Hardware

Laptop or desktop computers and any components within.

Sam Abuelsamid .... eBikes

Sam

Episode 1615

Sam joins us to talk about Harley Davidson's new LiveWire eBike. It has a range of 140 miles and is rated at 88mph top speed.  In reality, though, it's more like 80-90 miles of range. But 0-60 in 3 seconds!  Leo says it accelerates like a rocket!  And Harley has deals with Electrify America and other charging outlets to offer 500 hours free charging when you buy one. But Sam doesn't think Harley will sell as many as their classic hogs, still, he also says that there's a new market emerging. 

Is there a good fitness tracker with a compartment for pills?

Samsung Watch Active

Episode 1615

Joe from Tampa Bay, FL

Joe recently had a heart attack, and now he's looking for a fitness tracker that also has a phone case that can hold medication. Any ideas? He's in the Android universe. Leo says that there are smartphone cases that do hold pills. Leo also uses wallet cases for his. Doctor Mom says that nitro pills have to be kept in a darkened, airtight vial. Here are a few from the chatroom -

https://www.amazon.com/Cielo-Pill-Holders-Stainless-Nitroglycerin/dp/B01G2VCXVY

Hot Dog! It's the Giz Wiz!

Dick

Episode 1614

Here's what Amazon says it. The Nostalgia Retro Series Pop-Up Hot Dog Toaster is great for entertaining and as a fast meal solution for the whole family. The large hot dog cage fits two regular-size or extra-plump hot dogs. Adjust the heat setting to cook hot dogs to your preference. Easily remove the hot dog cage and use the included mini tongs for removing the hot dogs. Color: Retro Red.

Why is My Computer Sluggish?

Windows

Episode 1614

Mark from Los Angeles, CA

Mark has two Windows 10 computers, and they're both starting to lag, especially when opening apps. Leo says that usually indicates a hard drive issue. The drive is starting to fail, and the computer keeps trying until it gives up. It could also be the app itself causing lag. But generally, it's usually a hard drive issue. Leo suspects if he replaces the hard drive, it'll speed up. Especially if he gets an SSD. Look in the task manager and see what's hogging the processor. It could be Windows is indexing, or it could be malware. 

Which Electric Bike Should I Buy?

RADROVER

Episode 1614

Grant from St. Paul, Minnesota

Grant wants to get an electric bike. Leo says they are great to get around, and he can pedal them. But they aren't cheap at $1500 or more. He can electrify an old bike, but that's almost as much. Leo's wife likes the RadRover with big fat tires.

From the chatroom - Check out Staton.com for electrifying a bike.

There's also a recumbent trike called the TerraTrike.

Why Can't I Encrypt My New Hard Drive Like My Old One?

 T1

Episode 1614

Nancy from Largo, FL

Nancy has T1 drive encryption on her Samsung 1TB hard drive, but she can't see it on her laptop. Leo says she has to install special drivers that will modify the OS to encrypt the hard drive. But Leo doesn't like a third party having that kind of control. Since she had it on her old hard drive, she is aware and still has the password. So she'll have to re-download the software from Samsung. She can get it here

Why is My Car Playing U2 When I Get Inside?

Songs of Innocence

Episode 1614

Jon from LA, CA

Jon complains that U2 will start playing when he puts down his phone and gets into the car. It's very annoying. Leo suspects that it's the free U2 album that Apple gave to everyone a few years ago. It's called Songs of Innocence and it's probably in iCloud. Apple created a special tool to delete it, he can get it here. But the larger issue is that when he gets rid of it, his Bluetooth audio in his car will just play something else.

Why can't my computer boot past the BIOS?

ASUS VivoBook

Episode 1613

Alan from Wakefield, Massachusetts

Alan has an Asus laptop that's stuck in bios during bootup. Leo says that is called the boot loader. It's called the bootstrap process. If it's stopping, then that means the hard drive has failed. The master boot record in the hard drive could be damaged. Try booting to a USB drive. If that works, then you know that it's the hardware. If not, then it's a software issue.

Can I buy a replacement battery for my laptop?

ASUS VivoBook

Episode 1613

Lori from West LA, California

Lori's friend has an Asus Vivobook computer that needs to have the battery replaced. But there doesn't seem to be a way to do it. Leo says that the Right to Repair is a serious movement that computer companies are starting to resist, chiefly Apple. They make it harder to open up your computer and they won't even offer replacement parts. That's why there are bills to establish a right to repair law in several states.

Sam Abuelsamid .... Cooled down

Sam Abuelsamid

Episode 1613

Sam joins Leo to talk about being careful with the heat about leaving a pet or child in the car. Even for a few minutes, it could cause irreparable harm from heatstroke. Some car manufacturers are now detecting if someone is left in the car and will alert you to check the back seat. Leo likes that. Tesla also has a "dog mode" which will run the air conditioning if someone or a pet is in the car and will also put an alert on the screen so that people won't break windows.