Laptop or desktop computers and any components within.
Rob finally gave up on iTunes and started using Media Monkey. It's fine except he's having issues with using it with his old iPod. What stand alone MP3 player could Rob get that would work better? Leo says that MP3 players have mostly gone away as mobile phones have taken it over. An old Android phone that he doesn't use anymore would do the trick.
JJ has the Philips Hue lighting system and his lights turned on in the middle of the night. He's discovered that his landlord shares the same breaker with him and after the power had been cut and restored, the lights came on. Is this common? Leo says that the Philips Hue system is really cool, but it can get reset when the power goes out or if there's some sort of change on the breaker. There's no real way out of it short of convincing Philips to change it.
Joyce is thinking of buying a Chromebook. Leo says it's a great idea. Most people usually buy computers that are far too much for their every day needs and Chromebooks are powerful, more secure, and very affordable. Can she get a Chrome tablet? Leo says sure! The ASUS Chromebook Flip is a $250 and it can double as a laptop.
This week's gadget is actually an oldie but a goodie ... it's 12 years old and it's a self waving american flag that uses wires embedded in the flag to wave. It's very patriotic.
Moe's computer running Windows 7 keeps shutting down on him. Leo says that with the age of Moe's computer, the hard drive is getting unreliable. It's time to backup his hard drive and then swap it out for a new one and reinstall Windows. It may be enough just to reinstall Windows, though. Leo does this every year as "spring cleaning." It keeps it more reliable. So he should try that first. He should backup his Documents and Settings folder to get his data. Then he can format that old hard drive and reinstall Windows.
Mark has been having similar issues with his computer crashing when it goes into hybrid sleep or hibernation. Leo says that hibernation has never really worked the way it's supposed to. It's just best to turn it off. Hibernation saves out the RAM and then when you turn it back on, it has to load it and often it'll crash. So just disable that option.
Cindy is interested in dashcams. Leo says that the Wirecutter says the Z-Edge Z3 is the best. It's a great deal at $100. She also wants one forward and backward to monitor the inside of the car. Leo says that there's several models that can do that. So she should head to the Wirecutter for more guidance.
Bob is having problems with his computer becoming unresponsive. It suddenly freezes up until he reboots it. Leo says that it may not be crashing for freezing at all. It may be an unresponsive mouse or keyboard. If the clock continues ticking, then it hasn't crashed. But if the clock is stuck, then the processor has halted. Even then, the processor may just be busy and he may just have to wait. He'll want to be sure it's really halted, though. If he reboots the computer in the middle of reindexing the hard drive, it could corrupt his drive.
Scott attended a meeting that indicated that virtual reality is the next great trend in cinematography, but that it's in it's infancy and that cinematographers should start experimenting with shooting in VR by using cheaper cameras like the Ricoh Theta S. Leo says that may be true, but he prefers to be told a story, told what to look at. When you're looking around, if you think about it, the story teller has failed in telling that story.
Leo does say that Virtual Reality is great for gaming though. It blows their minds.