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Our Motto is "Nothing is Impossible."   Just ask us, we will build you anything.  - Todd W. Byars, Founder

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Evaluating the Meta Quest 3 and Other VR + Mixed Reality Headsets and Controllers

on 04 Mar 2024  Posted by CorpRattX  Category: Technology  Comments: 0

For the past 6 months to a year, The Computer Dudes, Inc and I have been doing heavy research and development on VR and Mixed Reality Headsets

We were among the first people and companies to have done research and development on this hardware and Software.   Computer Dudes does its own in house testing and evaluation which is our normal operating procedure

Evaluation:  Meta Quest 3

Pros:

Smallest VR / Mixed Reality Headset with multiple sensors and cameras.   The one we are using does Eye tracking.
Games are Fun - But Simple
Good for Research
Good for "Room" Creation
Works with Other Computers and Cell Phones   (see further discussion below "Cons" list

Cons:

Weight
Battery - Based on Use the Minimum Battery Life can be less than 1 hour
Size - far to large and cumbersome.
Heat
Not for use Outside - not weatherproof.   Probably not ready for Factory Floor
Fragile 
Speed
Avoid Humidity
Can Use a large chunk of bandwidth.

Conclusions:

So far - The Computer Dudes, Inc. and I can only recommend the Meta Quest 2 and 3 for home, recreation, and data center use.   We like of the games for they systems that help develop real life skills,
like working on your car, learning programming,  or learning photography.  

We also learned to "SideLoad" giving us access to all droid software and apps and addition to what Meta offers.

Soon: we will finish this evaluation of the Meta Quest 3.  Then we will  report on the Ray Ban Smart Glasses,  then maybe the Oculus 2.
We hope to test Apples Smart Glasses next.    We also want to test the HTC and Playstation 5 VR Mixed Reality.

Also, you can see photos of me, wearing the Meta Quest 3 headset - posted the on my LinkedIn profile: Todd W. Byars   :)

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COMPUTER DUDES - HIRING

on 09 Feb 2024  Posted by CorpRattX  Category: Technology  Comments: 2

Computer Dudes - Job Posting Alert

Computer Dudes, Engineers and Project Managers - Computer Dudes now has new contracts in ALBANY, GEORGIA. Also new contracts in AUGUSTA, GEORGIA and

We need one Field Engineer, one Sales Engineer and one VR and Training Specialist.

These are full time positions in and around ALBANY, GEORGIA and AUGUSTA, GEORGIA and may require travel to training facilities and conferences a couple times a year in other locations including international conferences.

These contracts requires you be able to pass a background, security, and other checks. You may be required to apply for a Security Clearance.

Please share this with anyone who might be interested.

Regards
Todd W. Byars
Computer Dudes
Tallahassee, Florida
Global Operations and Space

#computerdudes #hiring #fulltime #jobs #careers #albany #augusta #georgia #tallahassee #panamacity #jacksonville #florida #computers #security #training #technology #communications

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Computer Dudes initiate Drone Defense training.

on 14 Jan 2024  Posted by CorpRattX  Category: Technology  Comments: 9

We started our Drone Defense training course this morning with a one hour segment on Drones, Perimeters, Threat Vectors and Attack Vectors.   

This segment covers the basic of drones, their weak points, flight paths and attack vectors.     After a brief classroom segment we practiced personal drone defense inside 20 yards.

Then we discussed drone defense weapons, their weight, their ammo (if any) and how to use them at different ranges.    The group practiced defending against different flight and approach vectors and speeds.

We closed with a segment on safety, cleanup, and storage of equipment.    None of the Civilians who took the training had any experience with drones, or defense, or electronic warfare, or weapons.

The Computer Dudes, Inc in conjunction with Mac 1 Security hope to offer the whole course - including live shooting and wifi defense against drones and targets set to fly like attacking drones - starting in March of 2024.   We will post as soon as the class is ready and registration is open.

