Hardware

Laptop or desktop computers and any components within.

Dick DeBartolo, The Giz Wiz

Episode 1461

Dick DeBartolo

spAIRtray says it's the world's first window shelf for extra room on most commercial aircraft window seats. Using it is easy. Just unfold it, insert one end of the back plate low in the alignment channel for the window’s sun visor and slide the other end into the channel on the other side of the window. Adjust to level out the tray and then you'll have some extra space for your phone, eyeglasses, snack, etc. The company says you can even hang a jacket on it.

How can I connect my Wacomb to my MacBook?

Episode 1461

Danny from Echo Park, CA
OWC Thunderbolt 2 Dock

Danny is a graphics artist that has a Wacomb Cintiq tablet/monitor. He also has a Mac laptop connected to a monitor. He wants to connect his Wacomb to his laptop along with the monitor, but it won't work. Leo says that Danny probably needs to connect his laptop to a Thunderbolt 2 dock, and then he could drive multiple monitors off it, including the Wacomb. The video card should have enough power to drive both.

Why can't I boot up my Intel SSD?

Jim from Cameron, WI

Episode 1461

Jim is having boot up issues with his computer. He gets an error on his SSD and Leo suspects that the drive is failing and the computer can't see the boot drive. Leo suspects that his SSD isn't meant to be a boot drive since it's an Intel hybrid drive. He shouldn't mess with it. It's not really two drives, it's one drive that appears as two.

Leo says if there's data on the drive, it's going to be tricky to recover it. The Dell recovery disks could help but chances are, he'll need a tech to get the data off it. It would be best to replace it with a dedicated SSD.

SpaceX Launches the Falcon Heavy

Episode 1461

Space X StarMan - Tesla in Space

Leo says that the Space X Falcon Heavy rocket launch, with two boosters automatically landing afterwards, was a triumph of engineering (even though one crashed in the ocean). The fun part was using Elon Musk's Tesla Roadster as ballast with a mannequin dressed in a spacesuit, playing Bowie's Space Oddity on the stereo. What a great test, and the PR stunt of the century for Tesla, with hundreds of thousands watching the live stream of StarMan orbiting the earth before heading off to Mars.

Can I use a touchscreen for sketching?

Episode 1460

Donna from Chula Vista, CA
Sketching with stylus

Donna has a touchscreen PC and wants to take a sketching class. Can she use it? Or does she need a Wacomb interface? Leo says that Wacomb was before touchscreens became popular. Leo says she can use a touchscreen PC easily, but she'll need to have a stylus to draw with. She could use her finger, but that's not all that conducive to sketching. Donna should ask the teacher what program to use for the class. Adonit makes a fine point stylus that would be ideal for this.

How can I protect my laptop screen?

Episode 1460

Isaac from Ontario, Canada
Moshi iVisor Anti-Glare Screen Protector for MacBook Pro 13

Isaac has a 2015 MacBook Pro and the anti-reflective coating was flaking off. Apple said there was a recall and they replaced it for free. Leo says he'll have to be careful not to use alcohol-based cleaners because those will strip off the coating. Leo recommends Screen Guard Foam Cleaning Spray.

Leo also says to get a microfiber cloth that's the size of his trackpad. That's important because, without it, the trackpad will strike the screen and make an outline. So he should cover it to protect it.

Can I connect an external antenna to my Wi-Fi router?

Episode 1460

David from British Columbia
Archer T2UH

David's office uses a shipping container as an office and they have to use an external antenna to pick up the wireless signal, but it only connects to one computer. Can the external antenna be connected to a router? Leo says yes, it can, but the Wi-Fi standard is unique and router connectors vary. He'll need to go somewhere that can bundle the router with an attachable antenna to get the right match.