Laptop or desktop computers and any components within.
Adam wants to build a PC, should he get stuff during Black Friday or Cyber Monday? Leo says he doesn't recommend building computers anymore because you can pretty much get it cheaper from Dell and you have at least a modicum of support. It's a great project though. but you will be your own support. Leo recommends calling NewEgg and seeing about their price matching policy, so if you buy something now and it's cheaper on Black Friday, you'll get back the difference.
James is bummed that Apple pulled all iPod Classics. Apple says they stopped making them because they couldn't get the parts. And James doesn't know why Apple had all stores sent them back. Interesting. Could it be that Apple is going to use them for parts? Apple is very good about controlling the supply chain. And they probably weeded out most of them through sales. Apple is a very good "just in time manufacturer," and there really isn't a very deep backlog of inventory to pull from.
Debbie just bought a new computer and she's not very tech saavy. And it's not working right. Lots of popups. Leo says that it's likely that Debbie has been infected with malware. Leo says that Debbie is a prime candidate for something much simpler like a Google Chromebook or a tablet. You really need to know more security stuff when dealing with Windows. With Debbie's issue, since she's already infected, she probably needs to backup her data, format her hard drive, and then reinstall Windows from a known good source, and then update it completely.
Joe bought a pair of Pebble watches. And he's thinking of getting the Moto 360, but he doesn't want the data plan. Leo says that the Apple Watch will only work with an iPhone. The Moto 360 only works with Android. The Microsoft Band works only with Windows Phone. So that's where the state of the art is right now and it largely depends on your plan and what phone you want. Can he sync with a tablet? Leo doesn't think so. But in every case, the watches aren't smart enough to work independently. They're more like a second screen for the phone.
Leo bought the largest Android phone on the market, the Google Nexus 6.It does come with Android 5 - Lollipop. And he says it's a beautiful phone. However, when it comes to battery life, it leaves Leo a bit concerned. Although it has a bigger battery, it also comes with a quad HD screen, which is gorgeous, but really sucks up the battery power. He likes the dual front facing speakers though. And that makes sense.
Jo likes music and is interested in Umphrey's McGee. Leo says they're a fun group. Jo wants to watch streaming concerts on her television. Leo says that the Google Chromecast is the way to go. It's only $35. She'll use her laptop or smartphone to choose the content, and then it will hand off the content to the TV. Then she'll be watching on her TV, but controlling it with the phone.
Stanley wants to use a computer to download talk shows and then burn them to archive them. What laptop should he get? Leo advises Dell. He can get an affordable Inspiron laptop for around $500 to 600, but he'll also need to add a CD burner because few laptops come with them now. He might also want to consider getting Dell's basic phone support as well, since that won't come with the computer.
Should he get Windows 8 or Windows 7? Leo says Microsoft doesn't allow Dell or any other manufacturer to offer Windows 7 anymore. So it'll be Windows 8.
Linda has a Gateway laptop and her trackpad has stopped working. Can she fix it? Leo says she could pay for it, but he wouldn't advise trying to fix it herself. Another thing is to make sure she hasn't simply turned off the track pad. There is a keystroke combination that will disable it. So she should check in her settings to be sure. There may also be a trackpad icon in the system tray that could show her if it's turned off. Otherwise, she can just use a USB mouse.
This week's Gadget is the BloomSky Tian, which has a built-in camera and gives you weather information for your own backyard. It has a 30 day battery. $179, or upgrade to the solar power version for another $40. Takes images of your sky and sends them to you online. The idea is to share local weather online.
Rick wants to know if after using SpinRite, will a drive cloning app copy the bad sectors as well? Leo says no. SpinRite marks them as "do not use." And as such, the cloning software will avoid them. But it will list those cloned sectors as empty, which isn't a bad thing.