Hardware

How can I record radio?

Episode 1341

Adam from Los Angeles, CA
CC Witness Plus Digital MP3 Recorder-Player with AM/FM Radio

Adam likes to record Laker games on audio to listen to them later while he's on his walks. He wants an all-in-one solution so he doesn't have to transfer it to an iPod or something. Leo says that CCrane has an all-in-one device that time shifts and records to MP3. It's called the CC Witness Plus. It's about $150 and it's like a DVR for radio. It records MP3 to a memory card. It also has microphones so he can record directly with it.

Can I buy an HD antenna for watching local channels?

Jim from Florida

Episode 1342

Jim remembers a call a few weeks ago about cord cutting and local channels. Could he buy an HD antenna for that? Leo says maybe, but only if he's in an area with line of sight to a TV transmitter in his area. The more rural you are, the more difficult that is.

Jim should check out TVFool.com or AntennaWeb.org to see not only what channels he can get in his area, but what antennas will work best.

What's a good PC for gaming?

Episode 1342

Sean from Sweet Home, OR
Asus Republic of Gamers PC

Sean's wife is into gaming and he wants to get her a good PC that will last a good, long time. Leo says that computer power isn't improving at the rate it used to and as a result, people, especially gamers, don't have to upgrade as often. His budget is $1500. Leo says that's a good budget. He should check out the Hardware Leaderboard over at PC Perspective for some great ideas.

How can I root my tablet?

Episode 1342

Brett from Woodbridge, NJ
Dell Venue

Brett has an older Dell Venue tablet and wants to update it, but they don't support it anymore. Leo says that his only choice is to root it and put a custom ROM on it. Leo says the first place he'll want to go to put a custom ROM on Android is the XDA Developers Forum. He can get step-by-step instructions for his exact model. There is a Dell Venue section, but he should be sure he uses the exact model or he could brick it.

How can I see what's taking up room on my hard drive?

Episode 1342

Joanne from Temecula, CA
WinDirStat

Joanne has a Windows machine and she's getting a message that her hard drive is getting full. Leo says that in Windows, she could see what's taking up space on her computer with the disk clean up utility. She can run disk clean up in Windows and it will wipe out temporary and downloaded files, clear caches, etc. There's also WinDirStat. Leo likes that because it sorts it with color so he can see it at a glance. Then he can choose what to remove.

How can I stream with my Raspberry Pi?

Episode 1342

Don from Fullerton, CA
Raspberry Pi

Bret bought his first Raspberry Pi in a kit and it comes with Linux. Leo says yes, it's called Despian. He can't get his Chrome browser to stream certain websites because they are missing plugins, though. Leo says that's because there is an open system like Linux, some sites refuse to use it due to copyright and piracy worries. He should try using Plex or XBMC as a media server. It could do a better job of handshaking. NOOBS would allow him to choose a different OS like RaspBMC.

Why can't I connect to my wireless devices with my router?

Bret from Fort Worth, TX

Episode 1342

Bret is having issues accessing wireless cameras due to blocked ports on his router. Leo says what he wants to do is "port forwarding," and it may be that he'll want to use a higher, five digit port to connect to them. The lower port numbers may either be reserved or in use, like 8080. He should try going higher. He'll also need to use ports that his devices understand. So Bret should look in his manual to see what ports the device supports.