monitors

What's a good alternative monitor for the new Mac Pro?

New Mac Pro

Episode 1649

Bob from Des Moines, IA

Bob is buying the new Apple MacPro. He was thinking of getting the XTR monitor, but he's not high on paying $1,000 for a stand. Leo says that the monitor is really a color reference monitor for professional colorists. It's a beautiful work of art, but it's also $6,000. So for 99.9% of us, it's not necessary. But if you're doing video, you're going to want a very color-accurate monitor. Apple will likely continue to sell the LG UltraFine 5K monitor as well. It's expensive as well, but not nearly as much as the Apple monitor.

What equipment do I need to get into day trading?

Flash Boys

Episode 1569

Andy from LaHabra, CA

Andy is thinking about getting into day trading. What does Leo think? Leo says to read FLASHBOYS. Trading is now an automated, high volume business, and trades are happening in milliseconds, often before anyone at the NYSE knows what's happening. That is the competition. And it's really easy to lose a shirt in day trading, as you get leveraged buying stock on margin.

He'll need a very powerful computer, but any laptop can do basic day trading. It's quite an investment. He'll also need software and a subscription to wall street's feed.

How can I figure out what's wrong with my PC monitor?

Dell Inspiron

Episode 1504

Steve from San Diego, CA

The monitor of Steve's Dell Inspiron has finally bit the dust. Leo says it's probably the cable that has gone bad or worked its way loose. He should try to change the monitor cable. If that doesn't fix it, he should swap out the monitor and see if that's it. Once he has eliminated the easy stuff, then he can look inside the computer. These days, the video card is wired into the motherboard, so that means either replacing the motherboard or getting a new computer. But he should try the easiest stuff first.

How can I control multiple TV monitors separately by remote?

SimpleControl

Episode 1500

Andrew from Nome, AK

Andrew wants to be able to control several monitors separately by remote, but with regular IR remotes, everything he does will affect all of the TVs. Leo says ideally he'd like to be able to do this in software without the remote. Leo says it would be nice if those monitors had a serial port for control. There are remote apps that use Wi-Fi with a phone. Openhab has some documentation for controlling TVs using a serial protocol.

Why can't I see the bottom half of my screen?

www3.lenovo.com

Episode 1479

Larry from Ventura, CA

Larry has a Lenovo Yoga 720 convertible laptop, but when he plugs it into a dock, it doesn't show the bottom part of the screen. However, when he uses it in tablet mode, it's fine. Leo suspects that the monitor driver for the computer monitor is wrong. If it's using a generic driver, it won't show the whole screen. In this case, go to the monitor's website and download the latest drivers. Also, look in the monitor settings for "under scan" and enable that.

Why can't I direct enter channels on my TV?

Insignia HDTV

Episode 1431

Gary from Buffalo, NY

Gary got an Insignia HDTV, but it won't let him directly enter channels on the remote. Leo says that at under $200, it's likely that the TV doesn't have direct channel entry on the remote control and it was done to cut costs by reducing features. It may not even have a tuner. He would need to use his cable or streaming box that has a tuner built-in that could do that.