Drone Defense Training:
Segment One - Drone Size, Class, Identification and the "Ready" Stance - Ready to Listen, Ready to See, Ready to React
Segment Two - Drone Threat / Response by Distance, Bearing and Angle of Attack  -  Current "Layers" of Drone and or Air Defense
Segment Three - Defining your "personal defense zone" - from your person out to about 50 yards.
Segment Four - Tools and Weapons for Drone Defense - Comparison and Discussion 
Segment Five - Rifles, Pistols, Shotguns, Jammers and Electronic Drone "guns"
Segment Six - Shotgun and Pistol identification and practice on Paper Targets,  Practice with Laser Pointer on or in barrel.
Segment Seven - Hunting Birds and Hunting Drones - Similar Theory and Practice
Segment Eight - Shooting Skeet and "Moving Targets" out to 60+ Yards
Segment Nine - Drone Flight and Practice  -  Drone vs Drone simulation.
Segment Ten - Anti-Drone Ammunition, Non-Lethat Ammo, Carbon Ball Ammo, Salt Rock Ammo, 12 Gauge compared to .410
Segment Eleven - Shoot and Scoot!!   Electronics OFF..   Drone Avoidance. 
Segment Twelve - Open Practice according to student or group requests.

Everyone completing the course will receive a Certificate, some books and materials used during the course and a free sample of our new ammunitions.

We are looking at this being a 3 or 4 day event with social events and food from the area - including some of the game birds professionally prepared.

The area has normal Hotels or Historic Places one can choose to stay during the nights.     A number of the groups supporting this project will have many types of hunting, sporting goods, sporting wear, knives, tents, hiking gear, hunting gear and even hunting licenses.

Extra time with a professional trainer on the shooting part of this course, or of any other part of this course will be available during the course or for hire for private lessions.

Sincerely,

Todd W. Byars
Computer Dudes
Drones and Drone Defense - 2024

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Up First for 2024 - Best Practices going into Q1 2024

on 21 Nov 2023  Posted by CorpRattX  Category: Technology  Comments: 0

Welcome to 2024 - or according to when you read this Happy Holidays to all our friends, employees, families and communities.

Up First

1)  How To: Setup a safe payment app with local bank support.    Details and Video will be posted soon. as well as full detail on our website.
load a new payment app lightly funded, then how to setup a separate safe account at a bank.   This one is at the "Filming" Ads stage of prep for 2024.

2)  Backups, portable backups, remote backups, offsite backup, usb drive backups and taking a copy of your backup home in case there is a fire at the office.

3)  Identify "Deepfakes" and those who use them, along with con-men, grifters, deals that are "too good to be true," and people who abuse your customers and employees.     
     Cut them off and Block them.   We will show you more on this soon.

4)  If you do wish to surf the web, use Social Media or Hold Secure Meetings - use a disposable Laptop attached to a separate network than your main network at work and at home.
      Easier than it sounds - use a "Hot Spot," or Second Data Source or put it behind a separate router with a different IP series.   Turn the laptop off when not in use.   Factory Reload if it gets a virus or replace it.

5) Stay Alive - take care of your health, your families and your employees and clients.  Be Prepared to assist or render First Aid or CPR to others.   Advanced First Aid classes are suggested.  One can find such classes for free in most cities and towns

6) Back Out of Social Media in 2024 - to many fakes, bots and political posts.   Do not spend your advertising dollars on Social Media instead bolster your website and its SEO.   Revert to non-social media marketing plans and MAKE SURE your marketing is on target for whom you are selling to.    Dollars spend on bad advertising have put many a company under since long before computers and social networks existed.  

7) NEW Security Processes and Standards in 2024.    We recommend "Open Security" for 90% of all corporate computers and "Redundant" resources.  "Compartmentalization and Separation" for Real secrets, client databases, finances, bids and advertising go on a SEPARATE NETWORK.    Nothing personal or business is left on the workstations or servers on the "Open Security" side.   Secure materials are kept on a different server on a different network with real-time backups and off-site backups.   Encrypt your databases on your "secure side" too and have them limited by IP and MAC address filters.

8) Employees - value them, listen to them, keep them on track.   Respect is a two way Street.   Pay and Benefits should be appropriate for a long term relationship. 

