Scott Wilkinson

Episode 1011

Scott says that this week at the IFA show, LG introduced a 77" OLED UHD TV and they're going to make them ever larger. Some people call them 4K TVs, but that's somewhat of a misnomer. It's got higher resolution, but it's not strictly 4k. Leo wonders if he'll regret spending so much on an HD TV with UHD coming out now, but Scott says that at those sizes, Leo really won't see the difference. There isn't really any native UHD content yet. Sony, however, is launching a UHD service but their UHD boxes will only work Sony UHD TVs.

How can I secure my SSDs? (Part 1)

Episode 1010

Sundeep from Orlando, FL

Sundeep is a physician, and he needs to upgrade his computers, but he's concerned that his current SSD drives won't be secure if he replaces them. Can he erase them securely? Leo says that's a genuine concern. While some claim there are erasers out there, Steve Gibson of GRC says SSD drive data is never really erased, just overwritten. That's why using whole drive encryption from the very beginning is key to protect that data. If he accesses the data on his smartphone, then he'll need to use the harder encryption, not just the simple 4 number code.

What's the best HDTV for gaming?


Episode 1010

Andrew from Rochester, MI

Roger wants an HDTV that he can use for gaming, and he needs it to have low latency. Leo says that the key feature is response time. Old style TV sets had a response time of virtually zero, which is why they're still the best option. LCDs are about 4 milleseconds, which isn't bad, but it does give some motion blur. Latency has to do with connectivity. If he can turn off processing, he'll get better performance.

Should I buy an LCD or Plasma TV?

Episode 996

Pam from Studio City, CA

Pam finally gave in and decided to get a 55" TV, but she doesn't need a "smart" TV, she already has Roku boxes, and more. Leo says that nearly all TVs are "smart" now, much like they all support 3D. She may not need it, but it's just part of the feature set. It's more expensive for us to buy, and the smart features are usually not so great, but that's the current state of the art, even if it does cost us more.

Scott Wilkinson

Episode 983

Scott Wilkinson says that the average lifespan for a TV, whether due to failure or users just wanting the next best thing, is about 5 years. With the current pace in the development of the state of the art, people are moving on. Scott doesn't recommend extended warranties in general. Electronics are either going to fail right away, or after a long time. Leo says that extended warranties are a profit center.

Scott also says that because of decreasing profit margins, and losing market share to Korean electronics firm, Japanese companies like Sony are really struggling.

How could I control and watch TV with someone remotely over the internet?

Episode 979

Matt from San Diego, CA

Matt's father has recently suffered a stroke and he lives across the country. He's concerned about his father's mental stimulation since he was once an avid reader. Leo says that audio books are ideal for that kind of situation. Leo bought his mother a huge iPod classic and an account on Audible to load the books on.

How can I connect my old laptop to my HDTV?

Episode 978

Paul from Palmdale, CA

Paul would like to connect his old laptop to his HDTV, but he doesn't have a VGA input on his TV. Paul only has a VGA output on his laptop, though. Leo says ideally, he'd want to use HDMI. Many modern laptops can use DLNA or Wi-Fi Direct that plays video over the air. Apple calls their version of this "Airplay". Paul's laptop probably doesn't support it, though.