Hardware

Laptop or desktop computers and any components within.

Dick DeBartolo, The Giz Wiz

Episode 1245

Dick DeBartolo

This week's gadget is great for kids. It's called SuperMoon in my Room. It's a 13" 3D Moon that you hang in your room and it acts as a night light. But it mimmicks what the real moon is doing outside. It stays on for about 10 minutes and auto shuts off. Watch it automatically match the real moon outside each night in 12 lunar phases. Its soft moonlight, solar eclipse light mode, and different sound effects makes an inspiring centerpiece for any room. The built-in electronic lunar clock will automatically match the real moon outside! Authentic moon detail is 3D.

Can I replace the hard drive in my Mac Mini?

Episode 1245

Denise from Santa Clarita, CA
Apple Mac Mini

Denise has a Mac Mini with a 2TB hard drive and she's running out of space. Leo says that's a huge hard drive and it would be very hard to fill it up like that with regular use. First, she should empty the trash. Denise also had a power outage and Leo says that could have clobbered her hard drive and ruined it. At this point, it's probably best to replace the hard drive, which would be a challenge to do with the Mac Mini. Leo recommends taking it to the Apple Store.

Do I need to do routine maintenance on my computer?

Richard from Los Angeles, CA

Episode 1245

Richard just got a new Dell computer and he wants to know how to do routine maintenance. Leo says that running defrags, clearing cookies and temporary files, etc. are really no longer important to do with modern operating systems. In fact, they clear them automatically now. So there's really no need anymore to do routine maintenance.

How can I keep track of my driving mileage?

Episode 1245

Steven from Seattle, WA
Automatic

Steven travels for business and he wants to be able to automatically track his mileage. Leo suggests the Automatic. It plugs into the car's OBD2 port and it keeps track of mileage, will tell him what error codes mean, calculate gas mileage, and even estimate how much mileage he has left before he runs out of gas. Leo likes that it specifically tracks mileage for business vs. personal. It'll even let him know where his car is. There are also apps that will work with Automatic.

Can I assign a ringtone to my Ring Video Doorbell?

Episode 1244

Greg from Conifer, CO
Ring Video Doorbell

Greg has bought several Ring Video Doorbells for family. Leo says that Ring is a sponsor of the podcast and he really likes them. Greg says that the probolem is that his father is hard of hearing and the tones from the phones are hard to hear. Is there a way to adjust it? Leo says that is a flaw in the current design and he agrees that Ring should allow users to assign a sound they can hear and recognize.

Dick DeBartolo, The Giz Wiz

Episode 1243

Dick DeBartolo

This week's gadget is a Keurig machine for soft drinks. The Keurig Kold uses the same style of "K cup" pods but for soft drinks like Coke and carbonates the water as well through the pods as well and chills the soda to 39 degrees. But it's not small like the coffee maker, but it's still a great option. The machine is $299.00, and the pods are four for about $5.00. That means each 8 ounce soda serving is $1.25! Ouch That's not cheap. I'm not sure people will pay as much for a 'fresh' soda as they will for a 'fresh' cup of coffee. Time will tell how successful Keurig Kold will be.

What's the best network attached storage device?

Robert from Belgium

Episode 1243

Robert is looking for a good network attached storage solution to keep movies on. Leo says that NAS media server storage is a good idea, as is backup. Leo likes Synology. They have a huge range of products from 2 -10 drives. Gigabit Ethernet speed. Are they low energy? Leo isn't sure.

Another option is the NetGear ReadyNAS. But Leo likes Synology best.

Can I configure my home automation network myself?

Sean from Los Angeles, CA

Episode 1243

Sean is frustrated with his home automation network that runs "Control4." Every time he adds something like a game console, he has to pay someone to come out and configure it. Why can't he just do it himself? Leo says that it may be due to the home automation hardware which requires configuring when he adds or removes something. A more open home automation solution like Smart Things would allow him to do more himself.

What computer should I buy?

Episode 1243

Dave from California
Apple iPad Air 2

Dave needs a new computer for Christmas. He's thinking of going with a tablet that will have its own internet access and drop his broadband at home. Leo says that iPads and Chromebooks aren't usually desktop compatible, but he could get them with 4G/LTE internet. But that's really only practical if he'll be moving around a lot.