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Gary wants a good cross-platform calendar application. Leo says that Google Calendar is best because it uses the open source standard CalDAV. It's cross-platform and he can invite people to specific events, or he can get a link that he can send out to people. That link will then open the calendar in whatever calendar app they use.
Melanie finally got Google to reset her password and now she wants to know how she can prevent having her account hacked in the future. Leo says that the first thing is to have a recovery phone number and a different email for recovery. Then she should turn on 2-factor authentication. Making her password really difficult to crack is a good idea. Leo recommends using a password vault, like LastPass, and have it generate her passwords. Then she only has to remember LastPass's password and it will take care of the rest.
Ed has a Google mesh router system and he wants to be able to get Wi-Fi out in his barn, which is 100' away. Can he get another mesh unit or should he do ethernet? Leo says that if he has a window, then he could put a mesh unit on the windowsill, and another in the window of a barn so they would have line-of-sight connectivity. It's certainly worth a try. Ed could also try powerline networking if the barn and his home are on the same junction. The other option is to use a Wi-Fi antenna.
Jamie wants to know how she can listen to her favorite comedians on her phone while she's driving. She's been playing the YouTube channel but that's eating up her data. Leo says that TuneIn, iHeartRadio, and other streaming audio channels have comedy channels that she can stream.
Stephen wants to get a voice operated home device to make phone calls for his mother in law. Leo says that the Amazon Echo only works with other Echo devices. Google Home Assistant, however, can be linked to his phone and can make phone calls by voice. The chatroom says that Echo Connect will work to make phone calls, especially emergency ones. Leo says that these in-home voice assistants are a game changer, especially for older folks. They're also cheap enough now that he can put them in every room.
Johnny Jet had to cancel his current trip because he's been under the weather.
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Johnny upgraded his Comcast internet bandwidth to gigabit service. But when he went to Fast.com to test it, it was only a 1/3 the promised speed. Is he getting ripped off? Leo says that Wi-Fi can slow down bandwidth a bit due to congestion. He should try hardwiring to his modem with ethernet and see if it speeds up. The age of his computer network card can also slow it down if it's older. He would need a gigabit network card to handle the throughput.
Rick's wife is trying to get around her job's internet restrictions with a VPN. Is there any way to do that? Leo says probably not. They will likely have it locked down to the point where she can't get around it. Leo recommends using her mobile phone in hotspot mode. She should turn off Wi-Fi though because she'll still be under their policies even when she's on her phone using the Wi-Fi. The company has the right to not only prevent her from using her own devices on their network, but also to spy on her. So she should be careful.
Melanie's email account was hacked so she changed her password and set up 2-factor authentication. Now when she logs in, it tells her there's been "too many attempts" and it logs her out. Leo says that there is a Google help chat where she could get it reset. There's also a phone number that she can call. She should check under Google Help.
Walter wants to know if he can install LastPass into his browser to save his passwords online. Leo says there's a LastPass browser plugin that does just that thing. Then he can let LastPass choose his passwords.