Hardware

Laptop or desktop computers and any components within.

How Can I Recover My Printer From a Bad Firmware Update?

officejet pro

Episode 1792

Paul from Columbus, OH

Paul has an HP OfficeJet Pro that he wants to extend the life of. He's having issues with connectivity and it just won't print after an update. Leo says it's possible that a firmware update has failed and clobbered the connection. Sometimes updates can brick a device or make it unusable. He may be able to roll back the firmware but will have to find out from HP if that can be done. It's a very hard thing to come back from though. What Leo recommends is to Google the model of the printer with "firmware failed," and see if there's a workaround to try. It can't get much worse. 

What Laptop Should I Buy My Grandson?

T15

Episode 1792

Paul from San Diego, CA

Paul got his grandson a Lenovo laptop five years ago, and now it's time to get him a new one. Leo says that Lenovos are still good. Leo says that the ThinkPads are better than the Flexpad though. Far more robust. Leo likes the X1 Nano. Super Thin and light, but very powerful. But if on a budget, the Thinkpad T series certainly can do the job. It isn't a sexy design, but definitely functional. Make sure to get at least 16GB of RAM and a larger hard drive!

Apple AirTags offer serious privacy and stalking concerns

airtag

Episode 1792

Leo says that Apple's AirTags offer a legitimate privacy concern. A reporter who received a pair for review found that AirTags are scarily good at tracking users ... right on down to knowing the exact address they are at for up to three days. Leo says that Apple does claim there are stalking protections, but if a user forgets to revoke privacy permissions to people they know, it can be a cause for concern.

Can I Use a TV as a Computer Monitor?

AW 55 Inches OLED Gaming Monitor

Episode 1791

Jimmy from Stanton, CA

Jimmy wants to know if you can use a TV as a computer monitor. Leo says you can, but the sharpness of the TV isn't really good enough. Not as sharp. Leo thinks it's better to go the opposite direction and get the largest computer monitor he can afford and use it as a TV. Monitors are much sharper.  Alienware makes a 55" monitor.  But it really comes down to what he will use the computer for. Some, including JammerB in the chatroom, use a 4K LCD with a 120hz fresh rate, which can do the job. But they'll be more expensive than a monitor.

Is the 77" LG OLED the Best to View Photography?

77 inch C1 OLED

Episode 1791

Dennis from Marina Del Rey, CA

Ken recently automated his home with Google Nest, but the problem he's having is that when he's asking his phone to take a picture, he's told by Google Nest that they can't do that. Leo says that's a common issue as sometimes, Google doesn't know where to process a request. That goes away over time as Nest learns speech patterns. It also helps to be more specific in commands.

Sam Abuelsamid ... Disengaged

Sam Abuelsamid

Episode 1791

Sam joins Leo to talk about the news that Tesla data indicates the car that crashed in Houston may not have been on autopilot at the time of the crash that killed two people. Sam says that doesn't mean it wasn't on autopilot before the crash though, and Tesla hasn't responded to when exactly the autopilot disengaged. If it disengaged a few seconds before the crash, and with the driver foolishly sitting in the back seat, there would be no way to regain control of the vehicle.  So the point is rather moot. 

Will Apple Ever Bring Back the 11" MacBook?

11" Macbook air

Episode 1790

Valerie from Victorville, CA

Valerie wants to know if Apple will ever bring back the small 11" Macbook Air. She's on her second one. Leo says he doesn't really know. But the rumor is, that they will do a 14" with no bezel, so it'll have a smaller form factor. Look for it in June. But an 11" model isn't really in the cards anymore. The other option would be the MacBook Air, and with the M1 chip.