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Karen wants to know how much data she uses on Comcast because she's thinking of switching to cellular data only. Karen can log into her Comcast account online and it should tell her how much data she uses.
Mike is looking for a car video unit that he can install. He's building a small fleet of rental cars and wants to include them as a feature. Leo says there's a lot of places to buy Chinese consumer electronics, like eBay, and they're cheap. But the quality varies considerably and he'll have little recourse if they go bad.
Karen has a MacBook which she runs Windows on, but she then deleted the OS X partition to run it solely on Windows. Leo says it's a legitimate use for a Mac if she prefers Windows because it's essentially a high end Windows PC, at least according to Walt Mossberg. Leo says that there is a Windows version of startup tools for Apple that she can get, which will boot up straight into Windows.
Dennis has a computer that crashes whenever he watches videos. Leo says to check for the latest video drivers. Leo also recommends using Google Chrome because it gets updated to the latest Flash drivers automatically. Dennis could also try closing tabs to reduce the memory footprint. He should also make sure that hardware acceleration is turned off. That can often fix the problem.
Bill is an actor who's best known for his impersonation of Caesar from the Planet of the Apes. He's launched a YouTube channel, has gotten into the Maker Movement, and was hoping Leo would do a netcast on it. Leo says he'd like to, but hasn't gotten around to it.
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Joe wants to build a rig that will allow him to surf the net while he walks along on a treadmill. Should he use Virtual Reality goggles like the Oculus Rift? Leo says no, he'll throw up. Leo says that having a TV set up on the treadmill is a great idea. He could create a stand to put the iPad on.
YouTube announced this week their new subscription music service. Called "YouTube Music Key," the service will cost $9.99 a month and will sync across all devices. It may also include exclusive content including artist's cover songs and unreleased tracks.
Google's new subscription music service will reportedly be called 'YouTube Music Key' (TheVerge)…
Sharon wants to create a hotspot so she can have Wi-Fi on her laptop. Leo advises using a MyFi Wi-Fi Hotspot card, which are available through her carrier. In general, she'll be charged an extra $30-50 a month. Leo says it's likely cheaper to go to an ISP and wire her home for internet. DSL Extreme has $13 a month deals for the first year.
(Disclaimer: DSL Extreme is a sponsor).
Shell is looking for an option for internet service for her tablet. Leo says Shell's options are cable or DSL. Cable is faster, but DSL is more consistent. Leo recommends going to broadbandreports.com. It's an independent site that will tell her what service is available in her area and provides reviews on that service.
Leo recommends going to her cellphone provider and tell them you want to add a tablet. They'll add it for a small charge. And if it's T-Mobile, they'll even offer 200MB for free.
Victor is curious about how many possible addresses are available in IPv6. Leo says that there are a ton. With IPv6, we'll have 2^128th. Victor did the math and it means we'd be able to cover the entire world with a blanked of sand worth of internet addresses, and we'd have more internet addresses than stars in the universe. Leo says that's mind boggling, and the reason it's important is that we're moving towards putting everything online with its own IP address.