Any device that connects to the computer, such as a printer, scanner, monitor, keyboard or mouse.
Marty is looking to get a Bluetooth headset for his iPhone. Leo likes the BlueAnt Q2. Plantronics makes good ones. There’s also the Jawbone. But Leo prefers to wear wired headphones as they don’t drop out.
Dave has an old HP laserjet and he's getting a new computer and is worried that he won't be able to use it. Leo says he can get a parallel to USB cable, but the drivers won't see it. One possibility is that HP makes JetDirect, an Ethernet connection for printers. Dave could instead get a Parallel port card to install in the desktop and that would allow him to see the printer.
Rudy can barely see his computer LCD screen. It’s very faint. Leo says that means the backlit light has failed. Time to get it fixed or look for a new monitor.
She could get an AirPrint compatible printer. HP printers are supported by AirPrint out of the box. She can also search in the app store for "AirPrint" and "Canon" (her current printer) and she might be able to find a driver that will run on her computer making that printer available to her iPad. The printer will need to be on the network or shared in some way, though.
Panasonic makes a dual drive machine that will enable him to play the VHS Tape while he presses record on the other side. If that's what he wants to do, he'll have to do it soon before they stop making those devices.
This week's gadget is the Cord Cruncher. It came from Kickstarter and it automatically retracts and contracts with a simple tug. Kinda clever. Decent sound. Comes in Pearl Blue, Rocket Red, and Matte Black. Leo says it would be great if you could add your own headphones. Cost is $25 and it's available exclusively on their website.
Another crazy, functional gadget is the Baker's Band ... it's a silicon band that fits around your baking dish to prevent boilovers.
He's tried everything he knows to install it, but nothing has worked. Leo says that there may be a group policy setting that may be preventing him from installing a printer. Go into Group Policies and look for 'Point and Print restrictions'. It may be need to be enabled.
Jim has a nice monitor that takes forever to turn on. Leo says it should turn on immediately, so it’s obviously time for a new monitor. And 17″ is kinda small these days. Dell sells 24″ monitors, like the ST2420L, for around $250.