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Bob recently bought an eero mesh router. It worked fine for two weeks and then he started experiencing dropouts, and he can't get support. Leo says that support is terrible these days because of limitations due to CoVid. Another thing to look at is your ISP and cable modem. Security software could also be an issue and can inhibit your internet access.
Gary recently sold his house and is looking for the best possible way to stay connected while he's traveling the country. Leo says that iPad cellular, with a combination of RV Park WiFi, works great. You can also turn your iPad into a hotspot. But Leo says that a MiFi card would be more beneficial because you can connect up to five devices. But using the iPad as a hotspot may be faster, especially a new one. Some RVers will get a dish, but Leo doesn't recommend it. It's expensive and slow.
GScott wants to know if he skips an ad on YouTube, will Leo lose money? Leo says there is money to be made on youtube, but TWiT doesn't make a lot. It's a few thousand a month and it really doesn't matter if he skips the ad, they've been charged for it. And skipping an ad gives youtube and advertisers valuable feedback on what ads work and what doesn't. Leo puts the show on youtube for convenience. Besides, TWiT sells its own ads in the podcast anyway, the So feel free to skip YouTube's ads!
Johnny Jet says that the EU is going to ban Americans, Russians, and some South American countries from traveling to the European continent. Iceland has also banned American travelers. Meanwhile, Cambodia is charging a $3,000 arrival deposit to pay for potential COVID care and funeral expenses should you die in the country.
Johnny Jet also says that big cruise ships have once again pushed a relaunch date to late September, but Johnny thinks it's not going to happen for the rest of the year. Johnny Jet isn't traveling until this whole thing is over. Period.
Rusty is building a website and wants to know how he can get a good bright orange color for it. Leo says that there's a new standard that supports colors that are "web-safe." But there are over 4 billion shades of colors. But a shade of orange that is too bright is out of the question, even though any display can handle it. So talk to the web developer about what they're using. If he's got a websafe mindset, maybe he isn't the developer needed.
You can also go to this site and get the proper color code.
A new round of "Adpocalypse" is happening, as Unilever, Verizon, Coke and others are pulling advertising from Facebook and all other social media because the platforms aren't doing a good job of policing "hate speech."
Had has a Lenovo tablet, and his iHeartRadio app shows audio in "slow motion." What gives? Leo says to update the app. It's probably an older app that's having issues with the streaming bitrate. Also, try changing the quality setting in the app's settings menu. That could fix it.
Craig is considering changing careers and is looking for a new skill and is thinking about coding with a CIS course. What should he be looking to do? Leo says right now is a great time to learn because everything is online. Leo recommends starting with EDX.org, which was started by Stanford, MIT, and Harvard. You can take CS50, which is a great entry-level course in computer science. ITPro.tv has very affordable memberships as well and offers certificates for getting a job.
Tech News - Cruise lines suspended cruising until at least September 15th, maybe even through the end of the year. At least through US Ports. Southwest announced they will keep the middle seat open until Sept. 30th. Delta and Jet Blue will also be doing this policy. Americans, not so much. But American joins United, Alaska, and Hawaiian Airlines to require a mask to be worn or be banned from flying until the end of the pandemic.
Alan wants to know if Zoom is still a security risk? Leo says he's becoming less and less trusting of Zoom because they are giving law enforcement backdoor access to user accounts, and has canceled the account of an American activist. They have also done little to fix the security issues that have been cropping up, short of just requiring a password. Leo prefers JITSI, an open-source video conferencing solution that's free and you can start your own server for even more privacy. It's very easy to do.