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Johnny Jet and the Waterfall of Travel News

Johnny Jet

Episode 1766

Johnny Jet joins Leo with a "waterfall of travel news." 

Canada has canceled international travel. Airlines will be able to pick people up and fly out, but not come into the country. They are also requiring quarantining for at least 3 days after a negative PCR Covid19 test.

The CDC and Dr. Fauci also say that now isn't a good time to travel and are pushing for a negative test in order to fly domestically.

There's now a vending machine that sells home Covid tests for around $119 at airports. 

What Antenna Can I Get After I Cut the Cable?

Locast

Episode 1766

Dave from Diamond Bar, CA

Dave is cutting the cable and wants to look into getting an indoor antenna. Leo says to first check out Locast.org. He can stream live local TV. It'll work on Roku, the computer, and the phone. And if he wants to avoid being nagged for donations, he can pay $5 a month for the service. A lot cheaper than DirecTV's $150 a month. He can also consider YouTubeTV. For $65 a month, he will get live and local channels, plus select cable stations. Roku also has a lot of free channels like PlutoTV. PeacockTV has a free tier.

How do I delete my Google account?

Gmail

Episode 1765

Diane from Chicago, IL

Diane says that she has multiple Gmail accounts. She'd like to remove one. Leo says to go to that account and log out. Once she logs out, it won't be available. You can also remove it. Click on the picture and then manage the account. Once there, you can select delete or disconnect the account. You could also sign out of all accounts and then sign in to the account you want.

How Can Locast Stream Live, Local TV?

Locast

Episode 1765

Jim from Dana Point, CA

Jim wants to know how Locast can rebroadcast live TV? Leo says the key may be that Locast is non-profit and only takes donations of $5 a month. It's also in limited areas. The local broadcasters tried to sue them off the air, but they haven't been successful yet. But for as long as it lasts, Locast may be a great option when cutting the cable. If you are living in one of the areas that Locast is available, you can stream live, local TV.

Why Can't I Get Online?

Google

Episode 1765

Jesse from Ontario, California

Jose has been kicked off of Google and can't access anything on the internet. Leo says to make sure your computer's time and data is correct to start. If your motherboard battery has died, it can't backup any time data, and as such, the clock fails and you can't sync up with Google. That's the first thing to check. Leo says that security software may also be a culprit. He recommends sticking with Windows Defender and not a third party AVS app. He's also using Windows 8. Leo says that could be part of the problem.

Why Can't I See My Son's File Attachment?

Drive

Episode 1764

Heather from Kinderhook, NY

Heather is receiving a file from her son, but she can't open it. Leo says that if he is sharing a file from Google Drive, he'll have to share the file with someone through their Gmail address so they can view it. Even with an attachment through Google, the file may have saved to his Google Drive and users have to be logged in in order to open it. Probably better to set it to let anyone view it.

Johnny Jet ... Vaccinated

Johnny Jet

Episode 1764

There's a lot going on in Travel News these days. President Biden signed a mask mandate and all travelers have to wear a mask while on a plane. With this mandate, if a flyer refuses to wear a mask, they can be arrested and fined $30,000 or a year in prison. 

In other news, a new strain of COVID-19 is prompting countries to mandate only the use of N95 masks. This could be problematic considering shortages of the design.

Are Hackers Getting Into My Facebook Page?

Facebook

Episode 1764

Larry from Manhattan Beach, CA

Larry keeps getting notifications about a video he posted on Facebook. People are complaining that they can't open it. Leo says that it's a phishing scam and they likely got his email address on a mailing list, then hacked into his Facebook page. Larry changed his password. But it happened again a day later. Could his LastPass password be compromised?

Australian Law Could Require Google To Pay News Agencies for Article Snippets in Search

Australia

Episode 1764

The Australian Parlament is considering a law that will require search engines like Google to pay news agencies for publishing snippets of articles in their search results. Google says that if the bill becomes law, they may have no choice but to pull Google search out of the continent. Leo says that's not necessarily a bad thing, as it would open up competing search engines like Bing and Duck Duck Go for others to use.

Alphabet (Google) Grounds Loon

Loon

Episode 1764

Alphabet launched Project Loon, where they would bring the world broadband internet with weather balloons. It launched in 2013, and this week Google announced it was ending the program. They did use it during natural disasters in Central America and Africa, bringing short term internet to the regions during the first few days. But problems cropped up immediately as people couldn't afford the equipment, or simply wasn't interested. Then there's the fact that you can't really control the wind pushing weather balloons all over.