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Google Chrome - Waiting for cache (The solution?)

So, 2 days ago, I noticed that I haven't re-installed my computer for well over half a year. The performance had dropped quite a bit as of late. Also, I was home sick, so I might as well make the best of my time. I made a performance test on my Samsung 850 Pro drive, and found it absolutely woeful. How to get IOPS up, I don't know, but the read/write speed I did. I remembered I have left a setting from when I got my new motherboard and CPU... a SATA mode called IDE. After some tinkering in the BIOS, I managed to get it to boot in AHCI mode. I installed all my regular apps and programs, and even though I have taken quite a bit to Firefox as of late.I will probably stick to it, since it doesn't steal all my data, I still installed Chrome for the fun of it.

I have navigated to Facebook (not logged in), and clicked around their self-help portal, clicked around bbc.com, Tom's Hardware forums to deliver a similar post as this one, and now I am writing this blog post. I have not tried re-starting Chrome, nor my computer. That usually wasn't necessary to provoke the error.

So, it seems the many theories on malware, drivers and what not is false.

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Why I dislike the EU (WIP)

To begin with I would like to state, that the whole idea behind the European Union is not the fault. What I believe is at fault is what I will go into.

  1. A long way from it's roots. Denmark voted into the EU in 1972, which was in the process of re-making itself after being a coal trading agreement between France and Germany. It all seemed to look great, but the years to follow, the EU mutated into a governing body, that somehow slips added superiority into treaties that's somehow always named after the city they were made up in. Perhaps so the non-elected officials that thought of it in their alcohol induced session would remember where they were if their spouses were to ask. All treaties in the EU, is signed by the commissioner of the particular committee that is responsible for the document, including the vice-commissioner. However, it does not seem very transparent that the treaties, documents, rules, laws, legislations etc. are actually written by elected politicians. It seems as though they are drawn up by non-elected officials, that are susceptible to lobbying.

  2. Too fast If you want human evolution in the topic of progress of society, you have to understand people. A thing the EU officials clearly does not. Abdicating our national superiority is just a matter of time before that happens. But hurrying this progress, officials fail to take into account what they are there to serve... people.

  3. What works in Span, might not work in Sweden Often it looks like

  4. Lack of transparency Something regarding money.

  5. Eurozone Why the euro has failed.

[https://www.foreignaffairs.com/articles/europe/2011-12-13/failure-euro]

Collection of EU regulations, treaties and other gibberish: http://eur-lex.europa.eu/homepage.html

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Comparing operating systems is daft

For quite a number of years, the industry, media and bloggers have compared operating systems to see which is the best. Cute idea, but daft non-the-less. For this post I will take computer and mobile operating systems into account.

Why Mac OS does not compare to Windows, and why Linux does not compare to Mac OS

From the time of the niche Mac OS 9, to the rise of Mac OS 10, people have been comparing it with Windows. Why, have I always asked myself. It would be the same as comparing a 18 wheeler with a brick. Sure they both have weight, but they do it differently. The only thing they share is that they offer a way to use the hardware in your computer to actually do things. Windows is a consumer product that tries to deliver to a very broad audience. Until recently they only provided the software, and what was needed for average Joe to connect whatever he bought at his local store to work. Windows had always had a rumor for crashing and providing the famous BSOD (Blue Screen Of Death). Why they were there to begin with, was because of a choice to provide their product to everybody. Mac OS is an entirely different story. They control everything from hardware to software, and therefore do not have to take into account 3rd party drivers. That would be a slight modified truth. They do have to support all sorts of printers, but because of the way the system is set up, it is much easier to get away with a generic driver, where as Windows has a tendency of failing with generic drivers. The way Mac OS is setup is entirely different than Windows, by design. If you refrain from downloading software from unknown people on the internet, then the system defaults to gaining software from the App Store. There developers have to abide by strict rules for the software to be approved. For starters the software has to function in a sand boxed environment. Second, they have to abide by behavior rules and what the software can and can not do. All of that is in the name of security, which is admirable, but leaves gaps in how the system can be used. That's where Windows is strong. You can do pretty much whatever you want. You can make software that rely of 3rd party frameworks, that pretty much just installs with minimum notification. That is however where it is a liability. Having that open behavior also paves way for virus, malware etc. Mac OS can get malware as well... but that is contained in the sand boxes in the user space. Speaking of 3rd party frameworks and the likes, that is why Windows has a greater variety of games and software. It allows the user much more, but if you don't know what you are doing or do not need it, then that is why Macs are selling like warm apple pie. Then you have the 3rd flavor, which should be the winner, but isn't because it's hard to accomplish anything for the average user... Linux.

