Hardware

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Sam Abuelsamid .... The Etiquette of EV Charging

Sam

Episode 1577

Sam joins Leo to talk about the etiquette of charging an electric vehicle.  Sam says that some EV users believe it's OK to park next to a charger, thereby making that charger unusable for hours. Tesla has addressed this issue by charging people after their car has been filled up. Users now get a 5 minute grace period. Leo says while that's true, if you're traveling and are parking at the airport, you don't really have a choice. While that's a special case, most EV owners are just using charging spots at the mall and other locations as parking spots.

What Caused the Grounding of the 737 Max?

 737 Max

Episode 1576

Micah from Maine

Micah is a podcaster, talking about Airplanes, and he believes that the 737 Max was grounded mostly because of hysteria created by social media. He says that the cause of the most recent crash was due to a series of problems created by the pilots not really knowing how to use the specific MCast software designed to trim the plane automatically. So pilot error, coupled with a faulty sensor, caused the crash.  Leo doesn't agree that we can pin the entire blame on grounding the fleet on just social media.

Why Won't my Computer Wake Up?

Dell

Episode 1576

Vicky from Rialto, CA

Vicky put her computer to sleep and now it won't wake up. Leo says that's often called "the Big Sleep," and is a common Windows problem. It sounds like Vicky is experiencing "sudden death" of her hard drive. If she can put it into another computer through the external USB plug, and she can see the drive, that means it's not dead. If it can't see it, she will know it's dead. If it can see it, then she can try booting up from it. She'll probably have to change the boot order to do it, but there's a keyboard command for that after she sees the Dell Logo.

Sam Abuelsamid ... in studio

Sam

Episode 1575

Sam joins Leo in studio, and he says that while electric vehicles are getting more popular, it would still take 20-30 years to replace the entire fleet in the US. He drove to Eastside Studios in a KIA NIRO electrified vehicle. The NIRO Hybrid gets 50 mph, but you can get a plugin hybrid as well, which gets 27 miles on a charge. Or you can get a fully electric NIRO, which has a 239-mile range. 

Will a Cert Help Me to Get a Job in Computing?

AWS

Episode 1575

Daniel from Rancho Santa Margarita, CA

Daniel is graduating from college with a degree in Computer Science and now wants to know what Cert he should get. Leo says that largely depends on the job he wants. But an AWS cert is good no matter what as everything is using Amazon Web Services these days. But keep in mind, a degree is going to get him further than a Cert. 

Was a Chromebook a Good Buy?

Chromebook

Episode 1575

Jason from College Station, TX

Jason is tired of maintaining his Windows machine to guard against malware, so he bought a Chromebook. He really enjoys the simplicity of it and how secure they are. Leo says that Chromebooks are great and everything is going online now. So with that, all most people really need is a Chromebook. Even photography and videography are starting to be done online.

Should I Buy a Sound Card?

EVGA NU Audio Card.

Episode 1575

Jeremy from Nashville, TN

Jeremy wants to know if he should get a new sound card for his computer. Leo says that today's motherboards have really good sound cards built right on the board. They're very good for 99% of all sound needs. You'd need to be a hardcore gamer or recorder to squeeze that extra percent out, and most people won't even be able to tell.