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2021 tech trends

I Initially started this 2021 Tech Trends article before Christmas, but with everything going on and most of these products being constantly out of stock/no supply. I held off until stocks became more available.

New Stuff

3rd Generation Ryzen CPUs

The new offerings from AMD not only seem to be better value for money than Intel’s 10/11th generation I5/7/9’s, but fair very well in benchmarks against Intel’s matching range CPUs.

Best advice, since supplies of these are going to be limited, get a B450 chipset board with a 2nd generation Ryzen (3xxx) and you’ll be futureproofed for when generation 3’s (5xxx) are more available, which will likely be after Christmas, around March time

nVidia RTX 30×0’s

Nvidia RTX 3080/3090’s launched last month, with low supplies and scalpers selling the ones they could get hold of for ludicrous money. As these either seem a bit too powerful, or Games are under-optimized for it at this moment, I don’t think it’s worth getting one until 6months to a year down the line and save some money when they are available.

AMD 6800’s


AMD launched their 6800’s mid december teasing lots of benchmarks with nVidia’s earlier offering, with some anti-scalping advice for retailers. Again, benchmarks on the AMD cards look pretty promising and the new implementations seem to match NVidia’s performance tech.

Our Advice; These cards a bit too overpowered, overpriced and undersupplied at the moment have a look for lower-cost cards with 8gb ram and DirectX 12 support.

Raspberry Pi 400

A new Raspberry kit has arrived as an integrated Keyboard, ideal for someone to learn how to code or as a hobby kit.
You can pick them up at RaspberryPi.org for between £60 and £100 for the full kit.

A working shift

With Working From Home possibly becoming a more accepted thing, It might be time to invest in making it comfortable.
Standing desks seem to be getting popular, now there are Runner Desks with a treadmill under them. Likely to see more appear in this line this year as we’re expected to work from home until half way through the year.

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Lockdown Lunacy

This lockdown lunacy is getting silly, but hopefully end is in sight.

Migraine increase partly due to stress. Stress due to lack of income, no motivation due to stress, possibility of getting passive income via blogging/streaming if motivated. ugh.

Need to look at passive income, the local repair and sales aren’t really enough to keep motivated over.
1 week someone will want a cable, then nothing for 3 weeks so I fit in some coding. Something crops up at a crucial testing/progress day and that’s that project forgotten about for a few days.

Current Events;

Thanks to the pandemic causing issues with supply chains and movement, along with the poor handling of said crisis. Our ability to get out and sort problems have been pretty much torpedo’ed.

Of all the humour of how much people are laying into Government, its weird to be pulled back and reminded this is all happening, and there’s bugger all we can do about it.
Anyhow.. Here’s whats happening IT wise.

  • Prices going up on stuff like memory, Processors. Lack of supply and safe working distances are going to make this an issue until at least October.
  • Deliveries of goods, while contactless delivery can be arranged. Insurance won’t cover it, so distributors won’t do it.

As for us, I’ve looked at remote support. There is virtually (no pun intended) no way I can charge for it. onsite/workshop repairs are going to be weird until End of June. I’m still suffering from stuff from before this crisis to hit the ground running.
We are also looking at standardising, possibly increasing the prices of some of our services.
I also wanted to redo the site with a fresh design and content, but with my motivation and everything else falling apart it hasn’t really happened.

Anyway, we’re not over it all yet. So stay safe, and don’t click any dodgy stuff.

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Isolation day – ???

Maybe I should of started this earlier.

Basically lost what day it actually is, stir crazy’s pretty much describing it.

After this crisis is over, there need to be questions asked of not only how it can cripple the entire world, but over 4 billion lives brought to a halt, a small to medium percentage of that ruined.

As for us, I actually have no idea if we can survive beyond April. Our income was reduced to virtually 0 before this thanks to nerve damage causing issues with repairing small items.

We’re keeping active by updating coding projects and have a few page redesigns to work through as well, so watch out for that.

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The Inevitable Corona virus post.

No, not got coronavirus. stop panicking. However, it’s Fen Plague season as well.

Due to Government Guidelines, we will not be able to carry out onsite work or workshop repairs while this crisis is ongoing.

We can still provide remote support and prices for equipment (stock and delivery is another issue), and while we aren’t sorting out in-house projects or organising, I’ll be attempting to write guides for simple computer maintenance tasks/tips.

