Hardware

Laptop or desktop computers and any components within.

The GizWiz and the Luxuriant Moustache

Episode 1123

This week's gadget is the Black + Decker (yes, new name) 20 Volt Lithium Drill Driver, with Auto Sense. It has a small microprocessor that reads the rate of change in the screw and stops the drill so you will never overscrew. To countersink, you press the screw again and it does small turns until you're happy. The 20V MAX AutoSense comes with a charger and a 20V MAX lithium ion battery, which holds a charge for up to 18 months.

Why does my Time Capsule keep resetting?

Episode 1123

Tamara from California
AirPort Time Capsule

Tamara has an Apple Time Capsule and every few weeks it requires her to start over again with a new backup. Leo says it's possible that the hard drive inside of the Time Capsule is faulty or failing. Fortunately, she has a secondary backup via iCloud Backup. Leo says that's good news. So she doesn't have to worry about the data on the Time Capsule. Should she just demand Apple give her a new one? Leo says that it may not be a bad device, actually. It could be a network issue. But Leo says to bring it into Apple and talk to a Genius.

How can I access the GUI of my router?

Episode 1123

Rick from Albuquerque, NM
Asus Router

Rick bought an Asus router and set the cable company's modem/router in bridge mode. He wants to know if he can access the GUI of the modem because he can't see it. Leo says that's because the Asus router is assigning the IP addresses as it goes. That's how it's designed. So he can't really do that. Leo also says he could alter it via the public address by turning on WAN administration, but that's a bad idea because then anyone could do it.

How can I help my mother read books with technology?

Episode 1122

Roy from Orange County, CA
iPad Air

Roy's old mother has been looking at an electronic magnifying device to look at documents and photos. She won't use a tablet, though. Leo says that's a shame because they're very useful and she could reset the type to any size she wants. Plus she just wants to read the books she has. Leo says that's understandable. Leo says there's a program called Big Magnify for the iPad and iPhone will allow her to read a book by magnifying the image with the photo app.

What hardware and software can I use for screencasting on videos?

Episode 1122

Danny from New Jersey
Rode DeadCat Wind Muff

Danny wants to make videos for his kids at school who have problems learning. He got a podcaster kit and he's looking for a screen to go in front of the microphone. Leo says it's called a "Dead Cat." There's also a circular screen called a "pop screen" and Leo uses the BSW REPOP Pop Filter. But that's for a directional microphone. For omnidirectional microphones, it's called a Dead Cat.

Should I buy my daughter a MacBook Pro or MacBook Air for college?

Episode 1122

Brian from Los Angeles, CA
Apple MacBook Pro

Brian's daughter is going to law school and she has a five year old MacBook. Leo says it's time to upgrade, and the MacBook Air is a great option. Should he get the MacBook Air or MacBook Pro? The Air is light and thin, but the Pro has a Retina display and faster processor. The Air has better battery life, though. So it comes down to portability vs. screen quality.

Dick DeBartolo, The Giz Wiz

Episode 1121

This week's crazy gadget from the GizWiz is the Karcher PowerSqueege. What is it? It's the world's cordless squeegee! You spray the cleaner, squeegee it, and it sucks up the solution and dirt with no drips! Eliminates the wiping, rubbing, and mess required when using paper or cloth towels, and you'll save money by not having to wash cloths or throw away paper towels. Includes a 12-volt wall charger and operating instructions. MSRP: $79.99. Lowest price I could find on Amazon was about $54 on 9/23/2014.

What equipment do I need to start vlogging?

Todd from Chandler, AZ

Episode 1121

Todd has a business and wants to start doing video blogging, or "vlogging." What equipment does he need? He'll be starting from his desk but he wants to know what camera to get. Leo says it depends on what Todd is going to be doing. Todd wants to have a set with a background screen. Leo says that in Todd's case, a camcorder with an external microphone jack is a good option. DSLRs do this. Point and shoots would help keep within his $500 price range and the video quality is really good.