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Dough Scraper Insurance?

Dough Scraper Insurance?

A one year insurance covering theft, burglary, robbery, damages and more on a... dough scraper?! Yeaaah... no, not really interested. You might want to revise your automated product accessory recommendation system, Billig Teknik!

I bought a new monitor too btw, that might have been relevant...

Happy 10K TF!

 
Happy 10K TF!

Speaking of blogs that I follow, I've also been an avid fan of this one since... whenever it was that I found out about it.

I posted a bit more about file sharing and the perils of free Internet back in the day. Priorities have shifted, but this is, now more than ever, the definite #1 source for staying up-to-date on all issues Internet/integrity/P2P-related.

A few similar blogs existed back then, but as far as I know they all fell away, yet this one grew to become that one outlet you can truly rely on, while most media portals skew their stories with sensationalism and opinion. Not that there's no opinion on TF, but... it's a different kind.

Some things were better before, like their layout (the only post there I've ever commented on is the one about their layout change - it starts with I like the responsiveness of the new layout...), but maybe they've learned from their errors. Three years ago they launched their new design, and three years later I'm still not all that happy with it, but it is what it is. The content's the important part, and on that point they've been delivering continually for 10+ years.

Coincidentally we both started our blogs the same year, but apart from that time-related tidbit there is little similarity... well, there's also what seems to be a similar standpoint on free speech and integrity. Rights. The need to overthrow current monopolies and create a new system that benefits the masses. Revolution! No wait I don't really mean that, nothing so drastic, the wrong person might be reading this...

Regarding the blog though: I'm finally all caught up reading the ones I missed during three months worth of summer. Skimming, I mean. And damn there's a lot of breaking news for a site with just two authors/ interviewers! I won't wish they slow down, but hope my reading speed increases. They passed their impressive five digit number a while ago, but I had a few hundred posts to catch up on before I could post this...

Let me just conclude with a Big Congrats to 10,000 educating, inspiring, and unfortunately sometimes very depressing (concerning the big-brother-like current state of the world) articles over the last 13 something years! And looking forward to many more.

Preserving The Archive

Preserving The Archive

For sure. My pleasure homie. Anytime. Like: next year again. I mean: May the Archive be great and eternal and highly symbolic donations (like mine) keep trickling in in a steady stream; enriching this little oasis of free reign and thought and cultural heritage for all time!

As long as I have some something to spare I shall keep on contributing to this great wealth of history and knowledge! And most of all the Wayback Machine I so frequently make us of!

Thanks for making this amazing thing, and keeping it alive for all these years! Here's to many many many more.

If you happen to wish to contribute too, here's the page.

The New World Is Flat

I read an article about how to make Windows 10 look like 7 yesterday.

It was a good article, and one that gave me hope that even though I'm about to get a computer upgrade at work with this particularly nasty obligatory OS upgrade on it, there are ways to have it retain the look and feel of the Windows I know and love the most. Windows 7, of course.

I know and love this particular variant of the Windows franchise not only for the sublime aesthetics, of which this one wasn't only a pinnacle but maybe the last of its kind, but also because of the rich functionality and lack of unnecessary features that bog you down. Like the additional splash screen, ribbons, and square shortcuts introduced in the new. With element colors that don't all contrast or shift, and thus make for a bland interface where it's not immediately clear where to click and where to drag, and what to do where. Not to mention the horrible new Paint program that seems designed entirely for touchscreen devices, and the telemetry/integrity issues there's little to do about.

I do understand that security, speed, and other functionality keep improving, but I do wish they'd only change what can be improved, and not everything just for the sake of... well, what is it? Why do they make the changes they do? Do they feel like sales will stagnate if they don't make drastic changes? And how did this diabolical block trend start? Minecraft? I still haven't figured it out.

Despite my resentfulness for this in-some-circumstances unavoidable system upgrade, however, this one article bestowed upon me a sense of hope and familiarity... until I made the mistake of reading through the comments below it.

I was hoping to find some additional tips on the article topic, but instead I found a bunch of Windows 10 fanboys ranting about how they couldn't understand how anyone wanted to switch back. On with the new, out with the old! On with flat design, out with the 'bubbly'! On with whatever's modern and out with whatever's passé!

There were commenteers there who appreciated the article though, and mentioned this. There were people who appreciated the design and functionality of the old, the lack of clutter and ribbons, the reliable, and tested, and intuitive - people much like me. They were met with heavy critique and comments like "Well why don't you just go back to Windows 98? Or 3.1? Now that was a ground-breaking OS!", and pretty much every single pro-Windows 7 comment was given a large amount of downvotes and harsh words, while even the most condescending comments praising Windows 10 as the epitome of betterment since the ugly OS's of old were voted up. There were hundreds. This on an article aimed at users who liked Windows 7. Talk about writing for the wrong audience.

It made it pretty clear what kind of audience likes the new, and which one likes the old. The old: the old? No. The functional. The humble. The designers. The knowledgeable. The respectful. The traditional and nostalgic, sure, those too. People of all types, except for maybe the immature, oblivious and resentful. Those people all liked Windows 10.

I doubt they know what the mere-exposure effect is, and that it applies as much to them as to the previous generation. The reason they like the new is in large the same reason that other people like the old, but I doubt bothering to explain that over there would've garnered anything but another condescending comment.

So to each their own. Let them enjoy their square era of gray and flat and boring, while I flourish in the traditional and old but equally wonderful, well-designed, well-working, well-tested OS with its abundance of 'bounce' - or if I can't keep that, then at least its apparitional appearance mimicked by tweaked settings on the new system and the useful toolset mentioned in the article.

Those comments... I'm even more anti Windows 10 now than I was before I went there and read them.

It's a bit like old architecture isn't it. They put an incredible amount of effort in the constructions of old; into the little details, building buildings that weren't only functional but also artistic and enjoyable to look at. Both inside and out. Now it's all made at the whim of supply and demand, for fast profit, all monotone easily manufactured blocks. Both frames and windows. Little boxes where we box ourselves in with our new boxes with boxy interfaces.

I don't like it, but until old becomes new again this is how it is. The new world isn't round, it's flat.

HAPPY CAPSLOCKS DAY 2017

HAPPY CAPSLOCKS DAY

I DID NOT FORGET!!! SO HERE'S THE OFFICIAL TYPED-UP TRIBUTE TO THIS ONE DAY OF THE YEAR WHERE WE ARE OFFICIALLY ALLOWED TO TYPE IN ALL CAPS! NO MATTER WHAT EMOTIONS WE WISH TO CONVEY! NO MATTER IF WE ARE ANGRY, OR HAPPY, OR TOTALLY PSYCHED UP! OR HYPED UP! OR PSYCHO! OR STRIKE POSE! OR MY PROSE!

WELL YOU'D BETTER MAKE THE MOST OF IT, CAUSE IN A FEW HOURS TIME'S UP!

HAPPY CAPSLOCKS DAY!

Why I Like The PM System

Peace of mind. More like: write whenever you have a piece of mind to put out. Like authoring. When inspiration strikes. Unless of course the messages start to pile and you frown your smile, and the burden of timeliness buries you like a line.

That's all.

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