Hardware

Laptop or desktop computers and any components within.

Sam Abuelsamid .... Ported

Sam Abuelsamid

Episode 1591

Sam joins to talk about a new product that plugs into your car's OBD2 diagnostic port and can tell you what's wrong with your car. It uses Bluetooth and an app that reads the code and tells you what is wrong. But there are also other uses like monitoring your driving for a better insurance rate. It can also read all the messages the car shares with the manufacturer, or other devices in the car. 

What's a good Android tablet with GPS?

Samsung Galaxy Tab 4

Episode 1591

Chris from Rhode Island

Chris needs a new tablet that supports GPS. Leo recommends the Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 with LTE. Leo suggests Chris to go to his carrier store (AT&T) and tell them you're thinking of going with the competition. They'll give you a good deal to keep your business.

Chris also asks how he can mount his tablet? Leo says to put a metal disc on the back and affix it to your dash with a magnet. It's perfectly safe.

NEST Goes all Google ... rebrands

Google Nest Hub

Episode 1591

NEST has officially become Google NEST, and will solely become a Google Product. Leo says that while Google has owned NEST for a while now, it had kept it largely autonomous, including the data it collected. No longer. No Google owns all the data it collects and will use it. Even worse, Leo says that Google is already phasing out support for other IoT devices and will solely be supported by Google Assistant.  Leo says it's annoying when a company encourages you to deep dive into a product's ecosystem and then changes it so that it can't be used with other products.

The Giz Wiz and the Smart Base

The Giz Wiz

Episode 1590

The life of tech gadgets can be short. A perfect example of that is this JBL Smartbase. This well-built gadget from a famous company is selling for up to 90% off the MSRP. The JBL Smartbase Wireless won an Innovation Award at CES 2016 and came into the marketplace with a price of $199.95. It's described on Amazon as a: Perfect Bluetooth Dashboard Solution for Old Cars and Smartphone Navigation. It allows you to enjoy JBL quality sound wirelessly via Bluetooth.

Should I Buy a 4K TV?

Bluray

Episode 1590

Jeff from Wisconsin

Jeff has a 10-year-old HD TV and he's thinking of upgrading to 4K. A TCL 65" with Roku built in. A good buy? Leo says he'll likely need a decoder box to work with the cable subscription. But will he get 4K? Well, that depends on his cable. And even then, no live channels really broadcast in 4K anyway.  He can stream it through Netflix and others, but it requires a faster internet connection. One thing he can do is get a 4K Bluray player. 

How Large of a Hard Drive can I Get for my Computer?

SATA

Episode 1590

Ron from North Carolina

Ron wants to know how large a hard drive he can put in his SATA drive system. Leo says he won't really want a hard drive that's 15TB. As drive sizes go up, the error rate goes up. So in the long run, multiple smaller drives are better. What Leo recommends getting is an SSD drive for the boot drive, and then use a spinning drive for data storage. 

Why Do I Have to Press F1 When Booting Up my Computer?

F1

Episode 1588

Rob from San Bernardino, CA

Bob is having issues with booting up a few of his computers. He gets a message that says "press F1 to continue" and then it doesn't do anything - it just crashes. Leo says it's usually related to the keyboard. The computer can't see it, and pressing F1 wakes up the keyboard and lets the computer recognize it. It could also be a failed keyboard since Bob is using a really old PS2 keyboard.

How can I Clone a "Blessed" Arcade Hard Drive?

 video dart board

Episode 1588

Dana from Granada Hills, CA

Dana has a video dart board which registers a hit on a video screen after people hit the mark. It runs on Linux and he's concerned that the hard drive may die. Can he clone it?  He's read that people are having issues cloning the drive. Leo says that it may look for a serial number in the start up, and if it doesn't see it, it won't boot up. However, it may be found in the master boot record. To clone a hard drive with everything, Leo recommends CloneZilla. It supports just about every format or system. But don't do it over USB.

The Giz Wiz ... eBikin'

 Giz Wiz

Episode 1588

Yes, an e-bike small and light enough to fit in a backpack. That's what Smacircle says they've created with their model S1. And people are really interested. On Indiegogo, their project raised nearly $560,000.00. It's built with carbon fiber and although it weighs only about 16 pounds it's strong enough to carry a weight of up to 220lbs/ 100kg. It folds to fit into a standard backpack with the tallest dimension of the S1 being 19 inches. Or you can carry it easily by holding onto the saddle.