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Rod is back with more space news, particularly, that former Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos is planning on going on the first flight of Blue Origin's New Shepard spacecraft. Blue Origin has been testing the new Shepard rocket and capsule on a parabolic arc for several years and has reached the point to become man rated. So Jeff Bezos is not only taking the first flight but he's auctioned off the couch next to him for $28 million for someone to go with him. That's a lot for a 12-minute flight. But it's for charity.
Richard recently checked his Outlook/Comcast email and it's now requiring a new user name and password. He hasn't input it in a long time and can't remember it. Leo says that it should be the same password as logging into Richard's Comcast account to get his webmail. Outlook can lose its settings from time to time, especially after being updated. So it may be that Richard just has to re-input the Comcast user name and password. But he may also need to input the mail settings.
David has been doing 3-2-1 backups, but he has 10GB of Gmail data. How can he back that up? That's a lot of backup data. Leo says he can use Google Takeout, but 10GB will take a long time to backup and it doesn't really answer the issue of interoperability. It would be ideal if he could just move the data from one service to another without having to download it first and put the computer in the middle. It's also in a format that another service may not understand.
Bobby's homework assignments have gone missing from Google Docs. It's a school account using Canvas. Leo says to talk to the IT guy at the school. He did that and the school said to "call Google." But Google doesn't have that kind of support. What would be more helpful is to contact the developer of Canvas.
Jan and her husband bought an RV and want to know how to get online while traveling. Leo says there are three ways. 1) There will probably be Wi-Fi at any campground or RV park she can stop at. But it will likely be overloaded and slow. 2) She can hotspot from the cellular carrier. She can open up a phone for it or pick up a MiFi card to handle multiple devices. It'll be dependent on the coverage map though. Lastly, she can get an RV satellite connection. The problem there is they have to re-aim it every time they stop, and they will not work while they drive.
Rod joins Leo to talk about NASA's plan to explore Venus, which Rod calls the trailer park of the solar system. Nobody really knows a lot about Venus, and it's a nasty place. 900 degrees. Clouds of acid. High-pressure atmosphere. No way people can land there. But there's volcanic activity and is often called the lost habitable planet. NASA is planning to land two probes. One will parachute and transmit data on the atmosphere until it dies. One will be a radar mapping mission of the surface from orbit.
Carmen is concerned that Verizon sold its AOL service. How will that affect her, and could she take her AOL email to another provider? Leo says that rather than tying herself to an ISP email provider, use Gmail or a separate provider. Gmail is free, and you can transfer your email over to it, even forward your AOL service. Leo likes to use FastMail, a paid service that has all those features and more.
Going before the Supreme Court, the decades-long Computer Fraud and Abuse Act has been narrowed in its application on constitutional grounds. Leo says that the act is only really used to prosecute when no other law applies, and the particular case was regarding a police officer who was prosecuted for improperly accessing a driver's license database.
Tom bought a few domain names and has used them to create email addresses for all his kids. He's been able to forward the MX records to Gmail, but he's having issues being able to associate the domains with the actual accounts. Leo suspects that Google may be restricting it for those who pay for Google workspace. They're not going to allow it for free accounts because there's no benefit to Google to do so.
Johnny just got back from a trip to Palm Desert, which he drove to this time around. With the latest Covid variants affecting kids, it's best to stay grounded for a while.
Travel Tip of the week - there's a new scam where if you see photographers taking pictures and you stop to do the same, it may be a setup in order to break into your car and steal everything. So be on the lookout. And do NOT leave anything valuable in your car.