Absolute Computers Free Range Geeks Podcast

Don’t be owned by your tech, be the master young Padawan.

Is the Scorpio Traveling With a Raven?

April 14th, 2017

We are starting to hear leaks about what is under the hood of the Xbox Scorpio. Join me for some healthy speculation!

GDC 2017 Vega Announcement

AdoredTV

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What’s the Benchmark, Kenneth?

April 7th, 2017

You may have heard the dust-up over core complex issues with Ryzen. I am addressing that today along with my plea to all of you in the market for a new gaming rig or an upgrade...do solid research first! We are still seeing many "gaming" computers in our shop that were way overpriced and have serious hardware mismatches.

Here are some of the links from the podcast:

Anandtech

WccfTech

Tom's Hardware

AdoredTV

PCWorld

And remember, you can always ask us for answers to your tech questions by filling out one of our contact pages on our website.

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I Always Feel Like Somebody’s Watching Me

March 31st, 2017

On Tuesday, a bill was passed to give ISP's free rein in collecting and selling your data. You may be saying: "So What!?" "They were already doing that anyway." Oh, Young Grasshopper, there is much more to it than that...

Today I am sharing some ideas that will help you make it more difficult for Them to take your data. Make some Noise!

 

For those of you looking for links to the items I mentioned in the podcast:

Internet Noise

StartPage

And please visit our website for more goodies!

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PlayStation Vue and March Madness

March 24th, 2017

Sony's latest venture with their PlayStation Vue streaming service might just be a winner. With their top tier package, you get 92 channels including sports, news, live popular TV shows and a massive cloud DVR. You don't even have to own a PlayStation console! But...in the immortal words of David Wooderson...it would be a lot cooler if you did....

If you currently have PlayStation Vue, you can stream up to three live March Madness games on one screen. Now that the brackets are thinning...you can still do two at once.

We now work on PlayStation 4's and Xbox Ones...for all the other consoles, take a listen to the podcast to hear why we are so selective. If you have any questions for us, pop over to our website and fill out a contact form. We will get you an answer within 24 hours.

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Authorized Repair Is Not Repair

March 17th, 2017

Last week a group of people met in Nebraska to discuss a Right to Repair bill in that state. Excellent points were made and some things were difficult to watch. What was so amazing to me was the high level of expertise on the pro-repair side and the low level of expertise represented on the anti-repair side. What does that mean?

On the pro-repair side, there were small business owners who had been doing repair for decades and really knew what they were talking about. However, on the anti-repair side you saw a lot of legal and marketing advisors who were being paid by the large corporations to inject fear into the hearings. One strong case in point was that of the mysterious, exploding "magnatrometer" that the lady from the appliance manufacturers consortium warned about. You can see some of her strange testimony here in Louis Rossmann's video.

On Jessa Jones' edit of the hearings you get to see counsel from CTIA talk about the evils and dangers of independent repair. By the way, CTIA puts on a huge expo each year that draws in independent repair groups from all over the country. It looks like CTIA is no friend to independent repair. She looks very rattled in her testimony. That's probably because she has a lot of business contacts from the independent repair sector sitting behind her that are throwing mental lawn darts at her as she speaks.

If you were wondering just exactly what a EULA is, here is Linus to help explain.

And here is the man who brought that EULA to life.

And just for fun, here are Louis' and Jessa's videos showing you what it is like to deal with "authorized repair":

At 2:00, you will hear an Apple Authorized Repair person say that a headphone jack in an iPhone 6 is soldered to the board. It is not! This is a $40 dollar repair!

At 19:00 in Jessa's video you will hear an Apple Authorized repairman say that Apple doesn't want them to fix devices even if they knew how because at that point they would just become an iPhone repair shop. OUCH!!

Remember, it's not just Apple that is doing these things. This behavior is rampant in corporate America today and is taking "ownership" away from consumers and replacing it with an expensive "lease your life" model.

To keep up to date on Right to Repair, here is our website.

Do you have a Playstation 4 or Xbox One that needs repair? Check us out!

 

 

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RAM: It’s the Wave of the Future

March 3rd, 2017

RAM, the final frontier...or at least the next frontier in computational processing. Intel, AMD, and Nvidia have been pushing the limits of CPU and GPU power so naturally, our RAM will be the next component to be redesigned for speed and efficiency.

Intel is months away from releasing their 3D XPoint technology under the name Optane. This new memory is designed for use with Kaby Lake and we can't wait to see what it can do.

For other news concerning the world of PC gaming or just tech in general, visit our website.

Soon, we will be releasing our new online course that covers building your own gaming rig from the ground, up. Stay tuned for details.

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How Many Zeroes and Ones Can Dance on the Head of a Pin?

February 24th, 2017

This week I'm discussing the crazy pace at which we are shrinking our technology and making it run faster. All of this will be wasted if we don't fix our programming. A lot of great CPUs and GPUs have been accused of being poor performers when actually the problem was that software hadn't caught up to the hardware yet. What are your thoughts?

We are now offering a Video Survival Guide covering Computer Basics and Windows 10 Basics. Check it out here.

Please visit our website for more information and products.

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Fight Back! Join the Renegade Repair Alliance

February 17th, 2017

Here are some things to consider before you buy your next device...

You can find more information on e-cycling and Right to Repair at our website.

Do you or someone you know need a great beginners course to Windows 10?

 

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They Just Don’t Make ‘Em Like They Used To!

February 10th, 2017

Did you know that many of your electronics are programmed for a short life span or are designed to fail quickly? Prepare to get angry.

Take a look at our articles covering e-cycling and the Right to Repair Bills being tossed around in 6 states.

Don't forget our Video Survival Guide for Computer Basics...it makes a great gift for family and friends who aren't computer savy.

 

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Software Issues - More Fun Than a Root Canal

January 27th, 2017

This week we had lots of requests for help with add-on programs and apps. This is something we can't help everyone with and this show covers the reasons why. I also cover the safe way to use Google for search.

For more computer tips and advice, head over to our website!

Here's the link to our Video Survival Guide to Computers - this course is great for those who are new to computers or Windows 10!

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