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Steve Chepp

Steve is a former Law Enforcement officer turned entrepreneur, technologist and futurist. He founded the startup, The Mad Cete, a technology company that handles game, software and web development, cyber security, cyber forensics and provides additional consulting services on various technology and tangential topics, including, but not limited to, UX/usability, ArchViz, gamification, Blockchain/crypto, business and futurism. Steve also chairs the advisory board for the Milwaukee Area Technical College Game Development Associates Degree program and a co-founder & Executive Board member of the Wisconsin Games Alliance, a Non-Profit advocacy group and Center for Excellence for Game Development and tangential sectors in the Midwest. Additionally Steve does a number of professional talks and lectures ranging from collegiate, to professional organizations to K-12. Steve also has a long-standing professional relationship with Junior Achievement and in involved with a number of other altruistic endeavors. --- How you can support me: https://ko-fi.com/stevechepp https://www.buymeacoffee.com/SteveChepp https://paypal.me/stevechepp https://maceman.itch.io/ https://stevechepp.gumroad.com

Gear Review - Vertx Course of Fire Gloves

LINK My Video Review COMING SOON Price ~$52.99 usd Rating Overview: Dexterity - Pass Durability - Pass “Thenar Webspace” test - Pass Comfort - Pass Ergonomics - Pass Good Correct sizing Touch-screen material works Passes the “Thenar Webspace” test Good breathability Great palm ergonomics Good dexterity Great durability Great materials Great stitching Smart middle finger trigger guard design Bad Crappy pull tab Product tag is HUGE and obstructive Positives Fist things first, t...
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Gear Review - Vertx Assault 2.0 Gloves

LINK My Video Review COMING SOON Price ~$49.99 usd Rating Overview: Dexterity - Fail Durability - Not fully tested (see below) “Thenar Webspace” test - Fail Comfort - Fail Ergonomics - Fail Good Touch-screen material on thumbs works... kind of Bad Poor dexterity Sizing issues Does not pass the “Thenar Webspace” test Poor palm ergonomics Problematic side seam on index fingers between Proximal InterPhalangeal (PIP) and MetaCarpoPhalangeal (MCP) joints. Weak pull tab Product tag i...
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Unity Asset Review - POLYGON Fantasy Kingdom - Low Poly 3D Art by Synty

ASSET LINK IN-DEPTH VIDEO REVIEW Price $279.99 usd Rating Overview Quality: Pass Modularity/Workability: Pass Support/Serviceability: Pass Value: Pass Good Single Entity Single Entity License Model Hyper-Modular / Functionally Modular Despite being "Low Poly", retains LoD Optimized Bad High cost (but worth it in my opinion) Final Thoughts on the POLYGON Fantasy Kingdom Asset This asset is a well designed and well implemented. Its price is high, yes, but for what you get, its m...
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Unity Asset Review - POLYGON Apocalypse - Low Poly 3D Art by Synty

ASSET LINK IN-DEPTH VIDEO REVIEW Price $299.99 usd Rating Overview Quality: Pass Modularity/Workability: Fail Support/Serviceability: Pass Value: Fail Good Single Entity Licensing Model Hyper-Modular / Functionally Modular vehicles and weapons Despite being "Low Poly", retains LoD Optimized Bad Cost is high Buildings, structures and some clutter are not Functionally Modular Final Thoughts on the POLYGON Apocalypse - Low Poly 3D Art by Synty This asset is, by and large, a well ...
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My Thoughts - Gel-Bsed Super Armor

One of the most common misconceptions of getting shot while wearing body armor is that you "Play dead" and wait for the bad guy to pass you by, thinking you are dead, then get up, pound your chest and everything is fine. That is one of the many myths of media... There is an actual science behind how a weaponized projectile works and the reality of body armor is that it may stop the bullet penetration, but all that kinetic energy has to go somewhere. This is why blunt force trauma is the actual...
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My Tech Stack

One of the most common questions I get asked revolves around my tech stack. Those of you who know me, know that I re-evaluate it on a very (some would say, annoyingly) regular basis.... pretty much every year. This sometimes pisses off those who I work with since I am the one in charge of choosing the hardware and software for all three of our companies, but in the world of technology, everything can change at the drop of a hat. What you were using yesterday may not be the best anymore, or it m...
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Fraud & Cyber Cheat Sheet

