Kirk is an AOL user with Microsoft Outlook, and he wants to know how he can back up his email. His email PST file is 13.9GB! AOL recently eliminated all of his 2020 emails and he wants to make sure he has a copy, just in case. Kirk is also concerned that his email doesn't appear on his iPad. Leo says it's a good time to get out of AOL and try another service. Leo recommends Gmail.
Suzie uninstalled Microsoft Works from her old laptop recently and wants to know if she can reinstall it. Leo says that Microsoft stopped making Works in 2009. Without the installer, you're kind of out of luck. But there are other tools you can use in its place: ZoHo Office, LibreOffice, Microsoft Office on the web, Google Docs, all free. Suzie only really needs a Calendar. Leo says that Google Calendar is a good free option. There is also a calendar built into Windows 10.
Christine hates the iPhone Calendar. She wants her Google Calendar to be the default. Rich says that iOS is sandboxed and there's no way to set a default app that would send her information where she wants. Rich recommends going into the iPhone's calendar settings and setting Google Calendar as her main calendar. Then all she will see is the Google Calendar. It's still using the iPhone calendar app, but it's all her Google Calendar information. That's about as good as she can get it.
As for invites, Rich hates invites. He prefers to delete them.
Diane wants to know how to remove someone from her Google Calendar. Leo says it's likely pulling the information from her address book in Google contacts or her PC contacts. She should look for the entry and delete anything she doesn't want to keep track of, and it will disappear.
Diane also wants to save her music from her phone to her computer. Leo says DoubleTwist is the app for that.
Gary wants a good cross-platform calendar application. Leo says that Google Calendar is best because it uses the open source standard CalDAV. It's cross-platform and he can invite people to specific events, or he can get a link that he can send out to people. That link will then open the calendar in whatever calendar app they use.
Dana is having issues with his calendar after updating to iOS 11. Leo says that Apple's quality control has lapsed so much that they're shipping iOS with obvious issues and he's just going to have to wait until Apple gets around to fixing it in an update. Leo also recommends abandoning the Apple Calendar altogether and using Google Calendar. It's got all the features as Apple Calendar.
Cathy has an old Samsung Android phone and she's ready to upgrade. She wants to know if getting a previous model from eBay a good idea. Leo says that she can get a good deal on one, but chances are it won't be updated. So she'd have to have it updated. Leo advises going to XDA Developers to learn how to root the phone to put a new version of Android on it.
Corey wants to be able to transfer his data from his old Android phone to his new one. Leo says that in current Android phones, he can bump them together and transfer the data via Bluetooth. It's really easy.
Ben wants to know if he can sync iCal with Outlook. Leo says that he would use Google Calendar as an intermediary. Ben can sync Outlook to Google and then Google to iCal. That should work.
Here's a technote from Apple on how to fix Exchange syncing with iCal. It's probably an update that broke it.
Julio has an internet enabled refrigerator and he can't get to Google Calendar online with it. Leo wonders if it's one of the first refrigerators. Leo says that Google changed the way the calendar works and Samsung probably hasn't updated the firmware to accommodate that new standard. Since his fridge is out of warranty, they have little incentive to fix the problem. There's a technote about it at productforums.google.com.