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How Can I Speed Up My Server?

Azure

Episode 1741

Paul from Ventura, CA

Paul uses an old computer as a server and it has about 1TB of hard drive storage for a non-profit he works at. But it's starting to slow down. Leo says that Paul should let a cloud-based solution handle all the heavy lifting. Microsoft OneDrive, Google Drive, DropBox. And if he needs more than just data, but a server that runs programs, then Microsoft Azure is a great choice. Leo also recommends using a Dell Desktop Server, rather than an old PC or laptop.

How Can I Tell a Scam is a Scam?

Episode 1741

Char from Cambridge, MN

Char has discovered a new scam like the old Nigerian scam. Leo says that the Secret Service calls it the 419 scam. This new scam is a variation that seeks to lure one through a lost relative or old school classmate. Leo says that those records are online and they can be inserted. It's very common. So common that Americans were bilked for over $50 million last year. 

And remember, if it sounds too good to be true, it IS.

Check out the book The Confidence Game by Maria Konnikova

Johnny Jet ... Before and After

Johnny Jet

Episode 1741

The inevitable response to increased travel traffic in the last few weeks is that infections are again on the rise. Johnny Jet says that states like New York are now instituting before and after testing, where you have to be tested before you arrive and then immediately after. As a result, travel is down again. Meanwhile, United has come out with a new translation testing program. If you travel overseas, you can test at the airport for free. If you're covid free, you can travel. 

How Do I Transfer Firefox Extensions and Preferences On My Mac?

MacBook Pro

Episode 1741

Jody from LA, CA

Jody has been using a MacBook Pro as his main computer and recently moved over to a MacBook Pro. But he hasn't been able to move his Firefox extensions and bookmarks over. How can he do it? Leo says that Firefox has a sync capability at the bottom of the WIndow. Set up the account and Firefox will sync from one machine to another. Easy Peasy. The other way to do it is to export bookmarks through the Bookmark Manager.

What's a good Office option for my business?

Google Docs

Episode 1740

Mark from Los Angeles, CA

Mark wants to know how good the business version of Google Docs is. Leo says that the business version, Google Workspace (formerly called G Suite) is what they use on TWiT to run their daily operations. It's simple and easy, and very affordable. Microsoft Office with One Drive is another option if you want to stay in the Microsoft Universe. It's called SharePoint. That's probably what Mark wants.