Laptop or desktop computers and any components within.
Today's gadget is the PackLite Hero 2-in-1 Supercharger. It's a solar powered inflatable lantern & phone charger that packs flat for easy carrying and charging on the go. Designed for rugged adventures and charging beyond the grid, the PackLite Hero lantern provides over 300 lumens of bright LED light on Turbo mode and can run for up to 100 hours on Low mode. It recharges via solar power in 16 hours of sunlight or by USB input in 2-4 hours. The 5V USB output port will recharge your phone in 2-4 hours depending on your type of phone.
Larry has an Acer Chromebook that freezes up intermittently. Leo says that it may be a good idea to "Powerwash" it from time to time, but it's not a normal thing for the Chromebook to be doing. Powerwashing will completely reset his Chromebook, though, so he should make sure he's backed up.
Jeremy is going to college and wants to buy a new MacBook laptop. Leo says he should wait until after June 4th, because Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference is happening and they're rumored to be announcing new MacBooks. Leo adds that he would have a broader range of choices going with Windows, and it may be a good idea to contact his college and see what they support, especially if he's in a field of study that is focused. If price is an object, he should get a better computer with a smaller hard drive, but it should be at least 256GB SSD.
Don bought his own cable modem. What does he need to do to install it? Leo says that he shouldn't have to do anything other than connect it up and then contact his cable provider and give them his MAC address. They'll ping it to activate. He'll want to be sure his modem is supported, though. NetGear should be.
Mike has an Epson EcoTank 4550 and now it won't print because he's used it too much. Leo says that the EcoTank has enough ink for two years, and since Mike has refilled it once, Leo suspects that the print head needs to be replaced.
(Disclaimer: Epson is a sponsor)
Steve is looking for a motion activated security camera that can run on a cellular network. Leo says that all security cameras are motion activated these days. DropCam and Nest would be the natural choice, but they rely on Wi-Fi.
Leo recommends the Eagle Eye Nubo. It has 2G, 3G and LTE. It's also weather resistant. But he'll want to be sure that it is supported by his carrier. He'll have to get the SIM from them anyway.
John built a Windows 10 machine, upgrading from Windows 7. But now it's slowing down while playing videos and he has to do a hard reboot to restart it. Leo says there's a setting in the video driver that is for "hardware acceleration." If it's on, he should turn it off. If it's off, he should turn it on. That may fix it. He can right click on the desktop, then click through the following: personalize, display, change display settings, advanced settings, graphics property box, troubleshooting, change settings, display adapter troubleshooter for hardware acceleration.
Walt has a few hundred CDs and he'd like to rip them, put them on a music server, and then donate them. Leo recommends ripping in a lossless version called FLAC. FLAC is a great because if one needs to re-burn to a CD, they can. If using iTunes, he should use Apple's own lossless codec. Using a Mac that stays on all the time would work, but Leo recommends using a Network Attached Storage device and have that run as the music server. It can also do double duty backing up the network. Leo recommends the Synology brand.
With Apple's Worldwide Developer's Conference coming in two weeks, Leo says right now isn't a good time to upgrade your laptops, as most likely new MacBooks will be announced, along with previews of the latest macOS and iOS operating systems. But if you want to get a new iPhone or iPad, go ahead, as Apple probably won't announce those until the Fall.
Button Lamp is a tiny LED Lamp that can light dozens of dark areas where a larger light won't fit. Stick them up on a shelf in kitchen cabinets, in a closet, tool box, etc. They're also perfect for power outages, camping trips, and even on on boats. And yes, they're waterproof and submersible. They come in a handy 6-pack for under $10. Dick does not recommend the 3-pack for $7.99. They also come with an adhesive disc for quick installation. Batteries are included and not replaceable. Each device contains one 13 Lumen LED.