Laptop or desktop computers and any components within.
Lynn wants to know she could get to receive internet radio without needing a smartphone. Leo says he uses one from Grace Digital which is also an alarm clock. She would have to have wireless internet access, though. Lynn also wants a portable option. Leo says that a radio over a 3G or 4G connection will do. A smartphone, for instance, can do this with the right app. An iPod Touch would also work. Again, she would still need an internet access, though.
Naomi wants to change her router name, and is wondering what else she can do to secure it. Leo says to avoid personal details, and avoid using the name of the router. Leo uses the names of rock stars. She can really name it anything, even "FBI Surveillance Van." If she configures it properly, it's as secure as wired, just not as fast. For pure performance online, she should use a wired connection through Ethernet. If she doesn't need the wireless, then just disable it in the settings.
Leo's list of what to do to lock down your Wi-Fi router:
3Doodler allows people to create amazing 3D objects without the restrictions of complicated software. The pen melts mini-plastic straw and can build things by painting with plastic. Dick says there's a learning curve, but it's great fun.
They're also planning on silicone accessories to help make 3D designs. It's $99 with 25 10" pieces of filament. Leo says you probably go through them like crazy!
Find out more at www.the3doodler.com/
TJ is looking to buy a new laptop and she wants to know the minimum requirements she should be looking for. Can she update her old Windows ME computer? Leo says that TJ could put Linux on it, but that's about as best as she can get with that. Leo says that for what TJ wants, she could look at the Microsoft Surface 2, which comes with Windows RT and a free Microsoft Office suite. Since it comes with a keyboard, it's a nice hybrid. It's a tad small at 10", but it's a great mobile option. TJ wants a 15" screen, though.
Laurie says that Microsoft's Windows 8.1 doesn't support the Microsoft Easy Transfer Wizard with the new update. Leo says that the Transfer Wizard sometimes backfires and doesn't really work. So it may be Microsoft deciding that it's not worth it anymore. She has a bunch of old computers that she's wondering what to do with, and Leo suggests putting Linux on them. Leo says that Ubuntu Linux is a great version for people coming from Windows. It'll breathe new life into an old computer, and will keep it secure.
Since the government has banned most sales of incandescent lightbulbs, newer technologies like CFL (Compact Fluorescent) and LED lights have taken its place. There are plenty of reasons not to like CFL, though. The light they produce is harsh, they contain Mercury so there are pollution issues, and they take time to "warm up" after being turned on. LED bulbs, on the other hand, take very little power and last for a very long time. The only issue with LED lightbulbs at this point is the heat they produce, requiring a large and expensive heat sink to be used.
Ashley wants a tablet that has the OS of a computer, but still lets her talk on a phone. All in one. Leo says any tablet can work with an internet telephony app. Leo says that will work until it actually happens. But a giant Windows tablet phone? No.
Georgeanne is worried that when Microsoft stops supporting Windows XP, will she be able to install and use Windows 8 on her old computer? Leo says support for Windows XP will end April 8th. At that point, she won't even get important security updates. Microsoft's attitude is that very few older computers running XP will run Windows 8.1. She could run the Windows upgrade assistant, but it's unlikely.
Robin is looking to cut the cable and wants to use an over-the-air antenna to get live TV. Leo says that if she can get reception, then an antenna can take over for the satellite and she'll end up with a very nice, and more uncompressed HD broadcast. Leo advises going to AntennaWeb.org and see what she can get in her area based on her address. It'll also recommend the best antenna for her area.
Corey's girlfriend has a MacBook Pro and wants to get a new Windows laptop for school. Leo says that she doesn't have to get a new laptop, the Mac makes a great Windows computer using Bootcamp. If she doesn't want to do that, she could get a Microsoft Surface Pro and keyboard.