Hardware

Laptop or desktop computers and any components within.

Sam Abuelsamid ... wrapped in Plastic

Sam Abuelsamid

Episode 1696

Sam joins Leo to talk about storing cars for long periods. If you have to park your car, there are some things to do to protect them. First, get a car cover. This will at least protect a car from caked-on dust and dirt from long term storage. At the very least, you can get a roll of plastic wrap and wrap it up. If it's not going to move for longer than a few months, the best thing to do is fill it up to the top. That will minimize air and prevent fuel oxidation. There are also additives you can add to preserve the fuel.

Apple May Be Developing Augmented Reality Glasses

Augmented Glasses

Episode 1696

Two journalists who are very accurate when it comes to Apple rumors are predicting that the company is developing Augmented Reality Glasses. Ming Gi Quo says that Apple will launch the AR specs in 2022, while John Prosser thinks it'll happen next year in 2021. Leo likes the idea and finds AR far more compelling at virtual reality. It keeps you rooted in the real world. 

The Giz Wiz and the Safe Spacer

Dick

Episode 1695

Safe Spacer is a lightweight wearable device that helps workers and visitors to maintain safe social distancing, enabling workplaces and public spaces to re-open and operate with peace of mind. Using Ultra-wideband technology, Safe Spacer runs wirelessly on a rechargeable battery and precisely senses when other devices come within 2m/6ft, alerting wearers with a choice of visual, vibrating, or audio alarm. It can be worn on a wristband, with a lanyard, or carried in a pocket.

What is a Good Mic for Video Calling?

zoom

Episode 1695

"Chef Guy" from Agua Caliente, CA

Chef Guy agrees with Leo that the so-called "Zoom fatigue" is setting in. Could it be due to bad audio quality?  Leo says that could definitely be a contributing factor. The better quality audio you provide, the better. But most people Zoom using their computer laptop microphones. Would a lav and earbud microphones help? Leo says that a better choice is a Plantronics Model 540 or 478 USB headset. But good luck getting them these days.

Does an SSD drive wear out like a spinning drive?

Solid State Drive

Episode 1694

George from Santa Monica, CA

George wants to know if an SSD drive will wear out like a spinning drive? Leo says not in the same way. A spinning drive can wear out because it has a lot of moving parts that just wear out. An SSD (solid state drive) has no moving parts. But the drive can wear down over time because the memory cells have a limited number of write cycles.  Wear leveling, however, is a technique that spreads out the wear evenly, and with normal use, if it doesn't fail in the first few months, it may not ever wear out (or at least in your lifetime). So it's really apples and oranges.

Is there a sheet feeder for my old scanner?

Epson Printer

Episode 1694

Ann from Oceanside, CA

Ann wants to scan a huge amount of documents. Is there some sort of sheet feeder she can add to her old scanner? Leo says you can't really add onto it, but that scanner is so old that it's time to get a new one. Leo recommends a scanner that comes with a sheet feeder and can scan at a page per second. It'll also save automatically to your computer and from there, you can move it online, to an external hard drive, anywhere you want. But Leo recommends being sure she backs up online. What are the chances that the format she uses will be future proof?

Why is my computer waking up?

iBuyPower 9260 Desktop

Episode 1694

Steve from Cranston, RI

Steve is having issues where his computer turns back on after he shuts it down. Leo says to look in your settings for "wake on LAN" and turn it off. It's a feature designed for IT networks to be able to turn on the computer remotely. You also want to be sure everything is shut down. There may also be a scheduled wakeup. Both features are in setup (BIOS). Turn on your computer and his F12. Once in the setup, go through the settings for those options and disable them. Could a hacker be turning it on? Leo says once it's shut down, nothing is running. So no, it isn't that.

What's a good gaming laptop for under $1200?

Mobius Gaming Laptop - Doghouse Systems

Episode 1694

Erin from Pasadena, CA

Erin's son wants a good gaming computer that he can also use for video editing. He also wants a laptop. His budget is around $1200. Leo says that the good news is that a good gaming computer than do video editing easily and vice versa. Laptop gaming machines, however, are less powerful because of heat issues. They are also difficult to upgrade so that you won't be able to future proof it. That's why a desktop is likely a better option. And you'll get more bang for your buck too.  But if a laptop is a must, Leo recommends starting at Alienware; it's the gaming arm of Dell.

Why is WINK charging me to use their device now?

Wink

Episode 1694

Jeff from Laguna Beach, CA

Jeff says that WINK is now charging people $5 a month to use his WINK Home Hub. Leo says that they've changed the conditions of being able to use their product, especially since it costs over $100. It's not unheard of to charge to store data, but it would be like Amazon charging $5 a month to use the Echo devices out of nowhere. And it's even more frustrating because WINK sold their device with "no fees" as a feature. Now they're charging fees. But if they don't, they'll go out of business.