Why iOS does not compare to Android, and why Windows Mobile does not compare to iOS
Every time a new mobile phone comes out, all the major technology websites are very fast to compare them to the "competition". I shake my head with a smile every time the new iPhone gets compared to the latest Samsung Galaxy phone. Ways they are comparable: mobile phone abilities and app expandability. The comparing often leaves out the fact that Android flag ships often has SoC that performs almost twice as fast... on paper. Apple are hard to get information out of, because how do you compare "80% times faster than the previous A chip"? What meassurement have they used? Apples? Bananas? Who cares! It does not matter. What system is running on Apple phones? iOS. Is it running Android? For the most parts, no. That's why it makes as much sense to compare Android with iOS and Windows Phone to iOS. It is how they were designed. Android was designed the be an open system, where as iOS was designed to be as safe and secure as possible on a kernel level. That is why it feels restricted. But then, what about Microsofts Windows Phone? The old days of Windows Mobile 6, are long gone, and with the release of version 7, came what was the beginning of continuum (Link to Microsoft). Microsoft has a noble goal, and that is to make everything you have in your hand, where Microsoft provides the software, familiar. No matter what Windows device you have used. That is a noble goal, but with every release feels futile. The idea feels like the first time automotive manufactors decided to put vinyl players in their cars. It worked in the living room, just not on the go. Here it's the other way around. Full screen apps makes good sense on handheld 5" devices, just not on a Full HD or 4K monitor.

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Microsoft intended the system for being the ultimate assistant to Windows. The low sale figures might suggest that the need for such a thing is not desired, or the others do it just as well or better.

So, what's my point? My point is, that you can not compare systems that have designed for 3 different jobs, on the same meassurements. Sure, are we talking about voice call quality, sure. How well the Wi-Fi chip works, great! But if people start to talk about that the iPhone only has 1GB of RAM, while Android are touching 3 and 4, with a 6GB version in the design phase, then the conversation has failed. iOS does not need as much memory as Android, because Apple controls everything. It controls how the software engages with the hardware, it controls how apps behave once they are on the phone. Android to a certain extend, doesn't. One could argue that Windows Phone has borrowed the control aspect from Apple. Since you can't really install packages that are not on the Windows Store.

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An advocacy for freedom

Today, everything that is going on is in the name of security. From your walk down to the shops, your commute to work and in front of your computer in privacy in your own home. Or is it? Everything we do these days are being logged, from the baby pictures on Facebook, to the cat pictures on imgur, even browsing with DuckDuckGo for information about some homework... all, logged. Why is this? Sometime during the second world war, some countries formed an intelligence alliance. That alliance is divided into 3 groups. Inner Circle, good friends of uncle Sam, and associates. I came up with the names. In reality they are called 5 eyes, 9 eyes and 14 eyes (See the end of the page for source). Back then it was set up as security for the world, and for its citizens to feel safe and secure. The 5 eyes deal has paved the way for what had to come. Since 9th of September 2011, governments have increasingly taken away civil liberties in the name of security. I have to admit, most of the times, it does help. But at what cost? This blog post is not meant to be tagged as conspiracy theory or tinfoil hat, just my expression of concern for where the world is headed. Is security more important than civil liberties and civil rights? I believe, that nobody with a morale or empathy would be able to answer that to the fullest. However, as "free" services, "free" apps and "free" Windows 10 gain momentum, they need another source of revenue, since you are not charged. You pay with information gathered about you. I started a petition to stop session logging in Denmark. Nobody cared. That might be the most scary. People do not care about their privacy. So, with the introduction and familiarity of "free" things online, like Facebook, Google etc. you are used to not paying. That has made a change of mindset with the average consumer, or as some would call it, citizens. People have gotten used to big data, and personal information being sent through non-secure HTTP protocols, sending social security numbers through more or less public emails. People don't seem to care about privacy. Therefore governments can do as they please, as long as they label it something on the lines of "The Patriot Act". Speaking of corporations that have helped shape the mind of the consumer, the people have suddenly become a commodity. So what is more important to the ones who have to make money from us? Security. How can we make money for the governments if we are not there? Can we make money for the government with basic civil liberties are being infringed, yes. That makes the conclusion rather simple. The world can be seen as a corporation. We have to make money, to spend them on stuff politicians promised during their outrageous campaign speeches.

