Why do I care?

I care because I want people to have a more utopian perspective on what technology can do whilst being aware of the dystopian possibilities if we don’t use it well. I care because I want technology to fit its purpose. Put plainly, it’s purpose it to make our lives easier. Sometimes, I find that when technology isn’t working properly it causes us pain and frustration.

Providing people with the ability to fix things themselves or me fixing it for them makes the technological tools become useful again and the frustration goes away. Not only does the frustration go away but the actual task at hand becomes easier. This brings me great joy.

A small change can, what I’m going to call a “fix factor coefficient” can drastically improve someone’s life, and at scale, many people’s lives. Essentially, this small change results in something greater than the work put into its initial parts.

Fixing someone’s car? They can get to work now. Their ability to do that work helps make the company money. With that money the company makes, it can be spent on employees wages, raises, bonuses, and, equipment and services from other companies. This in turn allows those involved to provide shelter, food, clean water, and entertainment for our loved ones and ourselves. Essentially, economic stimulation. This helps all of us but long term and in a macroeconomic way.

Fixing someone’s computer, they can get more work done in less time or enjoy their favorite game or videos online to provide happiness and mental relief.

No one including myself is entirely altruistic however. Providing value to a community in a niche that the community has a need for, the community then gives back in some way. This “trade” mentality keeps us feeling even and demonstrates thanks and appreciation. In essence, it provides fairness.

When people think of technology they usually immediately think of computers, cell phones, cars, or the internet. However, there may be some things that you might not consider are technology but actually are.

From the first inclined plane (yes a hill) this is one of the first machines and is considered technology. Your fork, shovel, soap, and alcohol are technology. The fork helps you lift, pry, and keep your hands clean. The shovel prevents the need to kneel and dig with your hands as well as move more than your hands. Soap provides you the ability to more easily clean yourself with less abrasion and time. Alcohol can be used to clean wounds of infection. In essence, they are all tools because they improve our quality of life and that makes it technology.

One of my biggest challenges include the comfortability of society embracing technology as a useful tool in their daily lives. Mostly this is due to previous paradigms that have already gone through the uncomfortable stages and now works well for those that have learned how to use them. The paradigm itself is another tool or technology.

Firstly, understanding paradigms in technology and dogma is important for me to explain.

From my experience people become familiar and accustomed to one and since it works feel no need for it to change. Many adopt a “If it works why fix it?” mentality. I’ll tell you why. Whatever we’re doing now, we can do it better than before. That doesn’t mean that it won’t have its challenges though. It also doesn’t mean that we won’t have huge breakthroughs and when we do the world can benefit. Also, It doesn’t mean that we should throw away a good thing if it provides some differentiated value as a new option becomes available.

If we never try, we never fail, and if we never fail we never learn.

Paradigms in technology consist of a set of protocols. A protocol is nothing more than a common accepted standard of a way of doing something. A stringed series of these protocols creates a paradigm. In other words, a method. This makes a model for the way of doing something with the constituent parts being the protocols.

For example, news delivery before the internet was primarily by newspaper. Not that newspapers don’t still exist but much more news is consumed electronically now than before. Even if they were consumed at the exact same rate one provides a value the other doesn’t. One doesn’t require electricity and the other can send data across the world in milliseconds. The special different features or contrast between the two are called a dichotomy. This dichotomy represents that paradigms value when a similar one becomes available.

This shows that there is a new paradigm for news delivery. The old paradigm “newspaper” delivery and the new one “web blogs” for example. An even older paradigm was verbal storytelling around a fire. They all accomplish the same task but in different ways. Some have certain features the other don’t and that makes them valuable. Storytelling might feel more personable, whereas newspaper, and web blogs provide quick world-wide access to stories but they might not feel as personable as an in-person story.

If we are used to reading the newspaper and the web blog comes out as a reading option one may prudently tip-toe out of their comfort zone to see what all the fuss is about. If there is something that they’re giving up by using the new paradigm they may retreat to the familiar one until ready to venture out again.

Using a pre-existing paradigm is considered dogma or “an old way of thinking” about something. In my terms, a previous method of doing something such as past paradigms.

If I want to sell something I’ll post it on Facebook marketplace. My grandmother might take out a newspaper ad.

Both of these options provide the same function but not in the same way. They have different benefits such as a different audience.

If I could get my grandmother to post something on Facebook Marketplace or she showed me how to take out a newspaper ad we would be trading paradigms. This would be greatly beneficial to all of us to know more ways of doing something. There is an old adage that goes “there is more than one way to skin a cat”.

From my experience is that when someone has become familiar with a way of doing something that works they stick with that and do not seek out new methods other than in the prudential tip-toe fashion.

