Hardware

Laptop or desktop computers and any components within.

Sam Abuelsamid and the NTSB Tesla Report

Sam Abuelsamid

Episode 1674

Sam joins Leo to talk about the upcoming final report about a Tesla Autopilot crash that killed its driver.  Tesla blamed the driver, an employee, and there is evidence he was playing a game on his phone and not paying attention. The NTSB agreed but said there was plenty of blame to go around. The NTSB said that Tesla shares part of the blame because the automaker did not incorporate active driver monitor systems that they recommended after the last fatal crash.

What PC Should I Get?

Lenovo X1 Yoga

Episode 1673

Elliot from Yorba Linda, CA

Elliot needs to buy a new computer for watching movies, writing documents and emails, and going online. No gaming. Leo says that opens up to either Windows or Mac, and Windows has been completely bollocked lately due to bad updates. In fact, Microsoft has admitted they no longer really test their updates before putting them out, and Leo says that's inexcusable. But if he needs a Windows laptop, then Leo recommends the Lenovo 2-in-1 laptop. The Lenovo X1 Yoga is also excellent. Great for movie viewing as it can "tent" bend backward to turn into a tablet.

The Giz Wiz and the Mega Toy Hand

Dick

Episode 1673

Big Mouth Humongous Sprinklers! The one in the photo is the over-9-feet-tall Ginormous Giraffe Yard Sprinkler. Even the description the company supplies is clever: It takes backyard entertainment to the "necks" level. Sure, the kids could run through the rusty ol’ sprinkler, but if you want cool points with the fam you’ve got to THINK BIGGER! Take your summer game to the next level the Ginormous 9-foot tall Giraffe Yard Sprinkler, or one of the companies other ginormous animals.

How do I update to Windows 10?

Windows 10

Episode 1672

John from Newport Beach, CA

John has Windows 7 Home, and he knows he has to update to Windows 10. But how does it do it? Leo says that the first thing to do is get the Windows 10 upgrade. The best-kept secret is that it's still free from Microsoft. Google Microsoft Windows Media Creation Tool. Put it on a 16GB USB key and install it on top of Windows 7. It'll authenticate automatically, and you're good to go. 

Why does Windows change my drivers?

Windows 10

Episode 1672

James from Parkersburg, West Virginia

James has an issue where Windows will boot up with the wrong drivers after a feature update. Leo says that during an update, Windows will select what it thinks is the best driver for your hardware. Even if you prefer to use the manufacturer drivers if you built the computer yourself, you're going to need to update your drivers from the manufacturer, and they may not have updated it yet for the latest feature update. So check every once in a while for all the latest drivers.

How can I keep my inkjet from clogging?

Epson 2750

Episode 1672

Randy from Dallas, TX

Randy got an Epson 2750, but he can't get it to print in color. Leo says that Epson will do a few nozzle cleans, before running a thorough nozzle clean. It'll take up a good portion of ink, but with the EcoTanks, you have plenty. Leo says that Inkjets tend to clog when not used regularly. Epson says that they coat their heads with a special coating to prevent clogging, but if you rarely use color printing, even with that, the printer will clog up due to dried ink in the head. It's just the nature of inkJet printing. So if you don't print at least once a week, maybe an inkjet isn't for you.

Sam Abuelsamid ... in the driver's seat

Sam Abuelsamid

Episode 1672

Sam joins Leo to talk about the latest over the air updates by Tesla. Tesla recently removed auto drive from a used car bought by a user, which caught a ton of bad press. Tesla's position was that the upgrade was attached to the driver, not the car itself. But eventually, they relented and gave the new owner back the advanced feature. This is why Sam advises people to buy an electric vehicle based on what it can do today, not what it may do down the road because new features will likely be required to pay a fee to enable. 

The Giz Wiz and the Gyro Bowl

Dick

Episode 1671

The Ztl Baby Gyro Bowl 360 Degree Rotation Spill-Resistant Gyroscopic Bowl with Lid Toy Tableware for Kids is this week's gadget from Dickie D. Made of premium quality food grade PP material, safe for kids to use. Adjusts to the normal posting if the baby twists tilts or turns the bowl, easy to train the baby to eat without help. Anti-Spill design, the inner bowl with gyroscopic motion can rotate 360 degrees to keep dry food inside and avoid food spilling; Easy to Clean and Dishwasher Safe.