Computers are annoying!

A friend of mine who has spent the last few weeks laptop hunting on Amazon, Tiger Direct, etc. keeps having issues over and over with what she is getting.  From hardware feeling slow to not connecting to some of the internet (some sites won’t load and some browsers refuse to download), her fun just kept going.  The latest ones she got, she felt that the Pentium machine was faster than the Core i3 machine.

One of the machines harassed her with numerous pop-ups out of the box:

  • Install open download manager…
  • Please update to the latest version of software for better performance
  • “…or some other stuff…”

She concluded that computers are annoying.

My reply?

No.  Computers are not annoying.  What you describe is a Windows problem.  Windows is annoying.

It’s not to say you probably can’t have similar issues with a used Mac ordered online, but the few people I know who bought *old* Macbooks (white ones that can’t go past Snow Leopard), they run circles around their Windows counterparts.

In summation, if you believe that Windows represents what computer usage is (or should be), you’ve been using the wrong computers for FAR.  TOO.  LONG.  It would be like someone in North Philly refusing to move because “all neighborhoods have crime.”

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Benefits of Android phones over iPhones.

As another friend gets talked into Android by his many friends talking about how much better Android is and how “lame” the iPhone is, I thought I’d beat a dead horse again. I decided to Google “benefits of Android” and came across this little gem.

So, let’s have fun ripping apart Alastair Stevenson’s goofy, not-well-thought-out reasons…

  1. A more open ecosystem – While I admit that this has some benefits, it ***ONLY*** benefits high-end computer users. Not necessarily only power users, but people who understand the risks of downloading software from “anywhere.” Regular people STILL don’t understand this on computers. What makes you think this is better for “mom and dad” who were lured to a website for “Candy Crush?” So, for the average user, this is not a benefit. Oh, ok…. I guess some of you want mobile MalwareBytes. Enjoy that.
  2. Apps are cheaper on Android than iOS – So… free is cheaper than free? Really? Because, last time I checked, I haven’t paid for an app very often. Sure, the regularly-paid-for items in iOS may be free on Android, but that’s because most Android users I know have hippie-like beliefs (“Software should be free, man!”). I’m not sure developers agree with that so, IF they decide to make an Android version, they just slap some ads on it and get a fraction of payment.
  3. Customisable UI offers productivity benefits – Subjective, at best. Seems like many people are quite productive on iOS (especially on iPads where, in 2014, the Android tablet market STILL sucks in comparison).
  4. Cross-platform nature makes it more flexible – In what way has Android become more flexible? Oh, is that why IBM decided to use Android for their enterprise apps? Wait… they didn’t? They used the “fairly hostile” iOS platform, it seems. Ah, Stevenson just loves making things up, it seems.
  5. NFC-enabled for a cashless future – What’s cool is, with NFC, Google changed the mobile payment industry. Everyone was using…. Oh, they weren’t? Only a couple geeks were? Right. Yeah. It wasn’t until Apple came out with Apple Pay (NFC) on the iPhones did people register credit cards and start using it. In fact, people used it so much, a competing mobile payment service forced stores to turn off NFC, (lack of actual NFC using) Android users be damned
  6. Open use lets manufacturers create bespoke devices – Subjective, once again! I mean, it’s true that people and companies can customize Android, but I’ve yet to see that in the mainstream or be a driving force.
  7. Multiple prices for devices – I LOVE this one. While it’s true that iPhones have relatively small price points, let’s beat this one to death again. And then beat the dead “body” to death…
    • iPhones range from $0 – hundreds of dollars. What do you get? The latest OS.
    • Android phones range from $0 – hundreds of dollars. What do you get? Randroid™.
  8. Innovations reach the market quicker – Define innovation. NFC wasn’t innovation. It was feature added to Android that nobody was using. A bigger screen isn’t innovation either. My TV is 46″. Even some of Android’s features that were around before iOS officially had them could be found in the iOS jailbreak community and even WebOS. Oh, but you know, you can wave your finger in front of Samsung device cameras to scroll the screen. It works like shit, but there’s your “innovation,” I suppose.
  9. Raft of wearables arriving – Yeah, amazing stuff. So amazing, I see Google/Samsung everywhere. By everywhere, of course, I mean nowhere. I only see Pebble watches. With the Apple Watch around the corner, I suspect we’ll see more of that. I don’t even think the Apple Watch is what I want, as it suffers from the same thing as Samsung – shitty battery life. Again, coming to market first with things people don’t necessarily want isn’t a benefit.
  10. Better choice of devices – Better choice? If you mean you can get a range of devices, many with shitty hardware and build quality, then you’re right. More choices == More chances…. to get some complete shit. Even the latest Android tablet isn’t quite up to par. Hey, don’t forget, Randroid™!!!
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Mac and iOS malware. No… for real! FOR REEALLZ FOR reAL!!111

https://www.yahoo.com/tech/s/most-advanced-iphone-malware-yet-terrify-133038080.html

