Laptop or desktop computers and any components within.
Greg needs a five bay network attached storage device (NAS). He's used Drobo, but is wondering if there's something better. Perhaps Synology?
Richard's daughter has a Dell Inspiron 5000 and the fan never stops running. Leo says that is usually a BIOS issue and a BIOS update could solve that. Those issues usually get repaired over time. But he should also see if her use is extremely heavy, causing it to run hotter than expected. Open apps may cause it. But chances are, it's an overzealous fan and a firmware update will fix it. Richard should call Dell. CPUID has a great program that will tell him exactly what the temperature is.
Mark has a new laptop that has a fan that is constantly blowing, rather than monitor the temperature and then turn on when it needs to. Is there any way he can control the laptop fans through software alone? Leo suggests checking out SMCFanControl by EIDAC. Otherworld computing also sells a cable for the InLine Digital Thermal Sensor.
Dickie D brings us the Levitating Lamp -- a light shade that actually levitates three inches above the lamp and slowly rotates. It's by Hammacher-Schlemmer. The computerized coils make 1,000 adjustments per second to ensure the shade stays upright, even when bumped, while the swirling pattern accentuates the natural spinning motion caused by air currents. The lamp has nine bright white LED bulbs: six that shine upward into the shade, and three that shine downward to provide accent lighting for the brushed chrome stand.
Jack wants to password protect a thumb drive. Leo says one way he can do this is to encrypt the drive. He can also use BitLocker in Windows to do it. He can just right click the thumb drive and select the encrypt option. A third party option is TrueCrypt.
Beth is sending her daughter to school and needs to get her an affordable laptop in the $600 range. Her daughter wants a Mac, though. Leo says that the cheapest Mac is the MacBook Air at $999. She can shave off a hundred or so by going with the Refurbished Macs, but she should only get them through Apple. That way she'll also get a warranty.
Caroline bought the Ring doorbell, and she says it takes forever to send her the video and it keeps trying to attach to her Bluetooth hearing aid. Leo says it takes about 10 seconds to notify you of someone at the door. Also, it's the phone that supports Bluetooth, not Ring. Ring connects via Wi-Fi.
Eric has free Wi-Fi in his neighborhood, but his signal is pretty weak. Sadly, he doesn't have access to the router. How can he use an extender to pass the signal along? Leo says that he'd ideally want to boost both transmission and reception, but without access to the router, he can't do that.
Zach's dad is getting him a new computer. What should he get? Leo says that an i5 processor with at least 8GB or RAM and a 256GB SSD drive will set Zach up nicely.