Just a note to say we are attending homes again. Luckily, our semi-isolated communities did not have any community spread so I feel fairly safe and just ask that you let me know in advance if you’ve been attending group meets of any kind outside the Sunshine Coast. Let’s keep the Sunshine Coast safe for us all. If you’ve been self-isolating, or are in any way concerned, please ask that I use a mask while in your presence (with yours on as well).
AMD recently launched the RX480 graphics card which took the gaming community by surprise for the performance it offered at the $200-$250 price range. It quickly rose up the charts for recommended graphics card in the mid-range. To no one’s surprise, Nvidia launched the GeForce GTX 1060 which trickles down some of the best GTX 1080 and 1070 performance to the same price band that AMD is targeting. Nvidia is calling it as a next generation GTX 980 which is more efficient and way cheaper. The GPU is VR ready and ships for $249 (US) starting July 19 in the US. We are watching our supplier here in Canada but so far we can’t list the 1060 product here yet, but we do have the 1070. The 1070’s are running $600 and up so I’m guessing the 1060’s should be around $375-450 Cdn. ?Maybe? Stay tuned.
What else can set your imagination soaring like taking to the skies for an aerial view of a thing or situation. Where else can you take the whole of a matter into perspective but from the air? How much time and money could be saved with one quick view from above? Why doesn’t everyone own one?
For the first time in the history of civilization we can send an eye into the sky, watching live from our controller and able to edit and save it on a PC. Whether you want to scan the roof and eaves or survey a waterfront property, drones are not only indispensable, they’ve become ridiculously affordable. And no-one seems to have noticed!
Any businessman looking for a competitive edge in todays marketplace should be looking hard at drones. Stable 4 propeller drones with high definition video capabilities can be had for under $2000 CAD, with commercial quality UAV’s (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles) starting around $500. MOTA, a leader in commercial grade drones, is readying robotic hands as an upgrade option to the 6000 and 8000 lines of their product, enabling even more efficiency and cost savings for a wise investor looking to capitalize on advancing tech.
From the real estate salesperson to the contractor, a couple of flights can easily pay you back in time and expense. And there’s always the added bonus of the wow factor. Let’s face it, everyone is fascinated with this tech and if your client or prospect even thinks you might use one on his project, he’ll probably choose you.
And don’t worry too much about learning how to use it. The better drones have one touch take off and landing software to let you concentrate on getting the pictures you need.
You’ve been servicing PC’s in a small community for a long time – almost 2 decades at this location. Tell us what that’s like.
In the beginning, it was a real change. For me, I really thought we’d be only a little further into the burbs but basically the same. It was a bit of culture shock at first. In 97 there was Betty Ann’s shop and school (now retired), and a couple other ones that came and went in the course of a year or 2. There was no London Drugs or Canadian Tire, everyone had Intel 386 or 486 processors running Windows 95 or 98 and they were all trying to get on Sunshine Net with their 56K modems and too many interrupts for another comm port. At least it was interesting.
Not so anymore?
Oh, it’ll never get dull. Even though hardware and software have become more integrated the core issues of data integrity, privacy and security (and virus and malware removal after the fact) and network sharing of one sort or another continue to advance and keep you on your toes. To survive in business over the long haul you find ways to challenge your knowledge during the slow periods and that keeps it interesting too.
What have you been working on during downtime lately?
Well, I finally got back to this website. I originally didn’t want to do website work because I don’t think I have a good designers eye. But I opened another eCommerce store a couple years ago in a different market altogether (Vapes), and over time I got the bug. I’m up to 3 active e Comm sites (Another) and another on the back-burner until DVI is up and running.
Do you think the coast needs a DVI Tech store?
No, not really. What got me excited about web development is it opens up the potential to connect with like-minded people anywhere. There’s definitely a lot of people on the coast that could use a drone, a new gaming card or whatever but anyone who searches for those items in Canada can check them out here and maybe discover some other tech while they’re here. My other sites are more specifically focused but when I was deciding what to do about a new website for DVI the idea of a tech store that doesn’t necessarily carry everything kind of appealed to me. I find those bigger sites hard to discover stuff in because I don’t know where to look for a lot of new tech I haven’t yet heard about if you know what I mean. So I wanted to build a site that has the tech products a browser (human) could just go find neat stuff they would want to know more about.
How are your web store prices?
We check them against reputable sites and we’re usually within a percent or 2 higher or lower. It’s pretty tight margins in tech as just about everyone knows, so if you push the price down too far knock-offs and less reputable practices can creep in. In my own shopping, I’ve learned to buy in the middle of the pack, from a site I get a good feel from. Any sites offering way lower prices may be just unloading an older version or over-charging on shipping. It’s a risk I got tired of taking.
What advice would you have for a tech looking to establish in a small community?
It probably depends on your temperament. In a smaller community, the slower pace will mean you’ll have to slow your own roll a bit. We charge by the hour and expect people want us to get in, get it fixed and get out but you really have to be willing to take a little more time that you might not get paid for and sometimes that requires follow up visits to keep the users on the right track. It balances out one way or another but generally speaking you take a pay cut for the slower lifestyle.