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Dickie D is back and Leo is very thrilled to be featured in the October 2014 issue of Mad Magazine along with Lisa and a bunch of TWiT Staffers! This week's gadget is the Champ Survival Sidekick is an 8-in-1 Multi-tool and flashlight. In a single device that looks like a flashlight you’ll have these eight emergency tools ready when you need them: Glass breaker and seatbelt cutter. Hand crank and a USB connector for emergency mobile device charging. A 3 LED flashlight.
Marie wants to know that if she should stay with Mac for buying an iPhone and tablet. Leo says it's a good idea, but you don't ever have to. Every smartphone and tablet will work just fine with the Mac. The iPhone will be a very good choice, however, and if Marie can wait, it would be a good idea to wait until Apple announces the new iPhone next month. The iPhone is a great phone, especially for someone who hasn't had a smartphone before. But if you're an advanced user, Leo likes Android because you can do more. The Motorola Moto X is a good one as is the HTC One.
Sara's Blu-ray player freezes up about an hour in and won't go forward. Leo says that Blu-ray players are essentially computers and it could easily be that the laser is dirty or damaged. And blu-ray players are cheap, so just buy another one. But if it's part of your Sony PS3, then it would be worth getting it cleaned. But a stand alone Blu-ray player? Just replace it. The chatroom also says that a firmware update could be necessary.
Jose has an issue with his iPod Touch and it says "try again in 23 million minutes!" He's tried resetting it, but he gets the same message. Leo says that it sounds like he tried to enter the password more than ten tails and it failed. So the iPod gets disabled. What you can do is plug it into a computer with iTunes and restore it.
Marty wants to know what's going to be the next big thing in technology. Leo says it's difficult to predict and usually involved paradigm shifts that nobody expects. Like apps. Some things you can see coming, sure. Like the mobile revolution. But there are others that simply come from out of nowhere. And the internet is only in it's infancy. Leo says you can keep up on your skill set by learning how to learn. And that will future proof you. One thing that won't ever go away though is computer security.
Chris wants to get some data off an old Windows 98 machine, but doesn't know how to do it. Leo says to pull the drive out of the computer and get a Universal Drive Adapter. Then he can essentially turn the drive into a USB drive, plug it in to his new computer via USB and pull the data off it.
Ron is buying his wife a new laptop for their anniversary and he's looking at a Lenovo which has AC Wi-Fi. He doesn't think his router can handle it, since it's pretty old. Leo says that routers do wear out and the AC router will give him better reception and speed. Every four or five years, it may be necessary to get a new router.
Mark is looking for a 2TB desktop hard drive. Leo says that hard drives are commodities these days, and no one brand is really better than another. Leo does use Western Digital though, the Caviar line. They're 7200 rpm and he can get them in various models. "Red" drives are for network attached storage and are slow, but reliable, "Black" drives are faster and "Green" drives are eco-friendly and lower power. The VelociRaptor models are 10,000 rpm and are great high performance drives. But now that we're in the world of SSDs, spinning hard drives are less important.
Bloomberg reports that Radio Shack is running out of time and money and could have to close all stores by next year. Leo says it's really a shame because if Radio Shack had appealed to the growing maker movement and the geek community, they could have survived. Radio Shack was a unique place where people could buy radio sets, diodes, and switches. It was a great place for makers.
This week, Leo has a gadget for Dickie D ... it's the Humana Light, which is a light that can run for weeks on dead batteries! From ETOW.org, it uses a simple circuit that will run for weeks on depleted batteries, and they're being distributed in third world countries. What a great idea. And because LEDs are so efficient, they can work on a small amount of current still remaining in them.