Laptop or desktop computers and any components within.
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.
At Google's I/O developer conference this week, Google announced a new product called Google Home. This is essentially an Amazon Echo competitor. It's a small device that kind of looks like an air freshener, and you talk to it to get information and perform tasks. It won't have the Amazon services, though. We don't know yet when that will be available or what the price will be.
Find out more at home.google.com
Greg's 08 MacBook Pro makes a strange noise. Now it even autotypes all by itself! Leo says it sounds like a stuck key. He should go through all the keys just to see if one of the keys is sticking a bit. It's common as keyboards get dirty.
Brad has an 2012 MacBook that he added a second hard drive to. He then plugged a Logitech webcam in, and the display went blank. Leo thinks that Brad may have overloaded the power supply and overheated the motherboard. Laptops are designed with a very narrow window of power usage tolerances. A tower would've have worked better.
Joe wants to know why his car radio doesn't have a capability like TIVO, where it can record what he's listening to and allow him to rewind it. Leo says that CCrane's CC Witness is a portable radio recorder that does that. It's $149.
Leo recommends downloading and listening to podcasts of most radio programs for free as a better alternative to this.
Aiden's SSD drive keeps filling up with stuff and he isn't sure what's using up space. Leo says on the Mac, he should check out Disk Inventory X. It gives him a color based representation of what's using up space and sorting by size. It even gives him the ability to move things to the trash from within the app.
There's a similar program on Windows called WinDirStat.
Liz can't find her phone and she wonders if she can use her Amazon Echo to find it. Leo says she can. There's a capability in the phone that will cause the phone to ring so she can locate it.
She can also set up that same feature using If This Then That. There is one called Phone Finder for the Echo.
Mary has an issue with Carbonite. It stops running during the backup of her iMac. She's uninstalled/reinstalled several times, and she's checked the firewall. Leo says that there's some sort of incompatibility going on and Carbonite should be able to walk her through it.
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