Eli is back and better in 2015


Eli Etherton — the self-styled “Computer Guy” whose YouTube videos and websiteare meant to teach “people how we get paid” — has one message for Baltimore’s tech community.

“We don’t push ourselves … and if they don’t start treating this like a business, then we don’t have a tech scene,” he said. Etherton has been pushing, particularly of late. But is it for better or worse?

Name: Eli the Computer Guy

State: Maryland

With CBT Nuggets since: 2012

IT background: MCSE, MCP+I and 1600+ hours of formal training… Worked in the military, corporate world and built my own tech support business to 9 full-time employees.  I currently have over 200 videos, 21,000 subscribers, and 1.8 million video views on my YouTube channel.

When I’m not making MicroNuggets videos, you’ll find me…  Practicing Kenpo, traveling, or watching my Koi.

The best part about making IT videos is… I don’t have to deal with clients anymore…

I’m passionate about IT training because… I believe that technology genuinely makes our lives better, and installing and supporting advanced systems is not nearly as complicated as many people think.

Eli will be making MicroNuggets!

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When Will Virtual Reality Headsets Be a Consumer Product? Bring back critical faculties:I’m human get me out of here, I say.

Oculus has actually sort-of released a consumer VR headset in collaboration with Samsung.The Gear VR is a special headset for the Samsung Galaxy Note 4. If you have this specific phone and the headset, you can slot in the phone and put the headset on your face to experience virtual reality.

Virtual reality is not reality
Virtual reality Man is Lost in Space

Virtual Reality Headsets don’t Work Well

But They’re Coming

At CES, the demo was a Cirque du Soleil show playing on the headset, and you could move your head to the left or right to see other bits of the show playing around  you. This wasn’t being rednered — it was a recorded video of a show being played back. Unlike the Crescent Bay prototype, the Gear VR lacked the all-important positional head tracking — you can turn your head, but not lean or move it in other ways.

In the longer run, VR will have more uses. Watching videos (especially ones recorded in 360-degrees) — movies or even live sports or performances — could be huge. Samsung’s Gear VR is already being used for such things. Other uses like meetings and communication are obvious, too. 2015 may be the year we all get our hands on these.

Bring back verbose