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How can I create a mailing list without being listed as spam?

Jim from Fullerton, CA

Episode 1243

Jim runs email for a local school through Gmail and now they're starting to bounce his emails as spam because of his large mailing list. Leo says that just goes with the territory when using a free mail service. They get a bit skittish about mailing lists because of the abuse that comes from spam. Leo says that going with a service like Mail Chimp is a better option. They do a confirmation opt-in/out system so that people are choosing to get the newsletter.

How can I change my email "From" address in Apple Mail?

Cindy from Mission Viejo, CA

Episode 1242

Cindy has two email addresses: One for business, and one for personal. Her Apple mail program always confuses business and personal, though. Leo says that most email programs have a setting for delegation, which would allow her to delegate which email she'll want to reply from. She should go into the composing settings of Apple Mail and she'll be able to select which message address she wants to send from. She should also make sure she has outgoing mail servers for both accounts and that's in the "Accounts" section.

How can I connect to the internet with ethernet rather than wireless?

Carlos from San Jacinto, TX

Episode 1242

Carlos has recently updated to Windows 10, but whenever he plugs his computer into ethernet cable, it disconnects and defaults to Wi-Fi. Leo says that in network settings he can prioritize his connections. So he should just make sure his ethernet connection has a higher priority than his wireless connection. He can also just turn off wireless. Another thing that can cause problems is IPV6 compatibility, so he should turn that off as well.

How can I stream audio through my TV?

Episode 1242

Mike from Fontana, CA
Chromecast Audio

Mike wants to expand the range of his television by streaming via the internet. Leo says that since Mike wants to play internet radio through his home theater system, the Chromecast Audio would be the best option. He can then browse to the internet radio station (if supported) and then connect to it. Roku has a lot more stations available, but if he has to get a website up to stream with it, then Chromecast is the simplest way to go. If he wants to connect the computer to it, then using Miracast would work.

Why can't I use iChat anymore?

Chris from Los Angeles, CA

Episode 1241

Chris has been chatting online with his parents for years via iChat. Now it doesn't work. Leo says that Apple killed iChat back in OS 10.7. He'll have to use Messages now, which can be a bit confusing. He may have to upgrade to get it to work. Can he go straight OS X El Capitan? Leo says Chris will need to add the app store first. But if it won't download, it may be that his computer isn't compatible. He should still upgrade as far as he can, though.

Is internet connected home automation secure?

Gary from Buffalo, NY

Episode 1241

Gary has a ton of devices attached to his network, including home automation devices. It's called the "Internet of things," where all those devices are accessible to the Internet. But is it secure? Leo says it's possible that his network can be breached through them, but that's theoretical. It hasn't happened yet. More likely, his router will be overwhelmed by all the connections. So it may be time to upgrade it.

Johnny Jet on Travel

Episode 1241

Johnny Jet

Johnny got a free upgrade on a seat flying the day after Thanksgiving. JJ says that this is a great time to fly because most people are sticking around for a day or two after Thanksgiving. So there's plenty of seats on flights the day after.

Travel News - Marriot bought Starwood hotels, making it the largest hotel chain in the world. Johnny says that Starwood's rewards program is far superior than Marriots and hopefully they won't screw that up.
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