Hardware

Laptop or desktop computers and any components within.

Dick DeBartolo, The Giz Wiz

Episode 1285

Dick DeBartolo

Dick is here with EKUSA Not a Lock. Not a Lock is a theft deterrant device that looks like a padlock, but it really isn't. It snaps in place like a lock and looks like it's been locked, but with a sharp pull down, it opens. $14.99

While traveling, Dick was on United and he was told that he had to download the United App in order to enjoy in flight entertainment. That seems to be the trend here because by removing the entertainment systems on airplanes, they can save a ton of weight. And most people use mobile devices on the flight anyway.

What computer should I buy?

Russell from Phoenix, AZ

Episode 1285

Russell has been "banned" by HP from being able to buy a computer anymore because he complained about a broken computer they had sent him. Leo says that the PCs from HP have improved since 5 years ago. The ban is still in place, though. Leo says he's never heard of that before. It's odd, but he should just take his business elsewhere! Leo says that Dell is very good. The customer service has fallen since prices have dropped, but the computers are still very good. He should want to get a higher end model.

Is the Amazon Echo a good device for a senior?

Episode 1284

Peter from Brooklyn, NY
Amazon Echo

Peter wants to get his mother an Amazon Echo. Will she like it? Leo says he recently gave his in laws an Echo and they love it. But he'll want to set it up right and teach them how to use it with the right verbiage, etc. It's great for reading books to them, playing music, the works. It also has a bunch of skills that he can install to do custom features.

How can I install multiple copies of GPS software onto laptops?

Larry from Black Forest, CO

Episode 1284

Larry is a firefighter and they use a mobile computer GPS utility running Windows. But there's some Panasonic Toughbook laptops that he can't get to work. Leo says that there's a video on how to install it here (YouTube)

The chatroom suggests cloning the hard drives on the ones that do work and then manually inputting the proper activation code. If it works, then he'll know it's a software issue. If it doesn't, then it's a hardware issue.

Is a Chromebook a good computer for general use?

Episode 1284

Tim from San Diego, CA
Acer Chromebook

Tim wants to know if a Chromebook is a good option for general purpose computing. Leo says absolutely. The Chromebook is great because it runs on a simple browser without any other operating system or application required. With Google's services like Google Drive, Mail, Contacts, Photos, etc, he can do just about anything. They're very secure and reliable as well.

Where can I get a good lavalier microphone?

Episode 1283

Larry from Petaluma, CA
Audio Technica AT898 lavalier mic

Larry would like to have a lavalier microphone for his Canon Vixia. He doesn't want a wireless one. Leo says it's a good idea to start with a wired lav mic because he won't run into interference. He'll also want a unidirectional mic in order to filter out all the ambient noise coming from where he is recording. The downside is that if the mic gets off axis, he'll have to adjust it. So he'll want to constantly monitor the audio to be sure that the mic is aimed properly.