Hardware

Laptop or desktop computers and any components within.

What's a good, repairable laptop?

Episode 1409

Jerry from Hatfield, PA
Lenovo ThinkPad T460s

Jerry runs a dart tournament and he runs it on a spreadsheet through his mobile phone. He wants to use a laptop instead to make it easier for him. Which one should he buy, and can he have two internal drives in it? Leo says that can be done and he'll want to use an SSD for his primary drive. They have special software called wear leveling that extends the life of the SSD. They are more reliable than spinning hard drives because there are no moving parts.

Can I Chromecast to several TVs at once over a network?

Episode 1409

Brian from Thousand Oaks, CA
Raspberry Pi

Brian wants to know if he can use a Chromecast to actually broadcast to a network. He has a company and he wants to be able to hold sales meetings with one computer running all TV screens and Chromecast content to all in the meetings. Leo says no. Chromecast is a 1:1 device and no computer can broadcast to more than one screen at once. He can use the Wavecom Jr., which is an RF broadcast solution that will enable him to broadcast via radio to each screen which has a receiver attached to it. That's one option.

How long can I still use my old iMac?

Episode 1408

Paul from Long Beach, CA
Apple iMacs

Paul is vision impaired and has an eight year old iMac. How can he update it? Leo says that as long as he can update it to the latest OS, he'll be OK, and it sounds like Paul's is updated. But sooner or later, the machine will be left behind. Should he buy a new one? Leo says these days, computers aren't that much faster from one model to another. The improvement in speed really comes with a solid state hard drive and faster memory, though.

Dick DeBartolo, The Giz Wiz

Episode 1408

Dick DeBartolo

The Kids Connect Phone is a parent's "all-in-one security solution". It is the best way for parents to obtain peace of mind while their children are away from home.

The Kids Connect Phone is GPS equipped, which allows real-time tracking of the phone via the Android or iOS app, or on any web enabled device. Parents can also see where their children have been with the location history feature.

How can I get Windows to find my printer again?

Episode 1408

Steve from Murrieta, CA
Windows 10 Start Menu

Steve's Windows machine updated to Windows 10 and now he has trouble connecting to his printer. Leo says that he may want to remove the printer, and then research it according to its name, not IP. He can also go into his router and reserve the IP address for his printer. Lastly, he should give his printer a static IP address and tell the router. But that's the worst case because it could affect the router assigning IP addresses on the network, called "IP Collision."

What's the best home alarm option?

Episode 1407

Paul from Los Angeles, CA
Ring Video Doorbell

Paul is looking for a good alarm system for his home. Leo says that the easiest way is to go to an alarm company like Bay Alarm. He'll need a phone line for it, and they charge a monthly fee for monitoring. Leo says that all of them are about the same, though. He can do it himself with SimpliSafe. He'd install his own sensors and cameras, and it monitors for a more affordable rate.