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Sean made the mistake of transferring his domain name in the middle of a Kickstarter campaign. Now he is struggling with time outs. Leo says that Sean needs to talk to the domain registrar. But it takes time moving nameservers from one host to another. He might have to contact the original host and get them to release the domain name so the other host can pick it up. If he's hosting the site at home, then he'll have to run a domain server. This is the main reason why he shouldn't host the site at home.
Twitter launched Periscope this week, a direct competitor to Meerkat in the live streaming space. Leo likes Meerkat better, but it's a growing new segment of online video streaming. Leo says it's nothing really new, live streaming has been going on for years. But these two apps have become wildly popular.
Fabio has moved out of the country and he still wants to watch Netflix, Hulu, etc. He can't watch directly because they block him, and VPNs are just too slow. What about SmartDNS? Leo says a Proxy Server fools Netflix and Hulu into thinking he's from the US. It's also a violation of the terms of service of Netflix, though. Both VPNs and Proxy Servers are illegal, unfortunately.
Nancy wants to know how to keep a thread straight on Gmail. If she deletes an email, she deletes the thread? Leo says it depends on settings, but it's called "conversation view." Nancy can turn the threading off if she wants. This article on Lifehacker shows how to delete a reply in a thread. This may be different in the iPad, though.
Dave has seen a website that promises upgraded Lithium Ion batteries for better safety and to increase battery life. Leo says that once he sees a study that verifies the claims, he'll buy into it. Leo has seen a lot of promises on the internet over the years and very little in the way of delivery. It's definitely something that users want, but the proof is in the pudding.
Andrew is going to be doing a non-profit concert soon and wants to know the best online ticket broker to sell tickets through. H-Bomb says that Brown Paper offers ticket sales for non profits as well as others. There's also Ticket Fly that will also help with promotion. Leo says that's a great idea.
Andrews concert is Night of Hope, for GodsKids.org - Orphanages around the world.
This week's app is Postagram. It allows you to create post cards digitally and be able to mail them through your phone. Leo says he's used it and loves it. He wishes it were the full postcard, but it's just half the postcard. Other than that, it's quite convenient.
This week's website is GoSeek.com. It not only looks for hotels, but also coupons and discount rates.
Dave wants to know why he can't watch YouTube in higher resolutions through the PS3. He only gets 240. Leo says that's ugly. The issue could be bandwidth.
Dave may want to try using the YouTube app, and not the browser. He can download the YouTube App from the Sony Playstation store. That will always do better than the browser.
Lucy is having trouble with Chrome and she's tried to remove it, but can't. Leo says it's probably gone into "metro mode." If she sees the hamburger menu of four lines, click on that and she should get out of it. It may also be the sign of an infection that has modified the browser. She should try pressing F11. That will take it out of full screen mode. At that point, she should be able to close it. CTRL-ALT-Delete will work as well.
Jan has a friend who is a model and she's had some embarrassing private photos appear on the net. Leo says that could fall under the revenge porn law, and it could allow her to prosecute them. Most reliable places will take the images down if they had been contacted. If she's having trouble getting them taken down, the sites may be outside the US and it's hard to prosecute across international borders. But in time, that will change.