Internet and Web

Your internet connection, web sites and services.

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.

Why Can't I Watch Netflix With a VPN?

PLEX

Episode 1667

Mike from Cabo San Lucas, MX

Mike watches Netflix with a VPN. Why is it slower? Leo says that a good VPN shouldn't slow him down all that much. So if the VPN is slow, and making it harder to stream Netflix, then try a different VPN or ISP. Also, if you're using a VPN to watch Netflix from the home computer, the upload speed may be the issue. Leo also recommends using PLEX. It uses a dedicated port and will enable him to media serve that Netflix stream, as well as movies. But again, it depends on the home upload speeds.

Where Can I Buy a Domain?

Hover

Episode 1667

Navy from Chicago, IL

Navy wants to register a domain. What's a good site to do that? Leo says that (TWiT Sponsor) Hover is a good place. He has most of his domains registered there. One thing though, the pricing of domains has changed. They used to be about $10 a year, by the creators of domain extensions have started to charge more for their custom domains. Another good option is Google Domains. He can get a domain for about $12 a year. The chatroom says that Cloudflare has cost pricing for registration/renewal.