This toe-in-the-water prudential tip-toe is my opportunity to provide value when delivering a new paradigm by providing an easy pre-digested guide of how to interact with a particular technology such that it can benefit them most. This is how I provide value.

To prevent from having to deal with all of the forks in the road or to save time if we just want to achieve our goal we can enlist a guide and ask for help. As a social species asking for help is how we leverage our differences in a community to benefit ourselves. In essence, it’s how we function. Do you have a medical issue? You see a doctor. You need groceries, you visit your grocer. Need education, you go to school to get trained by a teacher.

We want this guide to be the person who knows what to look out for and what to treasure. Someone who’s been down this path before. Someone who knows what they’re doing. We sometimes might call this person an expert. I would prefer to say guide as I feel that the term “expert” places our need for help too high on a pedestal and we may lionize the guide into thinking that they need to know more than they do to provide us with value that we’re actually looking for. This is exemplified by clickbait titles like “top 10 tips to …” vs “2 years of technical college”. We would rather have just the tidbit-style highlight reel than getting certified training more often than not.

What I hope to achieve is to be the guide providing those top 10 tips and tricks and to use the opportunity for a person’s technological exploration whether they are prudent or all-in interested such that they can reap the benefits of the struggle, pain, and testing that I’ve gone through such that they don’t need to. I provide this value by taking information and aggregating, concatenating, filtering, encapsulating and testing concepts in practice to determine the viability and then share my experience. This is how I provide value to others in the community. My hope is that providing this value with a fair exchange of value that it can bring them joy, ease their frustration, and in turn provide joy for myself.

Sea of Thieves Audio Sounds Garbled, Crackling, or Static when playing on PC

This has happened to me and others I know that when playing Sea of Thieves the audio becomes loud and staticy.

What I’ve found is that the resolution to this problem is to simply press escape “Esc” to open up the game menu. Then to press “Esc” again to close the menu. This immediately corrects the issue with the audio.

Why this occurs I do not know but figured I would share this resolution.

How to GO LIVE on YOUTUBE

Firstly, you will need to create an account or login with your Google account at https://studio.youtube.com/ You will then pick out a channel name and some customization options.

Once you have done this you will see an option in the top right to select “Create”

When you click on this you will see 2 options.

The first option is to upload a video and the second is go “Go Live”

Don’t worry, clicking on Go Live won’t actually make you “Go Live” immediately. This really needs a name change like “Stream Setup” Then, from there it should say “Go Live” but I digress.

You will see that you’re account if newly created will have a 24 hour waiting period that it has to go through before you can live stream. Facebook Live doesn’t have this waiting period requirement.

There are some strange requirements such as that you can’t go live from mobile until you have 1k+ subscribers. This might explain why Facebook Live although overall having massively worse quality (mostly due to cell phone streams on poor internet connections) is so popular right now.

Latest Requirements: https://support.google.com/youtube/answer/2474026?hl=en

However, you CAN go live with your webcam once your 24 hour waiting period has ended https://support.google.com/youtube/answer/9228389

After your waiting period is over you can begin streaming.

You have the option of using your webcam but I recommend using OBS software as it is free and easy to use, setup, and has a plethora of features. A quick setup guide to OBS is here: http://techmikewi.com/wp-admin/post.php?post=588&action=edit

If you want a full listing of other software options that work well with YouTube see their official listing: https://support.google.com/youtube/answer/2907883?hl=en

Webcam ONLY

If you want to just use your webcam well it’s pretty user friendly. Click on the webcam and you’ll see a quick setup screen

I recommend selecting Private such that you have the opportunity to test and configure all of your equipment without actually going live first.

Enter the relevant information for your show. Click the “More Options” button and click on “Advanced Settings”. You’ll want to make sure that your Audio and Video equipment is selected correctly.

Click “Next”

You will then see your thumbnail and a “Go Live” button.

Streaming Using Streaming Software (OBS)

The quality (great) and price (free) are a no-brainer for OBS.

When using the stream software (recommended) you will need the Stream URL and Stream key. However, I haven’t seen a permanent key option so you’ll have to create the stream first before you can get a key for it. To begin, start with the same steps as before after clicking on the “Stream” button on the left-hand side navigation bar at the top.

Then click “Create Stream”

You will see this window pop up and you will need to copy this into the stream settings in OBS.

Open up Open Broadcaster Software and click on settings. If you need the software please check out this quick tutorial http://techmikewi.com/2020/04/14/obs-open-broadcaster-software-quick-setup-tutorial/

Click “Stream”

Enter your Stream URL and Stream Key here

Then, when you’re ready to go live switch it to the audience you want and then click “start streaming” in OBS.

You are now live streaming on YouTube using OBS!

Do you want to know more about the features of OBS? Or do you have any specific issues that you’re having a problem with? Post a comment below.

