The Tech Monkey

RESTORING CONFIDENCE IN YOUR COMPUTER, ONE CUSTOMER AT A TIME

Welcome to the Tech Monkey! We are a small, locally owned and operated Computer Repair, Service and Sales business with over 20-years of experience.

We believe in quality diagnostics at a fair price. We use the latest tools and technology to deliver top notch service. Our techs are CompTIA and Microsoft Certified.  

Is Video Game Addiction a real thing? The World Health Organization says so.,

This subject has been a hot topic among all kids, adults and parents. We have all been addicted to something in our lives at some point. Maybe we are still addicted to these vices in our daily routines.

I was driving into the office this morning and heard a podcast about Game Addiction, or according to the World Health Organization (WHO), Gaming Disorder. Now the choice of the word disorder is a bit light handed in my opinion. Possibly due to the fact this was a recently coined term by the WHO and more research is required before any kind of addiction label can be applied. The following (source) podcast is worth a listen (47-Minutes).

Source: http://www.wutc.org/post/video-game-addiction-thing
WHO Gaming Disorder Source: http://www.who.int/features/qa/gaming-disorder/en/

Now the following below is my opinion on the subject. I am a 34 year old male in the US who operates a Computer Repair Shop and Sales Store in Las Vegas called The Tech Monkey. I have been involved in PCs since the early 90s. I know a lot about nearly every facet of the PC Tech World from a consumer stand point. Im not an expert at any given field, but I have enough knowledge to debate most topics in depth.

As kids we LOVED candy and soda. As adults we found Coffee, Alcohol, Cigarettes, even Religion. Anything we enjoy for fun is socially acceptable in most cases. It is when we use these objects (real or virtual) to cope that it can become a gray area, border-lining of the bad kind of addiction. If I play a few rounds of League of Legends every night to relax, this could be the same as having a beer. Now start mixing in Alcohol, Recreational Drug Use and Video Gaming along with junk food or binge eating and you can begin to see a problem.

The biggest debating factor I see for the future in classifying and treating Video Game Addiction is being able to identify non-destructive casual gaming VS long video game session to cope with stress, anxiety, depression, etc. We can all agree Video Games work directly on a reward system. Accomplishing a task and being rewarded is the most basic way to allow us to feel better due to dopamine and the Instant Gratification era we are in. This debate could go on for hours. Here's hoping we can help treat Gaming Disorder as a mental health problem in the future as we can all benefit more from understanding mental symptoms such as this.

NewEgg has been officially acquired by Chinese Tech Firm

Earlier this year, Liaison Interactive had given NewEgg a large investment to allow them room to expand into new markets. This apparently wasn't simply an investment by the Chinese firm. 

New Owners Hangzhao Liaison Interactive Information Technology Co., Ltd. (Liaison Interactive) now owns the controlling share of NewEgg at 55.7% (worth $2.63 Billion Dollars). 

The US Tech Industry has seen a steady increase in Chinese Tech and Investment Firms interest. It will be interesting to see which company is acquired next.


 

New Ethernet Cat 6A (or Cat 7) cable in the works. 500MB/ps will soon be possible.

As with all technology, we constantly desire more, better, faster. Well, you asked for it, and it is NOT backwards compatible with any current hardware. So if and when you're ready to make the jump, be prepared to shell out a lot for the newest hardware to support it.

Cat 6A is on its way in the future thanks to the new network standard IEEE 802.3bz. 10GbE is going to be a nice change as internet and network speeds will begin to show bottlenecks in PCs in the near future. Read more at the source link. 

League of Legends still going strong with 100-Million Players a month.

I began playing LOL many years ago (around season 2 or 3) due to a good friend. I've been playing constantly since then. I'm a very casual player as I never truly got involved in any form of ranking or leveling up. I play many games or ARAM (All Random) or the various special game-type versions they come out with multiple times a year.

Even after nearly a decade, this game is still going very strong. 100-Million players a month strong. Read more below with the source.

Joke time: There was once a glorious League player who would shout out "Solo Mid or quit!" Though this was a lie, he was AFK and the GGEZ came far too quick.

Source: TweakTown. Source link at top.

The new Asus ROG GX800VH. A 18.4" 4K water-cooled laptop

Asus appeared to go too far for most to fathom last year with the introduction of the first water cooled laptop. The GX700VO. Now they have upped the ante in a big way. Growing from 17.3" 1080P to a 18.4" 4K with 100% sRGB and AdobeRGB Coverage as well as G-Sync.

Inside the laptop are now two Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 at 8GB each along with 64GB of DDR4 RAM clocked at 2800mhz. It also houses 3 512GB Toshiba  M.2 NVMe PCIe Gen 3 SSDs in Raid 0.

Just based on the significant changes made too this new model, I feel as if the watercooling system and laptop are now becoming fine tuned to work better together than the first. Would love to be able to get my hands on one of these to test it out.

Source: KitGuru. Source link at Top.