Hardware

Laptop or desktop computers and any components within.

How can I keep number lock on permanently?

Episode 1438

Ben from Orange, CA
Laptop Keyboard

Ben says that his arrow keys can be used as numbers but he has to keep changing it so it will continue to work that way. Leo says he'll have to change the num lock setting in his BIOS/System setup. He can enable the num lock to be on when he boots up. Keyboard mapping is all done in software. There's a good app called AutoHotKey that can also work because it uses Keyboard mapping.

Is the Movo Wireless Microphone good?

Episode 1438

Paul from San Diego, CA
Movo Wireless Microphone

Paul has had an issue where Microsoft was installing newer drivers during an update that he didn't want. Leo says that he can choose to not install the newer drivers when he runs the update utility.

Paul also wants to know if the Movo wireless microphone works well. Leo says it's a good low-cost wireless microphone, but he's concerned because the cheaper a wireless mic is, the more likely he'll run into interference.

What phone should I buy for controlling a drone?

Episode 1437

John from Long Island, NY
iPhone 8 and 8 Plus

Joe is frustrated with replacement iPhones because they keep failing with the dreaded touch screen disease. So he bought a brand new one for navigating his DJI drone. How does it restore the old apps? Leo says it doesn't. It always goes out and gets the newer version. If he prefers the older version, he may be out of luck. But he doesn't want a SIM card for it. Leo says to use his own SIM card to activate the phone. Then pop it back out and it should stay activated.

Why can't I block spam calls?

Episode 1437

Omar from La Mirada, CA
Man Yelling at Phone

Omar keeps getting spam calls and he can't block them because they keep spoofing the number. Leo says it's called Neighbor Spoofing because they use a number that sounds like it comes from his neighborhood. It's illegal, but good luck trying to catch them. The problem is that spoofing a phone number is very easy. The caller ID is useless. And there's no real way to block them. He can at least complain to YouTube and they will pull his channel down since he's breaking the law by posting recordings of the calls.

Can I clone my hard drive to an SSD?

Episode 1437

Larry from Petaluma, CA
SSD

Larry's desktop runs Windows 10 and he's planning on putting an SSD in. How does he clone his spinning drive? Leo says that most hard drives have cloning software included that he can download and run. He'll want to make sure it's a sector-by-sector copy. Then Leo recommends keeping the spinning drive as his data drive. Disc 0 will be his "C" drive. Disc 1 is the second partition. He can clone both partitions at once. Then he'll have the partitions kept in place as well.

Dick DeBartolo, The Giz Wiz

Episode 1436

Dick DeBartolo

ShadeCraft is a robotics and technology startup based in Los Angeles, California. Their flagship product, SUNFLOWER, is billed as the world’s first robotic shading system that tracks the sun. But that's not all! It has a full set of high tech features that include GPS, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity, a high definition camera, voice activation and controls, speakers to stream audio, controlled lighting, and the ability to charge external devices! And – it's all powered through solar energy. Now this was a preview look and the more formal introduction will take place at CES 2018.

My Sony radio went through the wash and it still works!

Episode 1435

George from Santa Monica, CA
Sony - AM/FM Pocket Radio

George accidentally washed and dried his Sony radio, and it still worked afterwards! He says that good products that are made well need to be recognized. Leo points out that it isn't recommended use for that radio and Sony doesn't guarantee that it will work after a wash cycle. It's good that George dried the device before he used it. Water in a device isn't necessarily going to harm it, unless it gets powered and then short circuits. So it's key to fully dry the device out before turning it back on.

Should I get an i7 laptop?

Episode 1435

Qingnan from Los Angeles, CA
Microsoft Surface Book

Qingnan is looking to get a Windows Surface Book. Leo had one and he thought it was an interesting design, but it fell short on performance. The second version is about to drop and it's supposed to be better, though. Qingnan is confused though with the processor designation — it has two different processors claiming it's the 8th generation. Leo says that's marketing and often times that can be confusing.