Laptop or desktop computers and any components within.
Dudge is having a hard time moving to 64 bit. Leo says that the only advantage of 64 bit is to address more memory for gaming, video editing apps, and the like. If his software works fine in 32 bit, then there's no real reason to go to 64 bit. Leo says to keep using what he has until it stops working. When it stops working, upgrade everything.
John wonders if Apple is going to stop making computers soon. Leo says that while Apple gets most of it's income from mobile devices and apps that power them, those apps still need to be made on Apple computers. As Steve Jobs once said "somebody still needs to drive the trucks." So Leo thinks that the Apple Mac computer will still exist down the road.
However, Leo is disappointed that Apple seems to be losing their way in the professional world and Hollywood feels abandoned by Final Cut Pro, and many are going back to Avid and Adobe Premiere.
Ross owns an auto shop and he'd like to start scanning documents to manage them in the computer. Leo says that optical character recognition (OCR) is a key feature in order to glean the data from the scanned forms. Leo recommends OCR scanning software from Nuance.
Brad has an Apogee duet professional sound card. He'd like to upgrade to a Duet 2, but there's other less expensive options out there. Leo says that professional audio is a very specialized niche market, which makes it hard to offer mainsteam options. He also says that while newer Macs have more speed, Firewire is dead now. Quality audio processing is key, and he recommends looking at a DAC from ApogeeDigital. Low latency is also important.
This week's gadget is the Brolly Texting Umbrella. Leo says it looks like an umbrella with a pair of brass knuckles on it. Dick says that's what makes it easy to hold on to the umbrella and text with your phone at the same time.
Michael got an old, cheap, used computer and the computer just keeps rebooting to the BIOS. Leo says to make sure the IDE cables from the hard drives are properly connected on both ends, and make sure the drive is set to the master drive. The lithium BIOS battery is likely dead as well, so he should replace that. Then, reset the BIOS hardware configuration setting, because it's obviously changed.
Rob's daughter needs a computer and he'd like to get her a Mac. Leo says that the MacBook Air is thin, light and very powerful. Leo recommends setting the internet up with OpenDNS to protect her from going places she shouldn't go. Checking the Apple Refub Store could save him money on the computer too.
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This week's gadget is The Matrix Audio Qube. The QUBE is small enough to fit pocket or computer carry case and loud enough to let you enjoy movies on your laptop when you travel. It’s also perfect to listen to music or audio books in the hotel room. The QUBE has a built in rechargeable battery that offers up to 8 hours of continuous playback. You can recharge it via USB in about 2 hours. It comes with a carrying case and a combo cable.