OBS (Open Broadcaster Software) Quick Setup Tutorial

Click this link: https://obsproject.com/download to download the software.

Select your operating system

Click on Download

Click “Run”. Go through prompts accepting defaults.

Once OBS has launched you will want to create a screen and enter capture devices (microphones, cameras, monitors, capture cards, XLR interfaces, etc)

If you have your stream URL and key configured you will want to click on “Start Streaming”. If you’re using Facebook Live you can check out this tutorial here http://techmikewi.com/2020/04/14/how-to-get-your-facebook-live-stream-key-for-obs/

If you want to record to your PC for future editing click on “Start Recording”

How to get your Facebook Live Stream Key for OBS

Right-click and open in new tab: https://www.facebook.com/live/create

This is what you will see.

Click “Create Live Stream”. Then a welcome message will come up. Click Next. You will now see an option to “use Stream key”

You will then be taken to the producer page.

Click the “Advanced” button.

From here you will see the page that contains your stream URL and Key that you will need for OBS. Choose a persistent key unless you want to do these steps for each video.

Open up Open Broadcaster Software and click on settings. If you need the software please check out this quick tutorial http://techmikewi.com/2020/04/14/obs-open-broadcaster-software-quick-setup-tutorial/

Click “Stream”

Enter your Stream URL and Stream Key here

Now that you have your stream key setup you can begin the live stream by clicking on “Start Streaming” but before you click you should go back to the facebook producer page to set it to “Only Me” to do a trial run and test out the quality settings before going live by clicking the “Start Streaming” button in OBS. Be sure NOT to use the “Go Live” button in the facebook producer software. To create an “only me” test click on “friends”

Then click on “only me”

Then, when you’re ready to go live switch it to the audience you want and then click “start streaming” in OBS.

You are now live streaming on Facebook using OBS!

Do you want to know more about the features of OBS? Or do you have any specific issues that you’re having a problem with? Post a comment below.

Discord Hook Error Modern Warfare

I’ve recently run into a Discord Hook Error when launching. I stopped Discord and relaunched the game and I was able to successfully launch the game. However, I would like to use Discord rather than turn it off so a resolution other than to turn it off was needed. When I had gone into the Blizzard game launcher settings and set the game launcher to close battle.net immediately when the game launches I was able to start the game with Discord side by side.

Then start Discord and then the game.

Best Picture Quality Call of Duty Modern Warfare

Here is what I consider to give the best picture and comfortable framerate for my purposes in COD MW for PC.

  • Full Screen
  • Refresh Rate – Highest the Monitor goes. Mine is 75hz. So, 75.
  • Render Resolution – My monitor is a 1080p screen. So, 1920×1080
  • Aspect Ratio – Auto
  • V-Sync: OFF. I’m using FreeSync. If I was using GSync I would also turn V-Sync off. If I had neither or a mismatched video card to monitor I would then turn on V-Sync.
  • Custom Framerate: Same as monitor 75.
  • Menu Framerate: 75
  • Out of focus: 30
  • Max out the remainder of the settings by moving them all to the right with the exception of most of the post-processing.
  • Post processing settings:
  • Depth of Field: OFF
  • Filmic Strength: 0
  • Motion blur: OFF
  • Weapon blur: OFF

These are the settings that I use and I think it produces the best picture and frame rate for my current setup. You may have different hardware and feel free to test out which settings that you want enabled vs what your system can handle.

You can choose to go with a higher render and have a lower output which has the ability to make a better picture but you will have to tweak test it. However, bear in mind that you should have a render of at least 100% of your current output.

CPU vs GPU Bottleneck

In short, you want a CPU that is equal to or greater than what the GPU pumps out. If you have it inverted you can experience black screens or crashes if it too severe.

For example,

STABLE = Powerful CPU >= GPU output

UNSTABLE = Weak CPU < GPU output

For the best performance fit the GPU performance inside of what the CPU can handle.

PERFORMANCE = Powerful CPU = GPU output

OK = CPU > GPU output

There is a handy tool to check this:

Sometimes you will find that you are getting CPU bound when a game isn’t optimized for multi-threading. You may also find that if you’re using multiple graphics cards is that you will not have an even distribution of GPU across multiple cards. This is dependent on the game itself and its architecture.

Depending on which games that you are interested in playing it is a good idea to check what the distribution between CPU and GPU usage that those games use.

NiceHash Mining Profitability Check

If you’re someone who already knows how to perform cryptocurrency mining and wants to check out a novel crypto service I would recommend checking out NiceHash. It has a certain Je ne sais pas. I suppose it would be the uniqueness of the format.

You’re either:

  • A Miner
  • Someone hiring Miners

Both parties of which have the opportunity to profit but in different ways.