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Roger just got a new Synology NAS and wants to know if he can put his old Synology hard drives into it. Leo says it may not be able to due to the age of the older NAS. There is a good app that comes with your Synology called Hyper Backup that will automatically sync two Synology's so that you have the same data on both. So instead of getting rid of it, use it as a backup to the backup, or at least migrate from one to another.
Nick's computer has been really slow when he's online. Leo says that almost always, you can point to a failing spinning hard drive as the culprit. Generally, the best recommendation is to take the spinning drive out and replace it with a solid-state drive (SSD). It's usually a simple thing to do, but it depends on your computer or laptop. It's also pretty cheap to do at around $100. Another thing to try is to backup your data and reinstall everything, formatting the hard drive. That will certainly eliminate what Leo calls "Kruft," that causes the computer to slow down.
Rod joins Leo to talk about the latest in Space News. The big news was the Chinese Long March booster rocket, which put up the first module of China's space station and then reentered the atmosphere in an uncontrolled fashion. It ended up breaking up and crashing somewhere in the Indian Ocean. Rod says that China has had a cavalier attitude towards what happens to their rockets, and they are fast-tracking their space station with a damn the torpedos full steam ahead outlook, which Rod says is concerning.
Andrew is tired of seeing unreadable, grayed-out text on websites. Leo blames Wired Magazine for the trend, which started around the early 2000s. And it's even worse on mobile devices. But there are a few tips to work around it. Almost all browsers will allow you to create a custom style sheet to override the settings of a website. It was created for this very reason. But it isn't easy to do. Check out the StyleBot extension in Google Chrome.
Jimmy's wife is going to have a baby soon, and she wants to be able to log into her account at work remotely while on maternity leave from work. Leo says that Join.Me is a great free option if her work IT guys allow it. Leo uses RemotePC (sponsor of the radio show). It's cheap at $4 a year for two computers. And it has a 7-day free trial.
Sam's computer was recently stolen with a screenplay that he had been working on. He had a backup on his email, but he can't get into his email. He logs in, but he gets an incorrect password error. Leo says that the people who stole Sam's computer may have reset his Gmail password. Leo says to check out the Gmail Recovery page to take steps to get your email account back under your control.
For the first time, a computer using artificial intelligence named "Dr. Fill" has defeated all humans at an elite crossword puzzle tournament. Leo says that crosswords are very human with puns and definitions, so this may be a bigger deal than when a computer beats a human at chess.
According to a recent study that looked at over 400,000 adolescents, reports that there is no link between use of technology amongst teens, and their overall mental health. Leo says that the results are rather counterintuitive, but this generation is wired differently than those of us who grew up without technology.