Hardware

Laptop or desktop computers and any components within.

Are there any good health tracking fitness bands?

Episode 1126

Tom from Warren, OH
Fitness bands

Tom likes that the M7 processor lets him track his steps. Leo says that's a great feature and all modern smartphones can now do it. These phones are as good and as bad as a Fitbit. There's limitations just like anything.

Is there anything decent for health tracking? Leo says that the dirty secret of fitness bands is that they're just pedometers. That's all. There's a lot of hype with them. But they do encourage people to take that extra step.

How do I transfer files to my new computer?

Episode 1126

Diana from Whittier, CA
LG Chromebase

Diana is finally replacing her XP machine with a new computer. But how does she transfer all her files to the new machine? Leo says that since Diana hasn't bought a new Windows machine yet, it may be a good idea to think about whether or not she really needs Windows. Often people buy far more computer than they need. And now that the industry has matured, Leo's more inclined to suggest a Chromebook and keep her data online, rather than Windows. Or maybe even a tablet, if most of her activity is email and surfing the internet. Leo gave his mom an iPad for that very reason.

Why does my PC boot to a black screen sometimes?

Episode 1125

Dan from Somis, CA
Blue screen

Dan says he gets error messages when booting up to Windows and sometimes it just boots up to a black screen. Leo says that intermittent problems are the hardest to diagnose and it could indicate a problem with his power supply or a lose cable. It could also be an overheating issue. The best thing is to make sure his data is constantly backed up.

Dick DeBartolo, The Giz Wiz

Episode 1125

Dickie D's gadget this week is a rocket fired parachute system that can be deployed during an emergency on a private plane and bring the plane down safely so it won't crash. The system is called CAPS (Cirus Airframe Parachute System). It's part of the Cirrus turbocharged SR22T aircraft. 95 lives have been saved since the system was introduced. Check out how it works here - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2_8qCTAjsDg

What's a good third party support company?

Rita from Pittsburgh, PA

Episode 1124

Rita is a self employed court reporter and she needs some good online tech support for her computer. Leo says that if she has a Dell, Dell's Gold support is as good as it gets. Leo isn't much of a fan of third party support. Rita has an HP computer, though. Leo says that HP likely has paid gold level support and he recommends biting the bullet and paying for it. And since Rita's computer is a few years old, it may be time to upgrade her computer, and then Leo would advise going with a Dell.

Did a website crash my hard drive?

Sue from Redondo Beach, CA

Episode 1124

Sue went to a website to watch Bob Dylan live on stage and her computer got "fried." Leo says that there's no website that can short out a computer. And it's not in the interest of a hacker to be that destructive. They want vulnerable computers to exploit them. So it's important to keep the computer updated. She should also update Flash, her PDF reader, drivers, and just about everything can be exploited. Leo also recommends using Google Chrome, because it sandboxes Flash and updates it all the time. So she doesn't even have to install Flash on her system.