In an effort to educate people on how to have a safer experience in their financial and digital lives, I am putting together a guide or "cheat-sheet" if you will, on ways to help prevent victimization. Its important to note that there is no "magic bullet" and nothing is fool-proof when it comes to this area of expertise, but if you follow some of the tips provided in this post, it can help mitigate your risk in these areas. NOTE: This will be a living document, so check back often for the most u...
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Survival Hacks

This Survival Hacks guide will be a living document and I will add to it as I find the time to do so, so subscribe for the latest updates! The Rule of Threes In survival, the rule of threes involves the priorities in order to survive. The rule, depending on the place where one lives, allow people to effectively prepare for emergencies and determine decision-making in case of injury or danger posed by the environment. Normally, the rule of threes contains the following: You can survive thr...
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My Thoughts - InfoSec Imperatives and Cyber Security Hygiene

We live in an ever-increasing connected world and because of this, it is impossible to bury our heads in the sand and pretend like cyber crime does not affect us. More and more, the average individual risks being the target of a cyber security incident. Luckily, there are lots of tools out there that are user friendly and can vastly improve your cyber protection online. Combine with a good set of InfoSec imperatives, this can mean the difference between stopping a cyber criminal in their track...
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My Thoughts - Password Wallets

Before we even get into the topic of password wallets, we need to cover password hygiene first. This is going to be broken into two sections; 1) Basic password hygiene and 2) Advanced concepts. At minimum, EVERYONE should be following the basic password hygiene rules laid out below. Basic password hygiene: Never, ever, EVER use the same password twice... EVER!!!! Use Alpha-numeric, cryptographic passwords. Use passwords that are AT LEAST 15 characters long. Securely store your passwords. ...
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Start-Up Playbook

The purpose of this guide This is meant to be a quick-start guide to what most people consider to be the boring part of entrepreneurship... the Business Development or Bureaucratic end of things. This guide is meant to be an easy to understand and digest (for the average person) starting point to get your business running in as both an expeditious and sound manner as possible. If you like this or any of my other guides, please consider supporting my work. You can find all my support links in ...
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D&D + Metal Health Treatment = Healing

Over 30 years ago, when I was in Grade School, I posed a simple question to my teachers... "Why don't you use Dungeons & Dragons to teach us?" ... I was promptly laughed at by both my peers and my teachers. Many years later, while in High School, I posed the same question, albeit more articulately. Yet again, I was chastised and made fun of... 1 teacher even going so far as to call me "stupid" and instructing me to never ask such a "retarded" question again, his words, not mine. I never un...
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Sabaton - Steel Commanders

Before anyone says anything... yes, I know that this song/video was a collaboration with World of Tanks, but its just too good of a song and video to not post, so I figured, why not use it as an opportunity to (very) briefly talk about the history of tanks... Soooooo..... As the Great War raged on, every world power was looking for an edge in what largely became a stalemate on many of the trench warfare battlefronts. Ultimately, the solution to this would be a mechanized, movable turret that ...
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Sabaton - Seven Pillars of Wisdom

On this date, 134 years ago, Thomas Edward Lawrence, better known as T.E. Lawrence, was born. T.E. had a distinguished carrier in the British Army and Military Intelligence, but it was his service during the Arab Revolt that would gain him a place in the hallowed halls of military history and legend. T.E. was tasked with covertly teaching, supplying and ultimately leading the Arab resistance in guerrilla warfare against the Ottoman Empire in an attempt to secure freedom for Arabia. His actions...
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Sabaton - Lady of the Dark

Today, 134 years ago, Milunka Savić was born. Sometime referred to Serbia's Real Life Mulan, in 1912, she would pose as her younger brother to take his place in the Serbian draft, and in doing so, effectively save his life. By the end of the Great War, she would become most decorated woman in not only World War 1, but one of the most decorates soldiers of the entire war. To this day, she remains the most decorated woman in all of military history! Savić has been memorialized in multiple ways th...
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Sabaton - Winged Hussars

This is a day late, so pretend I posted it yesterday. On this day, 338 years ago, the Battle of Vienna began between the Ottoman Empire and (what was referred to at the time as) the Holy League. Overwhelmed & outnumbered, the forces defending against the Ottoman Empire as well as the civilians inside the city walls would withstand a 60 day seige while the situation grew bleaker and bleaker. With the Ottoman forces burrowing under the walls and planting explosives to take the city, all proba...
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Sabaton - Sarajevo & Versailles

