Hardware

Laptop or desktop computers and any components within.

How Can I Perform a Proper Network Recovery on a Used MacBook Pro?

Mojave

Episode 1578

John from South Bend, IN

John bought a used 2012 MacBook Pro for $280. He upgraded to an SSD drive, but the internet recovery tool for OSX put his laptop back to Mountain Lion. Leo says that's how network recovery works, and John later upgraded back up to Mojave. Leo says John did it right:  Get rid of the old drive and replacing it with a new one. 

Here's how to make a bootable USB key for MacOS

The Giz Wiz ... Road Trippin'

 Giz Wiz

Episode 1578

Here's how Bracketron describes their latest gadget: "In the air or on the road, the Bracketron Roadtripper Travel Mount will safely and securely hold your smartphone, tablet and other portable devices." Whether you are travelling for business or pleasure, this is the ideal travelling accessory. To use this mount effectively, you will peel the film off the 3M adhesive and attach to your tablet or other mobile devices. You simply hook the mount around the tray table latch, attach your device to the powerful magnet and you’re ready to start streaming your favourite shows.

How can I Upgrade My Old Windows XP Machine?

 Windows XP.

Episode 1578

Richard from Worcester, Massachusetts

Richard has an old computer running Windows XP. He'd like to boost the memory and hard drive. Leo says that most PCs are upgradable with off-the-shelf components, even the most proprietary brands. Go to Crucial.com or Kingston.com and use their memory picker. Input the model and they'll indicate exactly what is needed. Just remember though, running XP is dangerous to use online. Microsoft doesn't support XP anymore with security patches, and so it's just a target for hackers and exploits. 

How Can I Replace the Hard Drive in my MacBook Air?

MacBook Air

Episode 1578

Robin from Rockford, IL

Robin's 2012-13 MacBook Air has finally died. He gets the "blinking question mark." Leo says that the computer can't read the hard drive, and that's a fairly easy fix. But where and how? Leo says to go to OWC. Not only can he get the right drive by looking up the model number, but they also have video tutorials, and will send the right tools to do it. 

Apple Kills AirPower Two Years After Announcing It

Episode 1578

Two years after it announced the surfboard like Qi charging station known as AirPower, Apple announced today that it was cancelling the product, citing engineering issues. Leo says that according to iFixIt, Apple probably never would've been able to get it approved by the FCC.  Apple did release the AirPods 2, which now has wireless charging. So while you can't charge your iPhone and your AirPods at the same time, you can now charge both wirelessly. 

Are Google Chromebooks Worth the Money?

PixelBook

Episode 1579

Robert from Mira Mesa, CA

Robert has been looking at Chromebooks lately, and was told that Google makes a Chromebook and Chromebox, but hasn't seen any. Are they worth the money? Leo says that Google makes excellent Chromebooks, and they recently created the Pixel Slate with a detachable keyboard. But coming in May is Google IO, and the word is that they're going to announce a new PixelBook model. Supposedly, that means the previous model is going to drop in price. 

Check out the Pixelbook on Amazon

Sam Abuelsamid ... Going Public

Sam

Episode 1579

Sam says that even with driverless cars, he's not sure it can still make any money. There's no networking effect. There's no loyalty or switching costs. So the only way to make it work is to have a lot of drivers and lower fares. Also, companies like Lyft and Uber have no real hard costs or assets. They don't own the cars, or have to maintain them or even pay for the gas. When you go driverless, suddenly you have to pay for cars and maintain them. Those are hard investments and will be in the billions at first.