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My name is Leo Laporte. I’ve been doing technology-oriented talk radio longer than anyone currently on the air. I created the format in 1990 when I hosted a show on KNBR in San Francisco with well-known columnist John C. Dvorak. I’ve been doing tech talk on the radio ever since on KNBR, KSFO, KGO, and KFI. In February 2007 my show was syndicated by the Premiere Radio Networks.
In 1994 I started answering computer questions on TV and my shows Call for Help and The Screen Savers aired for six years on ZDTV and later TechTV. I no longer work on broadcast television, but I do nearly 30 hours a week of Internet video at http://live.twit.tv. You can read my full bio on my personal web site: www.leoville.com/bio.
There are several cloud services that you probably have data stored in, but knowing where to find it could get confusing. Here are some great ways to keep up with all of your data stored in various cloud services.
Primadesk lets you add all kinds of accounts from a number of services including Box, Cubby, Dropbox, Evernote, Facebook, FTPs and even your own PogoPlug. The site then indexes all of your data so you can search for it all in one place. It also can bring all of your emails accounts in one central place.
CloudMagic lets you put organize your cloud life as well. It can tie into Google services, Microsoft's SkyDrive, iCloud and more. We found that CloudMagic indexes content quickly. CloudMagic displays data in a very visual way with a two pane interface. The right pane shows you a preview of emails or files you have stores with other services. The downside is you get only 50 previews per month for free. $5 per month buys you unlimited previews. CloudMagic's search was very powerful in our tests. It's a great way to find your things. CloudMagic has apps for iOS, Android, and more.
You don't have to use a third party service to make your cloud data more easily accessible. Each cloud service has a desktop app that can be installed so it is just as easy to access as files stored on your local drive. These apps will sync your data to your computer, so you can use the search function of Windows or Mac OS X to find the data.
To find out more about this subject, watch Episode 39 of Know How on TWiT.tv.
Leo's Mom wants to do something that many users probably want to do -- see other Facebook accounts without being public themselves. Facebook hides the ability to do this, and the default when creating an account is to be public. Here's how to make an account that's as private as possible:
Next, go into the Facebook account settings > Privacy. There are a couple of categories with a few options under each.
Under "Who can see my stuff?", you'll have a choice of Public, Friends, Only Me, and Custom. Leo chose "Friends" for his mom. He did this because he can limit who her friends are.
Under "Who can look me up?", Leo chose "Friends", which is the most locked down option provided. There's another option called "Do you want other search engines to link to your timeline?" Make sure to uncheck this box.
Then, click on "Timeline and Tagging" on the left-hand side of the settings page. Under "Who can post on your timeline", Leo set it to "Only Me" because he doesn't want anything to show up on her timeline at all. Also turn on "Review posts friends tag you in before they end up on your timeline".
In the "Who can see things on my timeline?" section, Leo set everything to only "Friends."
Now she should have a generic Facebook account that contains no information about her, and she will be able to see the pages of family members. Leo advises that this is more of an experiment though, because he can't say definitively that this is going to work. There's no telling what Facebook may do next.
Watch Leo go through these settings on episode 975 of The Tech Guy.
From computers, the internet, iPods, and cell phones to camcorders, digital cameras, gaming systems, and home theaters Leo Laporte provides entertaining tech talk that appeals to the inner geek in us all.