The Giz Wiz is back and this week he brings along the PowerPot, a camping stove pot that you boil water in and will charge your smart phone at the same time! It contains a lightweight thermoelectric generator that converts heat into DC electrical power. The company says their 5 volt PowerPot will charge cell phones, GPS units, iPods, and lithium ion batteries, or will run speakers, lights, fans, and other low-power USB appliances. It comes with 3 feet of heat resistant cable. $149.00
A few years back, Chris bought a FloTV, which took CES by storm with the potential of mobile television. It eventually died, but he made a few hundred off it when they closed the business. Now Chris wants to know if there's anything he could use it for. Leo says not really. There isn't anything on the net, at least. But at least Chris got a few months of use and even made some cash on it! Leo says that's why you should take emerging technologies at CES with a grain of salt.
Sean wants to know Leo's thoughts on the Raspberry Pi computer. Leo says it's a very interesting concept. Raspberry Pis are small, cheap computers that teach computer science to kids. Great for building projects. It runs Linux, and a lot of people use it for building home theaters. This episode of KnowHow on the TWiT network shows how to use the Raspberry Pi.
Dickie D got hit by a surge that fried out his computer power supply and monitor. He even had a surge protector which did nothing. Leo says that surge protectors often benefit because they have insurance to cover when it does happen. Fortunately, he has "a guy" that could come by and replace his power supply.
Roger is thinking of getting rid of his Dell and going with an Apple. He has an iPad already, which he loves, but he's thinking of getting a Mac. It's more expensive, but Leo says it's also a professional grade computer. Since Apple has a smaller market share, there's really no viruses to worry about. If price is the issue, Leo recommends getting a refurbished Mac. Leo only recommends getting a refurbished computer from Apple, though.
Nef's keyboard is suddenly typing strange letter and numbers. Leo says to be sure that the numlock or capslock isn't enabled. Keyboards can also get dirty and that could cause it. Keyboards are dirt cheap, and he can buy one and make sure it's just the keyboard that's wearing out. He can plug it in a different one, and if it works, he'll know his keyboard is going bad.
Jonathan is going to college this fall and will be studying 3D applications like Solidworks and engineering. Leo says Jonathan will want to get a PC with an i7 processor for more performance, and 8GB of RAM. Those are the two top requirements he should consider.
Dickie D brings along to the show the Powramid Power Center. It's a surge protector that's ideal for a conference room (Or any place you need more outlets.) Placed on top of a conference room table, it provides surge protected power outlets for up to six devices, plus two USB plugs. The Powramid Surge Protector is available in black or white. On Amazon it’s available for about $22.00 at the link above.
Guy is getting ready to upgrade his PC by changing out the motherboard and wants to know if he needs to reinstall Windows. Leo says yes, he will. The computer will be confused because the OS is looking for the motherboard it was installed for. What