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Your internet connection, web sites and services.

Do I Have to Pay My Domain Registrar to Host My Site?

FastMail

Episode 1821

David from La Mirada, CA

David has a domain for his business, and he wants to change web hosts.  Leo says while he used GoDaddy to register a domain, he doesn't have to pay them to host the site. He can use a new hosting company and then just change the domain forwarding record. WordPress has a good service. So he can cancel the service with GoDaddy and use another company without losing his domain name. He can also use a different company for email. Leo likes FastMail for that.

Johnny Jet ... Busted in Hawaii

Johnny Jet

Episode 1821

Johnny Jet joins Leo to talk about the Florida couple who got arrested for trying to use fake covid vaccination cards to enter into the state. In other news, while the vaccine is the best option for combatting Covid, you may still get it. That's what happened to his dad. But he's recovering. In other news, Johnny says that the New Haven airport is a good option to avoid flying into New York, now that they're taking larger planes like 737s. 

What Are My Options If I Have No Broadband Access?

Verizon

Episode 1821

Mike from Hampton, VA

Mike's mother doesn't have the ability to get internet other than a cellular option through Verizon. Leo says that Verizon has a home internet package, as does T-Mobile. But if her Verizon is good, it'll be costly but it's doable. The other option is satellite. With Elon Musk's Starlink service, she can get 100-200 Mbps download. And it'll keep getting faster as more satellites come online. The downside is the price. $99 a month plus $500 for the equipment. 

Rod Pyle: A Tour of SpaceX

Rod Pyle

Episode 1820

Rod Pyle joins Leo to talk about Tim Dodd (Everyday Astronaut), who got a tour of SpaceX's Starbase Rocket facility in Boca Chica, Texas. And his tour guide was Elon Musk. You can watch the three-part interview here. In other space news, Boeing has detached the Starliner, which has been having issues with its maneuvering thrusters before the second launch. 13 valves failed to open, and it looks as if there's severe corrosion due to moisture.

Should I Use an SEO Company?

SEO

Episode 1819

Dave from Temecula, CA

Dave has a business and he wants to know if it's worth doing SEO to get better search results on Google. Seems like snake oil. Leo says that there are legitimate SEO companies. But there's a lot of snake oil there, as well. A LOT. And an overly aggressive SEO could actually cause Google to delist him. SO if they make nonorganic suggestions that could "game the system," run away!

Johnny Jet ... Too Close to Home

Johnny Jet

Episode 1819

Johnny recently discovered his dad contracted Covid19, even though he was vaccinated. The good news is because he was vaccinated, the infection has been lighter than being unvaccinated. So being vaccinated is important, if for no other reason than it'll prevent Covid from being worse. 

Johnny also says this is a good reason to keep some of your frequent flyer miles in an account for emergencies. Currently, you can get pretty good deals on using your FFMs on American Airlines at the last minute. 

Can I Cast to My TV From My Cell Phone Without WiFi?

SmartView

Episode 1819

WD from Hell's Kitchen, NY

WD would like to cut the cord, but he doesn't want to pay extra for the internet as well. Leo says that's what ISPs will do. If he has a cable provider also handling internet access, they'll just make up for the cord-cutting by jacking up the rate on internet access. Can he cast to his SmartTV and just use his mobile data plan? Leo says it depends on what his cellular carrier provides. Most will have data caps, but if he doesn't do it all the time, he can "cast" it. It's called DNLA, or Miracast. Samsung can do it if both TV and mobile phone are Samsung. It's called SmartView.

Rod Pyle: Super Heavy Gets Stacked

Rod Pyle

Episode 1818

Rod Pyle joins Leo to talk about how Space X stacked their Starship and Super Heavy Booster this week, making it the largest rocket in history at just under 400' tall and 30' wide. It was part of a fit test, and the rocket was stacked for about an hour. It was a fantastic event to see live on YouTube. Plans are to launch it sometime in September or October, once they get clearance from the FAA. It'll have twenty-nine raptor engines on the Super Heavy booster, and six engines on Starship. And they are designed to be turned around and relaunched within an hour. 

How Can I Get An Accurate Voice Transcription?

Google Recorder

Episode 1818

George from Graz, Austria

George calls from overseas to ask if there is a better way to transcribe his mother's voice. He uses a Google Skill on the phone to do it, but it doesn't do an excellent job with his mother's Austrian accent. Leo says that Otter.AI is a great site for getting transcriptions of prerecorded audio. But if you want to use a Google Skill, you can either build your own skill or rely on the skills that have been built. Google also has its own Recorder site that is excellent.