Hardware

Laptop or desktop computers and any components within.

Dick DeBartolo "The Giz Wiz" with the iBlazr

Episode 1109

iBlazr

The iBlazr is a bright LED accessory that plugs into your headphone jack and provides far better illumination when you're taking pictures with your mobile device. It has it's own batteries, so it doesn't leach off the phone's power. 500 Flashes off a single charge and you can use your headphones to plug in and get an off camera flash angle. Starts at $49.99. Check it out at http://iblazr.com/

Where can I get a cheap pair of headphones?

Episode 1109

Sandra from Corona, CA
Earbuds

Sandra has a pair of headphones that need to be repaired. Leo isn't so sure that they're worth repairing in today's disposable design culture. What can she replace them with for around $25? Leo says that good headphones aren't cheap. If she wants to stick with earbuds, then she can get a pair of earbuds for about $30 at the Apple store. But earbuds are damaging to our ears and the sound isn't as accurate.

How can I "shoot the moon" tonight?

Episode 1108

Andrea from Lakewood, CA
Super moon

Andrea is going to take pictures of the "super moon." Leo says tonight is a great night to not only shoot the moon, but also the Pleiades meteor shower. She'll need a longer lens than she thinks - like 300mm, and a tripod to keep it completely stable. She'll be doing time exposures. The key is, the moon is very bright, so she'll stop it down and lengthen the exposures. She'll want to expose for the moon itself, and she'll want to set it manually.

What hard drive should I buy for my MacBook Pro?

Episode 1108

Ed from Crossville, TN
Western Digital Scorpio Blue

Ted is looking to replace his hard drive in his MacBook Pro. Leo has done that with all his laptops, replacing them with SSDs. It can be a challenge to replace the hard drive, depending on what model MacBook Pro he has. The modern MacBook Pros are a bit easier, although the screws are tiny and of difference lengths. Once he has opened it up, replacing the hard drive is pretty straight forward.

What's the difference between sleep mode and hibernate mode?

Episode 1108

Bruce from Manhattan Beach, CA
Sleep mode

Bruce has a computer that he puts into hibernation, but when he unplugs it, it shuts down. Leo says the there's a difference between hibernation and sleep mode. Sleep keeps the computer on, but loads everything into RAM and shuts down the hard drive and other things it doesn't need. It's in an extreme low power mode, but keeps refreshing the RAM so it'll come back on when woken up. Hiberation, on the other hand, completely shuts down the computer and then writes the RAM contents to the hard drive to access when it's turned back on.

How can I dispose of an old TV?

Episode 1108

Bob from Warren, PA
Analog Television

Bob cut the cable about a year ago and streams video with his Roku device. He's about to upgrade to a flatscreen and wants to know how to get rid of his old TV. Leo says to look for an eWaste roundup or recycling center in his community. They will be able to take it and dispose of it, recycling what they can. Erie County, PA has electronic disposal days, so he should look for that.

The Giz Wiz and Inside MAD

Episode 1107

Dick DeBartolo

Dickie D is back and Leo is very thrilled to be featured in the October 2014 issue of Mad Magazine along with Lisa and a bunch of TWiT Staffers! This week's gadget is the Champ Survival Sidekick is an 8-in-1 Multi-tool and flashlight. In a single device that looks like a flashlight you’ll have these eight emergency tools ready when you need them: Glass breaker and seatbelt cutter. Hand crank and a USB connector for emergency mobile device charging. A 3 LED flashlight.