Hardware

Laptop or desktop computers and any components within.

What smartphone and tablet should I buy with my Mac?

Marie from Covina, CA

Episode 1107

Marie wants to know that if she should stay with Mac for buying an iPhone and tablet. Leo says it's a good idea, but you don't ever have to. Every smartphone and tablet will work just fine with the Mac. The iPhone will be a very good choice, however, and if Marie can wait, it would be a good idea to wait until Apple announces the new iPhone next month. The iPhone is a great phone, especially for someone who hasn't had a smartphone before. But if you're an advanced user, Leo likes Android because you can do more. The Motorola Moto X is a good one as is the HTC One.

Why does my blu-ray player freeze up?

Sara from Santa Monica, CA

Episode 1107

Sara's Blu-ray player freezes up about an hour in and won't go forward. Leo says that Blu-ray players are essentially computers and it could easily be that the laser is dirty or damaged. And blu-ray players are cheap, so just buy another one. But if it's part of your Sony PS3, then it would be worth getting it cleaned. But a stand alone Blu-ray player? Just replace it. The chatroom also says that a firmware update could be necessary.

What's going to be the next, big thing?

Marty from Lancaster, CA

Episode 1107

Marty wants to know what's going to be the next big thing in technology. Leo says it's difficult to predict and usually involved paradigm shifts that nobody expects. Like apps. Some things you can see coming, sure. Like the mobile revolution. But there are others that simply come from out of nowhere. And the internet is only in it's infancy. Leo says you can keep up on your skill set by learning how to learn. And that will future proof you. One thing that won't ever go away though is computer security.

Should I replace my router?

Episode 1106

Ron from North Carolina
Asus AC Router

Ron is buying his wife a new laptop for their anniversary and he's looking at a Lenovo which has AC Wi-Fi. He doesn't think his router can handle it, since it's pretty old. Leo says that routers do wear out and the AC router will give him better reception and speed. Every four or five years, it may be necessary to get a new router.

What hard drive should I buy?

Episode 1106

Mark from Ontario, Canada
Western Digital Black Drive

Mark is looking for a 2TB desktop hard drive. Leo says that hard drives are commodities these days, and no one brand is really better than another. Leo does use Western Digital though, the Caviar line. They're 7200 rpm and he can get them in various models. "Red" drives are for network attached storage and are slow, but reliable, "Black" drives are faster and "Green" drives are eco-friendly and lower power. The VelociRaptor models are 10,000 rpm and are great high performance drives. But now that we're in the world of SSDs, spinning hard drives are less important.

Why does my router keep going off line?

Randy from Bakersfield, CA

Episode 1105

Tim is having an issue that he can't connect with his mac. Leo says he should try and reset the router by unplugging it and plugging it back in. If that works, then the router just needed to be reset. But you can also reset the wifi on your laptop by turning it off and on. Tim tried that and it disconnects after a few minutes. Then that indicates a bad router and Tim should contact his ISP to get a replacement.