Hardware

Laptop or desktop computers and any components within.

Apple to Announce New Hardware on Tuesday at NY Event

Episode 1536

The scuttlebutt is, that on Oct. 30th, Apple will be announcing two new iPadPros, one 11", both bezeless, with FaceID. They will essentially be large versions of the iPhone X. But there's also a belief that Apple will make a slightly smaller 12" model, with a larger screen. There may also be no lightning port, but instead, a TypeC charger port. Leo also hopes that Apple introduces a new MacBook Air with a hi resolution screen. The rumor that Leo finds hard to believe is a new Mac Mini. He hopes so, it hasn't been updated in forever.

Can virtual reality be used to treat chronic pain?

Virtual Reality

Episode 1536

Ted from Camarillo, CA

Ted has an article about virtual reality, where Cedar Sinai hospital is using VR to treat chronic pain. Is that legit? The software costs about $2,000, so he's not sure he wants to buy into it. Leo says that there is an article from the National Institutes of Health about the work being done studying how to use VR to treat pain. . Here's another from journals.plos.org.

What laptop should I buy?

Episode 1535

Sam from Chatsworth, CA

Sam wants to get a laptop. How are the Lenovo's? Leo says that he doesn't care for the consumer grade line, but the ThinkPad business line is second to none. Dell makes a good laptop in the Inspiron line. 17" is a big large for a laptop, and the battery life will be terrible. I t may be better to get a 13 or 15" and then get a 27" monitor to plug it into when you are your desk. Leo also recommends buying the Gold level support. Costco offers support too that is pretty good.

Should he go Mac instead? Leo says that's a personal decision. But Apple's laptops are top notch.

Should I get an AMD or Intel processor for my home built PC?

Processor

Episode 1534

James from Escondido, CA

James wants to be able to upgrade his computer to a new processor and motherboard. Should he go with Intel or save money and go with AMD? Leo says that AMD has kept Intel innovating and the prices down. However, for the last few years, Intel has surpassed AMD. But AMD is bouncing back with the Ryzen processor platform, which is very affordable. So it comes down to what's more important, price or performance?

How can I create secure Wi-Fi in my apartment building?

Ubiquity Edge Router X

Episode 1534

Scott from Colorado Springs, CO

Scott is looking for a secure internet solution for his apartment tenants. Leo says he'll want to have a business version, which will give him a more reliable and faster connection. Leo suggests buying four different routers in bridge mode with a main Ubiquity Edge Router X. That will enable you to route traffic through the other four routers via a VLan connection. They will have a secure and isolated connection, while still sharing the connection. The other option is to let your tenants secure their own internet connection.

How can I connect a DVR to my security camera?

Wyze Cam

Episode 1534

Christina from Chino, CA

Christina's sister has an issue with her security camera TV connection. The HDMI port is not working. Leo says that security cameras have become a consumer product these days, and she doesn't really need to have a pricey CCTV setup. Wyze Cam makes wireless 1080p security cameras for around $30 a piece. Nest is the next step up, and they're about $300. So she'd no longer need an expensive DVR recording security setup. The DVR recording is done in the cloud.

Why won't my computer boot up?

BIOS

Episode 1534

Josh from Sutters, CA

Josh built his own computer, but when he turns it on, sometimes it stalls on the POST (Power On Self Test). Leo says that it could be a cold solder connection, which needs to heat up a bit before the connection is made and the motherboard boots up. But that is rare these days. It could also be a flakey power supply. Another thing to check is if the RAM is properly seated.

Leo thinks the most likely cause is that the BIOS is corrupt. He should try and refresh it. If that doesn't work, he can try and reinstall the BIOS firmware. It could also be physically damaged, though.

Dick DeBartolo, The Giz Wiz

Dick DeBartolo

Episode 1533

The “Large 9” LED display alarm clock” is huge. Each digit is 3” high, certainly bigger than most clocks in the home. You set the time, alarms, snooze, etc. with UP and DOWN arrows near the top of the clock. The back of the clock features two USB 5V 1A charging ports for charging small devices like smartphones. A dimmer setting can be adjusted for the brightness you prefer for sleep. Dual alarms mean you can set two separate wake-up times. A snooze button on the top allows you to have 5-60 minutes (you set that too) more to stay in bed before the alarm sounds again.