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.
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.
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.
Nick is a church media guy and his church bought several TVs that they'd like to double as computer monitors. They don't have any VGA inputs to connect to the computers, though.
Leo says that the TVs probably have HDMI connections, and he would need a VGA to HDMI converter which will cost about $30 at MonoPrice.
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.
Marie has a Vizio 50" TV that had an extended warranty. The warranty expired and of course, the TV went out right after that. Leo says that the "pop" sound when it went out could indicate that the power supply failed or it was a defective capacitor on a circuit board.
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.
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.
Carlos wants to get a nice multi HD monitor setup with an HDTV to use as a gaming monitor. Leo says that HDTVs have lower resolution than computer monitors. Monitors are over 2K while TVs are currently just 1080p. 4K TVs are coming though. There is a Seiki UHD $1500 4K TV. PC Perspectives has reviewed it and got pretty good results. Most video cards now have HDMI, so he could connect his computer to an HDTV directly.