9) The Rule of Three - Always have 3 different suppliers, 3 different ways to access the net for transactions, 3 Ways to Do Business in Emergencies (including pen and paper.) and 3 Different Tests at a minimum of all hardware, software, and power systems..  Most of us Computer Dudes even have 3 sets of tools - one in the truck, one on their workbench, and one at the lab.   ;)

10) If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.   Don't be scammed, fooled, or lied to.   If the client or company is shady - don't use them.    Get rich quick just doesn't work for most people.

11) Quality as a Business Plan is something we endorse.   Quality to the point of being Art.    Money is a Side Affect of Quality.

12) "Be Excellent to Each Other!!" - Yes, I did complete this list with a quote from Bill and Ted and their Big Adventure. 

:In 2024 Computer Dudes will continue to share our Photos, Videos and Project Discussions - online at out website:  www.thecomputerdudesinc.com  or on Youtube when they become available.

The Economy is solid and outlook good - going into the first quarter of 2024 - from both a business and personal standpoint.  :)

Sincerely,

Todd W. Byars
Founder / Owner
The Computer Dudes, Inc
"Nothing is Impossible" - our motto since 1997

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Moore's Law - Predicts the End of Computer Dudes... or does it. :)

on 30 May 2023  Posted by CorpRattX  Category: Technology  Comments: 3

I have had the privilidge of watching personal computers, networks, irc, gaming servers, virtualization and now Quantum Computers.

Before computers I worked on Analog Circuits, Power Systems, Communications, and Control Systems.

My age makes me one of the few Analog / Digital Engineers remaining on the planet.

Computers and Technology are very rapidly evolving systems, just about every year since 1997 Computer Dudes has had a different
business plan, or products and services, focus, and advertising.

One of our "Guiding Stars" has been Moore's Law.     

Moore's Law states that the number of transistors in a chip will double in size,
while the chip itself decreases in size and energy consumption - about every 2 years.

Computers are now so small Computer Dudes will soon discontinue home and small office PC Repair.

However we will replace PC Repair - with research, training, data center services, inventing, creating and bringing to market new products and services.

Our #solaronemonolith off-grid solar cluster type supercomputers are still for sale.   

The Shell and Core Design are scalable so we can
use many types of motherboards (motherboards the size of a credit card) and even the new Quantum Computers.

Moore's Law and his accomplishments in the invention and production of the first computer chips is incredible.   
If you are in IT I recommend you read Moore's history and writings. 

So while Computer Dudes soon will cease personal computer repair - We have expanded into further research, development, and prototyping.   
Also, our Data Center Services and Data Center Conversion to Solar Power or other Low Energy Setups business continues to grow. 

Todd W. Byars 

Founder, Owner
Computer Dudes

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Low Cost Drones - For Photography and Security. Tethered Drones for Safe Observation

on 28 Apr 2023  Posted by CorpRattX  Category: Technology  Comments: 5

The Computer Dudes, Inc was asked by a client for an affordable Drone Solution to Enhance their Site Security.

We came up with a low cost "Tethered Drone" System using inexpensive / disposable drones.   We have enhanced our drone system with a tether which allows the drone to safely
hover in place at a fixed height.   The tether version 1.0  allows the drone to fly in weather where other drones cannot.   It also prevents the drone from being taken by a big gust of wind.

We are releasing Version 1.0 to the Public, Corporations, Schools, Government, Real Estate, Small Offices, Construction Sites and Homes.

Computer Dudes Tethered Drone Observation and Security Enhancement:

1) Select a Large Drone with a good camera - A controller and cell phone controls are the best.   We tested several models all under $100.
2) Purchase a 100 foot roll of Paracord - Cut one piece of Paracord to a 50 foot length.  Then cut four 1 foot lengths out of the extra cord.
3) Purchase or make a Stake to drive into the ground with an eyehook.   

Proceedure
A) Tie or Secure 1 foot pieces of paracord onto the Drone Landing Gear.    Then tie the pieces together at the other end for the "harness" 
B) Tie 50 foot Paracord to bottom of harness
C) Launch Drone - set it to "Maintain Position"   
D) Clip or tie paracord to Stake in Ground 
E) Depart Area
F) Operate by Phone from safe distance.   Use Phone to capture and send photos, videos, and panorama's 

Daytime Operation is recommended, but the same procedure should work at night if you have night cameras on your drone.
After you have the drone you like - buy a spare one or two and you have a full system good for a decade or so.  

