Laptop or desktop computers and any components within.
Robert is excited about all the news from WWDC and Apple's new features for OS X and iOS 8. Leo says they were all very exciting, if they all happen. Apple hasn't had much luck with the network services that they have offered: MobileMe comes to mind. But if they can deliver, it'll be very exciting.
This week's gadget fits into the wheel of your bicycle and writes in LED light. It's called the Fuze Bike Wheel Writer 2.0. It allows you to program messages using its iPhone app and then show that message through the LEDs you put on your wheel. Offers 63 different LED patterns that are built into the device, and it can be set to read out your current pedaling speed in lights on the bike wheel through an adapter. It's a great toy for kids. And it's only $19.99.
Jay has a Mac Mini and wants to know if he can run an app that can "break" his hard drive. Leo says that's an interesting thought. There isn't really a way to do this other than just by exercising the hard drive more. There's MacDrive Testing software that can do it. MicroMat makes an app called Tech Tool Pro.
Frank says his Windows 7 computer display keeps resetting itself and he has a message saying that the Vista driver isn't working. Leo says it sounds like the driver is crashing. Microsoft certifies drivers that work best in Windows and that's the one he really wants. Motherboard drivers often have video card drivers as well.
Karen's new computer only has one port that she can connect and record from. How can she record and hear at the same time? Leo says to use a USB Mic. It'll do both, and it's digital. Far better than the minijack port for the microphone. Karen can use Audacity and it'll record directly from the source.
Mike has an old Mac that he dual boots with Windows XP. He wants to upgrade to Windows 7. Leo says to get the upgrade and it'll install on top of it. Use the Windows 7 upgrade install disc to wipe the partition, and then install it. Mike is wondering whether it will preserve his data, though. Leo says no. He should make sure he backs up his data first.
Burt wants to know if drones are the future of technology, and should he get trained for it? Leo says that the military is the best place to be trained as a drone pilot. In the commercial sector, most of the drones are automated.
If he wants to learn, the DJI Phantom 2 is a fantastic Quadcopter that is remote controlled and GPS aided. It's very stable, and great for aerial shots. That's going to be a huge growth industry as soon as the FAA passes rules for commercial use.
Patrick's computer fell off the desk onto the floor. Now it makes a loud sound when he boots it up. Leo says to turn it off right away. He should make sure he eliminates static electricity and then open it up the case and inspect the fans. Chances are, one of those fans was dislodged and it's getting in the way of the fan blade of the computer. That could short circuit the PC.
Michael wants to get a Dell Inspiron 14 7000 Series Windows 8 laptop, but he doesn't really need a touchscreen. Leo says to get it anyway. It doesn't cost him any more and it's what Windows 8 is really designed for.
Tomorrow is WWDC (WorldWide Developer's Conference) as Tim Cook and his development posse will deliver a keynote that Leo thinks will feature software announcements of OS X, code named "Syrah." Some believe it'll be called "Yosemite," though. We'll also see a preview of iOS 8 which will be out in the fall. But there are some who believe there will be hardware announcements of new iMacs or Mac Pros. Maybe even a MacBook Air with retina display. Don't hold your breath for a new iPhone or iPad, as Apple moved it to a fall release schedule a few years ago.