Vicky has a Western Digital external drive that has died, and she wants to know how she could recover her files and photos off it? Leo says there's two ways hard drives can die. If it's physical, then she can have it worked on by someone like DriveSavers who can take the hard drive apart and get the data off in a clean room. It's expensive, though.
Nelle has a Toshiba Thrive Android tablet, but anytime she has to download something big, she has to connect to Wi-Fi. She has problems finding and connecting to public Wi-Fi spots, though.
She'd rather get an ethernet to USB adaptor so she can hardwire it in to the internet at her work. Leo says that is an interesting solution. She should look into the Bobjgear Ethernet Adaptor for Android, which should be able to do that.
Paul would like to connect his old laptop to his HDTV, but he doesn't have a VGA input on his TV. Paul only has a VGA output on his laptop, though. Leo says ideally, he'd want to use HDMI. Many modern laptops can use DLNA or Wi-Fi Direct that plays video over the air. Apple calls their version of this "Airplay". Paul's laptop probably doesn't support it, though.
This week's gadget is an update of one of Leo's favorite gadgets -- the NewerTech USB 3.0 Universal Drive Adapter. Newertech calls it the "Swiss Army Knife" of Disk Connectivity because it lets you turn pretty much any old hard drive you have into an eternal storage device. Great for getting old data off a drive without installing it into your PC or getting an external enclosure. $30.