Go use it to secure your Homes, Businesses, Schools, Construction Sites, Shopping Areas and even at the Beach.

Version 2.0 has a power harness option.    You will have to contact us to purchase version 2.0 and 3.0 or a custom rig.

Most Drones do not require a harness and many have single button functions like launch and land or take panarama or even follow me modes. 
You can use these kind of un-tethered drones to do most of the above too - the tether just helps with wind and remote operation. 

Every home, school, business and the rest should also have an emergency plan - such as where to gather if there is a fire and multiple exits from the buildings 
and properties so the fire department and EMS can get onsite.

The Byars Family Motto is: "Always Prepared" which you can see on our Coat of Arms. -  We share that with you too.

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CorpRattX
11 hours ago
Computer Dudes AMP UP EW systems and Comms.

LPR Cameras, Com Gear, Uplink Options, Encryption. Power systems and Parts Inventory. All Go. No worries.

CorpRattX
12 hours ago
Computer Dudes roll out License Plate Recognition, LPR, 8MP+ All weather day and night camera systems.

We are starting in the Smaller cities and Rural Areas where they have not even seen this technology.

Big cities and big companies as well as law enforcement and military already have such cameras.

Pricing to the public is INSANE so we found affordable - dependable versions of that type camera.

Regards
Todd :)

CorpRattX
23 hours ago
Well ISN'T that a Kick in the Pants.

Several of the fake profiles and criminal type hackers were identified and logged the last few days.

This morning - the company that employed them - SENT ME A HIRE REQUEST!!

Freaking Hilarious. They did their research yesterday - found out I really am heading to Washington DC and my contacts there.

BTW the hire request - got Ghosted.

Never contact or work for a dishonest company engaged in attacks on people for financial gain, fraud, or computer hacking.

Even if I did reply - the answer would have been NO.

This is one of the funniest things we have seen since before Computer Dudes became a company way back around 1997.

Still laughing. :)T

CorpRattX
1 day ago
Computer Dudes, Tallahassee reports security and other violations and possible criminal activity to Washington DC last night just past midnight to follow up on Security Reports files.

ADDING: IDENT:ROMEOSM001

Report Appended and Filed. 2:40 pm EST :)T

CorpRattX
1 day ago
New Client - Panama City, Florida

LPR PoE Indoor Outdoor, Day or Night, 8MP Camera and Security System ordered.

Their first quote form a local contractor was over $6,000.

Our price - installed - custome purchases Hardware for Warranty.

Hardware Cost - Third Party Vendor
Consult Cost and Design - Computer Dudes
Installation and Testing - Computer Dudes or CDUDES contractor.
Training and Security Codes - Computer Dudes

Price Parts, Installation, Setup, Training, Security Codes and Product Support = less than $2,200 total.

I am Proud to be a Computer Dude! :)T

CorpRattX
2 days ago
ALERT ONE:

IDENT:ROMEOJA-AUS1

Incident Report Logged
2 Calls to Washington DC
No Worries :)T

CorpRattX
2 days ago
ALERT ONE:

IDENT: ROMEOMM-BH001 B-A-HAM
ROMEOMJ001

Incident Report Logged
Go to Secure Mode.

No Worries. ;)T

CorpRattX
2 days ago
Big Changes Coming Soon - this will become an employee owned company.

My gift to you, the loyal, the kind, the strong, the brave - The Computer Dudes.

As you know our company has no debt and has never issued stock.

Just our holding will make the new owners wealthy - without issuing stock.

95% of the people reading this have no idea what that means for the employees and how it will increase their networth at the sign-over.

I will be around but I will also be traveling and taking some personal time to spend with friends and family.

If you work for Computer Dudes, and were loyal and kind, you are already wealthy.

Regards
Todd W. Byars
Field Engineer
Computer Dudes Global Operations and Space. Founded 1997, Tallahassee, Florida. United States of America.

Status Update: 4 Green going into Monday.

CorpRattX
2 days ago
Alert Status: RED, Green, Yellow, Yellow.

No worries.

CorpRattX
2 days ago
Iran attacked Israel tonight - the world came very close to a N War.

Most Americans and other people on the planet don't even know it happened. :(

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