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Intuit Buys Credit Karma

Intuit

Episode 1674

Intuit has bought credit reporting app Credit Karma for $7 Billion. Leo says that Intuit isn't really buying the app: they don't care. What they are buying is your personal credit data, which Intuit says is worth about $70 a head. Leo thinks that a person should be able to opt-out or at least get some value from their own personal data. 

Johnny Jet and the Right Answer

Johnny Jet

Episode 1673

With the Corona Virus outbreak, the question is, should you travel or just stay home? Conferences are canceling left and right, and even the Summer Olympics may be canceled. Even Johnny Jet himself is staying home from a few weeks, having canceled his round the world trip. Johnny says if you have kids, the right thing to do is to stay home. If you're elderly or have respiratory problems, stay home. Wash your hands frequently with soap. Only travel if you need to and bring along hand wipes and sanitizer. Should you use a face mask? Not really.

Why does my broadband slow down over time?

Spectrum

Episode 1672

Carlos from Torrance, CA

Carlos has Spectrum broadband and it starts fast but then slows down gradually to a stop. Leo says that Spectrum has a "burst mode," which is designed to fool speed tests to make you think you're getting faster service than you are actually paying for. But it shouldn't slow down to a stop. Carlos has said that they have rewired the house, checked outside, and they can't track it down. Leo says it could be a bad splice at the junction box. You can also try a new router. Really the only choice is to change providers. 

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

coral

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.

Johnny Jet ... So Near

Johnny Jet

Episode 1671

Johnny Jet was just back from Florida, but he was supposed to be on around the world trip. He had to cancel though due to the Coronavirus outbreak. Johnny also says that cruise lines are pulling out of Asia right now for the summer. He also says that cruise lines are having to rethink buffets and dining to minimize passenger interaction with food. Johnny Jet says to always wash your hands on a cruise ship and bring along hand sanitizer. And just in case, always pack a few extra weeks of medication. Take a picture of your prescription as well. Also, bring a face mask.

Can I stream from overseas using a VPN?

ExpressVPN (Sponsor of the TWiT network)

Episode 1670

David from Burnsville, North Carolina

David has a son who is serving overseas and wants to watch Disney+ via VPN. But the VPN is really slow. Are there alternatives? And is it legal? Leo says that it is perfectly legal, but streaming services discourage the practice because a VPN can slow things down a lot.  But Leo has tried VPN streaming all over the world and it works just fine. Leo recommends trying ExpressVPN. They are a sponsor and have been very consistent in their speeds. Tunnel Bear is another.

What Happened to My Bookmarks in Firefox?

Firefox

Episode 1669

Dave from Ridgecrest, CA

Dave uses Firefox and the favorites get lost from time to time. Leo says that can happen if he uses Firefox Syncing. There is a bookmark management tool within Firefox. Open the sidebar and select bookmarks (CTRL+B). He can then search for the bookmark he's looking for.  It's very easy to hide a folder or bookmark by accident. CTRL+B can help him find them again. It could also be that he accidentally deleted them. Dave also uses Time Machine to save to his Western Digital Passport. But now it won't let him back up to it unless he formats the drive.

Johnny Jet ... to Recline or Not to Recline

Episode 1669

The story this week of a woman who reclined in front of a man who's row was in the very back. He had no room and so he started shaking and punching her seat to get her attention and annoy her.  She has since sued him. Johnny Jet says that when the person in front of you reclines, you pretty much have to recline as well if you can. But he couldn't. To be polite, one should give notice that you're going to recline your seat. Be nice to the person behind you. But at the end of the day, the guy couldn't asked for another seat or selected a better seat when he booked.