our turn in the sun. We're the Technogeeks and we're in the
process of taking over the world. Evolution has finally put
us on top. Soon everyone else will be speaking Geekonics too.
Let's take our understanding, expertise and lack of techno-fear
and turn them into Cold Hard Cash! Think power. Think leisure.
And, check it out below.
true. Here's my theory of evolution. For thousands of years physical strength
was what determined your place in society.
Sure intelligence counted
but even into the 1940s and 50s, brute strength was the key.
In the 60s and 70s some of
us evolved into hi-fi/electronic nuts called Tweaks (I was guilty, I had 9 tape
Then in the 80s we evolved
into geeks with our early entry into the world of computers.
Frankly, some people didn't
respect us and some even feared us. But in the 90s we became the leaders and
in the 00s, if we aren't already we'll be the world leaders.
Now it's mental strength
all the way. Evolution has come full circle and finally put us on top.
The future is in the hands
of the people with information. I think that's the definition of an eDAKonian.
And, DAK 2000 is MOVEing
faster, BEing bigger and most important BETTER at finding new ways for early adopting,
fear-free technogeeks to make our lives better.
We finally get some respect.
We already have the power. Let's let it rip.
so that when I walk the world's electronics shows I need two
engineers just to help me translate the technologies. Yet, I
shall fear no technology. And neither should you.
From CD-ROM/CD-RW to wireless
networks, PCS and GPS to 300 and 440 MHz security/weather transmitters to Ethernet
systems to DTS and 5.1 Theater Surround, frankly it's easy when you treat it like
eating an elephant - one bite at a time.
to jump in fast and make the RIGHT technology choices to help
is to provide in-depth information (The devil is always in the
details.) for you so that you can leverage technology to achieve
your most mammoth lifestyle rewards.
of these technologies can either bring you great pleasure or
great productivity gains. Or, maybe BOTH.
many of you are way ahead of me in your own fields, but
in this era of specialization, NOBODY can know all the new technologies.
why I'm here. I turn Geekonics and Geekspeak into English. I'm
sort of an eDAKonian dictionary. I do the raw, basic research.
in a plug and play world. This is where we make the most of
Hmm, I didn't know that. . .
two monitors on your computer for less than $50.
love this! Yes for less than $50, you can get the benefits of 2-monitor real
estate on your PC when you're using Windows 98/ME/XP.
It's plug and play! Just add one of your old monitors. It's easy. And almost
nobody knows about it. I mentioned this on another page, but I wanted to hit it
on our Geek Page again because 1) you can use a super high-end AGP card if you
wish, 2) it will change your computing life, you can do so much and 3) it's so
how do I print or NOT print web page backgrounds?
why do you care? Well if you want to save toner, ink and time,
don't print the backgrounds. If you want to capture the ambiance,
color and background elements of the page, then print them.
It's all just a click away.
So You Already Knew 'How'd They Do That. . .?'
you're an advanced user and you already knew 8 out of
10 of these tips then congratulations. Not all of us are
so fortunate. But we all need to learn.
here's the really good part. When you're reading one
of my articles, you can 'DRILL DOWN' to get all
the information you need OR just keep reading if
you already know the theory behind the technology.
the web great or what? So, whenever you need detailed
specs, just click on one of my links or defined words.
If you don't just keep reading. You'll become an educated
power user of the specific product.
Either way, you'll be a happy eDAKonian. These are just
examples of the free techno-help you'll get. Being an
eDAKonian is a special experience.
It's critically important.
If you don't know the right questions to ask, you have no shot at the right
answer to your problem.
And believe me, I've asked
every wrong question in the book. For example, after the 1994 LA Earthquake,
DAK 1 had no gas.
It was cold. We asked the
city when they'd come. They said 6 days. The correct question was, "Is
it OK to use our own plumbers?" The answer was yes and we had heat the
Over the years I've learned
that I trust engineers, not salespeople.
When I bought the digital
camera that I've used to create this site, I asked how many pixels the camera
captured. The answer was about 1,572,000. The question I should have asked was
how big was the resulting file size.
The answer should have been
about 6 megabytes. The answer was 500K. The reason was that they used mandatory
JPEG compression so I really can't get pictures that are good enough for my print
BTW, it's a great
camera for the web and for ink jet printing. It has external flash-sync and a
live video setup feed. But, until I used the camera, I didn't know the right questions
MY job is think of the
questions or make the blunders first, so that I ask the questions for you.
And I'll detail answers about everything from subwoofers, equalizers, FRS
radios to web issues like the difference between a vector based versus a pixel
based graphics programs.
Normally, I wouldn't list the surprises, and THE FUN SURPRISES won't start
turning up till April or May, but here are just a few of the definition boxes
to give you a taste.
How about an explanation
and picas, or a visual description of a micron.
This is just the beginning. So, look around.
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