Hardware

Laptop or desktop computers and any components within.

Should I buy a new router?

ASUS Tri-Band Gigabit (AC3200) WiFi Router

Episode 1548

Gordon from Long Island, NY

Gordon hears that after about 3 years, routers become less secure and outdated. So does he have to replace his ASUS AC3200 router? Leo says often, news agencies read copy from an electronic press kit. Routers are getting hacked, but if he bought a good router from a company that updates the firmware regularly, then he's OK. ASUS uses DD-WRT, which is updated regularly. So all he has to do is keep them updated.

Where is my external hard drive in Windows?

Western Digital 2TB Portable Drive

Episode 1548

Jim from Ordway, CO

Jim is having problems with Windows recognizing his external USB drive. But his image catalog says his images are there. Leo says that many photo gallery apps keep a thumbnail for fast referral. So it could have the thumbnail, but not see the original image, if the drive is disconnected or lost. Leo also says that his external drive could be getting flakey. He should get a backup drive and make a copy of his photos. He should save them online, too. Three copies, on two formats, with one off-site. The good news is that hard drives are cheap now. He can get a 1 TB drive for under $100.

Can you use multiple monitors with a MacBook Pro?

LG 34" Curved Monitor

Episode 1548

Bruce from Long Island, NY

Bruce recently bought a 15" MacBook Pro, running Windows 10 dual boot with MacOS and BootCamp. Can he run multiple monitors with it? Leo says yes he can, but with a dock makes it really easy. He can find them at MacSales.com. Leo runs up to three in extended mode and it's the best way to work. But Leo says it may be better to get a Mac Mini with an ultra wide 34" curved monitor.

Will trucks become self driving like Teslas?

Semi Truck

Episode 1548

Roy from Orange County, CA

Roy is a trucker who's looking forward to 5G. Leo says he won't see robust 5G for a few years at least. It'll be spotty at first, and companies like Apple won't support it at the very beginning. Roy is also an expert on self-driving semi trucks. Leo says everyone is terrified of a massive 18 wheeler driving itself down the highway. Roy says that the US Department of Transportation is going to require extensive testing before certification. And it will require a safety driver. But ultimately, the trucks will be completely unmanned. And that's going to put a lot of drivers out of a job.

Dick DeBartolo, The Giz Wiz

Dick DeBartolo

Episode 1547

If you collect a lot of business cards you need a central place to keep them. Enter the miniature business card file cabinet. It provides storage for 800 business cards. It's made of sturdy plastic and available in silver or brown color. A-Z card index dividers are included. Dimensions: 6.5" x 4.5" x 6.5". It's a bit pricey considering it's just made of plastic, but it should help you save time finding business cards you need - assuming you take the time to file them as you get them. Under $16.

Why is my printer printing out ads?

Episode 1547

Steve from Nashville, TN

Steve's printer is suddenly printing out ads. What the heck? Leo says there's a good chance he got nailed by either a browser hijack, or malware that has replaced his printer driver. He recommends using Malware Bytes, by only get it from the original creator. The chatroom says that there is a printer exploitation tool kit out there on the web. It could be that there's malware in the HP firmware as well.

What are the new features for the Amazon Echo?

Amazon Echo Input

Episode 1547

Doctor Mom from San Diego, CA

Doctor Mom calls in to talk about new features with Amazon Alexa/Echo. You can now not only link your Echo to your cellphone to make calls, but you can also make Skype calls. And while they have Bluetooth built in, you can't add a headset. It's all speakerphone. Apple is going to be showing up on Amazon for the holidays, which Doctor Mom says will kill the HomePod. A great, but overpriced speaker system.

What's the best way to store all my cables while traveling?

Cocoon Gridit

Episode 1547

Brian from Nashville, TN

Brian wants to know what's a good choice for cable management, while traveling. Leo says that there are plenty of choices out there, but Leo tends to buy cables from Nomad, because they have cable straps attached.

There's a great system called the Cocoon Grid It, which has a bunch of rubber straps in a gridded array that he could use to keep his cables secure and tangle free. There's also the ThinkTank Cable Management Bag and Case Pouch.