Internet and Web

Your internet connection, web sites and services.

Who owns the Internet?

Episode 1218

Victor from Anaheim, CA
Where Wizards Stay Up Late: The Origins Of The Internet

Victor wants to know how the Internet works and who owns it. The Internet is essentially a collection of networks. There's a great book about its foundation called Where Wizards Stay Up Late: The Origins Of The Internet by Katie Hafner. It was a project of DARPA which got computers and networks to talk to each other. So in essence, the Internet is merely a protocol, with individual networks owning each other. The wires between them, however, are owned by ISP companies.

How fast should my website be?

Greg from Camarillo, CA

Episode 1218

Greg wants to know how fast his website should load. Leo says that studies show that if the website doesn't load within 5 seconds, people assume it's busted and move on. Often the delay is due to being on a shared server to save money. If the company puts too many sites on a server, and they likely will, or if one site takes up most of the bandwidth, then the rest suffer. The site itself could also be the problem.

Can my employer monitor my online activity?

Mike from Los Angeles, CA

Episode 1217

Mike wants to know if his work can know where he goes on the internet with his company laptop. Leo says they probably have the right to, but it depends on whether or not they have tracking software on it or not. Even with a public Wi-Fi spot, they may be able to track his online behavior. Courts have upheld that as long as it's on company hardware as well. He probably had to sign an agreement of understanding regarding it.

Johnny Jet on Travel

Episode 1217

Johnny Jet

Johnny Jet just got back from his around the world trip with his wife, but he won't be home long before he goes around the world again! Johnny says sometimes it's cheaper to buy an around the world ticket if you're traveling half way around the world back. A great website is Great Circle Mapper, which helps you to plot out your around the world trip. It'll also tell you how many miles you will fly.

How can I backup my iPad?

Josie from New Mexico

Episode 1216

Josie wants to know how she can backup her iPad. Leo says that the easiest way is to back it up using iTunes on her home computer. She can also back it up to iCloud, but she'll only get 5GB free on iCloud, so she'd have to pay for more. The good news is that she can back it up anywhere, and iCloud Drive isn't that expensive. Another option is OneDrive. If she has a subscription to Microsoft Office, she can get unlimited storage to OneDrive. But that won't backup everything. Only Apple can do that.

How can I extend a Wi-Fi signal?

Rick from Arkansas

Episode 1216

Rick is a truck driver and relies on open Wi-Fi access points. But a lot of them don't have parking space for his rig. How can he extend the signal so he can access their signal from outside the parking lots? Leo says that while there are Wi-Fi extenders that can pick up signals from a distance, he'll want to be sure he is a good customer at that provider. C Crane has a Wi-Fi extender called The Country Mile Wi-Fi. Another option is to buy a MiFi card, which uses 4G, and he can get that just about anywhere.

How can I set up a home network?

Tom from Houston, TX

Episode 1216

Tom would like to set up a home network and he's pretty confused on how to do it. Where can he go to get some insider tips? Leo says that a great source is They not only have product reviews, but also tutorials that explain nomenclature and how to go about setting up a network. They keep it up to date, too. Start with "Backgrounders," to learn the basics. Then he can move on to how to set one up.

Why can't I print from the browser in Windows 10?

Sonya from Riverside, CA

Episode 1216

Sonya updated to Windows 10, and now she can't print from Yahoo Mail. Leo says that there seems to be a disconnect with the web browser. It could be that the Yahoo print manager doesn't support the Edge browser. Microsoft shipped Windows 10 with two browsers -- Edge and Internet Explorer. The Blue 'E' is actually Edge now, and Leo says it was shipped prematurely to grab the back to school market for search.