Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Notepad++ blows MS out of the water

Man, I wish I had known about this C++ coded Notepad alternative a long time ago. This text editor is just awesome, I haven't used a text editor this awesome since Emacs. Besides being just a notepad-style text editor, it is also a powerful developing tool. It supports color coding and auto-complete for a wide variety of programming languages, and it also supports a wide variety of human languages. I love the tabbed document layout, and I especially love the fact that you can close it and when you reopen it, all your documents that you were working on are right there just as you left it (assuming you saved them of course.) Besides that, Notepad++ has a powerful search feature, the ability to record and run macros, the ability to launch your code in a variety of browsers, and to add plugins to increase your productivity.

Best of all, Notepad++ is open source software published under the GPL- it's free as in "speech" and free as in "beer". So if you are looking for a great free Notepad alternative, or an Emacs alternative for Windows, go grab Notepad++ today. Consider making a donation if you like it, the author(s) put a lot of work into this.

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Facebook Stole My Friends!

I deleted my Facebook account a few months ago. I won't go into the ten hours of hassle that entailed, but I didn't just 'deactivate' the account, I deleted it. Went through and hand deleted every post, picture, comment, page, note, and "like" that I had ever made, as is required by those pigdog assholes before they will actually delete your account. I gave everyone plenty of warning. Told everyone that if they wanted to keep in contact, to please give me their email address. Told them that I would be committing Facebook suicide and that they would never see me on that marketer's wet dream again. Nobody gave me their emails, and nobody even seemed to care. Guess they thought it was a big joke. I mean, after all, who would actually do such a crazy thing as delete their Facebook roflmaomglol??

Well, I did. And now I have no friends. I realize that most of the "friends" I had on FB were not friends at all, but I even lost my actual, real friends. One friend that I have had for years, emailed me a couple of times. Said that she hadn't forgotten about me and would keep in touch. That was months ago. People act like I am dead now. My sister won't talk to me. She has a Twitter, so I Tweeted her and asked for her email and those of my other siblings so I could send them Christmas cards. Haven't heard back from her, and I know from her Tweets that she has been online and must have seen my request. But it's as though she is angry at me and refuses to speak to me. Seriously? Just because I left Facebook? Yeah.

I don't know if it's that people think it's too much of a pain in the ass to send an email, which is sooo '90s, or whether they feel as though I'm no longer "one of them. One of them," or what, but wow. Just wow. But I can guarantee that every one of them are logged into Facebook even as we speak. Telling the world that they just had a nice chicken salad sandwich or some shit. But I'm not on there to "like" that fact, so fuck me. It is absolutely amazing how brainwashed that site has everyone. Oh well, whether I have friends and family anymore or not, I really don't care. I'm free of the Facebook trap, and I have so much more time to study, read a book, or just think now.

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Let's Have a War on Stupidity

I was reading a Reuters article about Pakistan standing up to NATO, when I noticed the phrase "war on militancy", which I guess is what we are calling our militant actions in Pakistan. Of course I immediately gave kudos to whichever Newspeak underling had the balls to coin that particular gem. Sad thing is, most Americans are too stupid to read something like that without wanting to rip their hair out at how fucking worthless humanity is. That is all.

EDIT: Well, since I read it yesterday, the article has actually been changed. A LOT. The phrase is no longer there, and the paragraph in which it appeared is on page 4 now instead of page 1. The paragraph now reads:

Relations between the United States and Pakistan were strained by the killing of al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden by U.S. special forces in Pakistan in May, which Pakistan called a flagrant violation of sovereignty.

I did Zotero it yesterday, when it read:

Relations between the United States and Pakistan, its ally in the war on militancy, have been strained following the killing of al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden by U.S. special forces in a raid on the Pakistani garrison town of Abbottabad in May, which Pakistan called a flagrant violation of sovereignty.

You know, I've been noticing that news articles on the internet are often edited after they are posted, and not just for accuracy. There is a serious problem when news is so easily and silently changed. Remember how the Soviets used to just airbrush executed officials out of pictures? Who? Never heard of the guy. See? Damn I hate the MSM. So from now on I'm gonna screenshotty every damned article in which I notice anything.

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

The Biggest Company You've Never Heard of

I am not surprised that private corporations can be intimately entwined with governments, but I was quite surprised by the extent that one company is involved in so many different aspects of government. This Youtube video gives a glimpse of just how Big Brother your big brothers actually are. Private prisons (which should immediately be made illegal in every country, for obvious reasons), defense networks and nuclear arsenals, schools, and many others come under the umbrella of Serco, the biggest company you've never heard of.

NOOKstudy Could be Worse...

So my campus bookstore, which is run by Barnes & Noble, is recommending the NOOKstudy ereader application for textbooks. I like ereaders and will download one if it's free, which this one is. So I installed it and tested it out- not bad, could be worse. The interface is simple, not really much to it. It actually matches my school colors, which is a bonus. You can create "courses", which are just folders for different books, and there is an "archive" where unused books can be placed, without actually being deleted, thus freeing up your library for those books you actually read. There are various sort options and a couple of layout options, and the ability to "sideload" books which you purchased or acquired elsewhere.

As with many education-themed readers, like the software we used to use here at the old Alma Mater, you can highlight text in a variety of colors, add notes, add bookmarks, etc. You can copy, and print a certain number of words or pages. A nice feature is that you can save a file, such as an LibreOffice or Word document, to the reader- it's saved as a pdf document. That way you can incorporate your own notes and research into your library. That said, I can do the same thing with Evernote or OneNote. There is a text-to-speech reader built in, but it honestly sucks. Can't they improve computerized speech after all this time? Convenient keyboard commands make it helpful for those, like myself, who don't use a mouse with their laptop. All in all, it's a decent reader.

What I don't like is the fact that, even to download free, DRM-free books, they expect you to have a credit card on file with them. No, no, NO. Ain't gonna happen. I hate asshole businesses who demand your credit card number even when you don't wish to purchase anything. They hope to get those accidental or impulse purchases, or, worse yet. Good thing you can just sideload any book. Also, you must set up a B&N account to even install it. Talk about pushy. Plus, since they make use of Adobe pdf files sometimes, they expect you to sign up for an Adobe account? I didn't even know there was such a thing- I've used Acrobat reader for a minute (before switching to Foxit) and never had to have any account. But apparently you may ditch this account later in the NOOKstudy options. Also, it comes with some sample books- Dracula, Pride and Prejudice, and some others, but they are not the full books, just snippets. That's fine, but what sucks is I see no way to remove these books from the library. That's all I need is a bunch of junk cluttering up my library. And I don't want to archive them, I want to remove them. I can remove sideloaded books by browsing to the "My B&N Books" folder that is installed under My Documents during installation and removing the files, but these books (samples) are downloaded directly from B&N every time they are opened. And, from what I've read from other reviewers, the actual B&N selection of ebooks is paltry at best.

I guess I can tolerate this application, since I do like to save money, and since ebooks are cheaper than printed ones, that helps. It's a decent application that has caused no ham as of yet. We shall see next week, when I can afford to buy my Summer semester books, whether they have anything to offer. I just wish Ibis reader came in a portable app. That is a great site.

Friday, May 27, 2011

I just realized...

I have a blogs! I forgot all about it. Oh well, not like anyone ever read it. Nobody important, anyways. ;)