Once again, people love announcing Mac malware. Love scaring you into a giant panic. Let’s just get to the heart of the matter…

The point of entry seems to be OS X computers, with researchers having found 467 malware OS X applications in the unofficial Maiyadi App Store in China that were downloaded more than 356,000 times in the past six months in the region.

Once on a Mac, WireLurker can infect any iPhone that’s connected via USB to the computer, and install malicious applications.

Why does this matter? Because it emphasizes that nothing has changed. People are using a questionable store (read: probably known pirates apps), installing, and providing their admin info so it now has control of their Macs. From there…

And, because Apple has already addressed this, we can assume that Chris Smith from BGR just needs a hit-whore piece to get paid.

Another non-issue regarding Apple trojans that require idiots to give admin rights to questionable software. Sorry, this is still not the Mac Ebola virus the Windows IT guys told you was coming! :P

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Sound the alarms! We have an eMerchantC!

I’m sure, over the last number of days, you’ve heard the stories about stores turning off Apple Pay. Those headlines love using Apple, because they become hit-whore pieces. That said, there’s much more going on here than meets the eye.

The uninformed person right now views this as an Apple is doomed for wanting to go their own direction. In fact, you might hear something resembling this statement from an uninformed Google or Microsoft fan… after all, let’s get those digs in Apple. Their misunderstanding of both Apple using standards AND who is getting affected by all this is mind-blowing.

It’s worse, however, than you can imagine.

  1. These stores have turned off NFC. Yes, this kills Apple Pay because the phone can’t communicate with the terminal.
  2. Google Wallet has been killed as well. WHAT WHAT WHAT??!!! Again, NFC has been turned off, not some “magical, proprietary, Apple radio wave.”
  3. The competing “technology” used by these stores (The Merchant Customer Exchange, or MCX) going against NFC have some fun hoops for you.  Here’s an image taken directly from their website.
  4. Not only do they have a fun amount of steps to make a purchase (contrast that to *any* Apple Pay video out right now), they want your driver’s license, social security number, and bank account number(s). They say these things are not stored on your device, like that’s a secure thing. Nope, it’ll be on their cloud servers, nice and safe, you know, like Target or Staples, or…. Seriously, a hack of this technology will empty your bank account, and yield thieves personal info to steal your identity. But your credit cards will be nice and safe.

Now is the time for the Apple and Google camps to stop fighting each other and start fighting the MCX. Dare I say it? Fanboys and Fandroids unite??!!! For now, anyway. :P

HJ1TnfGc6hKTVHRRYDNEd7pEmbnWeEN7Kt (HTML5Coin donations always welcome!)

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Html5Coin follow-up…

So, it would seem that some don’t like my latest write up on html5coin. The complaint is some of my terms and lack of all the new services described. In my defense, I don’t know all the services html5coin has added. I’d like to pretend that I do, but I mainly follow the coin on Bleutrade and not much else. Also, the article was *MY* perspective on the coin and how its value increased immensely since the transition to html5coin back in September 2014.

The term I used – “premium coin” – was frowned upon. They like “html5 has its own market.” Again, to me, I think of a “premium coin” as something the exchanges consider default trade options. For instance, some exchanges only let certain coins trade with Bitcoin, while other coins can only be traded for Litecoin…. and others with Dogecoin. And that’s it. Those are the markets. To me, I think of that as being a premium coin. Sorry if the term sucks.

Bleutrade differentiated itself by allowing any coin they have to be traded with any other coin they have. The difference is, BTC, LTC, and Doge, are the still the default coins or “premium coins” that you would expect. What has joined them in recent days is html5coin. I’m not a cryptocurrency exchange expert, but it just seems out of the ordinary that an altcoin would be listed up with the “3 main ones.”

