School of Mines Welcomes Varsity Esports Team

May 17, 2018
SDSMT University Relations

Video games are a multi-billion dollar industry, and many colleges around the country are capitalizing on the broad appeal. This fall the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology joins the ranks of schools that sponsor so-called esports teams.

Bill Updates Gambling Laws To Prosecute Cheaters

Jan 12, 2018
Jenifer Jones / SDPB

The state wants to catch and prosecute any fraudulent gamblers and cheaters in Deadwood.

A Senate committee passed several rule changes that apply to casinos in the northern hills city.

Larry Eliason is executive secretary for the South Dakota Commission on Gaming. He says there’s a gap in state law.

Erin Mairose

A camp in Sioux Falls this summer is teaching kids how to program electronics and video games. Using computer code, kids learn how to program a motion sensor, range finder, and a laser to create a homemade security system.

15 middle school boys eagerly punch computer keys, and plug electronic pieces into a microcontroller board. They are learning how to upload code onto their device to create certain effects, such as a motion sensor that emits different sound depending on how far away it detects an object.

Tech Radio: Guide To Geek Gifting

Dec 18, 2015

Kent Osborne and "The Computer Guys" present the annual Guide to Geek Gifting on this version of Tech Radio.  Kent, Joel, John and Jeff offer dozens of gift ideas for every budget!

Dakota Midday: Terrorists Using Gaming Consoles

Nov 24, 2015

Terrorists are using gaming consoles for some of their communication.  In a 2012 paper, Dakota State University Professor Ashley Podhradsky explained how the communication capabilities of these devices have been exploited by people who plan to commit a variety of criminal activities.  The paper, "The Xbox 360 and Steganography: How Criminals and Terrorists Could be 'Going Dark,'" is pertinent in light of recent terror attacks in Paris and Mali.  Podhradsky joined guest host Lori Walsh to discuss her research.

Start Up Weekend, Scams And Candy Crush

Nov 6, 2015

Tech Radio host Kent Osborne was joined by panelists Joel Broveleit and John T. Meyer along with special guest Adam Haun of Seattle.  Haun is in Sioux Falls to facilitate Startup Weekend.

The "Computer Guys" also visited about a new Microsoft Tech scam, and the almost $6 billion sale of the mobile game maker behind Candy Crush to gaming giant Blizzard.

Interviewing Alexa

Sep 21, 2015

Tech Radio's special guest during the September 4 episode was Alexa from Amazon.  "The Computer Guys" demonstrated and interviewed the Echo device on the air.  Kent Osborne and the panel also answered questions about upgrading an older MacBook Pro and how to troubleshoot Wi-Fi problems.  Meanwhile, Windows 10 has already passed Windows 8 in numbers and the fall gaming season is heating up!

Craps, Roulette, and Keno Coming to Deadwood

Jun 29, 2015
Amy Varland

Knowing when to hold them, and knowing when to fold them is important in poker but, maybe not so much in keno, craps, or roulette.   

Regardless, officials in Deadwood believe the new games coming to town on Wednesday, July 1st will keep the town’s gambling casinos competitive.

In the November election South Dakota voters approved the addition of the new games to Deadwood casinos.   Those like Mike Rodman couldn’t be more pleased.

(605) SQL, 3D Mobile Gaming and E3

Jun 19, 2015

SDPB's Kent Osborne and the Computer Guys (Joel Broveleit, Jeff Litterick and Amos Aesoph) were joined by Joshua Warne, a business analyst with First Bank & Trust in Brookings.  Warne is the Founder and Director of the (605) SQL User Group which is part of the national PASS organization.  SQL was created last July with the mission of strengthening and serving the South Dakota SQL server community by providing a forum for members to exchange ideas and knowledge.

Tech Industry Veteran Victoria Darling

Jan 16, 2015

Kent Osborne and "The Computer Guys" (Amos Aesophe, Joel Broveleit and Jeff Litterick) welcomed Victoria Darling to Tech Radio. Darling has been in the technology industry for more than 20 years, including a recent stint managing six buildings and staffing needs for Electronic Arts (EA) as they ramped up from 100 employees to over 1000 in about four years. After two and a half decades of writing resumes on the side for friends and clients of nonprofit agencies, she took her love of writing and technology and ventured out on her own to write resumes and Linkedin profiles full time.

More Gift Ideas From The Computer Guys

Dec 5, 2014

Kent Osborne and "The Computer Guys" offer more gift ideas in a continuation of the annual "Guide to Geek Gifting" program.  They also cover the important topic of online security for kids.

Deadwood Gets Two New Table Games

Jun 17, 2014
Amy Varland

Deadwood is getting two new table games – Dead Man’s Hand and War Blackjack have been approved by the South Dakota Gaming Commission.

Deadwood’s Four Aces Casino General Manager Tony Sieber says War Blackjack is just like it sounds – a traditional game of black jack where players can also make a ‘war’ side bet against the dealer - the higher of two cards wins.

Sieber says the new games are a win/win for customers and casinos.

Deadwood Gaming Revenue Up

May 29, 2014

Deadwood’s April gaming revenue jumped almost four percent over the same time last year. Officials say a break in the weather after a long winter helped fuel the increase. Mike Rodman of the Deadwood Gaming Association says this is good news for the northern Black Hills.

Ebay Hack

May 23, 2014

Ebay customers have been encouraged to change their password after the internet auction company's announcement that it had been hacked.  Tech Radio host Kent Osborne and the "Computer Guys" discussed the cyberattack, gaming and selecting the right printer among other issues.

Business Drinking Hours Remain the Same in Deadwood

Mar 4, 2014

If you want to drink ‘til dawn in a Deadwood casino, you won’t get an OK from state lawmakers. State Senators defeated a measure that allows some businesses in Deadwood to serve alcohol 24 hours a day. House Bill 1123 applies to facilities in Deadwood that offer gaming, hotel rooms, and have an alcohol license. Supporters say Deadwood is losing revenue and this change would allow many main street businesses to reinvent themselves. But opponents argue it only promotes bad behaviors.

Senator David Omdahl spoke against the bill on the floor.

Currently delinquent gaming taxes are not collected by the same process as other delinquent taxes. That situation will change if Senate Bill 146 continues to successfully clear hurdles.

Larry Eliason is executive secretary of the South Dakota Commission on Gaming. He asked the House State Affairs Committee for an emergency clause, to get the collection process in place sooner than July 1. An emergency clause requires a two-thirds vote from the legislature.