Laptop or desktop computers and any components within.
Jay's Mac Mini keeps hibernating on him. Leo says that there's a great app called Caffeine that will keep the Mac Mini from sleeping. It's free. But Leo also recommends updating his OS in order to fix the flaw that causes that. Hot Corners will also help.
Larry's desktop broke and he took it to get repaired. He was told that his power supply blew out, and his processor didn't have a fan on it. Should he repair it? Leo says that power supplies are an easy fix. Larry's also considering buying a new Dell. Leo says that with Windows 10 out, the older the machine, the more problematic the driver support. But power supplies are a very common failure that's easy to fix.
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This week's gadget is called Bunch O Balloons! It fills up 35 water balloons in about 20 seconds, all at once, and you don't have to tie them off! Available at Amazon, Bed, Bath & Beyond and Wal-Mart. 3 clusters for $13 plus hose attachment. Amazing deal.
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Myrna replaced her motherboard a few months ago and now it's dead. Dell says it's out of warranty (90 days only), so she wants a local repair facility to deal with it. Leo suggests going to Yelp in her area to look at reviews.
Max bought one of the early Oculus Rift DK1 on eBay recently. Should he upgrade to the DK2 or wait for the consumer edition? Leo says it's best to wait. It's probably going to cost around $500 and chances are that there's going to be a better option available before then, such as the Vive from HTC.
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Greg needs a five bay network attached storage device (NAS). He's used Drobo, but is wondering if there's something better. Perhaps Synology?
Richard's daughter has a Dell Inspiron 5000 and the fan never stops running. Leo says that is usually a BIOS issue and a BIOS update could solve that. Those issues usually get repaired over time. But he should also see if her use is extremely heavy, causing it to run hotter than expected. Open apps may cause it. But chances are, it's an overzealous fan and a firmware update will fix it. Richard should call Dell. CPUID has a great program that will tell him exactly what the temperature is.
Mark has a new laptop that has a fan that is constantly blowing, rather than monitor the temperature and then turn on when it needs to. Is there any way he can control the laptop fans through software alone? Leo suggests checking out SMCFanControl by EIDAC. Otherworld computing also sells a cable for the InLine Digital Thermal Sensor.
Dickie D brings us the Levitating Lamp -- a light shade that actually levitates three inches above the lamp and slowly rotates. It's by Hammacher-Schlemmer. The computerized coils make 1,000 adjustments per second to ensure the shade stays upright, even when bumped, while the swirling pattern accentuates the natural spinning motion caused by air currents. The lamp has nine bright white LED bulbs: six that shine upward into the shade, and three that shine downward to provide accent lighting for the brushed chrome stand.