I don’t have a Facebook account, and as much as people try to convince me to get one, I invariably refuse for a number of reasons. Among those reasons, there is one that stands out. Yes, privacy is a concern, but this reason is even deeper, more fundamental, than that.
Image credit: FSF
I always say that getting a Facebook account would compromise my principles, but nobody asks how. Let’s start with a superficial reason for not getting an account: I don’t want to provide my real personal info. This, of course, stems from the privacy concern mentioned earlier. “Alright,” you might say, “but lots of people create accounts with fake names. What’s the issue?”
Everyone doing something doesn’t make it right. Everyone lies, but lying isn’t right.
If you actually take the time to read Facebook’s Terms of Service, you will encounter Section 4:
Find a laptop and flip the lid open. Which way up is the logo on the back? On pretty much any laptop on the market today, including ThinkPads, the logo will be the “right way up”.
The back of the Lenovo ThinkPad T460. Note the logo’s orientation. [Laptop Mag]
The logo is oriented this way so that anyone looking at an open laptop from the back will see the logo properly. However, if you look at pre-2013 ThinkPads, you’ll see that the logo is upside down when the lid is open. I think the ThinkPad logo should be this way and not follow everyone else. Why?
Here are my thoughts →
I see this way too often: the bus is crowded, lots of people are about to board, and everyone stands in the front even though there are lots of empty seats in the back. Even worse, I see people standing in front of empty seats!
A crowded bus
This crowd makes it hard for everyone to board and blocks anyone who wants to sit.
The seats are there for you to sit on →
Seriously, stop calling every instance of the ‘#’ character a “hashtag“. Sure, call it a hashtag when it’s actually used as one, but don’t apply the term to each and every use of the character. It’s really #annoying!
No, really, stop it →
“But everyone says it’s 3.14.15 9:26:53!” It only happens once every century and they still get it wrong. Pi rounded to 12 digits is 3.14159265359, and since it ends in 59, the bolded 3 should be rounded to a 4.
Microsoft announced Windows 10 today. The technical preview will come out tomorrow, October 1, 2014, and the final release will be sometime in the summer of 2015.
Yes, that’s Windows 10, not Windows 9. Microsoft probably wants to distance itself from Windows 8; calling it “Windows 9” would make it too close to Windows 8. In a media briefing, Terry Myerson said:
But we know that based on the product that’s coming, and just how different our approach will be overall, it wouldn’t be right to call it Windows 9. So, we’re considering our “One” Microsoft strategy, the names of our products like Xbox One, OneNote, and OneDrive, and it’s obvious what the name should be: Windows One. But unfortunately, Windows 1 has been done by the giants that came before us. […] Because we’re not building an incremental product, that new Windows is Windows 10.
This jump reminds me of Firefox jumping from 3.0 to 3.5 because of all the new features they implemented, but this jump in the Windows version is on a grander scale.
See the preview video →
I disable animations on all my computers (even the Mac) and people wonder why. It’s very simple: I find them annoying. I use the keyboard more often than I use my mouse, and keyboard navigation is significantly faster than mouse navigation for many, if not most, applications. I know what I’m doing, and I don’t need an animation to tell me that a window has opened or minimized to the Taskbar. Animations take to perform, and that time is a delay in action. Although windows are actionable when the animations start, at least in Windows, there are times when I would see the window fade in and out and barely catch a glimpse of the window content because my commands given through the keyboard were done faster than the animations.
YouTube user Rcountrycomputer has uploaded a video showing navigation on Windows with and without animations, and navigating without animations indeed seems faster.
Windows with and without animations and fades. by Rcountrycomputer [YouTube]
Convinced? Find out how to disable animations →