Thursday, February 10, 2011

New software to bring to your attention

If you do not already have picasa 3 downloaded onto your computer, I suggest that you go and download it now. It was created by the Google coorperation and is an image sharing / editing / viewing tool that takes the place of ordinary windows programs such as Media viewer. As soon as you run Picasa it opens up a pane containing all of the pictures that you want it to display. From here you can create web albums, arrange into  folders, remove folders from Picasa, or hide folders (good for personal content). Also, whenever you open an image from your computer it will be opened using the Picasa media viewer. This viewer also allows you to create a slide show out of any photo album that you want.

Another important part of communitarian success

Contributions from members of an internet community play a large role in how it operates. It may be tempting to not do your part just because there are hundreds of people that do. However, anybody who does this is actually bringing everyone down with them, contributors included. Nobody wants to feel like they are supplying work for somebody that doesn't give back. So give back to your community if you can, it will help it grow in the long run.

Friday, February 4, 2011

Must-have software


  1. What is some must have software to have on your computer? Here is the
    run-down of some of the software that I use and how it can be used.

    #1 - Hypercam recorder: Hypercam recorder allows you to record your desktop to show tutorials or to save a video clip. The movie's file size is normally ridiculously large, though.
    Legal: You cannot use this to record copyrighted material.

    #2 - Rainmeter: This is a program that allows the display of meters and measures. Measures take information that you tell it to and display it in meters, visual data displaying meters on your desktop. Skins are .ini files that tell rainmeter what to do and Configs are groups of skins. You can download new configs from sites such as www.deviantart.com under the rainmeter section. This is mostly good at making your desktop visually appealing.

    #3 Some type of messanger : Stay in touch with people you know in real life or those you met in cyberspace. You can finally be social while not revealing any information you do not want to. The four messangers listed above are widely used and can allow you to keep in contact with other people. Most also have a file sharing feature for easy and quick file transfer or sharing.

    #4 - Cybergate: There is no download link available for this program right now. Be very careful trying to download it, too. People often try to infect you with a virus when downloading this. The tough things is that Antivirus programs detect this as a virus when you download it. Ignore the warnings. Cybergate is a RAT server creater. You can have somebody download your server and then you have nearly complete access of their computer if you use it right. It is illegal to do this so I do not recommend or encourage such behavior. This can be useful if you are new to the world of hacking (Once again, illegal) or if you just want to have better controls over your children online. You can also test somebody's intelligence by sending them this and seeing if they download it. You can send an error message showing their mistakes and where to do better next time.

    #5 - Microsoft Security Essentials: Crucial for remaining safe online. This is a virus / malaware / spyware / bad thing / detector. It is one of the highest rated free antivirus and I feel that it does better than a lot of non-free services. There are updates often and free full, quick, or custom scans with accurate results.

What internet browser to use?

There is always some discussion online over what the best internet browsers are. I have used many of them and have liked parts of each while disliking others. Here is my comparison.

1 - Internet Explorer 8 This is the default internet browser that comes with Windows. It supports the use of toolbars and a few other addons, but it does not rely heavily on these. Internet Explorer Has a protected mode for safe browsing and Inprivate. You can use the favorites folder to quickly navigate to a page you visited and liked in the past. Internet explorer is one of the most insecure browsers around.
Upside - Moderate speed, many people use it.
Downside - Not a huge selection of addons that you can use for this browser. The browser is a small security breach.

2 - Google Chrome
Google Chrome can be downloaded directly from www.google.com, a widely used search engine. It does not allow toolbars to be active in the window, but enables the use of extensions. Extensions are simple to use addons for your browser that can display information or change the way a webpage or function behaves. It features a most visited section, recently closed tabs, password remembrance, and a favorites bar. You can also have something called a theme to personalize your browsing window. A lesser-known aspect of Google chrome is the ability to inspect element upon right click. This allows you to inspect a page's source and change anything you want. This is similar to what the addon firebug does for firefox. Only you can see the changes, but it is good for certain screen shots where you need to fake or edit something. Once you are a skilled in editing HTML in this fashion you can edit an entire webpage to anything you want it to be. I could even edit this post to say something of my choosing, but only  I could see it.

