printer comes with and export it to a standard file format, like comma separated values (CSV). Once he has that file, he can then import them into Google Contacts. Leo also says to go into Google contacts and edit the imported contacts. Then, once done, it'll automatically sync to the Nexus 7.
Michael is frustrated because he has been blocked by Yahoo for sending a lot of email to his friends. Leo says that this is because he reached the daily sending limit. This is a policy to prevent spammers from using Yahoo. Yahoo's Help has more about daily sending limits here: http://help.yahoo.com/kb/index?page=content&y=PROD_MAIL_ML&locale=en_US&id=SLN3353.