Sunday, February 14, 2016

My First Chromebook

Image: The old Netbook is on the left, and new Chromebook is on the right.

Yep, after talking about it on and off for over a year now, I finally bought myself a Chromebook. I went with the Dell Chromebook 11, the new 2015 model with dual core 2.16 gigahertz Celeron Processor and 4 gigs of ram.

I originally intended to get the one with the faster Pentium i3 processor, and although you can still find them online from different vendors, Dell itself no longer sells it. Yeah, apparently the 2015 model ships with a slower processor than the 2014, but with improvements in other areas such as greater durability. So, considering I intended to order from Dell directly, it was somewhat of a disappointment, and was at first reluctant to buy the new model, but because of a huge price reduction a couple weeks ago of nearly a hundred dollars cheaper than what it was a few months ago, I decided to go for it, thinking that they are probably going to sell out, and even if they release a new and improved model for 2016, it's probably going to be much more expensive.

Well anyway, I've had it now for four days, and it is surprisingly much faster than I was lead to believe. Maybe it will seem slow to you if you're coming from a super fast high end model, but for me, compared to my old computer, a six year old Dell mini Inspiron Netbook, with 10 inch screen, one gig of ram and single core 1.6 GHz processor, it is lightning fast. And the screen quality is good too, despite many reviews stating otherwise. The only negative thing about it, so far, I would say is the track pad is a bit weird, and takes some getting used to, mostly with there being no traditional right click, but instead you click with two fingers on the lower center region of the pad. It's a bit tricky, and am finding that for simple copy pasting, I prefer the keyboard shortcut of control c and control v, it's much faster.

Anyway, other than that minor annoyance, which also could easily be solved by plugging in a mouse, I pretty much love everything about it, and am little by little learning the tricks of the Chrome universe.

Basically the biggest gamble of buying a Chromebook without trying it out first, was whether or not I would still be able to use it to make money online.

I do supplemental freelance work online, pretty much surveys and micro tasks, some of which requires Windows, Internet Explorer, and Firefox, things that Chromebooks don't have, but I found myself a workaround which has enabled my Chromebook to be able to do everything I need it to, at a much faster and more productive level than my old computer.

If you have a Chromebook or are planning on getting one, I would call this the most essential can't live without it browser extension you absolutely must install as soon as possible:

User-Agent Switcher for Google Chrome

What it does is make your web browser or operating system appear as if it were a different web browser or operating system, and can also make it appear as if it were a different type of device, such as a smartphone or tablet, whichever you select. In other words, I can make my Chromebook appear as if it were a Windows computer running Firefox or Internet explorer, which is what I needed.

Basically if you have problems accessing a site or running an application using Chrome operating system, just use the user agent switcher, and there is a good chance that your problem will be solved.

Two other workarounds that I can think of, but which I haven't tried yet, would be to remotely connect your Chromebook to a Windows computer, where you do all your work on the other computer remotely via your Chromebook. Or you install Linux operating system, which will not only allow you to run additional web browsers, but will give you greater freedom in downloading a more extensive array of software applications not available to Chrome.

Anyway, I'm very happy with my purchase, it's a really nice little computer, at a very affordable price, and I will hopefully get many years of use out of it.

Saturday, February 6, 2016

The Power of Will

In a rare moment such as this, I shall quote myself:

"The more people who believe in something and are told it is true, the more powerful and the more real this something becomes."

That my friends is the power of consensus reality. In our world, the TV is that most powerful medium of mind control, of swaying peoples thinking into this or that direction, but of course this monster has grown into a humongous multimedia monster, mostly via the internet, of computers and smartphones, but still, I would say the TV reigns supreme.

Anyway, reading through some of my old posts, and realizing not all of it is bad, that some of it is actually pretty good, in my humble, uneducated opinion, I decided to highlight some of it which may have been overlooked by Google's zombified search engine web optimization indexing program.

So, tonight, what we shall revisit is The Power of Will, a spontaneous insight, buried under the title "Gemini Dreams and Insights", which is basically three posts bundled into one, but in retrospect each probably could have stood on their own, and in this case, the power of will was and still is the deciding factor.

I wrote it nearly four years ago, but I could have easily written it tonight, and is just as relevant now as it was then.

"The Power of Will"

This other insight I had shortly before going to bed a few nights ago after having had a couple of beers. I was holding this almost empty bottle of beer in my hand and thinking about what was stopping me from throwing this bottle of beer against the wall. I had no intention of doing so, but just as a sort of thought experiment, the idea entered my mind. Well, of course, thinking about the consequences of it is what stopped me. The broken glass. The spilled beer. The mess. The noise. The anger it would cause my housemates. It would be a totally senseless act, with absolutely no good reason for doing so. But what was really stopping me? The power of the will, that's what.

The power of the will is extremely strong. It's like a superglue. Once an idea sticks, it's very difficult to get it unstuck. Thinking about this beer bottle and the choice not to throw it against the wall, got me thinking about the greater role Will plays in the physical laws of the universe, and to what extent Will is a defining ingredient in determining whether something is possible or impossible.

What role does will play in things like gravity, and not being able to walk through walls? What role does will play in the aging process, in what is considered to be the natural lifespan of the human being? Perhaps it is possible to change reality and to redefine the limits of what is possible and impossible, by changing and refocusing the power of the will. To walk through walls. To astral project your consciousness thousands of miles away without "physically" leaving the room you are in. The ability to see with microscopic vision, with telescopic vision, to see into the future and the past, and to do these things without the use of external technological devices like telephones and computers, but purely through the conscious manipulation of your mind and the power of your will.

The power of the will is not just a matter of thinking differently or trying to convince yourself of something, but is actually a matter of really believing it with all of your being on both a conscious and a much deeper subconscious level. You have to really actually believe it. As long as you "know" that it's impossible to walk through walls, either through personal experience or because all the scientific studies say so, your will shall reflect that impossibility. But as soon as a scientific breakthrough is made in that area to enable that to happen, it will revise your entire thinking on the matter, and what was previously considered impossible, becomes possible, because the information needed to support that idea, to confirm it in your will, has been modified.

Because the power of will is not just an individual matter, but is shaped in great part by the power of consensus, or collective agreement, reinforced by way of authority, popular culture, science, religion, and the law. The more people who believe in something and are told it is true, the more powerful and the more real this something becomes.

Addendum (added a few hours later): The point of this insight, concerning the power of will, is that physical laws operate according to a similar principle, and that by observing the power and influence of your own will power in action, you can gain a better understanding of how the universe works. Or something like that. Just thinking out loud here, trying to retrace the line of thought going through my mind a few days ago, and writing about it here after the fact.