Kris wants to get a new hard drive for his Mac. Leo says to get a 512GB hard drive that will house the OS and programs, and then an external drive for data. Going with a Thunderbolt 3 will make it faster than the internal drive.
Ananias got a bunch of Macs with Quadros and wants to know if they're worth anything. Leo says he can go to EveryMac.com to see their history. But they run a PowerPC chip, and as such, aren't really supported in the modern computing world. Likely, they just fodder for eCycling. However, it is still worth checking out eBay to see if there are any opportunities.
Shane works for the Schlage lock company and more people want the company to start using Macs. Leo says that volume licensing is not as complicated as microsoft, but Apple also doesn't have as good of enterprise level support either. But Apple will update the computer regularly. He doesn't have to install the updates — He could defer or even ignore them. It's not a good idea, though.
If you have an old user account on your Mac that you can no longer access, there's a way you can still get into it as long as you have an "Administrator" account on that Mac. Just get into the System Preferences from the Apple Menu and click "Users & Groups". Then click the lock icon and enter the admin name and password. Select a user, and then click "Reset Password".
Gina's iMac keyboard isn't very comfortable. Where can she get a new one? Jason recommends going over to thewirecutter.com and search for "Keyboards." Her Mac can use any keyboard out there, and in the System Preferences there's also an option to swap the Command and Option keys for those who need that preference.
Randy has been bit by malware and it won't disappear. Leo says Randy needs to just start over. He should just backup his data, then restart his computer, hold CMD + R, erase the hard drive and reinstall. He should get his data backed up first, though. It's really the safest way to fix his problem.
John wants to know if keeping his Mac on while he's walking around will damage the laptop. Leo says not if he puts it to sleep. It stops reading the drive that way.
What is a hardware password? A hardware or firmware password will keep the computer from starting up in any way other than its designated startup. On the Mac, he'd go into Utilities and set his firmware password. It's very important not to forget it, though.
Bernardi says that he's a Linux system admin, and he's thinking about going with a MacBook Pro for his next computer. It's very expensive with the dollar exchange, though. We're talking $10,000! Leo says that's crazy! Most of that cost is a tariff to the Brazilian government. This is why Apple's been considering opening a plant in Brazil.
Ed is blind and has trouble controlling his HAM radio with his computer. Leo says if he has software that is designed to control it, and a cable that converts USB to RS232, then it should work. The chatroom says that they haven't gotten it to work on Macs either. Macs don't work because they don't recognize COM ports. Windows, by contrast, is backwards compatible and has support for that. He'll also need drivers. If the COM port adapter came with software, then that could also be the issue.
Victoria has an 09 iMac that runs El Capitan, but she got bit by ransomware. Leo says that's odd because the only ransomware is called "Transmission" and it's been eradicated after only being out in the wild for a day through Bittorrent. She gets a pop up that says "your computer is infected," though. Leo says that doesn't mean she has ransomware. It's actually a phishing scam trying to get her to install malware. And she can't get infected by it anyway. What it does mean is that the website is infected and she should avoid it.