Hardware

Laptop or desktop computers and any components within.

Can I put Apple CarPlay in my car?

CarPlay

Episode 1613

CJ from Murrieta, California

CJ wants to know if she can download Apple Car play and install it into 2014 Lincoln. Leo says that the only way CJ could do it is to "put a new head into it." I.E., you could install a new car stereo that has Apple Play. Sam Abuelsamid says that infotainment systems are so integrated now, that you can't really replace the head at all. You can put it into an older car that can take an aftermarket stereo, but cars within the last few years are tough. Sam says that there are apps that work with her car over Bluetooth using Applink. But CJ says that Lincoln no longer supports it.

Can I Run an Open Source Home Automation Hub With Google Assistant?

 Google Voice Assistant

Episode 1612

Dan from Hallifax, NS CAN

Dan is running home automation in his home with plenty of products. He wants to run ZWave and needs to know which hub to get? Leo says it's usually best to keep within the set ecosystem. They don't like to play cross-platform.  Check out Stacy Higginbotham's Stacy on IoT podcast. She also uses WinkHub, which allows her to use ZWave. 

Should I Replace My Hard Drive?

SSD

Episode 1612

Terry from Greeneville, TN

Terry wants to know how to replace his hard drive to speed up his boot time. Leo says he can get a new hard drive, but Leo recommends going with an SSD drive instead. Then, he can use the Microsoft Media Creation Tool to create a USB installer from a 16GB USB key and then install Windows onto the SSD. Then restore from backup. Reinstall all the applications, since that'll make the computer run a lot faster too. Remember, it's always best to install the least amount of software possible for security. It'll also keep the computer lean and mean.

How can I wirelessly print?

:)

Episode 1611

Rico from Cerritos, California

Rico can't see his printer using Google WiFi. What gives? Leo says that Rico may want to try Google Cloud print. Most wireless printers will support printing from the Internet. You go into your Google account and turn on cloud print. As long as your printer is on the network, you'll be able to print anywhere around the world.

Do I have to have a Microsoft Account to Run Windows 10?

Laptop

Episode 1611

Dianne from Chicago

Dianne bought a laptop with an i7 processor. Should she have gotten an i9? Leo says that the i7 is overkill for people who do what Dianne does, which is surf the net, email, etc. So an i9 would be REALLY overkill. For what Dianne does, an i9 wouldn't be of any benefit to her. It's more for video editing, graphic design, heavy computational stuff. 

What's causing my computer to randomly restart?

Laptop

Episode 1611

Larry from Petaluma, CA

Larry is having issues with his Windows 10 machine restarting. It physically shuts down and restarts. Leo says he has a hunch that the power supply is failing and it is causing a restart. It's definitely not a software issue. It may also be heat-related. If it happens under "load," and your fans aren't moving air enough, that could be it. Heat can also be caused if your computer's insides are blanketed with dust. That can cause the computer to overheat as well. 

But the likely culprit is the power supply.

Sam Abuelsamid ... charged

Sam Abuelsamid

Episode 1611

Sam wants to talk about DC Fast charging, which some are complaining is as expensive as buying gas. Sam says it's not that bad, but you will pay a premium because of the amount of power that must be supplied to meet the peak load demand in fast charging centers. Sam says you can save if you do DC Fast charging on a regular basis by having a subscription plan for charging. Ala carte is always more expensive because of connection fees. Subscription plans offer waived connection fees and a lower per minute charge. 

Why is my hardrive almost full?

Dell

Episode 1610

Bob from Woodland Hills, CA

Bob wants to know why Dell tech support has gotten so bad? Leo says that's because computers have gotten so cheap, that any tech support isn't profitable to offer unless it's shipped overeas. You can purchase Gold level support, and that's going to be better, but the sad fact is, that because we want cheaper computers, there ins't going to b e any decent suport. 

The Giz Wiz and the Sony WalkMan

Dick DeBartolo

Episode 1610

It's the 40th Anniversary of the first Sony Walkman..and I own one of the them. So Dick returned to Dick's Gadget Warehouse to pick it up. Yes, it's the Sony Walkman Cassette Player TPS-L2. Thanks to the being featured in the Guardians in the Galaxy it's becoming famous again. Because of that wildly popular show that the price of them on eBay is quite high. I saw two on eBay for an asking price of $500, and one with an asking price of $625.00. They're used of course, because like mine, they're 40 years old.