Tag Archive for Internet

My Take on Conspiracy Thoerists

I’m sure anyone who has spent any time online has had their share of those angry conspiracy nuts out there. If you try to bring any kind of reality to a topic in their presence, they accuse you of being a sheep who believes everything you’re fed. The whole Bin Ladden killing just dredged them all right back up to the surface again. Whatever they want to believe is fine. I realize most conspiracy theories are the result of simple human pattern recognition that is sometimes difficult to ignore.

What got to me wondering is what makes these people tick. I keeping finding myself dwelling on the theory of empowerment.

You see, the world is a big place with some major freaking events happening from time to time. Take terrorists attacks on Sept 11, 2001 for example. It really did knock the western world on it’s head yet the actual event only involved a few thousand people. Even then, only a few dozen people had any real control over what happened and the consequences resulting. This leaves the millions watching and helplessly tagging along for the ride. People start to feel really insignificant which is tough when events have such a profound impact on their lives.

It’s hard to comprehend how much is going on in the world and how insignificant an individual is in relation to it. The powerlessness of it all can be horrifying even. This is where the conspiracy theorist comes in. Applying fairly complex pattern analysis with a bit of imagination and the help of the Internet of course, it’s pretty easy to piece together a conspiracy theory to come to terms with current events. Suddenly, the formerly insignificant nobody has inside knowledge of what’s really happening in the world. This perceived inside knowledge lends itself to a huge feeling of empowerment over the masses who still just “believe what they’re told to believe”.

In short, the conspiracy theory is just another tool in getting your head around world events. In my opinion, it’s a pretty unhealthy tool at that. In focusing on a single theory believed to wholeheartedly to be the truth, one becomes ignorant and more insignificant than ever. The world just keeps on turning without them.

With Regards To Facebook and Privacy

I leave all that privacy panic to the caveat-emptor rather than the narcissistic belief that Facebook is going to take your status updates and compile them into the Great American Novel destined to sell millions of copies with not a penny to your own pocket for it
I don’t believe I’ve ever written anything on Facebook that I wouldn’t scribble on a bathroom wall given the opportunity.
Even writings on the bathroom wall are property of the owner of the bathroom.

The Great Exodus to Flickr

I upgrade my Flickr to Flickr Pro today and I’ve decided to move all my photos and artwork over to Flickr from my previous image gallery backbone which has been Gallery.

After attempting to upgrade my Gallery with no success and getting repetitively spammed in the comments section of the Gallery, I’ve decided to just ditch the whole thing. I’m also pretty certain based on what I have on Flickr already that more people will see my art and photos on Flickr.

Unfortunately, it’s going to be a long and tedious project but I’m in need of a project like this to kill some time.

I always wondered about the hackcanada chainsaw until….

So yea, the installer from Xplornet came to hook us up with internet via a dish pointed at a tower about five kms away. He’s on the roof and pointed out where the tower was. Somewhere through the dense woods was the tower in question. Unfortunately those dense woods were in the way of the signal. This was where the chainsaw came into play. We discussed which trees would have to come down. I went at it the next morning sawing open a cut line through the trees. I’ll have to cut even more in the spring when the leaves come out but those can wait.

Happy Tenth Birthday Hackcanada!

Trying Again for Those Radio Waves

So the installer came this morning and attempted an install. He lined the antenna up with the tower to the west of us and pointed out the trees that were in the way. There was genuine disappointment in my wife’s face at that news. Of course I do own a chainsaw. This afternoon I was out there cutting a 6 foot gap in the trees to make way for the feed from the tower. By tomorrow afternoon the project should be done. My wife already called and booked an appointment even before I started cutting. She wants that connection more than I do but I have a good DSL connection at work to use. She’s got nothing for the time being unless she comes to work with me.

Hear them radio waves, radio waves

In other news, the installer is coming Tuesday from Xplornet to test and hopefully install wireless rf broadband. I hope to god it works. The ISP contact seems confident it will but I’ll remain skeptical as she was also a salesperson. I know never to believe anything a salesperson ever has to say. At the same time, Google doesn’t always offer the 100% truth either but it’s always good to research an ISP or any company ahead of time before doing business with them.
This brings me to Xplornetsucks which is more about the satellite service but still an interesting read. A lot of it is just crying over the same thing everyone cries about with any ISP. That being the ever coveted bandwidth.

Firefox Extensions and Customizations

Adblock

I don’t really mean to block as with this tool. I realize that advertisers pay the bills for a lot of web designers. I do however use it to block other annoyances.
case in point…
Futureshop.ca has this incredibly annoying bald black guy on the left hand side. If you block the following file with adblock, he will go away and never be seen again.

http://www.futureshop.ca/javascript/avatar/callout_en.swf

Stumble Upon

This particular extension is pretty freaking addictive. You tell it what kinds of websites you’re interested in and it’s feeds them to you. Just click the button. It’s a fantastic time waster.

NoScript

NoScript does what it says it does. It blocks javascript unless I decide that I want to unblock a particular script. I recommend this one when using stumble upon because you’re constantly being led into new websites and you never know what scripts some sites are trying to push on your system. Of course this does block a lot of ads but there’s nothing I can do about that.

Stylish

This one turns pages like boring old white igoogle to sleek sexy black igoogle with a sleep silver logo. You can import any styles you like. I prefer black. I guess I’m just emo that way.

iGoogle

Which brings us to iGoogle. I’m one of those people who if it’s not right there in front of me I’ll forget about it until I abandon it completely. iGoogle keeps things right in front of me. There are hundreds of addons. I use to view google calendar, gmail, my to-do list, currency converter, imperial to metric converter and an ip lookup. I really depend on this one.

Stop Autoplay

This extension blocks websites like youtube from automatically playing audio and video streams to you until you tell it to.

Fasterfox

Claims to speed up Firefox page load times. Nothing to lose by installing this one.

del.icio.us

There’s several extensions to use with the del.icio.us bookmarking tool. I sometimes install different ones but they all pretty much do the same thing. I use several computers so this one’s essential to keeping all my bookmarks in one place and in some kind of order.

i is not a ‘mallow

i is not a ‘mallow

Holy Exploit Jesus

The free contact form generator I used on my contact page from telepro.co.uk created a minor crisis when some lunatic found a way to use the script to send twenty-thousand spam messages via that very script and this server. Crazy bastards.
So anyway, most people who visit this site already know how to reach me on irc.
IRC Server: Undernet
Channel: #edmonton
I’ve said it dozens of times. Email is evil, second only to the telephone.
*Shakes head*