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Johnny has a few new websites: WhatsBusy.com, which projects wait times for airports, museums, restaurants, and other locations all around the country. Johnny says that airports that show wait times, especially for baggage, is great. Airports in Asia do that.
United had a glitch this week where for about a half hour, they were charging just $5-10 for fares. And the best thing is, United honored the flights.
Christine is looking at getting the Magic Jack. Leo says that Magic Jack gives the user access to phone calls via voice over internet protocol (VOIP). It's great because it can go wherever she is. The downside is that 911 doesn't know where she is in case of an emergency. Leo still recommends a land line just in case.
Richard is concerned that Google will read his email and use his activity for advertising. Leo says that Google only has computers read email, and it does this to filter spam. No human is reading through emails.
The clause that Google will use his activity to advertise means that Google will search his email for keywords, like it does spam filtering, and will customize ads on his page based on that activity. So it's for stuff he could use. It's important to note that nearly every other ISP and service does this as well. And he's getting gmail for free.
Rex is frustrated with email these days. Leo says that email is broken. There's spam, mailing lists, reminders, and more. It makes it very hard to wade through the clutter.
GMail is really the best option in dealing with this challenge. Gmail has a priority inbox, and can sort messages via social tabs, reminders and notifications, and promotions. It also will guess what his primary folders are, and can sort out person to person conversations. He can also drag an email to a preferred folder and gmail will remember where it should go.
Nancy lives in a mobile home park, but can't get any broadband cable installed due to park regulations. So she's stuck with 4g wireless hot-spotting. She doesn't want to get stuck with overages. Leo suggests using Virgin Mobile, as they don't have data caps on their service. T-Mobile has data caps but they can't charge for overages, they just would slow her down a bit. There could be some Wireless Internet Service Providers (WISPs) in her area.
Kevin sends his clients PDFs and he wants to know the best way to send them over the net. Leo says that sending attachments via email is a security issue and he always tells people not to open attachments from people. He recommends putting a PDF up on Google Docs or Google Drive, and then sharing a link to it. That way they can open it up in a secure environment and don't run the risk. Kevin may have to educate his clients, and that's a negative, but it would be safer to do it this way.
Johnny Jet heard the previous call about tracking your kids. He says that there's the Trakdot, which you use to track your luggage, but there's also a new device called the Tile, which is supposed to affix to anything and can be tracked with an app. It uses Wi-Fi. It's not available yet, though. The chatroom says it has a battery that isn't replaceable and you have to send it back to get it replaced.
Rob is wondering if there's any danger in using his BlueAnt bluetooth device mounted on his visor. Leo says not at all. Worst case scenario is that it could fly off and hit him on the forehead. There's really no risk with radiation or any other frequency issues.
Jeff wants to change the default search engine to something other than Yahoo, Bing or Google. He can choose between those three in the Safari preferences, but to use a different one, he'll need to install an extension with a bit of a hack. The Chatroom says plugins like GLIMS will work. There's a Duck Duck Go DDG extension, but Leo advises to be cautious about how he alters his browser settings. That's how exploits happen.