What's a Good Way to Create a Community for Telling Stories?


Episode 1725

Jay from Providence, RI

Jay wants to create a site that will allow people to create stories about history. Leo says to check out for stories about the original development of the Macintosh. It's a great example of how to tell a story online.

Leo also thinks that a WIKI would be the best and easiest way to go about this, but it will be a huge challenge to moderate. Reddit also has a great subreddit of a community-based Coronavirus news portal -

How Can I Use a Windows Reef Light on a Chromebook?


Episode 1671

Tom from Yorba Linda, CA

Tom grows saltwater coral, and you use an LED light to simulate reef light from morning to evening. But it's very smart and he needs to connect it to an app. It requires Windows, but he's a Chromebook guy. Is there an emulator that can work with Chromebook? Leo says that he thinks the hardware has a generic interface and a BIN file. There are Linux apps that can do that. Google is starting to support using Linux on a Chromebook, so that's one way to go.

Should I buy an older refurbished ThinkPad?

ThinkPad T470

Episode 1442

John from Indianapolis, IN

John has to buy a new laptop since his 11-year-old laptop is stuck on Windows 7. Suggestions? Leo likes Dell. What about the ThinkPad T430 refurbished? Leo says that for $200, it's a pretty good deal. They're pretty rugged. John should check out the ThinkPad subreddit on Reddit. That's a great place to learn how to upgrade an older ThinkPad to keep it up to date. It's really easy to do with that particular model.

Does Samsung Have a Kill Switch on the Note 7?

Samsung Galaxy Note 7

Episode 1322

Reddit has an interesting conspiracy theory that Samsung is getting ready to flip the kill switch on all Galaxy Note 7s, so that they cannot work anymore and users will have to return them. Leo doesn't buy it, but he says that people should return the phone anyway, just in case. Airlines are even banning it. The Consumer Product Safety Commission has issued a formal recall and made it illegal to sell them in the US.

Reddit Users Take Boston Bomber Investigation Upon Themselves, Against Police Wishes

Episode 972

The abundance of security camera footage and images from individuals near the Boston bombing were vital in identifying the suspects. In fact, this article from Slate claims that we need more security cameras now. Privacy advocates, on the other hand, are concerned that we're giving up too much and the use of cameras could be taken too far.