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LaSalle just got licensed as a HAM radio operator. Leo says that's great news and HAM radio is a great hobby. It's very important after a disaster because often every other communication is down. The FCC eliminated the requirement for morse code, so it's easy to get a basic license. He's looking at the ICOM radio. Leo says that they're great. Handy Talky is a great way to start out, and they're more affordable and would make him more mobile.
Diane is going to be traveling to Switzerland and wants to be able to use her phone and tablets locally. Leo says since she uses AT&T's service, she can request that they unlock her phone for the trip so she can buy a local SIM. She's also going to three other countries, and that will cause issues as well.
Ronny says that the Husquavarna Viking doesn't run on Windows 8.1, but they've issued a patch to fix it. She also says that the caller probably has an old model, the latest ones can read CDs and thumb drives. Jonathan also has a sewing machine that reads the floppy and he says that Windows 8.1 has new settings for floppy discs that cause issues like that.
Leo also thinks that Windows 8.1 uses a different file format that causes the issue. So Leo thinks that if the sewing machine was used to format the floppy, it could work.
Jane has a Panasonic cordless phone, and when she switches from her headset to the speaker, she gets has a "chirping" noise that drives her nuts. Leo thinks that Jane is suffering from "slippage," when the cordless phone gets out of sync. It's not unusual. Jane needs a DECT headset, which is a digitally enhanced cordless phone. Leo also says that if it's from the speaker, it could be echo cancellation kicking in, which causes the chirp. That's why he doesn't like talking on speaker phone.
This week's gadget is the Invisiplug Deluxe - a surge protector that blends in to the natural wood grain of your floor! Available in three wood grain finishes (light natural, medium cherry, and dark oak) now adds two 2.1 Volt USB charging ports.
Bob Heil and company join us from HamVention - the annual National Ham Radio Convention in Dayton, OH. Bob is the host of Ham Nation on the TWiT Network. This year, Bob reports that a record number of Ham Radio operators got their licenses and he says it's largely due to the popularity of the Ham Nation show on TWiT.tv.
Bobby drives a truck and she has a MacBook Pro. She says she can get directions in Google Maps and can alter the directions and adjust the directions. But it's not doing it anymore and it's frustrating.
Terry has an 86 year old mother who feels that the world is passing her by with all this social media stuff. She heard about a new computer called the WOW! computer. The WOW! computer is expensive, but they do offer a 30 day trial, so it may be worth it to give it a try. But remember, internet access will be an additional cost too. And the down side is, she would be completely dependent on the WOW! computer company for everything.
Kathy is blind and she suggests to the caller who wanted to know if the iPhone was good for blind people, that maybe he try the iPod Touch. It's essentially the same as a phone. Leo says that by buying from the Apple store, they can walk him through using it.
Leo also thinks that RokForm makes great cases for those who are blind because they have very powerful magnets that can allow users to hang their phone on an appliance.
Tom wants a dash cam for his car to record just in case he has an accident. Leo says that the Garmin Dash Cam is a great option for about $220. It records in HD, has an LCD screen, and date stamps the date and time on the video. It records on a built-in 4GB card and loops until he needs to keep it.