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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 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.
Ron has a problem that any time he tries to buy something on Amazon.com, his computer crashes. Leo says Ron may want to try resetting the browser. That will clear out whatever is deep inside the browser cache. If that doesn't solve it, then there may be some malware that is taking advantage of his web surfing.
Bob (aka Flob) has come across Kevin Mitnick's site called KnowBe4. Leo says that Kevin is an old friend and he's followed his life since being a hacker and being arrested. Leo had him on the show and he's reformed and created a business to train businesses and employees to not be victim's of hackers and social engineering. It's about time to get him back on the air.
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.
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.
Ed has an email address with his domain and wants to get away from GoDaddy. Leo says he can go to Gmail and have it redirect his domain name email to it. It's called email forwarding and he won't have to pay for storing his email on their servers.
Johnny is in Washington DC this week.
This week's travel app - StayConnect. This app allows you to pair your mobile device with your hotel room TV. By using the code found on your TV’s main menu and connecting your device, you’ll able to:
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.
Eric gets Wi-Fi where he lives but it's very weak. Would a repeater help? Leo said it could, but he'll need to place it half way between the router and his location, and that may not work well for his living situation. A USB Wi-Fi antenna could be a better choice because he can position and direct it.