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Testing some bits

More of an income is needed, and we’re not able to keep a stock of parts in for very long at the moment, I’ve looked into other options for selling products including Affiliating with eBay and Amazon.
I don’t really like these 2 as they can’t guarantee stock though.

So I’m testing some bits to see if its worthwhile. if it brings in some income while i’m out or about unable to receive phone signals waiting for clients Windows 10 to download, install and abort at 90%, then great!

An example of a collection link Barebones selection

Single item

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Christmas 2019

We’re looking at closing for Christmas around the 23rd (Monday) and coming back around the 6th of January.
Lots to get on with during the break, we’re on the lookout for a decent Accounting package what doesn’t run in fear of Open Banking Regulations or API.

After Christmas, I want to get back to selling products, after being ill a huge amount of time and age catching up. I need to cut down on stress and travelling against the fenland weather. The migraines ramping up and started to cause other things too (weird nerve responses, may have to stop doing delicate/small repairs altogether).

Here’s some tech tips to help you survive Christmas;

  • New PC/Laptop? Create an image of the system or a system boot disc to a USB stick. It’ll save a lot of effort if things go a bit odd.
  • Windows 10 has a builtin malware/virus scanner, though not as good as stuff like MalwareBytes it’s less resource hogging than McAfee or Symantec’s bundled stuff.
  • Enable Onedrive for Ransomware protection too!
  • If you are switching between Windows or Android phone this year, a Gmail or Outlook.com account with synchronised contacts should sort your transfer out. When I tried this for a family member, Bluetooth transfer worked better (windows to Android).
  • Have your rechargeable batteries ready.
  • Read instructions carefully, especially on Windows 10 first setup.
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October 2017

While we’ve been quiet, unrest and unwellness have been brewing October 2017 is going to be the last one for us.

Seems not worthwhile to continue to advertise our services for local repairs, and my own mind is trying to find something worthwhile to do in the future.

More and more work is coming through online, remote and coding jobs which need more attention.

At the End of October, we’ll be shutting down the site and deleting social pages.

We’ll continue to provide support to existing customers when called upon.

As for the future, I’m not sure yet. We will have to see.

So, I think it’s time to say THANK YOU to people who appreciated what we’ve done for them.

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Quick update – June

After a terrible week of hot Summer days and migraines, We’re hopefully back to normal.

While we’ve been busy updating knowledge and coding for projects, I’ve had little time to update products. Which has made me think that I’d have little time to process orders to customers. So I’ve looked into Amazon Affiliates for Products, as no one seems to buy from the webshop anyway.

Maybe people will trust Amazon’s cart and processing system more than my own site, so I’ve decided to pull some products through their system. If there’s a good selection of parts with decent suppliers and automation if possible. If items sell, then it’s done more than the web shop has.

Sounds a bit of a rant, but with the weather, lack of creativity and migraines, the mood isn’t great.

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Small tweaks

A bit of tweaking done to the site to help make it easier to use.

Menu’s rearranged, shop categories now on the top navigation bar to help people find products they want.

Chips! Boards!

We also finally have prices on AM4 boards for the Ryzen range, along with the new Ryzen 5’s on the list.

Windows 10 Creators Edition

Creators Edition should be available for all Windows 10 users, a massive update what should give more privacy controls and tonnes of fixes for the annoying issues. Really you should back up etc before it downloads itself, but I think we all know the drill by now.

 

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New chips, phone screens

We’ve finally got Ryzen prices on the currently available range! Unfortunately, no boards for them yet, that sort of annoys me as we’ll not see any systems including them until we get the boards.

Also on the list (under the coming soon section) is iPhone screen kits.

I’ve tried to avoid these as you can never get a decent screen kit for a decent price (along with the odd Apple policies on the 6’s), but with these appearing from the regular supplier opens up a comfortable repair opportunity. These will be available as screen assemblies or kits (which include the basic tools) if customers want to have a go themselves.

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Getting on with 2017

It’s not been a great start, content writing blocks, disasters, weather, and general unhappiness all over. Time for a kick up the bum and getting on with 2017.

Before Captain Distracto interferes, best quickly update on what’s happening!

