Hardware

Laptop or desktop computers and any components within.

Can a laptop have static buildup?

Robert from Lolo, MT

Episode 1157

Robert is having issues with what tech support says is "static buildup" with his laptop. They advise unplugging it and plugging it back in, and that seemed to work. But it's happened several times. Leo says that can happen when the weather is really dry. That's why it's important to ground himself before he touches it. He can do that by simply touching the case side. Unplugging and plugging it back in, though, leads Leo to believe it isn't a static issue. Leo has a hunch that it could be power supply related, or the cable connector. It just sounds like a red herring.

Microsoft's Holo Lens Could Change Everything

Episode 1157

Microsoft announced a new virtual reality product called Holo Lens, which works natively with WIndows 10 and Leo says it's incredibly impressive. It will give users that "Minority Report" experience and Microsoft says it's the future of computing. This is more augmented reality than virtual reality, and it will superimpose information on top of things in the real world. Leo says that after seeing computer interfaces come and go, Holo Lens is the real deal and Microsoft could very well be right. This could be a revolution, and it'll come out this Fall.

Why can't my Windows XP machine boot up?

Episode 1156

Louis from Palos Verdes, CA
HP Stream

Louis downloaded something and now he can't do anything when he boots up. Leo believes that the computer's hard drive is failing and that's what is causing the computer to stall on boot up. Especially considering it's an old XP machine. Given the issues Louis is having, it's unlikely from something that Louis installed. Leo says it's not really worth fixing.

Scott Wilkinson

Episode 1155

Scott Wilkinson

This week, Scott joins us to talk about how this week is one of the biggest weeks to buy a new TV. The Super Bowl is one of the things that keeps live TV going, and streaming the big game has been done over the last few years. According to Variety, NBC will be streaming the big game as part of an 11 hour block on NBCUniversal.com. There will also be 4K cameras shooting the action for instant replay, so they can zoom in and still have high def images. Leo would love to see a UHD version of the game.

Is there a market for high end smart watches?

Episode 1154

Dave from Fullerton, CA
Apple Watch

Dave says that there will be a market for the Apple Watch. Leo agrees and says that Swiss watches are worried that these smart watches will put them out of business. Especially the really expensive watches. But those expensive ones are status symbols, and nothing more. A good reliable watch now is under $10 thanks to quartz movements. It's really all about jewelry.

How can I get my ASUS ZenWatch to wake up?

Episode 1154

Steve from San Antonio, TX
ASUS ZenWatch

Steve got an Asus Zenwatch and he wants to know if it's a good smart watch. Leo says that it's a nice watch that has some good software. But it's ambient mode is a bit tedious because you have to violently shake it to wake it up, and sometimes it just doesn't know you're looking at it. Leo suggests updating the watch to the Lollipop version of Android Wear. They've worked on that. He can set the 'time out' for longer if he needs to as well.

Will Photoshop work well on a Mac Mini?

Episode 1153

Beanie from Reykjavik, Iceland
Apple Mac Mini

Beanie wants to know if Photoshop works the same on the Mac Mini as it would on a similar small device from HP. Leo says that Photoshop is CPU bound, meaning the speed of the chip's cores will matter. The more cores, the better. An SSD will speed it up, as well as a good graphics processor. The Mac Mini uses Intel's Iris Processor, which is OK. So while there are speed differences, it largely depends on what he's doing, and chances are, he's really not going to notice. Going up to an i7 processor will give him a boost because of hyperthreading, but only if he really, really needs it.