Laptop or desktop computers and any components within.
Don recently upgraded to Windows 10 on his Dell laptop, but now he's being told by his upgrade screen to go backward to 2004. Leo says that's the most recent update to Windows 10, version 2004, which stands for April of 2020. So the latest update is Windows 10 vs. 2004.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
Caroline had a similar problem of headaches watching video on computers. She had a slight blue tint applied to her glasses lenses and that solved the problem. Leo says she can even get special glasses online that have that tint built-in. Gunnar makes them.
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.
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.
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.