Mark has been having issues where he can't do a time machine backup on his new M1 Mac. It gives him a "can't write a file" error. Does he have enough memory for it? Leo says it's not related to memory. It's likely a Time Machine issue. One of the reasons why Leo doesn't rely on Time Machine. Leo uses SuperDuper or ChronoSync to do a backup. RSync is native to the Mac, which ChronoSync harnesses. And SuperDuper is in beta on a bootable backup with the M1. So it's the way to go.
Scott bought an M1 Mac Mini. Loves it. But when his computer wakes up from sleep mode, the video is "snowy." Leo says there's a Reddit discussion that points to this being a known issue. He suggests checking the HDMI cable. Trying another cable could eliminate the easy fix. Leo likes to get his HDMI cables from MonoPrice. But it may be an issue with the M1 mac's GPU.
Ryan's mom had an old 2013 Macbook that the battery is starting to swell. Leo says that Apple will replace it for a price. About $129. She can also do it through iFixit. It's a pretty easy fix. And she'll save money since the battery itself is really only around $60. But if it's a retina Macbook, it's been glued in and so she can't do it.
Brian does a lot of video production for his church and he's looking to update his Mac. Should he go with the 15" M1 Mac? Leo says that the M1 is very fast and doesn't have to deal with overheating. Battery life is spectacular. But since everyone is expecting new MacBooks in June, Leo says to wait. The rumor is that there will be a 16" M1X Macbook very soon. Maybe even this month at the Apple iPad event. But it's a long shot. June is probably more likely.
Vernon is thinking about upgrading to the new M1 Macbook Pro. But he would really like a desktop. Leo says to wait until the new M1 iMacs come out. No need to get another Intel machine at this point. Leo suspects that next Spring will bring a bevy of new desktops coming with not only the M1 chip but an even more powerful model with more RAM.
What about a NAS? Leo says you can take that old Desktop and convert it into a homebrew NAS using FreeNAS and multiple drives, but Leo says a five-bay Synology NAS is a better option.