Britney is going into nursing school after the first of the year and wants to know what tablet she should get: a Samsung Galaxy Tab, Google Nexus 7, or the iPad. Leo says there isn't much difference quality-wise; they're all mature and have stunning screens. So it comes down to what she wants to do with it.
Jake bought a couple of new computers and he's trying to get them on his network. However, he's been told by Acer that he's been bit by a virus because his computer keeps turning on when he isn't using it. Leo says that he better be careful because that can be a scam. Leo says that it depends whether or not they ask for a $300 maintenance agreement. That's the sign that they're trying to pull one over on him.
Mike needs to upgrade his computer for working out in the field and he's looking at a tablet. But he needs PDF markup. Leo says that the Dell Venue 8 Pro tablet is an 8" tablet that runs full Windows and it's get great reviews. And at under $400, it's very affordable.
James is still using XP, but he's looking at getting a laptop. He's wondering if he should try and get Windows 7 or move on to Windows 8. Leo says that moving forward, he should probably get Windows 8, however the irony is that Windows RT, Windows Phone, and Windows 8 Pro are incompatible with one another.
Yvonne is looking at the Microsoft Surface Pro 2 because she likes to use Corel Draw. Leo says that it would be an excellent choice for both that and for using conventional Windows applications. Great battery life, and 200GB of SkyDrive storage too. It is a tad pricey, but Leo's not of the opinion that you should "save money" when buying a computer.
Bruce bought an Acer computer with Windows 8 and it has a lot of bloatware. Can he delete most of the Acer apps without hurting the computer? Leo says yes, but Bruce will want to wait until he's installed the 8.1 update. Here's the link to the update: http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows-8/upgrade-product-key-only
Microsoft has released version 8.1 of Windows, but it's still two operating systems vying for your attention which Leo says is very confusing to users. While 8.1 has improved the experience, the problem is still there. Leo claims it's because Microsoft wants to move to a tablet based operating system for all devices, but they can't seem to let go of the past. At least search has been refined and the Start screen is more friendly -- If, Leo says, you can find out how to set it up.
Matt has a Lenovo laptop and he wants to install a Blu-ray player in it. Leo says that because Blu-ray is more copy protected than a DVD burner, it's more of a challenge to use it on a computer. Windows 8 does support Blu-ray, but he'll still need HDCP support which could require more software. Leo recommends looking around to see if anyone's done this with his particular laptop before he proceeds. While he's at it though, Matt should also install a solid state drive, which will make it a lot faster.
Jackie is considering making "the switch" to an iMac. Leo says he prefers the Mac, but there's really not that much difference now between Mac and Windows. It's largely a matter of taste. Buy business grade hardware and it'll last. Not all PCs are business grade - a lot of them are low quality consumer grade computers at low cost.