Hardware

Laptop or desktop computers and any components within.

What's slowing down my computer while rendering?

Episode 1110

Tim from Cape Cod, CA
CPU

Tim uses Adobe Premiere CS6 for editing video and wants to decrease his rendering times. Leo says Tim needs to figure out what the weak link is in the chain that's causing the bottle neck, and it could either be the processor, the graphics processor, the RAM, or the hard drive. Boosting his video card will help. Since he's boosted his RAM and installed an SSD, Leo has a hunch it's the graphics processor. If it's slowing down while encoding, that could point to the CPU.

Should I jailbreak my Apple TV?

Episode 1110

Sonny from Torrance, CA
Apple TV Remote

Sonny has an unused 2nd generation Apple TV and he's thinking of selling it on eBay. He's seeing on eBay that they're selling for $200-300 dollars jailbroken. Leo says to take the money and run! Then he can buy a new one and pocket the change. Leo also points out that eBay values can be misleading. Just because people ask for an amount, doesn't mean they'll get it.

Notable Technology Anniversaries This Week Include First Podcast and IBM PC

Episode 1110

IBM PC

The IBM PC was released 33 years ago, and ten years ago, former MTV VJ Adam Curry premiered the first episode of the "Daily Source Code" podcast. Leo says that while there were previous recordings posted online, Curry's was the first to actually follow a set format we've come to know as podcast. He also created the moniker.

Dick DeBartolo "The Giz Wiz" with the iBlazr

Episode 1109

iBlazr

The iBlazr is a bright LED accessory that plugs into your headphone jack and provides far better illumination when you're taking pictures with your mobile device. It has it's own batteries, so it doesn't leach off the phone's power. 500 Flashes off a single charge and you can use your headphones to plug in and get an off camera flash angle. Starts at $49.99. Check it out at http://iblazr.com/

Where can I get a cheap pair of headphones?

Episode 1109

Sandra from Corona, CA
Earbuds

Sandra has a pair of headphones that need to be repaired. Leo isn't so sure that they're worth repairing in today's disposable design culture. What can she replace them with for around $25? Leo says that good headphones aren't cheap. If she wants to stick with earbuds, then she can get a pair of earbuds for about $30 at the Apple store. But earbuds are damaging to our ears and the sound isn't as accurate.

How can I "shoot the moon" tonight?

Episode 1108

Andrea from Lakewood, CA
Super moon

Andrea is going to take pictures of the "super moon." Leo says tonight is a great night to not only shoot the moon, but also the Pleiades meteor shower. She'll need a longer lens than she thinks - like 300mm, and a tripod to keep it completely stable. She'll be doing time exposures. The key is, the moon is very bright, so she'll stop it down and lengthen the exposures. She'll want to expose for the moon itself, and she'll want to set it manually.