Hardware

Laptop or desktop computers and any components within.

How Can I Limit External Noise When Recording Video?

Samson Spider Shock Mount

Episode 1789

Louis from United Kingdom

Louis has been doing a medical show on YouTube for about ten years. The show, Geeky Medics, highlights medical issues for caregivers including bedside manner. But he's having issues where the mic is picking him up behind the camera. What kind of boom arm should he get? Leo says that there are a lot of really good ones out there. Leo recommends watching Alex Lindsay's Office Hours Video Podcast

Is Intel Still a Good Processor For PC Building?

 Intel 11700K

Episode 1788

Steven from Bloomington, CA

Steven wants to build a new computer.  He wants to get an Intel 11700K, but he's a bit nervous because reviews are disappointing. Leo says it largely depends on what he's using it for. AMD may be a better option. The Ryzen 7 5800X is great if you can find it. The bigger challenge is going to be video cards. What Leo recommends is doing a virtual build through Dell. That way he'll have support in case something goes wrong. 

The Giz Wiz ... Rising

Dick

Episode 1788

This week's gadget can help free up space on your desk. It's the Atumtek Monitor Riser. It frees up space so you  keep a small size keyboard, mouse, and more under your computer. It has three height adjustments: 3.9" -- 4.7" -and 5.5". You can use it for other gadgets too. On a desk you can raise your computer monitor to eye level for better posture. The ventilated design offers better cooling for a laptop, and the aluminium material is also excellent at heat dissipation.

Should I Defrag My Hard Drive Before Copying Data to a New One?

SSD

Episode 1788

Warrick from WI

Warrick wants to know if he should defrag before he transfers data from one drive to another. Leo says no. He won't need to do that, especially with an SSD. There is no defrag on an SSD because it doesn't work like a spinning drive. Also, copying data from one drive to another just copies the data, not the drive sectors. So in a way, he is defragging simply by copying. 

What Should My First Computer Be?

iPad

Episode 1788

Roger from North Hollywood, CA

Roger is approaching 70 and is about to buy his first computer. Has it passed him by? Leo says that often people who are math challenges, have a phobia when it comes to computers. It's more of a psychological limitation. Leo says that a computer isn't really difficult to understand or use. A gentle introduction helps, along with having a specific purpose. What does Roger want to do with it? That enables him to start learning with a targeted approach. When cooking, for instance, Leo likes to use an app called Paprika, which helps him look up recipes from its built-in browser.

How Can I Listen to My TV With Headphones?

LG TV

Episode 1788

Joe from Marlborough, NJ

Joe would like to connect a pair of headphones to his LG TV. But when he does, the volume is very faint. Does he need some sort of amplifier? Leo says that most TVs get their audio from HDMI and the Audio Return Channel. If Joe has a home theater system or AV receiver, it's better to plug into that instead of the TV. What Leo thinks is maybe Joe needs to enable the setting in the TV menu. There are headphone amplifiers. Check out headphones.com for suggestions on which to get. There's plenty of options out there.

Biden Administration Meeting with Silicon Valley over CHIP Shortage

Biden

Episode 1788

With the ongoing chip shortage facing the US, the president is meeting with silicon valley and other technology executives to see what can be done to improve the availability of computer chips. Leo says that COVID is only part of the problem, as an extremely high demand based on computers being put in just about everything is causing the ongoing shortage. The demand is exponential, and everyone was caught off guard. So the shortage will last at least a couple of years.