Hardware

Laptop or desktop computers and any components within.

Dick DeBartolo, The Giz Wiz

Episode 1119

Capresso CoffeeTEAM PRO Glass 12-cup coffee maker. It features a sleek stainless steel exterior and has a lot of new features including professional-grade conical solid steel burr grinder to grind beans slowly, a new removable 7-ounce bean container to lift off to refill beans or access the grinder for cleaning, and removable upper burr, for easy cleaning. It also has a two-step grind and clean chamber that automatically cleans the grinder after every cycle. The warming plate will keep your coffee warm for 2 hours and then shut off.

How can I recover the remote wipe PIN code for my Mac?

Episode 1119

Jeff from Canoga Park, CA
Apple MacBook Air

Jeff's Mac got stolen and he used Find My Mac to get it back. Meanwhile he used the remote wipe to wipe it. How can he get his data back? Leo says that Apple did a great thing with a system lock and remote wipe. But how does he get his system lock pin code? Leo says Jeff needs to call AppleCare and he'll probably have to bring it into an Apple Store to fix.

What's the best mic for podcasting?

Episode 1120

Jim from Atlanta, GA
Heil PR40

Jim was podcasting back when Leo was still on TechTV. Jim had to walk away from it a few years ago but now he's ready to get started up again. He sees that Leo had recommended the Sennheiser SMD25 and is wondering if its still a good option. Leo says he wouldn't go with that. He uses a dynamic directional mic instead. Leo recommends Bob Heil's HeilSound PR40. It's great for studio work and it'll make Jim's voice sound really great. They're about $350.

What streaming set top box should I buy?

Episode 1120

Jerry from Fallbrook, CA
Roku

Jerry is thinking about getting an Apple TV or Roku and cutting the cable. Leo says that there are a lot of choices and all of them are designed to do one thing: connect his TV to the Internet so he can watch online programming. But none of them offer all the options available. If he has a true 6 Mbps connection, streaming will work great. But remember, if there's more than one computer or mobile device on the network pulling at that bandwidth, it's going to affect the stream.

What's the best RAID to backup media programs on my network?

Stan from San Francisco, CA

Episode 1118

Stan wants to clear off his DVR with a 2 Bay RAID to save his programs. But his beef is that there isn't a lot of documentation. Leo says don't worry about all that. Just use the PC settings. You can also use a DROBO, which allows you to hot swap drives if they fail so you don't have to stop it from running. But two drives isn't best because it's mirroring and you will only get half the capacity since they're identical. Leo prefers RAID 5 with three drives which gives you 2/3 storage 1/3 redundancy. It's robust. Companies that make eSata RAID 5 include Drobo.

Are you going to Maker Faire?

Doctor Mom from New York, NY

Episode 1117

Doctor Mom wants to plug the New York World Maker Faire, which is a gathering for people who love to make stuff. And Doctor Mom is there teaching. It's at the Hall of Science right behind Shea Stadium. Leo says that Maker Faire is a great event and Make Magazine gave birth to it. And Radio Shack is sponsoring it and that would be a good thing to keep them open if they harnassed the maker movement.

What computer should I buy for preschool?

Heather from Denver, CO

Episode 1117

Heather's preschool and buy a bulk deal on computers and she wants to know what's best. Leo says that Google's Chromebook may be the best option. All it has is a browser, and you use extensions that are online. But if you have dedicated software, then that's not going to work. What brand computers? HP, Dell or Apple? Leo says that Apple is a better choice because there's no real issue with security and you can actually run Windows on it if you need to. But they're twice as expensive as a garden variety Windows machine. Still, it's a better option.