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Bill says that exposed Xray film is good for viewing the solar eclipse and if you can find some wasted film from a doctor's office, you can use it. Leo doesn't recommend doing this, and viewers should consult the NASA Eclipse Website for how to properly and safely view it.
Amazon has issued a recall alert and cancelled all orders for glasses told to view the upcoming solar eclipse. The glasses were counterfeit and has the proper ISO certification printed on the items, even though they weren't. Not knowing which ones were real and which were counterfeit on it's face, Amazon decided to cancel ALL sales and issue a recall.
Just in time for back-to-school, Dickie D has a gadget for students! Use just a tablet with this portable keyboard called the iClever Ultra Slim Wireless Keyboard. It's a tri-folding, aluminum alloy keyboard with Bluetooth and 3-color backlight. And, as the company points out, it's for iOS, Windows PC, Tablets, and Smartphones. You have your choice of using it wirelessly via Bluetooth 3.0, or you can have a wired connection to ordinary USB-enabled devices. It's full size, and folds to fit easily in the included carry bag.
Cathy is looking for a monitor that she can use with her laptop when she's at home. Leo says that any modern laptop will have an HDMI port and that will connect to an external monitor. In fact, some can support up to three monitors!
What size should she get? Leo says to go with the Dell 27". It's very affordable and the color quality is really good. ASUS also makes monitors, and they are very wide for gaming. It would be great for what Cathy needs as well.
Matt wants to get rid of his cable modem/router and get his own. Leo says that's a good idea. He'll most likely have to keep the modem, but he can disable the router in the firmware and use his own instead. Leo recommends an ASUS 3200.
Johnny is a Microsoft developer and he has noticed that his laptop battery has expanded, creating a bulge and warp. So he had to get it repaired. But Microsoft wants $600 to repair it!But there's a silver lining in that Microsoft replaced the laptop for free instead. But it took a few months. Leo says that's irresponsible because a laptop with a bulging battery is basically a bomb waiting to go off. Leo says it's stories like that which led Consumer Reports to ding Microsoft for its terrible long term reliability.
Consumer Reports has been seeing poor long term reliability in the data they are collecting from readers on Microsoft's Surface line of products. It's so bad that they've downgraded their recommendation to "Do Not Buy." Leo says that long term reliability is something that Consumer Reports goes to great expense to analyze and that they're probably on the money with their decision.
Polarr is a great Chrome extension for doing photography on a Chromebook, but it's still a challenge. If his Chromebook has access to Android apps, that will give him even more options. But at the end of the day, he's better off using a Mac or Windows machine and something like Adobe Lightroom. If Google Photo's basic tools work for him, then he's all set.
Mike is using Terminal on his Mac and he's noticing a strange name at his command prompt. A day later it disappeared. Leo says that the public name of his computer may have been changed. He can learn how at osxdaily.com.
Joe needs a high end chromebook with 16GM RAM. Leo says the challenge will be 16GB of RAM. The highest end Chromebooks have about 8GB of RAM. He really wouldn't need 16GB of RAM with a Chromebook because it doesn't have to deal with the requirements of a full Windows system. ChromeOS is very light. Leo recommends taking a look at ASUS.