Hardware

Laptop or desktop computers and any components within.

Sam Abuelsamid on Car Tech

Sam Abuelsamid

Episode 1559

Sam says that shared scooters are popping up all over the city, but he says we don't know what shape they are in, or if they have enough juice to get us where we need to go. They are a good alternative when you have to get somewhere within 10-12 blocks, though. The problem, however, is that those shared scooters don't come with protective headgear.

Is PayPal safe for Craigslist?

PayPal

Episode 1559

Ashley from North Carolina

Ashley is trying to sell his MacBook Air on Craigslist, and the person most interested wants to pay through PayPal and have it shipped. Leo says that the benefit of PayPal is that there are guarantees for payment. However, there are cases when those guarantees are not enough. So it's important to take a close look at what PayPal will do to protect him. He should look at their buyer ratings on eBay, if they have them.

It's always hard to prove if they got the item, and they can always say they didn't receive it. So he should make sure he is protected.

How can I get data off an old hard drive?

Episode 1558

Jim from Escondido, CA

Jim has a few old laptops that died on him. What can he do with him? Can he recycle them? What about the data on the old hard drives? Leo says you can pull out the hard drives before you donate them. Also, older laptops often will work on your AC adapter by taking out the battery. Take the battery out and plug it in to see if it works. If so, then you can move them over to another drive or thumbdrive. But don't get rid of those old hard drive. That's a security risk.

BTW Desktops are even easier.

Can can I transfer files from a dead computer?

Episode 1558

Larry from Long Beach, CA

Larry's computer went belly up and he has to buy a new computer. How can he move data from his old computer to his new computer when the old computer is dead? Leo says to go to Newertech.com and pick up their Universal Drive Adapter. Take the old hard drive out of the computer and connect it to your new computer using the UDA. Then you can open it as a drive on your new computer and copy the missing data over. But if the drive isn't functioning any longer, you may be out of luck.

Why isn't my trackpad working after updating Windows?

Episode 1558

Sam from San Diego, CA

Sam had three laptops upgraded to Windows 10, but one won't work with the trackpad. Leo says that a driver may be missing. So Leo recommends going to your laptop's manufacturer website and look for a driver package for your laptop. If that doesn't work, try using the Windows 8.1 driver. It should be OK to do so.Look in the design manager for any red "X" and that will be devices without a driver.

Dick DeBartolo, The Giz Wiz

Dick DeBartolo

Episode 1558

The second generation June Oven offers faster cooking, a streamlined touchscreen interface and a durable, easy-to-clean stainless steel interior. The June app lets users start cooking, watch their food being cooked, and receive push notifications to their mobile device. June’s digital Cookbook provides easy to follow, step-by-step video recipes and automatically controls your June to set the correct time, temperature, cook-program and preferred doneness. June can bake, broil, roast, air fry, dehydrate, slow cook, toast, reheat and keep warm.

How long will my old Mac laptop last?

macOS High Sierra

Episode 1558

Rich from West Palm Beach, CA

Rich is a long time Mac user, and he's been using Quicken 2007. He's recently been having issues using it with macOS High Sierra. Leo says that having a dedicated Quicken machine running Sierra would be a good way to take care of his data through Quicken, and using an SSD will make it last a good, long while. The real deal is the battery of his older laptop. It'll eventually need to be replaced. But Rich should be able to get another 10 years out of it.

Can I set up my iPod to just play 30 second song clips?

iPod Touch

Episode 1558

Travis from California

Travis works out a lot and would like to grab 30 second snippets to work out by. Is there an app or function that will do that? Leo says that there is no function on the iPhone or iPod, but iOS12 has a feature called "Shortcuts," so he may be able to create a shortcut to play just 30 seconds of a song. Shortcuts works by daisy chaining tasks from apps. Some headphones have a skip button, where he'd tap the button twice to skip.

What's the best USB mic for $100 to $200?

Blue Yeti Microphone

Episode 1556

Jake from Jacksonville, FL

Jake's friend wants to get into music recording and is looking for a good USB microphone. Their budget is between $100 and $200. Leo says there's a lot of choices in that price range. Blue is best known for this category. The Blue Yeti is the top dog. He should avoid the Snowball, though. It has no headroom. Audio Technica's ATR2100 is very nice as well.