Internet and Web

Your internet connection, web sites and services.

Why doesn't technology allow us to vote online?

Von from Santa Clarita, CA

Episode 1267

Von is wondering why technology doesn't allow for us to vote on things over the internet. Leo says that there is a movement to do that, but the first step to get everything online is a huge hurdle. Companies that publish all the laws in paper are suing to prevent it. The larger issue is security and accuracy of the electoral process. Voting machines are notoriously unreliable and easily hacked. Online would be even worse. Check out public.resource.org.

Johnny Jet on Travel

Episode 1267

Johnny Jet

Johnny Jet is preparing to go on a river cruise. River cruising is very slow and casual. Nice and relaxing. You don't have to worry about seasickness, either. The Wi-Fi is great and dining is casual.

New website: Cheap Air. They have a tool called When to Buy Flights. It searches 1.5 billion flights to show when the highs and lows are for buying flights. Johnny says that always analyzing and flexibility is key. Avoid prime time and holidays.

Johnny Jet on Travel

Episode 1265

Johnny Jet

Johnny Jet had to fly sick this week coming back Washington DC. He tried to change his ticket and the airlines said that he'd have to pay nearly $1,000 to rebook. This is why he has an annual flight insurance policy, so that if he has to miss his flight, he'd be covered. It costs him $440 a year and it covers hotels, doctor visits, etc. It's well worth it if you travel a lot. But you need to read the fine print to be sure it gives you a cancel anytime option.

Is a Chromebook good for VPNs?

Bruce from Irvine, CA

Episode 1265

Bruce does a lot of writing and traveling, and he's wondering if a Chromebook is a good option or should he bite the bullet and get a Surface Pro. Leo says that if you don't really need all that functionality, a Surface may be overkill. The Chromebook, by contrast is ideal for what Bruce does. It's secure, You backup your data to the cloud, and it's ideal for VPNs, which is what Bruce needs.

How can I boost my Wi-Fi and 4G reception?

Dave from Carson City, NV

Episode 1264

Dave just bought an RV and he's looking for a booster for Wi-Fi and 4G Internet reception. Leo says truckers use Wi-Fi antennas and many have magnets. As for 4G, Leo says he won't really need one for that. It either works or it doesn't. And in areas of limited reception, the chatroom says that Weboost makes them for $200. It's essentially a 4G repeater.