Hardware

Laptop or desktop computers and any components within.

The Giz Wiz ... Organized

Dick

Episode 1677

This week's gadget from Dicky D is called The Cabinet Caddy.  The Cabinet Caddy provides an opportunity to reclaim cluttered spaces. Perfect for spices, medicine cabinet, bathroom vanity, workbench hardware and more, Cabinet Caddy fits stand cabinets and looks great on countertops as well. Each Cabinet Caddy holds 30% larger bottles than competitors. Just pull and rotate the device for easy access to organized items. Cabinet Caddy was engineered to fit and function neatly side-by-side to create a “library” of organized materials.

Why isn't Amazon giving me a full refund?

Episode 1677

Dennis from California

Dennis bought some new computer memory from Amazon. It proved to be defective. So he returned it and only got partial credit. Amazon says that he used store credit and as such, he didn't pay the full price. Shouldn't he get that credit back? Leo says absollutely. Sadly, that's Amazon's policy and you have to beware of it. But Dennis should also be wary about what you buy from Amazon because over half of it isn't from Amazon, even if fullfilled by Amazon. It could be defective because it's counterfeit.

What Can I Do With a 32GB Laptop?

HP

Episode 1677

Justin from Manitoba, CAN

Justin bought a small HP laptop with 32 GB of storage. But he cannot update Windows on it. Options? Leo says the PC is so desperate to get a low price point, they're making products that are basically useless. Leo says if Justin feels comfortable with Linux, there are flavors that are designed to run in small, constrained and older laptops. Puppy Linux is one. He can also install an open-source Office suite like Libre Office

Does Asus make a good laptop?

ASUS Laptop

Episode 1676

Steve from Granada Hills, CA

Steve bought an Asus 536 2 in 1 notebook, which comes with a 256 GB storage, and a 2TB data drive. Good buy? Leo says they're great. What's the battery life about? Leo says that the battery life may be short, read the reviews. Leo recommends keeping all your data on the 2TB drive, and the programs on the 256GB drive. You can specify that in WIndows settings.

Why can't my iMac read my SD cards?

27" iMac

Episode 1676

Vanessa from California

Vanessa has a two-year-old 27" iMac. She uses it for her drone photography editing, but her SD card adapters aren't reading. Leo suspects that the SD cards aren't reading because of the format they've been formatted in. It may be due to formatting the card in the drone itself.  Leo recommends Disc Utility on the Mac and format the card with ExFAT. Copy off the data first though with a Windows machine. Also, make sure you use a card that the Mac supports.

Is Raspberry Pi a good secure computer for kids?

Raspberry Pi 4

Episode 1676

Brenda from Fullerton, California

Brenda wants to know if the Raspberry Pi is a computer that her grandkids could learn with. Leo says absolutely. It can not only teach kids how computers work but teach them how to program. You can run Windows on it; you can run Minecraft on it. It's an excellent computer for kids, and it's only about $35. But that's only the board. It's not the computer monitor, keyboard, or mouse. Check out ADAFRUIT; they have a great starter pack for around $100. Can you block websites? Leo says not on the Raspberry Pi, but you can do it from the router.

How can I unclog my printer head?

A Printer Head

Episode 1676

Steve from San Clemente, California

Steve has an Epson all in one printer, and recently it's started to print lighter and lighter, making it steadily unreadable. Leo says that the heads are clogged, preventing ink from getting through the head to the page. He cleaned the heads with a video he saw on YouTube, and now it won't print at all. Leo says that printers are always being problematic. He recommends calling Epson and see if there's a replacement head assembly. It may be cheaper than buying a new printer.  The problem with all inkjets is that if they aren't used regularly, the ink in the heads dry and clog.