Hardware

Laptop or desktop computers and any components within.

Dick DeBartolo, The Giz Wiz

Episode 1430

Dick DeBartolo

Dickie D is back with a new projector from Anker. World famous for their excellent external battery chargers, this time around Anker uses one of their batteries to power their new Nebula Capsule Pico Projector. It's about the size of a soda can and offers a range of connect options which include AirPlay, Chromecast, Bluetooth and HDMI. It's Anker 5200 mAh battery will power video playback for about 2.5 hours on a single charge. The Nebula Capsule runs on a version of Android Nougat and there's built-in support for streaming apps from Netflix, YouTube, HBO, Amazon Prime and more.

Can the new Google Pixelbook replace my laptop?

Episode 1430

Craig from Frederick, MD
Google Pixelbook

Craig has a 15" laptop and he travels a lot, so he's looking for a smaller alternative. He's getting the Pixel 2 XL this week and the Pixelbook is another option. Chromebooks are a good option for travel because they are light, secure, and with the new Android app support, there's a myriad options including Microsoft Word on Android. A better option than Windows for most people.

Why am I having problems booting into my Mac?

Episode 1429

Terry from Amarillo, TX
Apple iMac

Terry is having problems booting up his Mac unless it's in safe mode. Leo says that it sounds like there's a corrupted kernel that is clobbering everything. He recommends backing up his data, wiping the drive and then reinstalling the OS and programs. The Mac makes it easy to do, too. If he bought his programs in the Mac App Store, he can just install all the apps he owns. Terry shouldn't install anything he doesn't need. It's better to just install as he goes. It's also an indication that his hard drive may be going bad, so it may be time to get a new drive.

Dick DeBartolo, The Giz Wiz

Episode 1428

Dick DeBartolo

Dickie D is back and has more from the Interbike Bike Show. Seatylock may seem like a strange name for a product, but it does describe exactly what this gadget is! Every bike needs a comfortable seat, and a secure lock. Well, Seatylock is both! The removable seat features a hidden extendable series of inter-locking hardened steel links which can be unfolded and used to secure the bicycle, frame, tire and of course the attached seat, to a sturdy external object.

How can I have my Hue lights interact with my security cameras?

Episode 1428

Brian from Charleston, IN
Raspberry Pi

Brian has several Rasperry Pi computers for a DIY security camera network. Leo says he shouldn't DIY to save money anymore, he should just do it to have fun. Brian had an intruder (a critter) come in last night, and it wasn't lit very well. Leo says he'll want an infrared camera. Motion sensor lights would be a good idea as well. Leo says that half the fun of making is to figure out what's next and how to make it better.

Why did Windows give me a Blue Screen?

Episode 1428

Diane from Chicago, IL
Windows Blue Screen of Death

Diane's laptop did an automatic update of Windows 10 and she got a Blue Screen of Death. Leo suggests that with her laptop being about five years old, there's a good chance that her hard drive has died. It could also be a motherboard failure or memory failure. But it's definitely a hardware issue. Leo suggests taking it in to IBM as a laptop that old could be at the end of the line. She should find out how much it costs to fix it, and if it's more than a few hundred, it's time to buy a new one.

Google Announces Several New Products

Episode 1428

Google Home Mini

This week Google announced a ton of new products, including a new Google Home and a donut sized version of Google Home (called the Mini) that Leo says may be better than Amazon Echo. Though Leo says that Amazon has a huge lead, in the long run, Google may have the advantage. Meanwhile, Amazon did get a shot in the arm this week with the announcement that Sonos will partner with Amazon to bring connectivity of Sonos to the Amazon Echo. But that may be short-lived since Sonos plans to work with Google and Apple as well.