  • Ryzen has finally been launched, AMD may have finally caught up with Intel’s CPU performance with more competitive pricing. While we have some basic prices and benchmarks for the CPUs we have no information on AM4 boards for them yet. Estimating that will be next month.
  • As expected, Intel price cuts of same range (to Ryzen) processors to appear very soon.
  • More projects coming up, mostly coding. One in concept and not interesting at the moment to explain more. Few clients redesign and updated to modern standards such as SSL/HTTPS to do.
  • Re-organization. Site links need remapping and e-commerce experience still feels lacking.
  • A return to eBay for selling parts/stock? I was pretty annoyed with previous experiences with eBay, and don’t feel like returning to it.
  • A focus on selling parts/devices rather than services, with numerous headaches and call outs getting further and more time consuming, it’s not working out.

 

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December news, and new year stuff

The rustling of tinsel can be heard, pictures all over twitter of people decorating their office point to that time of year again. It’s December! that means it’s Lemsip addiction month Christmas!

Doesn’t seem that long ago when we wrote 2015’s Christmas post, this year’s flown by with the projects and call outs.

Anyway, We’re looking at closing for Christmas on the 21st of December with a return on the 4thof January. As usual, our first week back likely will be paperwork catch up.

The shop section of the site might disappear after Christmas, it’s getting difficult to maintain with no sales at all from it. Might revamp it to act as a gateway to other vendors, and automatically push orders via API if that’s possible. Which will allow me more time to style the site, enjoy a coffee properly and stay on time with things.

Our blog posts have gone slightly weird. I’ve written lots of posts which don’t get published, either I’ve felt they’ve gone on too long and don’t have a point. Or they sound negative (a bit like this section) and gets deleted.

 

Anyhoo, we’ve got a bit to get on with before Christmas. Have a good one all.

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We missed our 5th anniversary

Busy with little projects made us miss our 5th year

We’ve been so busy trying to keep up with Life, our clients, new technical standards, product updates and wannabe hackers using all sorts of crawlers against our site, that we missed our 5th Birthday. A big one for most.

Seems every day I try to do these things in between call outs, and yet I get pulled back to our Live Traffic screen looking for the next silly little attack. From fake Googlebots hitting a URL what isn’t associated with any of our servers to an attempt to upload a config file, It’s getting silly and now I’m banning entire countries for it.

As you may have noticed, Auto Posting works again (with the exception of Google+, as automated posts can only be shared to page privately thanks to Google removing useful settings for some bizarre reason.)

Lots of new items going up in Next product update (Wednesday!), A quick look through the list and I see Gaming chairs, Gadgets, and an iPad listing.


[GARD]

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End of October already?!

Time seems to be flying past as we sort out our products again.

Between research, coding projects and illness (go away horrible coughing!), we’ve not really had time to update or post much. Some issues appear and get worked on behind the scenes.

This time on imports, product data gets overwritten instead of merged, meaning the crafted tag system for sorting compatibility is emptied each time.

I should look at skipping Tags so I just have to update new products and add the new images when required.

Once projects calm down, we are going to and promote our products over November. Lots more items like Gaming Chairs are on the list.

 

 


[GARD]

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Another spider/crawler season

Crawler, Spider rules? I’ll work on that later I said a few weeks ago. Bad idea.

The crawler rules should have been set before connecting up the domain name, thought I could get something in there later on.

We’ve just had a whole day (Monday night/most of this Tuesday) of a botnet attempting to overload XML-RPC files with logins. Those got blocked automatically. Then the odd looking user agents of bot’s which I’ve never heard of appear all over logs. BaiduSpider appears every hour or so, see’s it’s not allowed in robots then clears off again, So much for ‘we obey that rule’ from their help pages.

Since then we’ve been hardening backend, frontend, technicals and setting up additional protection.

There is no data to try to get at, my main concern is someone trying to use the site as a launchpad for an attack elsewhere. If that did happen I’d probably look at capturing as much evidence as I can and sabotage it.

Our robots.txt currently consists of

useragent: *

Disallow:

Which basically says ‘any user agent should not see anything past the home page’. Obviously adding exceptions along the way for Googlebot and more disallows for Baidu.

List of spiders what ignore Robots and .htaccess methods.

  • Baidu (so far ignored 7 variations of blocks)
  • random unheard of’s with a ‘mission statement’ to check SEO/links and security.
  • random unheard of search engines probably used to profile sites for exploits.

And this week’s bonus!

Hackers were also trying to sneak in too. Annoyingly they still seem to be trying, wasting my time having to look at traffic logs to block them (which does nothing in the end). I did not buy a bigger server for some horrible kids to practice their ‘hax0ring’, if it continues then they can pay for it.

Luckily, most of it got filtered and deflected. So additional bandwidth wasn’t needed