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Jonathan has three iMacs and he's looking for a backup solution for all of them. He uses SuperDuper for one. Leo says that one choice is an external hard drive for each, but that wouldn't do off site backup. That's why Leo recommends using a centralized Network Attached Storage (NAS) and backup to that. Synology is a good option.
Pete is trying to decide between Amazon Echo or Google Home. Leo says he'd definitely pick the Echo. The Echo Dot, a smaller and less expensive version of the Echo, is designed to connect into a speaker system. It's also only $50. It's way ahead of Google Home with hundreds of tasks and recipes that enable Echo to do a variety of things. Google Home is way too new, but chances are, it'll get smarter quicker. Pete could connect the Echo Dot to a speaker and he'll have a stereo. It's amazing.
Walter has three iPads and using Speedtest, two are always slower than the third. Leo recommends using DSLReports.com. It runs through the browser and it will give him a better result. Why the iPads are different with speed tests is anyone's guess. It could be age of the iPad, consistency of the test, etc.
Lee has a 2007 Mac Mini, but he is thinking of getting a tablet. He doesn't want an iPad, as he prefers Android. Leo says the NVidia Shield K1 is a good one for gaming and is very fast. Samsung's Galaxy tablets are good options, as is Google, but Google hasn't made a new tablet in awhile. The Google Pixel C is good, though.
Leo says that Facebook is learning about how to deal with fake news, but it's by no means the only portal that has to deal with it. There are plenty of news websites that fall for it as well. But while people are caught up in fake news, they are missing real news, like Apple being able to turn over the content of your iCloud account to authorities with a simple request. But nobody reports on that.
James has heard about the Dark Web. What is it? Leo says the "Dark Web" is part of the internet that isn't available to search engines. It's websites that can't be picked up. This includes Tor websites that don't allow for identity on the net. Originally it was used by universities to protect academic and research information. Now it's become a bit more nefarious with use for criminal activities via Tor. How can the Dark Web be accessed? By knowing the web address of the location that is hidden.
Russ is having trouble buying things online. The site he's using won't take his payments. Leo says that's likely due to the browser Russ is using that doesn't support the current SSL encryption standards. Leo recommends using another browser like Chrome. Since Russ is using Vista, Chrome doesn't support it either. It may be time to get a new computer if he wants to shop online.
Lanny wants to be able to record webinars he's watching online. How can he do that? Leo says a screen recorder is the best bet. Windows 10 has a screen recorder built in called the Screen Recording Utility. It's designed for recording gaming, but it should work for webinars as well. The chatroom suggests OBS Studio, the Open Broadcaster Software. It comes with a built in editing utility as well.
Website of the day: Flight Aware. This site will tell you how often a flight is on time and how long the trip actually is. Johnny says to stay away from regional jets during the holidays. They have different rules, and Johnny says they aren't as safe as major carriers. Even flying out of regional or smaller airports, you can usually get a flight on a major carrier.