Hardware

Laptop or desktop computers and any components within.

How can I organize all my open windows in macOS?

Episode 1383

Ken from Windsor, CAN
macOS Spaces

Ken uses multiple monitors and he has never been satisfied with how they are set up with color, and the bezels are distracting. He bought a 27" iMac to just rely on one large screen, but now he has a frustrating array of windows that are simply a mess. Leo says that Apple uses a virtual desktop management system that allows him to maximize a screen and switch between them by using the "Ctrl" key with the left and right arrow keys. That way he can focus on one active window and then easily change to the next task. It's much easier than trying to juggle multiple windows.

Dick DeBartolo, The Giz Wiz

Episode 1382

Dick DeBartolo

This week's gadget is the Meyoung Airplane Foot Rest Hammock. On an airplane, it can hang from the snack table's arms to provide a hammock-like foot rest. And unlike some other travel gadgets, it doesn't make you look dorky, because probably no one will notice. It weighs only 3 oz and folds down to about 8" x 3" x 2" inch. The company says it will relax your feet and reduce pressure on your back. $13.99 on Amazon here.

Could I use a Chromebook to digitize old videos?

Episode 1382

Mike from Los Angeles, CA
Dell XPS 13

Mike wants to get a Chromebook. Can he use it to digitize video? Leo says no. It's just a browser and keeps everything in the cloud. As such, it can't do specialized applications like video conversion, because it doesn't have the hardware and software to do it. Chromebooks don't have a lot of storage, either. So what he'll want is a regular PC like a Windows or Mac. He'll also need a Firewire converter. The best laptop makers are Dell, Lenovo, HP, Asus, and Acer. Those are the top five.

How can I safely partition my hard drive for Linux?

Episode 1382

Mike from Portland, ME
rEFInd

Mike finally installed Linux Mint into his old Dell laptop. When he was partitioning it, Windows wanted 2/3 of the drive for XP. He's not planning on using it that much, so he made it as small as he could, but it won't let him. Leo says he doesn't even need Windows if he's not planning on using it, so he can just delete the Windows partition altogether.

Could my devices overheat and explode from a power inverter?

Episode 1382

Manny from Ashtabulah, OH
Power Inverter

Manny is a long haul truck driver and he has a lot of gadgets that require AC, so he needs an inverter. What's the best one that will provide power without overheating his gadgets? Leo says that in theory, the gadgets won't take more wattage that they can handle and if they are getting warm or even hot, that's just normal. Well made devices have circuitry that prevents overcharging.

Augmented Reality May Be Bigger than Virtual Reality

Episode 1382

Mark Zuckerberg at Facebook F8 Conference

Facebook and Oculus had their big confab this week and they're focusing on Augmented Reality, which will bring virtual elements into the real world through a headset that shows you the real world, with virtual elements overlaid on it. Leo says that Facebook is looking to that because they are aware that everyone is getting into VR and they are worried about losing their edge in the genre. So look for Facebook to add AR to Oculus VR. Facebook is also going to add vanishing messages to Instagram in an effort to bury Snapchat since they couldn't buy them.

Should I get a Mac with a Fusion drive?

Episode 1381

Edward from Hollywood, CA
Apple iMacs

Edward is thinking about buying a 27" iMac with a fusion drive because he hears it's faster. Leo says it is, but only faster than a spinning drive. It's not faster than a solid state drive. It made a lot of sense a few years ago, but now it really doesn't because SSDs have gone down in price.

If Edward needs a large drive, it's OK, but Fusion is only slightly faster than a spinning drive. It's better to get an SSD and then add an external drive via Thunderbolt. Leo doesn't care for Fusion technology. It really doesn't give the benefits they want people to think it does.