Laptop or desktop computers and any components within.
Grant wants to know how he can mount his monitor so he can view it while lying on his back. Leo says that most monitors have a VESA compatible connector, and you can easily mount one on the ceiling or nearby wall and angle it with a monitor arm. Check out the Fully Jarvis arm by ErgoTron. A monitor stand could also work.
Sam is back from CES and joins Leo to talk about what he saw. What surprised Sam was the Sony Vision S Concept Car. A 4 door electric sedan, it looks a lot like a Tesla. The car was built by Magna International, which creates a lot of the parts that come in today's cars. They also build cars in Europe for Toyota, Jaguar, and others. This doesn't mean that Sony is getting into the car manufacturing business, but was meant to showcase all the electronics that they make for the Car industry.
Rich has a bunch of filing cabinets full of papers he wants to digitize. Thoughts on how to do that? Leo says the first step is to get a network-attached storage (NAS) so he can access the data. But you can also use a laptop with a 1TB or larger hard drive. That'll work too. To scan, the Epson Fast Photo has a sheet feeder that enables for high speed, high volume scanning. The feeder will scan up to 1 page per second. Another option is Neat Receipts document scanner. Both will create PDFs pretty quickly.
Dickie D is back from Las Vegas, where he joined Leo on his excellent CES adventure. Dickie D likes to look for the crazy tech at CES. One device is Project NESSA, where women can virtually try on different outfits and warn you if you've worn an outfit before to a specific event. But the find of the day was the Smart Potato. the $34 Smart Potato inserts a blade-like device to use 'potato energy' to power the Bluetooth antenna attached to the inserted electronic card. Then, you can use your potato just like Alexa or Google Home. Just say “Hey Potato” and ask your question.
Jerry is into ham radios and he wants to know if a software-driven radio is a way to go. Leo says that everyone is going with software-driven radio design now, and a lot of Chinese companies have flooded the market with inexpensive models. SDR USB dongles can even turn a computer into ham radio. But he's frustrated because it doesn't save his information or channels and he has to reacquire everything. Leo says that sounds like a flaw in its design. It could also require a driver for that USB dongle. Or, turn on the computer. Let is power-up, and then plug it in.
Joe wants a good camera for his upcoming train trip. Would a GoPro work or should he rely on his cellphone? Leo says either will work, but he wants to be sure the mobile device has image stabilization. He could get a gimbal for the smartphone too. That'll stabilize the image. Leo recommends the DJI Osmo.
Cara's mother is recovering from a stroke and she wants to know how she can still communicate by email on her Chromebook. Leo says that Google Assistant will voice dictate, so she can activate it and dictate. Then she can clean it up before sending it. Google has gotten really good with it. The Google NEST Home Hub Max makes a great video caller. She can also do that. There's also the Facebook portal. One even connects to the TV.
Leo's favorite thing at CES was a kit to build an Apple 1 computer, endorsed by Steve Wozniak. And it was $99. What'a fun gadget.
Lex hears that "end of life" support is coming for some Chromebooks. How safe will a Chromebook be after those dates? Leo says that new devices will have six and a half years of auto-updates, while much older generation Chromebooks have already been phased out of support. But Chromebooks are still incredibly secure. It'll be fine to continue to use. Will a VPN help? Leo says not really.
This week, Leo ventured to Las Vegas for CES 2020, where he roamed the halls guerilla-style to get reports on the latest gadgets which may, or may not, hit the market. Leo says 8K TVs, the latest in smart car technology, and more. Leo says that for TVs, the latest is microLEDs, which Leo says is the future of the medium. As for 8K, it looks great, but there's no content right now.