Not Just Gaming .com Launched!

Techtronic has been replaced by Not Just Gaming (http://notjustgaming.com).

NJG features all of the great posts from Techtrionic, as well as articles, blogs, community, social profiles, forums, downloads, videos, and more!

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Gamers Playpen Launched!

Upon recently deciding to create a community to take place of Techtronic, Gamers Playpen has birthed!

Gamers Playpen is a personal project that I have never fully had time for in the past several years. It now gets the attention it deserves and the content to geat it via reviews, news, blogs, member profiles, video sharing, forums, and more. Click the banner to visit!

Extend Your Firefox

As you may or may not know, Firefox has the potential to be far more interactive than the initial installation. What do I mean by this exactly? With Firefox you can write to your blog, sync your bookmarks to a server, download videos from YouTube, and more. Sure, you may be able to pull off some of these tricks with IE7 or Opera, but not near as easy as you could with Firefox, as Firefox was developed with such intentions. Here are my reccomendations to make Firefox the most secure and interactive browser on your system:

1. Scribefire

ScribeFire is a full-featured blog editor that integrates with your browser and lets you easily post to your blog. Techtronic uses ScribeFire for all blog entriesĀ  šŸ˜‰Ā  ScribeFire can also integrate revenue based ad’s to help you generate revenues (in which Techtronic does not utilize).

2. DownThemAll!

DownThemAll is all you can desire from a download manager: it features

an advanced accelerator that increases speed up to 400% and it allows you to pause and resume downloads at any time. DownThemAll is great for pornaholics, as you can download all images from a page in a single click.

3. Foxmarks Bookmark Synchronizer

If you use Firefox on more than one computer, you’ll want Foxmarks. Install Foxmarks on each computer, and it will work silently in the background to keep your bookmarks synchronized. You can also log in to my.foxmarks.com to manage your bookmarks from any computer.

4. Video DownloadHelper

The easy way to download and convert Web videos from hundreds of YouTube-like sites. VDH is also capable of converting FLV files in your browser to AVI files on your computer.

5. Adblock Plus

Ever been annoyed by all those ads and banners on the internet that often take longer to download than everything else on the page? Install Adblock Plus now and get rid of them. This definitely helps speed up MySpace at times.

6.WebMail Notifier

WebMail Notifier checks your webmail accounts and notifies the number of unread emails… Supports : gmail, yahoo, hotmail, daum, naver, empas, nate and more.

7. GooglePreview

Inserts preview images (thumbnails) of web sites into the Google and Yahoo search results pages.

8. Web of Trust aka WOT

WOT, Web of Trust, warns you about risky websites that try to scam visitors, deliver malware or send spam. Protect your computer against online threats by using WOT as your front-line layer of protection when browsing or searching in unfamiliar territory.

9. Feedly

Feedly is a new kind of RSS start page which weaves Google Reader, Digg, and Delicious into a more fun, magazine-like user experience. The integration with Twitter, Yahoo Mail, Gmail, Friendfeed and Delicious
makes sharing a breeze. You can get up to speed quickly by importing your existing Netvibes, Bloglines or MyYahoo accounts, your bookmarks or an OPML file.

10. Mozilla Firefox

LOL…. It would not possible to use the listed extensions if you do not actually have the browser installed. If you have yet to try Firefox, there is no better time to start than now.

Hackers, Slackers, and Techies

Upon taking your computer to the local computer shop to receive it’s much needed tune up or disaster solution, you may be curious as to who exactly is going to provide your system the tender, loving, care that it deserves. Most scary is being curious as to wether your computer will receive any tender, loving care before you return for the pick up and payment process.

Could it be the young geek boy that appears as if he could only provide this following tutorials in his latest newsstand copy of PC World? Could it be the older man that looks as if he might have known more about computers 30 years ago, because he seems as if he could have helped developed yesterday’s modern technology? Or could it maybe be the middle aged young man nicely groomed and tailored with a good sense of personality and people skills?

Unfortunately, there is no way possible to sum up the technical ability of your local repair man by appearance.

Throughout my years of specializing in technological services, I have worked with many individuals with various personality types and I have concluded that I can boil down their technical abilities into one of three categories: Hacker, Slacker, or Techie.

The Hacker type seems to be the most common. The hacker type knows a little about many subjects, mostly knowing where to get tools, utilities, and scripts to aid him in computer repair. The hacker type solely relies on pre-made resources, as he does posses the ability to research, but unfortunately he does not posses the ability to think on his own terms to aid him in scenarios.

The Slacker type is also a not so rare personality. The slacker is usually burnt out and tired of performing his duties and most likely does not enjoy his profession as he did years before. The slacker may install Windows, but choose not to take the time to update Windows. The slacker keeps his repair methods simple and quick as possible. This is the most careless of the three personalities.

The Techie is the most resourceful agent that a local shop could employ. The techie is the one of the three that will take more time to complete any task, ensuring that it is done correctly and with the upmost motivation the first time. The techie will update your Windows installation. The techie will offer you an anti-virus and firewall solution. The techie will ask you questions about what exactly you desire, as oppose to the hacker or slacker types.

Keep this in mind next time your computer deserves some tender, loving care at your local computer shop: If your represenative does not ask you questions about what you desire and protection methods, go elsewhere to another shop that will.

