Hardware

Laptop or desktop computers and any components within.

Sam Abuelsamid ... Electric Delivery Vans

Sam Abuelsamid

Episode 1702

Sam joins Leo this week to talk about Rivian's Electric Delivery Vans. Amazon has placed an order for 100,000 of them to round out their in house fleet of delivery vans. Amazon is going all-in with converting their delivery vehicles to electric, and Sam says it's going to explode over the next few years because it makes a great deal of sense. When you're putting 100,000 miles a year on a delivery van, the operating costs are flat out more affordable going with electric. And Sam says that companies like GM and Ford are building electric vans starting next year.

What Can Cause a Clicking In My Headset?

MILLER TIME RADIO LIVE!

Episode 1701

Dustin from South Africa

Justin has a headset that starts to make a bunch of clicks after about an hour of use when he podcasts. Leo says he believes there's a faulty designed chipset out there that causes a memory that gets translated into a series of clicks. Leo recommends using an MAudio or Focus Rite Scarlet interface in between his headset and the computer. It will convert the analog to digital and it should fix it. If not, there's a memory leak that will require powering the devices down and then back up.

The Giz Wiz Gets Ripped Off

Dick

Episode 1701

Dickie D joins Leo to share how he got totally ripped off on Amazon! He got a discount code of $42 for a yoga mat in an email from one of the 'hot deals' newsletters. This code was good at Amazon. Excerpts from their Amazon ad sounded good: Thick High-Density Anti-Skid Yoga Mat Exercise Pad. Workout Mat for All Types of Yoga, Pilates, Stretching, Meditation & Floor Exercise. HEAVY-DUTY: High-density foaming material, strong structure, heavy-duty workout design. durable mat for men/women home gym high-intensity workout or health loose weight yoga!

Why Can't My MacBook Keep a Charge?

MacBook

Episode 1701

Matthew from Lake Arrowhead, CA

Matthew says that he's been having issues with a used Apple MacBook laptop maintaining a charge. Leo says to change the battery. If that's an issue, then he can move to the charger itself, and they fail. If it's not the power adapter or the MagSafe, then look to the cords. Outside of that, it will point to the circuitry inside. He can download Apple's diagnostic software, it's been leaked online. But if there's something inside, Apple will require replacing the logic board, and that's nearly the cost of an entire computer.

Are ASUS Mesh Routers Private?

ASUS

Episode 1701

Carlo from Ontario, CA

Carl bought a new Asus Mesh Router and he's worried about privacy since they also use Trend Micro drivers. Should he be concerned? Leo says there's always a risk, but Asus is a reputable company and if they made a deal with Trend Micro, they would mention it in their privacy statement. But he doubts that there's much if anything to worry about. There's too great a risk to lie about such things. 

Should I Buy An iMac Pro?

iMac

Episode 1701

Kathy from Ventura, CA

Kathy is thinking about getting an iMac Pro. Leo says that while it's super-fast, it's also ridiculously expensive. If she's not doing something extremely challenging like video gaming or editing multiple 4K streams, then she really doesn't need to spend all that money. These days, all computers are fast enough to do 95% of what we do. The real issue for Kathy is wanting to drive multiple monitors, but she can do that with a regular iMac. The 27" 3Ghz six-core 5K iMac has two Thunderbolt 3 ports, and you can always get an HDMI adapter.

How Can I Add a Type-C Port to My Computer and Drive 3 Monitors?

Thunderbolt 3

Episode 1701

Jake from Denver, CO

Jake has transitioned to a home office for his work. He has a three monitor setup for his laptop and docking station. He has another older computer that can only drive two of the monitors because it doesn't use USB-C. So he added a USB-C card. Still two monitors only. Leo says that Jake's video card is probably too old to drive all three video monitors. Are there any discreet graphics cards that can handle USB-C? Type-C can be USB 3.1 or Thunderbolt 3. Looks the same. So it can be confusing. 

Should I upgrade to a Mac Mini?

Mac MIni

Episode 1700

John from Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

John needs to replace his 2007 iMac. He doesn't want to get one with a fusion drive though. Leo says that you can upgrade to the SSD drive. SSDs have dropped in price to the point where they are affordable to opt for in the customize section. And if you have a keyboard, mouse, and monitor, the Mac Mini is a great choice. It's easier to repair and upgrade, too. You'll also save a lot of money.  Check out iFixIt.com for repair guides though.