Hardware

Laptop or desktop computers and any components within.

How can I image a hard drive to a large thumb drive?

Episode 1435

Mike from Norwich, CT
DriveImage XML

Mike has a 1 TB thumb drive that shows up as a 2 TB drive. Leo says it could have been mislabeled. He should look in his disk management console. He can get there by right clicking on the Start menu, and selecting disk management. It will give him a more accurate indication of the size. If it's 2TB, then it was mislabeled. Also, since Mike bought it off eBay, it's something to be careful with. Can he use it to copy another hard drive? Leo says sure. He should try DriveImage XML to do it.

Why won't my internet connected door lock work?

Episode 1435

Brian from Nashville, TN
August Smart Lock

Brian says that he's having issues with his internet connected door lock. It's connected to a ZigBee hub, and it's only 11 feet away from the door lock and the hub is hardwired to the router. The company's support told him he'll need to get a repeater. Leo says there are routers coming out now that have Zigbee built-in, which could be one solution to these problems. Ultimately the real solution is that these things won't be using ZigBee or Z-Wave, the devices will be talking to the Google Hub or Apple HomeKit.

What computer should I get for recording music?

Episode 1434

Kevin from Panorama City, CA
FL Studio 12

Kevin has a home recording studio for music and needs a new computer. Leo says that most music studios use Pro Tools. Kevin uses FL Studio, though. Leo says Macs are widely used in studios, but thanks to FL Studio and other programs like it, Windows machines are gaining ground. It really doesn't matter. It comes down to the software he uses. With FL Studio, any high end PC will do nicely. Leo likes Dell.

Dick DeBartolo, The Giz Wiz

Episode 1434

Dick DeBartolo

Polaroid is releasing the Polaroid Pop instant digital camera. It uses Polaroid’s Zink Zero Ink paper technology. Embedded dye crystals and heat create the black & white or color image. The prints are 3.5" by 4.25" and for old-time memory sake, feature the famous white border. The camera features a 3.97-inch touch screen LCD display which is used to change settings and browse through the 20MP images captured with its CMOS sensor.

How can I listen to The Tech Guy show when its preempted by football?

Episode 1433

Ron from Brea, CA
TuneIn

Ron likes to listen to Leo's show on Sunday, but it gets preempted often for football. Leo says he can use iHeartRadio and listen to the live stream there. Leo says he can also use a Bluetooth speaker so he doesn't have to wear headphones. Or, he can replace his regular radio with an internet radio. They work just like a normal radio but they tune in stations over the internet. He can also program them with Reciva. CCrane makes a good one.

Amazon Echo or Google Home?

Episode 1433

Nancy from Tarzana, CA
Amazon Echo Show

Nancy has an Android phone, her kids have iPhone. Which assistant should she get, Amazon Echo or Google Home? Leo says it doesn't really matter, but for Nancy, using the Google Home would be similar to Android's voice assistant. The Echo has been out for a few years now and it's a mature system, whereas Google Home just came out not long ago. Google Home is better for facts because of its search knowledge. Amazon Echo is better for home automation. It works well with a variety of Internet of Things devices. Google Home isn't quite there yet with Internet of Things.

Why won't my laptop shut down?

Episode 1433

Aaron from Massachusetts
Windows 10

Aaron has issues with his laptop going to sleep all the time. Leo suggested wiping the drive and starting over because Windows makes decisions about power management during installation and if it gets it wrong, he's stuck. Aaron tried that and now it won't shut down completely. Leo suggests booting into Linux Ubuntu from a USB key to check if the power down happens. He'll need Rufus to do that and make it bootable.