Bruce would like to know if there are still kits out there like "Heath Kits," which you can build things like electronics. Leo says that HeathKit still exists here. There's also AdaFruit. From the chatroom - https://smile.amazon.com/DIY-Amplifier-Kit/s?k=DIY+Amplifier+Kit&sa-no-redirect=1
The annual consumer electronics show, known as CES, will be virtual this year with presentations via Zoom. Does Leo say "why even bother?" More companies are doing their own thing and doing it year-round. So why even waste the time? Let companies do their own thing.
Bob Heil is a legend in the broadcast and music recording industry. He's also an amateur radio enthusiast. He is the creator of the Heil PR40 mic, which Leo uses on the radio show. Bob is currently doing an interesting project called the Pineboard Project, which teaches people how to solder electronics. The idea is to build electronics on a pineboard to design your gear. To date, he's had over 100 people involved.
Phil is trying to cut back on his electric bill and his friends suggest powering down his technology, including his router and network every day. But his other friends say that could do more harm than good. Leo says that he'll stress the electronics less if he doesn't turn them on and off on a regular basis. He should just leave it alone. He can reboot things once in awhile, but all modern computers and networks are designed to sip power from a low power mode. If he's not using it for a few days or weeks, then it's OK to power them down.
Mike is looking for a car video unit that he can install. He's building a small fleet of rental cars and wants to include them as a feature. Leo says there's a lot of places to buy Chinese consumer electronics, like eBay, and they're cheap. But the quality varies considerably and he'll have little recourse if they go bad.
After the show today, Leo will be flying to Las Vegas for what may be his last journey to the Consumer Electronics Show. While it's fun to see all the new gadgets, with over 150,000 dealers and press going, Leo says the bloom is definitely off the rose. In today's Internet dominated news cycle, Leo wonders why it's even necessary anymore, except for the social aspects. You'll see a lot of stuff announced at CES that ends up being vaporware since they will never see the light of a showroom floor.