Hardware

Laptop or desktop computers and any components within.

What security camera would work with cellular data?

Episode 1489

Steve from Newfoundland, CAN
Eagle Eye Nubo Cam

Steve is looking for a motion activated security camera that can run on a cellular network. Leo says that all security cameras are motion activated these days. DropCam and Nest would be the natural choice, but they rely on Wi-Fi.

Leo recommends the Eagle Eye Nubo. It has 2G, 3G and LTE. It's also weather resistant. But he'll want to be sure that it is supported by his carrier. He'll have to get the SIM from them anyway.

Why does my computer slow down so much?

Episode 1488

John from Las Vegas, NV
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John built a Windows 10 machine, upgrading from Windows 7. But now it's slowing down while playing videos and he has to do a hard reboot to restart it. Leo says there's a setting in the video driver that is for "hardware acceleration." If it's on, he should turn it off. If it's off, he should turn it on. That may fix it. He can right click on the desktop, then click through the following: personalize, display, change display settings, advanced settings, graphics property box, troubleshooting, change settings, display adapter troubleshooter for hardware acceleration.

How can I rip my CDs and put them on a media server?

Episode 1488

Walt from Irvine, CA
Synology NAS

Walt has a few hundred CDs and he'd like to rip them, put them on a music server, and then donate them. Leo recommends ripping in a lossless version called FLAC. FLAC is a great because if one needs to re-burn to a CD, they can. If using iTunes, he should use Apple's own lossless codec. Using a Mac that stays on all the time would work, but Leo recommends using a Network Attached Storage device and have that run as the music server. It can also do double duty backing up the network. Leo recommends the Synology brand.

Dick DeBartolo, The Giz Wiz

Episode 1487

https://twit.tv/people/dick-debartolo

Button Lamp is a tiny LED Lamp that can light dozens of dark areas where a larger light won't fit. Stick them up on a shelf in kitchen cabinets, in a closet, tool box, etc. They're also perfect for power outages, camping trips, and even on on boats. And yes, they're waterproof and submersible. They come in a handy 6-pack for under $10. Dick does not recommend the 3-pack for $7.99. They also come with an adhesive disc for quick installation. Batteries are included and not replaceable. Each device contains one 13 Lumen LED.

Why is my netbook so slow?

Episode 1487

Debbie from Milpitas, CA
GPD Pocket

Debbie has a GPD Pocket netbook computer and it's really slow. How can she get it to run faster? Leo says that an Acer netbook computer is slow because it's cheaply made and underpowered. She was paying for the size, not the power. A better option is to go with a Google Chromebook. It's light, cheap, and has far more power. Another good option is to take that GPD Pocket and install Linux on it for more speed.

Why can't I play music using my Echo Dot and my Home Theater?

Episode 1487

Ryan from Sacramento, CA
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Ryan uses Amazon's Echo Dots and he tries to connect them to his home theater system, but when he tells them to play multi room, the music plays from the Dots only. Leo says the problem could be Bluetooth latency from wirelessly playing from one Dot to another, causing an echo chamber. Leo says using a hardwire option would probably make it work. It could be an intentional design decision that triggers via Bluetooth limitations.

What mixer do I need for a podcast?

Episode 1487

Carl from California
https://www.amazon.com/Behringer-XR18-Digital-Mixer/dp/B01JMYNDN0

Carl wants to start up a podcast running four different XLR mics through a mixer. He wants multiple channels for each one. Is the mixer what he needs? Leo says that while condenser mics are more accurate and hear everything, he really wants a coiled diaphragm mic, which doesn't pick up everything - just the voice. Leo uses a Heil PR-40. But for a budget, the Shure SM58 mic is very forgiving. Leo says for a mixer, the Behringer XR18 is great. He can control it from an iPad, it has great mic pre-amps, and is simply a good choice.