Hardware

Laptop or desktop computers and any components within.

Sam Abuelsamid ... Decompressed

Sam Abuelsamid

Episode 1660

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.  

How can I scan filing cabinets worth of files?

Digitizing Files

Episode 1660

Rich from Garden Grove, CA

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. 

The GizWiz and the Smart Potato

Dick

Episode 1659

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.

Why Does My USB Ham Radio Not Save Settings?

SDR

Episode 1659

Jerry from Hatfield, VA

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.

Is There Voice Dictation on Chromebook?

Google Assistant

Episode 1659

Cara from San Diego, CA

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.

Will My Chromebook Be Safe After End of Support by Google?

Chromebooks

Episode 1659

Lex from Richmond, VA

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. 

Leo's Excellent CES Adventure

CES Adventure

Episode 1659

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.