Hardware

Laptop or desktop computers and any components within.

How can I make an old computer faster?

Episode 1157

Old Geek in the Bronx from New York, NY
Apple iPad Air 2

The "old geek in the Bronx" tried to clean up his friend's computer and he wants to know if "Ready Boost" will speed up that old PC. Leo says that Microsoft created "Ready Boost" for Vista and Windows 7 and it would use the cache of a USB key because it's faster. Leo says he tried it and it didn't really work at all. Almost always, just backing up the data, formatting the hard drive, and reinstalling Windows with the recovery disks and updating Windows fully will make it run like the day it came out of the box. Rather than have his friend buy a new laptop, Leo advises getting an iPad.

What's the best box to "cut the cord" with?

Episode 1157

Judy from Yucaipa, CA
Roku 3

Judy wants to know about the Jetstream Movie box. She gets all her entertainment options from satellite and antenna and she's thinking about "cutting the cord." Leo says he recommends the Roku Box. It uses the Internet to bring her streaming video from YouTube, Netflix, Hulu, etc. But it won't give her the local live broadcast channels. Neither does Jetstream, for that matter.

Can a laptop have static buildup?

Robert from Lolo, MT

Episode 1157

Robert is having issues with what tech support says is "static buildup" with his laptop. They advise unplugging it and plugging it back in, and that seemed to work. But it's happened several times. Leo says that can happen when the weather is really dry. That's why it's important to ground himself before he touches it. He can do that by simply touching the case side. Unplugging and plugging it back in, though, leads Leo to believe it isn't a static issue. Leo has a hunch that it could be power supply related, or the cable connector. It just sounds like a red herring.

Microsoft's Holo Lens Could Change Everything

Episode 1157

Microsoft announced a new virtual reality product called Holo Lens, which works natively with WIndows 10 and Leo says it's incredibly impressive. It will give users that "Minority Report" experience and Microsoft says it's the future of computing. This is more augmented reality than virtual reality, and it will superimpose information on top of things in the real world. Leo says that after seeing computer interfaces come and go, Holo Lens is the real deal and Microsoft could very well be right. This could be a revolution, and it'll come out this Fall.

Why can't my Windows XP machine boot up?

Episode 1156

Louis from Palos Verdes, CA
HP Stream

Louis downloaded something and now he can't do anything when he boots up. Leo believes that the computer's hard drive is failing and that's what is causing the computer to stall on boot up. Especially considering it's an old XP machine. Given the issues Louis is having, it's unlikely from something that Louis installed. Leo says it's not really worth fixing.

Scott Wilkinson

Episode 1155

Scott Wilkinson

This week, Scott joins us to talk about how this week is one of the biggest weeks to buy a new TV. The Super Bowl is one of the things that keeps live TV going, and streaming the big game has been done over the last few years. According to Variety, NBC will be streaming the big game as part of an 11 hour block on NBCUniversal.com. There will also be 4K cameras shooting the action for instant replay, so they can zoom in and still have high def images. Leo would love to see a UHD version of the game.

Is there a market for high end smart watches?

Episode 1154

Dave from Fullerton, CA
Apple Watch

Dave says that there will be a market for the Apple Watch. Leo agrees and says that Swiss watches are worried that these smart watches will put them out of business. Especially the really expensive watches. But those expensive ones are status symbols, and nothing more. A good reliable watch now is under $10 thanks to quartz movements. It's really all about jewelry.