Today, 108 years ago, Archduke Franz Ferdinand is assassinated in Sarajevo. This singular event would be the catalyst to the largest and most devastating war the world had seen at that time, World War I, or as it would come to be known, "the Great War" and "the War to end all Wars" Sarajevo History Edition Interestingly, also on this day, 103 years ago, exactly 5 years following the assassination of Franz Ferdinand, the treaty of Versailles was signed, effectively bringing an end to the aggre...
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My Predictions: Update On 3D Printed Organs

For about 5 years now, one of the many predictions I have been making is that within 2 decades we would have the ability to use 3d printing technology to create replacement organs with 0% rejection. When I have done public speaking engagements on the matters of Futurism and H+, one of the examples is explicitly use in my 3d printer organ prediction is the human heart. Well.... Looks like the folks over at Wyss Institute have taken us a dramatic step closer to that goal. Please take the time to...
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Unity Asset Review - LowPoly Subway & El-Train

ASSET LINK IN_DEPTH VIDEO REVIEW Price $55 usd Rating Overview Quality: Pass Modularity/Workability: Pass Support/Serviceability: Pass Value: Pass Good Single Entity Hyper-Modular / Functionally Modular Despite being "Low Poly", retains LoD Optimized Doors retract into parent models flawlessly Bad Weird collider issue with my character controller in rare occasions Final Thoughts on the LowPoly Subway & El-Train Unity Asset This asset is a well designed, well implemented a...
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Sabaton - The Last Stand

495 years ago, today, 189 Swiss guard gave their lives, 1 by 1, defending the pope during the sack of Rome. This would come to be known as the last stand of the Swiss Guard The Last Stand Music Video Sabaton History lesson on The Last Stand About "The Last Stand" (From the official Sabaton Website) The story of the 189 brave soldiers in the Swiss guard during the sacking of Rome in 1527. Since Charles V, ruler of the holy roman empire couldn’t pay his troops they mutinied and forced their...
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Sabaton - The Last Battle

77 years ago the most unlikely alliance of the war, and perhapse all wars in history, took place in the Tyrolean mountains. The Last Battle Lyrics Video Sabaton History lesson on The Last Battle About "The Last Battle" (From the official Sabaton Website) After the downfall of the 3:rd reich, on the 5:th of May 1945 a strange battle took place in the Tyrolean mountains in Itter, Austria. Soldiers of the Wehrmacht and the US Army joined forces fought together against the SS to save the live...
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Unity Asset Review - Script Inspector 3

Script Inspector 3 Review ASSET LINK VIDEO REVIEW Coming Soon Price $39 usd Rating Overview Quality: Pass Modularity/Workability: Pass Support/Serviceability: Pass Value: Pass Good Blazing fast Small footprint Full-featured Directly integrated into Unity Custom console Full source! Bad Per-seat license The following review is for the Unity Asset Script Inspector 3 (referred to SI after this point) Positives The most obvious positive is how fast this asset it. The speed at ...
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Sabaton - Christmas Truce

I thought it would be fun to spend the next year or so, posting my favorite Sabaton songs up on the Anniversary of each event. With that (albeit a day (and a couple hours) late), I am submitting the Christmas Truce Music Video for your enjoyment. About "Christmas Truce" (From the official Sabaton Website) December 24th, 1914: Late On Christmas Eve, British Expeditionary Force heard German troops in the trenches opposite them singing Christmas carols and saw lanterns and small fir trees alo...
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Gear Review - Viktos LEO Glove

Viktos LEO Duty Gloves. LINK Price ~$35 usd Rating Overview: Dexterity - FAIL Durability - PASS “Thenar Webspace” test - FAIL Comfort - FAIL Ergonomics – FAIL Good Under-Wrist clasp Pull Tab is very hardy Durable Bad Poor dexterity Sizing issues Does not pass the “Thenar Webspace” test Poor palm ergonomics Touch-Screen function, works but is poorly designed Seams on index, middle and ring fingers lie directly across the proximal interphalangeal (PIP) joints. Poor breathabilit...
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