Hardware

Laptop or desktop computers and any components within.

What's the best WiFi BBQ thermometer?

Episode 1419

Gabby from Santa Rosa, CA
Williams Sonoma Smart Thermometer 2

Gabby is looking for a good smoker. Leo says that a Big Green Egg is his preference, but secret is the wood chips. He can even do that in his current BBQ. Gabby bought a Bluetooth thermometer that he can use with WiFi to extend the range or allow him to remotely check in. Leo says that Williams Sonoma has one called the Smart Thermometer 2 that works via WiFi with Android and iOS.

Dick DeBartolo, The Giz Wiz

Episode 1418

Dick DeBartolo

This neat little gadget is called Port O Pill. And the company boasts: Pills + Water / Anytime, Anywhere! Never get caught without water or medication again. Leak-resistant, refillable container. Now the company says “Holds up to 10 pills” but that will surely depend the kind of pills. Chances are you'll carry this with just the pills you need for one day. Carrying only 1.5 ounces of water, it meets FAA plane rules for carry-on liquids. It's small enough for a backpack, purse, glove box, and maybe a pocket if you're wearing cargo pants. BPA Free and top rack dishwasher safe.

Can the Amazon Echo make phone calls?

Episode 1418

Cindy from California
Amazon Echo

Cindy wants to know if the Echo can work as an intercom all around the house. Leo says it can, but the Echo Dot requires external speakers, while the Echo has its own speaker. There's also the Echo Show, which also has video. She heard that it can make phone calls. Leo says it doesn't make phone calls, but it can make Echo to Echo calls to anyone in her network. If she wants to make phone calls, then Google Home is the way to go. It uses Google Voice.

How can I find out what is using up all my hard drive space?

Episode 1418

Gene from Pasadena, CA
WinDirStat

Gene is running out of space on his hard drive and he doesn't understand why. Leo recommends WindirStat. It will show him what is using up all that space, then he can delete it. He can also clean out his temporary files and downloads, clear his internet cache, etc. He can also uninstall programs he doesn't use all that often.

What's a good convertible laptop?

Episode 1417

Serenity from Ashville, NC
ThinkPad Yoga 370

Serenity wants to get a larger laptop to replace her desktop. Leo says if she doesn't mind the extra weight, a laptop is not a bad idea for a desktop replacement. She also wants a convertible for tablet use. Leo likes the two-in-one versions like the Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga. It's in its second generation and it's beautiful. She can also pay extra and get the OLED version.