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Can I Tell When a Call is Being Forwarded?

Episode 1699

Fred from Frasier Park, CA

Fred wants to know if he can tell that a phone call is being forwarded to another number. Leo says not anymore. In the old days with physical switches, users could. But it's all digital now and automatic. In fact, most of it is done in software, so it's completely opaque to the caller. In fact, it's likely not done at the phone company level, but at a gateway to a VOIP network using something like Ring Central.

Is My Email Compromised?

Episode 1699

Brad from San Diego, CA

Brad says that his company email looks to be compromised. Leo says it's more likely his email address has been "spoofed" by spammers, and it's really easy to falsify or spoof a reply email address. Sooner or later, they will move on to a new random return address. That's why everyone gets spam and even bounced back emails that don't work. So it's unlikely Brad's email address has been compromised, just spoofed.

How Can I Make Money Streaming Video?

Episode 1699

Martin from California

Martin wants to build a video channel that he can monetize. Leo says it's really hard to create a paywall to charge for videos because people can easily pirate content. People can password-protect, sure, but Leo found it's just simpler and better to give away advertiser-supported content.  But there are companies that do it. Brightcove, Starforce, Sprout Video. The best way to do it is to do stream content live and charge for it. 

SpaceX to Launch First Manned Mission to the ISS Today

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Episode 1699

After a rain delay on Wednesday, SpaceX is poised to launch its first manned mission to the International Space Station with DM-2. Leo says that while critics say that money shouldn't be "wasted" on space exploration, Leo disagrees, saying that a tiny fraction of the federal budget goes to NASA and the Commercial Space Program, and the benefits of what we learn far outweigh what we spend, or the risk. And it always has. 

Is StreamYard Good for Live Streaming?

Episode 1697

Jose from Modesto, CA

Jose wants to know how to use StreamYard to stream his own show. Leo says that StreamYard is an app that will stream to multiple platforms including YouTube, Facebook, and others. But there's a free app called OBS that can also do it. But if he's only interested in streaming live to one platform, then he can stream using Facebook Live or YouTube Live directly. Mevo is a simpler option though, and it can stream using a built-in 4K camera.

Johnny Jet ... staying local

Episode 1697

Johnny Jet joins Leo to say that while travel is slowly starting to make its way back as the country reopens, he still doesn't think it's a good idea to travel unnecessarily.  Johnny also expects a second wave of outbreaks. So now is not the time to travel for fun. Vacation local this year. Johnny also says that airlines are starting to refund tickets with travel vouchers that have no expiration date. Users can also upgrade or change flights with no charges.

In other news, Hertz has filed Chapter 11 bankruptcy.