I would have made a conclusion, but that would have been guessing on what happens in every closed meeting. That, I can not do. What I can say, is this: It is difficult to gain rights and liberties once they have been taken away. Don't let governments take away your right to surf the internet without your every move being logged. Remember these times when you can go to the countryside and just walk around a lake? In the future, you won't be able to without a tracking system keeping tab on your every movement. Your brain emits heat signatures, and possibly other signals and chemical traces we can not trace at the moment. At one point and time, it will be possible to actually analyze what you think about. At that point, this might sound like you have heard this before. You have... in 2002, when Tom Cruise stared in "Minority Report". It has started to look more and more possible.

At least, remember this: The World has an interest in your well being. The better that is, the more you can produce to feed it.

Note: I do realise the irony in the theme of my blog has social media sharing buttons.

Source regarding 5 eyes: Wikipedia Link

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My thoughts on Windows 10

As many of you know, Windows 10 has arrived some months ago. It has been launched with full effort from the Redmond company. They seem to want to unify desktop and mobile, even if you want it or not. I know a lot of people have given their thoughts on Windows 10, and mine will be one of many. For the sake of fairness, I will start with the good.

This post is not final, and is due to revision...

The good:

  • New icons
  • Modern UI apps doesn't open in full screen - A calculator on a 22" anyone?
  • When I did a fresh Windows 10 install on my newly upgraded computer, it asked if I wanted to create a PIN instead of typing in my 15 character long password every time I want to log in.
  • The Calendar and Mail app have recieved a very nice overhaul that actually makes them some what useful.

The bad:

  • Up until recently, you couldn't change the colours of the Windows. You would have to make due with white.
  • Everybody can join in with comments on what they want feature-wise in Windows 10. That can be an issue when people with no sense of what works in an operating system make up the majority of "votes".
  • Whenever you are opening file explorer by default, it points you to "recent files". That means, that unless average Joe, know to expand the "This PC", he won't be able to find that file he knows where is, but hasn't been used recently. I know Microsoft wants to make it more convenient to find those files you use a lot, but aren't those files in a place you know where they are? I mean, you use it a lot?
  • Changelogs have been abandoned. They just state something generic: "This update offers improved functionality for Windows 10 Version 1511." - Link to November Cumulative Update
  • Desktop switch: too little, too late. Also, badly executed.

The ugly:

  • The operating system is constantly spying on you, and you can not do anything about it - Link here
  • Cortana basically listen to you all the time. With a proper backdoor, anyone would be able to listen to what you do in front of your computer.

Forced installed apps Sway, Get Skype (An app that really just tells you to download the Desktop version), Onenote (Even if you have the Desktop version, it can not be uninstalled), 3D builder (An app maybe 5% would enjoy), Windows Camera, Windows Maps, Get Started, Windows Calculator, Windows Alarns & Clock, Windows Voice Recorder, Xbox , Microsoft Phone Companion, Groove Music, Films & TV, Reader, Windows Reading List, Windows Scan, Phone, Photos, The usual Bing apps (Stocks, News, Sports etc.)

The above mentioned just fills up your system, and could have been provided in a "connector app" recommending all the above mentioned apps. Some might call it bloat-ware.

I see an inquiry from the EU into Microsoft's systematic logging of users. They might have an alternative to the old debunked "Safe Harbor" deal sealed, but that doesn't mean that they can log what people do, without an opt-out option. Basically I see Windows 10 as a major threat to the right of privacy

Tool that removes the increasing invasive "Upgrade to Windows 10" - click here

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