Gamers Make Better IT Pros

Here is an article I wrote for a Half-Life 2 mod database in 2005… Funny how differences in time do not matter nor wash away on the internet. I wrote this after debating over a “Video Game Violence” conversation.

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In todayā€™s world, information technology is at the cutting edge leading us into the future. Most of these leaders are young individuals, possessing greater motivation and potential than the ones before them.

It would not be an underestimate to suppose that half of the IT positions are possibly filled by gamers, or that most IT professionals could admit that multimedia activity spawned their interests in computer technology.

The same element that causes some individuals to revert to real world violence seems to spawn intelligence upon others.

How could I come up with such a theory? Simpleā€¦. Gamers have a tendency to learn all they can about hardware and software optimization so that they can achieve the most effective performance possible. This makes them highly fluent to repairs and upgrades as well, due to the fact that the hard core gamer seemingly always needs the newest cutting edge hardware components.

So how do these skills affect these ā€œgaming gurusā€ in the real world? As an up most achievement. The gaming guru usually has no problem being recruited to IT positions as they easily surpass the position requirements on a daily basis.

Many IT positions in the job market have gone as far as requiring applicants to require experience in place of education. This is mainly due to the individualā€™s technique of self-teaching. Self-teaching shows that the individual posses motivation toward learning. This also demonstrates that an individual is more acceptable to finding their way out of a situation by means of self-research. This may also be due to the fact that there are many tech schools that offer the A+ course without the students ever opening a computer at all.

Gaming also spawns interests in other categories. There have been aspiring young gamers that started as modders for games and found interests in real world programming by doing so. There have also been young gamers to learn game mapping that have found direction to CAD based careers.

What is so bad about that? Nothing at all. However, at the same time, there are many gamers that choose to utilize video game violence in a real world strategy. These individuals are weak minded individuals. As with any prescription medication, some have positive effects while others have the reverse. Video games are no different.

Email Pollution

Here is something a little different: I am going to share some of my privacy. Here are some of the bullshit emails I have been getting and my thoughts on the issue. I would also like to thank Yahoo for their intelligent spam filtering protocol:

Subject: meet someone that will take your breath away

My Thoughts: the Marlboro girl ???

Subject: Meet local singles

My Thoughts: Well, I can go to the bar and meet 3 of them: Jennifer, Jennifer, and Jennifer….

Subject: How to obtain longer, harder erections

Subject: buy now Viagra (Sildenafil) 50mg x 60 pills

My Thoughts: Obviously, they do not know me as I do not have these problems

Subject: Microsoft Office ready to download

My Thoughts: Yes, I already know that. It is called Bit Torrent.

Subject: I wanted to break up a rival’s relationship by having sex with his/her partner.

My Thoughts: How is that working for ya ?

Subject: Drop up to 20 pounds in a day

My Thoughts: That would kill me in 5 days.

Subject: This site can help you start feeling better right away!

My Thoughts: A few sites do that. To my surprise this was not pornographic: the site was trying to sell herbal products.

TechTV Lives Alternatively

TechTV has been long replaced by G4, the syndicated cable network for gaming. The Screen Savers has been replaced by Attack of the Show, replacing intelligence and valued information with spoof and technical sloppiness. Call for Help has not been replaced by an equivalent substitute at all, which enabled everyday people to call in and ask for general help questions live on the air. From Wikipedia: TechTV (May 11, 1998 ā€“ May 28, 2004) was broadcast in 70 countries, reached 43 million households, and claimed 1.9 million unique visitors monthly to its website.

While many of the TechTV fans have restrained from finding any interests in G4 at all, they still follow the former anchors as they have ventured other projects on their own without support of any major network. In fact, the major support for all of the TechTV evolutions comes from the fans and the anchors themselves. While mostly Leo Laporte comes to mind, other TechTV leaders have also ventured successfully as freelance internet geeks promoting their efforts via podcasting, websites, communities, technologies, and more.

Leo Laporte has founded the TwIT Network that homes his weekly podcasts including The Tech Guy, This Week in Tech, Security Now, Windows Weekly, Mac Break, and more. TwIT is survived by several former TechTV hosts, and the community themselves. All episodes are owned through the Creative Commons License as noncommercial, meaning there is total liberty in opinion without the politics of commercial sponsorship.

TwIT has won several awards including #9 in Time Magazines Top Podcasts of The Year in 2006. TwIT has also been ranked as the #1 Podcast on iTunes, Yahoo Podcasts, and Podcast Alley. Laporte also hosts The Lab on G4TechTV Canada and hopes to market the title to an American network in HD.

Former TechTV anchorman Kevin Rose has also evolved in other projects, most specifically development in Digg: the social bookmarking website. This has spawned Diggnation, a weekly podcast disscussing the top rated stories from the Digg network. He also developed another web innovation similar to Digg entitled Powence, a social bookmarking and micro-blogging engine. It has been refered to as a “Twitter on steroids”.

Morgan Webb now hosts the WebbAlert podcast, while still producing and co-hosting X-Play on G4.

Alternatively, the best of TechTV still survives after the destructive takeover by G4. The internet activities led by the former TechTV founders is also more direct to it’s fans than the television could ever be.