So… whether or not you like how my article was written, the fact remains, html5coin went from an almost-joke of a coin to a major contender. That’s impressive and I’m sticking around for the long haul on it.

P.S. I’ll have some of that premium html5coin (HJ1TnfGc6hKTVHRRYDNEd7pEmbnWeEN7Kt), please!

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Html5coin… approximately 30 days later.

Ok. So… for those who have been following, htmlcoin went through a transition in a way that most cryptocurrencies have not. I’d even argue, in a way that most stocks have not.

Let’s recap up to the transition to html5coin:

  • The original htmlcoin was stupidly easy to acquire *and* in large amounts.
  • The original algorithm was flawed.
  • The difficulty never rose.
  • People in general declared this coin dead.
  • The coin mysteriously and confusingly traded *well* for Dogecoin and, on occasion, traded for a small amount of Litecoin.
  • The developer never gave up on the coin. Always promoted it.
  • The developer announced a new, fixed algorithm, an updated coin name, and a reverse split of 1:15 (depending on when you did the trade) for the new coin.

Now, you have to understand, many of those attributes listed above should have meant htmlcoin’s demise. So many coins have disappeared, and they had far less flawed attributes than what was listed here. Hell, so many stocks in the regular world of Wall Street would have been looked upon unfavorably just for that reverse split alone (especially penny stocks).

Here’s the difference, and this purely opinion.

  • Ian, the promoter (and developer, I think) of html5coin, never gave up! He lived up to the title of promoter – he pushed this coin everywhere.
  • Ian was not in it for a get-rich-quick-with-bitcoin scheme. If he had been, he’d have given up long ago. Instead, he wanted (and *still* wants) this coin to succeed and become something more.
  • The entire html5coin community wants this coin to become something more. And, to clarify, that does not mean it has to supplant bitcoin or even ever be worth more than bitcoin. It just has to thrive and continue to have a use, whether that’s in an exchange, or in a marketplace (or both).

So, how does hmtl5coin appear to me today, just (approximately) 30 days after the transition? More bullet points… :P

  • html5coin still trades well with Dogecoin.
  • html5coin trades well with Litecoin.
  • html5coin trades with Bitcoin (at 1 satoshi, so far), and never did that before.
  • html5coin is now one of the “premium coins” at Bleutrade. That means, html5coin is grouped with Bitcoin, Litecoin, and Dogecoin (although Bleutrade allows any coin they have to be traded with any other coin they have). Now, while we can all argue that Ian may have offered them some money, I don’t think that matters. Why? If I were running an exchange and you offered me what I perceived as “monopoly money,” I would not accept. Instead, they put html5 at the top with the three coins everyone in the crypto world knows. That means the Bleutrade has faith in the coin. And why shouldn’t they, html5coin is actually trading for higher value coins in a way it never did before.

I’ve even heard the conspiracy theories of Bleutrade being behind html5coin, but I don’t believe that. Though, even if that were true, I’m still doing well with html5coin and I’ve lost nothing in the process. Isn’t that what we want – to play in the cryptocurrency world with as little risk as possible? html5coin certainly exemplifies that and has done so since its inception.

I know things can change in a heartbeat, but I wanted to give you a perspective – my perspective – of how html5coin is doing so far.

See you in another 30(ish) days!

HJ1TnfGc6hKTVHRRYDNEd7pEmbnWeEN7Kt ← html5coin donations gladly accepted! :)

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Samuel Burke needs an article with LOTS OF HITS.

http://money.cnn.com/2014/10/22/technology/mobile/apple-pay-double-charge/

As usual, when someone needs to write an article to appear relevant and drive traffic, they write a negative, “sky is falling” article about Apple.

Samuel Burke is just this week’s fool. His article’s headline – Apple Pay Double Charge – clearly is meant to draw in the customer and suggest there’s a problem with Apple.

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Sorry. Was curious what it felt like to be Samuel. Where was I? Oh, that’s right…. bringing you the truth.
http://recode.net/2014/10/22/bank-of-americas-apple-pay-glitch-should-be-fixed-today/ ← Looky here, Professor Burke. An artice that truthfully explains that Bank of America had the glitch, not Apple, and they are fixing the problem.

In closing, CNN & Samuel Burke are just doing the normal “analyst/journalist” nonsense – distort the truth, generate traffic and advertising revenue…. then do it again.

Asshats.

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