Laptop or desktop computers and any components within.
Mike wants to know if he should buy a MacBook Pro instead of his old MacBook Air. Or should he go to a Dell XPS laptop? Leo says it depends on what Mike is going to use his laptop for. Leo says that a MacBook Air is a great choice for doing Mike's business. But so is the MacBook Pro. Leo would recommend the 13" model for better battery life. Leo also says that the new HP Spectre 360 will be coming out in a few weeks and it'll offer all-day battery life. Thin and light. It also has the 10th-generation Intel processor.
Emily has a store business and she uses Square to process credit card sales. But it keeps disconnecting. Leo says that square uses Bluetooth and if people have their Bluetooth on, it could cause interference. Doctor Mom says hers failed all the time, and it has to be very close to your paired device. Leo says to forget the device and then repair it. Make sure the card reader firmware is updated. ScooterX in the chatroom says that the firmware should be vs. 2.29.6. After that, the next move is to call Square.
According to Expedia, the cheapest time to buy airline tickets is between October 9th and November 13th for traveling during the holidays. AAA says November 11-17. Johnny says that everyone should price out and use flight notifications and alerts by Google, or Kayak and Yapta. They will send you fare alerts when the price drops. They will also let you know if you can get a refund by changing your tickets.
Jay called in to talk about a new service that's a portable cell phone system, that can be set up with drones immediately. The drones can be tethered, and be up within minutes. The drones can stay up in the air for up to ten hours. The service is also agnostic, being an unlocked tower. The service us called 34 North Drones.
Lou is from the Bahamas and he's looking for a way to stay connected after a natural disaster. Leo says Satellite Phones are a good option. They aren't cheap, but if he can rent them, he can stay connected when he needs it. But a more affordable thing to do is to become a ham radio operator. He can get a handheld device and become a part of the emergency action network. Then when he needs to make a call, have a ham route the radio through to a phone. That's both affordable and valuable when there's an emergency.
A mandatory power outage up in Petaluma this week nearly scuttled programming at TWiT and for the Tech Guy Show. The outage, designed to guard against wildfires, was enacted when high winds hit the area. But fortunately, by Saturday they had died down and we're still in business!
Allan recently bought a hard drive docking station from a manufacturer in China. Is it secure? Leo says the reality is that everything is made in China, or South Korea. China has become the factory to the world, and many are worried since spyware has been found in the past. The government has even warned that companies like Huawei aren't secure and could be owned by the Chinese Government. But even if they aren't, they have to follow the rules in China. So it comes down to whether you're someone spies can benefit from. It's called the "Threat model." Odds are, you aren't a target.
Chris has a Samsung Galaxy 9S and wants to know if the LTE watch is coming out soon. Leo says that the Apple Watch does it (at $10 a month). The new Samsung Watch that just came out may be coming soon. But it may be that Samsung has decided it's not worth the extra cost. All watch companies are having issues selling smartwatches, except for Apple. The other problem may be that your carrier doesn't support it. But Verizon has sold them in the past, so talk to someone at the Verizon store.
Karen wants to know if she should flash her firmware on her router to get it to work better. Leo says that in a way, you flash that firmware almost every time you update. But if you're talking about using third-party firmware, they can be very good, but they are limited in the routers they support. Check out DD-WRT.com and look in the router database to see if it's compatible. Most routers don't support it, sadly. What Leo recommends is ASUS routers, because they use their own flavor of DD-WRT.
Chris has bought 4 Epson printers, and the blue always stops printing after awhile. It keeps clogging, even though he prints a lot with it. Leo says that inkjet printers clog if you don't use them regularly. Leo says that if you're using official Epson ink, you shouldn't have a clog. But if you're buying your ink from Amazon, it's possible that you purchased counterfeit ink. So be sure you're buying your ink from an authorized Epson retailer. But it could also be a defect, so Leo advises contacting Epson directly.