Hardware

Laptop or desktop computers and any components within.

Can I still buy an MP3 player?

Episode 1443

Martin from Rancho Cuca Monga
FiiO X1 High Resolution Lossless Music Player

Martin wants to know if he can still buy MP3 players. He wants to bring his music with him and doesn't want to stream it. He also doesn't have a lot of storage on his phone. Leo says that there are still some available, though the category is shrinking. SanDisk has the Clip, which has 16GB of space. It's around $30 and is very simple. Search Amazon and he'll find a lot of them, mostly Chinese made.

Should I buy an older refurbished ThinkPad?

Episode 1442

John from Indianapolis, IN
ThinkPad T470

John has to buy a new laptop since his 11-year-old laptop is stuck on Windows 7. Suggestions? Leo likes Dell. What about the ThinkPad T430 refurbished? Leo says that for $200, it's a pretty good deal. They're pretty rugged. John should check out the ThinkPad subreddit on Reddit. That's a great place to learn how to upgrade an older ThinkPad to keep it up to date. It's really easy to do with that particular model.

How can I pitch an idea to Apple?

Episode 1442

Chris from Hemitt, CA
Apple Headquarters

Chris has an idea for a product and would like to pitch it to Apple. Leo says simply put — he can't. It's likely that he won't get anywhere with an unsolicited pitch for a product. The protocol is usually to refuse such things with a legal rejection letter. That's because patent trolls will sue a company for ideas and if they come out with a similar product a few months or a year after they'd pitch to them, they could sue them. Google is more open though. He could try raising money on Kickstarter for his idea.

Black Friday Vs. Cyber Monday

Episode 1442

Black Friday

We survived another Black Friday. Braving fist fights for deals on last year's models, Leo says that traffic was terrible for Black Friday, and there were plenty of deals to be had. Cyber Monday is coming, where people shop for special deals online. Leo wonders if after Net Neutrality rules are tossed next month if ISPs will charge a toll for visiting sites like Amazon next year.

Tesla Announces New Roadster Car and an Electric Semi Truck

Episode 1441

Tesla Semi

Tesla founder Elon Musk has announced a new Roadster and an electric semi truck. Elon made a lot of money in his youth by creating an e-payment system that eventually merged with Paypal. He then used that money to fund a couple of other ventures, including SpaceX, with plans for colonizing Mars in the next ten years or even sooner. The other company he founded was Tesla which started with the Model S electric car. He then added other models like the Model X and more recently the Model 3.

Should I rebuild my PC?

Episode 1441

Ron from Charlotte, NC
Tower PC internals

Ron's PC died yesterday. He suspects the power supply went south. Leo says there's no sense in replacing it, as he can just replace the power supply. He should check the power cord itself first, though, just to be sure it wasn't just that. If he has to replace it, he could replace the processor too, since it's 7 years old, but then he'll have to replace the motherboard as well. Why not get a bare-bones system that he can get a new processor and motherboard with, and then transfer his SSD, GPU, and other options that he's added to it?

Why is my inkjet printer so bad at printing?

Episode 1441

Nathan from Corona, CA
Brother Laser Printer

Nathan has an inkjet printer but he's having issues with print quality. Leo says that inkjet printers aren't very economical for infrequent printing because the jets can become clogged with dried ink unless he uses them every day. That's why Leo recommends a low cost laser printer. He can get a Brother laser printer for under $100. It's ideal for students.

What camera should I buy for live streaming?

Episode 1441

Bruce from Hisperia, CA
Joby GorillaPod

Bruce's daughter plays D&D and her group would like to stream their games online. They need a mic for the group. Leo says that the best option for them is Mevo. It has a wide-angle array mic and it has a camera built in that can be controlled via an iPad. It's 4K that streams over 1080p. It can even follow subjects around, and because it's 4K, Bruce's daughter could use the resolution to create a second camera up close. It's a great option. It's $400. There's also a $100 Black Friday deal going on right now.