Hardware

Laptop or desktop computers and any components within.

How can I route audio from my Chromecast to my stereo?

JTech Digital Interface

Episode 1734

Michael from Torrance, CA

Michael uses a Chromebook in the garage for working out. But the video is rather janky. So he added a Chromecast and a video monitor. The Video is improved, but he doesn't want separate audio output.  Leo says the HDMI carries both audio and video, but you can split it into a stereo. Leo adds though, that it can be tricky because you'd need a powered speaker to do it. Michael is currently using a headphone jack connected to computer speakers. Not really optimal. 

Sam Abuelsamid ... and the back half

Sam Abuelsamid

Episode 1734

Sam Abuelsamid joins Leo to talk about the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and their research towards reducing fatalities on the highways. There's a sister organization in Britain that does the same thing. They do independent crash testing of new cars to see what impacts affect drivers and passengers. The current research is on driver-assist systems. But instead of crashing into another car, they test with inflatable cars towed behind another car in order to test the reaction time of driver-assist systems, which they grade on a 0-100 score.

The Giz Wiz .... Oxygenated

Dick

Episode 1733

This week, The Giz Wiz is talking about Pulse Oxymeters that measure the amount of oxygen in your blood. He recently bought the AccuMed, which Johnny recommended on Amazon. The company says it fits all finger sizes from kids above four years old to adults as it measures the level of oxygen in the blood and reads the pulse rate in just eight to ten seconds.

Google's Yawner of an Event...

pixel5

Episode 1733

Leo says that Google's event this week was rather dull and disappointing, muddying the waters of what's coming. First came the Google Pixel 5, which seems a step backward from the Pixel 4. Then they announced a 5G version of the Pixel 4a, which Leo says it more like the 5A with 5g connectivity. Leo says widespread 5G is still more hype and at least a year away. So it's kinda confusing.

Then came the return of GoogleTV, an update to AndroidTV. Chromecast is back with GoogleTV built-in for $49 and remote control. 

Why won't my pulse oxymeter work on the new Apple Watch Series 6?

Apple Watch Series 6

Episode 1732

Paul from Lansing, MI

Paul has a 2015 MacBook. Leo says that was the year of the last good keyboard in the Macbook line.

Paul is also calling why the blood oximeter doesn't work with his new Apple Watch 6? Leo says that Paul's Watch 6 is using a Beta version and that could cause it. He also says that you need to have your watch above the bump in your wrist for it to read it properly. 

Can I upgrade my computer for Microsoft Flight Simulator?

Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020

Episode 1732

Charles from Greensboro, NC

Charles wants to run the new Microsoft Flight Sim on his computer, but it can't handle it. Can he upgrade the motherboard and CPU and will that be enough? Leo says that the new sim looks nearly as real as real life. Smooth and realistic. Flight Sims are really high end and even the minimum requirements that Microsoft suggests are probably not good enough.

How can I run old Windows programs on my Mac?

VMWare Software

Episode 1732

Sarafine from Studio City, CA

Sarafine has a MacBook Air and two old PCs with unique programs on them that she uses. How can she consolidate them? She doesn't have installation discs. Leo says that Virtualization could work and have Sarafine can then eliminate both those old PCs. VMWare or Parallels is what Leo recommends. It will then enable Sarafine to run Windows virtually and access the data from the Cloud or an external hard drive. That way she won't have to worry about those old PCs dying on her. She can create a drive image of the hard drives and then open that image within Virtual Machine. 

Did my hard drive fail?

HP Split x2

Episode 1732

Tracey from Ontario, Canada

Tracey's HP Split computer hard drive failed it's "smart check," and then when she turned it back on, it didn't boot up. Leo says that the smart check didn't really give Tracey any time to get her data off because drive manufacturers had dumbed down the SMART check to the point where it's nearly useless. The fact is, drives do fail, about 3% a year. And Tracey's is about six years old, so it was only a matter of time. This is why it's wise to backup your data regularly. Leo recommends iDrive (sponsor). 

How well does ePaper work?

Digital Tablet

Episode 1732

Sam from Okemos, Michigan

Sam is using an electronic paper and pen that digitized everything she writes. She got it in college and has been using it ever since. It costs her about $150 for the pen, and the paper is a little expensive. Leo says it's really cool. And it works with apps, capturing your handwriting. Then you tap special buttons on the paper that does things like moving the cursor in the paragraph and other things.