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The internet gives the appearance of having relationships with people, but are those relationships real? How much of Facebook actually takes the place of having real friends? Leo compares these relationships on social networking to a sugar substitute. The bacteria that cause cavities in your teeth are fooled into eating this substitute, but there's no nutrition in it and the bacteria die. Leo thinks Facebook fools people into thinking they have real relationships just like the sugar substitute with bacteria.
Johnny Jet says that if you're traveling you'll need to rest up, and he has a few tips to make sure you can minimize interruptions while you're getting some shut eye. On the plane, he suggests pulling the SIM card out of your phone to prevent it from ringing. Leo says you can also set the phone in airplane mode. Johnny says to be sure to check the alarm in your hotel room to make sure it doesn't go off in the middle of the night as well.
Jay wants a router that can access the fastest DNS on the net. Leo says that would be a great feature. Steve Gibson has a program that can find them, but Leo doesn't know of any routers that have that built in.
Michael Horowitz, author of Computer World's blog "Defensive Computing," has an interesting article called "Google knows nearly every Wi-Fi password in the world." If true, it wouldn't take much for the NSA or some other law enforcement division to get your Wi-Fi password and have access to your computer without a warrant.
Caller wants to create some sort of timeline or internet time capsule. Leo says that Google TakeOut is a great feature that lets you export everything you put on it and save it on a format. There are other timeline features like Facebook. You can also create photo books from the images you post online. There's also TimeHop and JoliDrive.
Johnny has 10 ways to get better sleep on the plane.
Canalay teaches TV production at Washington State University and every night they do a nightly newscast via public broadcasting. They want to expand and go to streaming the broadcast online. Leo says TWiT uses the TriCaster which uses SDI (a pro version of HDMI) and then routes that through a Blackmagic encoding card. From there, they can stream to the net via either UStream or Justin.TV. Then anyone can view it from all over the world. Leo says they were just using a plain PC for a long time.
Dave is curious about Google Voice, which is being rolled out in Canada. Leo says that Google Voice was originally called Grand Central and was designed to be a cloud based PBX system that could route calls to various phones and voicemail. He could also put a Google Voice app on his smartphone, which would allows him to bypass text message charges. He can also use this to make phone calls. Best of all, it's free!
Larry is an angel investor and wants to know what Leo thinks the future holds for networking with people using technology. Leo says there's a conference in Hawaii called Lobbycon. David Hornik started this did it because he realized the best parts of the computer or business conferences he went to were the conversations in the lobby.