Upside - Extensions can affect the way pages work towards your advantage. Passwords are easily saved and sites can be saved in a bookmarks bar for easy navigation.
Downside- Some webpages cannot be opened using Google Chrome. This can be fixed with an extension called "IE tab" which opens sites in an internet explorer window. The downside to IE tab is that it can access all of the information on your computer.

Firefox
Firefox is an open-source web browser from the Mozilla community and it's contributors. Firefox is one of the top three used browsers in the world and is heavily modifiable through addons or hacking the program, which is allowed since this is open-source project. Firefox is on a cascading update schedule, which means you can subscribe to an update channel and either get beta, aurora, or nightly updates. Once one is updated, that version is passed down to the one below it.
Upside: Firefox is used by quite a few people, is open source, has a cascading update shedule.
Downside: Firefox is known to have memory leaks.

Opera
Opera is a closed-source web browser. However, it has the most features out of any of the browsers covered in this post. With a FTP client, mail receiver, web hosting, turbo, and many other features built into it at only 14-ish megabytes, it's a lightweight browser with a lot of power. Opera has a few rendering issues on certain websites.
Upside: Many features, lightweight
Downside: Rendering issues

Conclusion
This is just opinion. All of these browsers can be practically used. I feel that firefox is the best browser out of the bunch because it is open-source, relatively fast, has a lot of addon support, and update channels.

What happens when I find a troll?

In my patrols I found a troll. This is someone who is breaking multiple unwritten rules of the internet that I mentioned below and is just trying to irritate people. What should you do when you encounter a troll? Leave him be. Ignore him. Do not correct him. Trolls thrive on our hatred so it is best simply to not nourish them.

Why isn't it working?

Of course this isn't working immediately. Less of a day of work cannot help. We need more time and numbers to combat the users which make internet communities unpleasurable to be a part of. My theory is if they are constantly corrected that they may change their ways. Blogger may not be the best way to gain power, in fact it may even be one of the worst ways, considering the style of what this community does. But I ask anyone that reads this to please be a part of the D.O.W's actions.

Since I will sound repetitive after a while I will begin posting information relevant to the interests of anybody visiting this page. Please remember what we are and what we stand for.

First operations.

We do not have enough supporters to tackle multiple places at once. It seems like some of the worst abbreviating and carelessness for grammar you can find comes from online chatrooms. These are what I encourage each of you to attack first. Remember, abbreviating a word by just removing some of its letters is absolutely unacceptable. Stop anybody from doing this. Over-use of swear words is to be avoided along with senseless spam.

Introduction to the D.O.W

Have you ever entered a forum or chatroom and found yourself having to decode the messages people write there? It seems like a lot of those people dropped out of school in the fourth grade. This is becoming more and more common and is  becoming accepted or ignored in many online communities. We are here to put an end to this.

What are the benefits of talking like a 7-year-old?
The main argument that you will hear is that it is faster. They are right by saying this. But making yourself sound that immature isn't worth a few saved seconds. They understand this. However, this type of language is spreading and becoming more accepted in online communities. The guilt is no longer there for the user.

Why do people continue?
People can continue out of shear habit or just the fact that a few seconds mean a lot to them. I seriously doubt if you are on Facebook or a forum that a few seconds will make or break anything. You are obviously already in your downtime, so why not drag it out a bit and sound like an intelligent human being? The only excuse to use quickly typed text is to sneak something in quick before someone finds out. That is never encouraged.

I don't want to sound too formal...This is an excuse I often get from the typists. They have a point here. You do not want to sound like you are talking through the mouth of Family Guy's Buzz Killington. So keep words like "indeed" or other strongly formal sounding words to a minimum. But over-vocabularianism never seems to be a problem online. It is just an excuse used by users. Perhaps they may even feel out of place using correct grammar due to the amount of unpure English being spewn around on the net.

We are here. You can't stop us.You're right. There's no way to stop everybody. Or even a majority. But even one person we convert into the D.O.W's beliefs is a battle won. Do not be a complete E-ass and correct people on tiny mistakes. We are not grammar nazis.  Here are some examples of when to take action and when not to
|EX| hey guys i just killed a parot tooday |EX| You do not need to say anything. There are minor spelling errors and grammar issues such as capitalization and punctuation, but it is easily readable.
|EX| lol i wish i cld kill some parrots XD |EX|(nobody will ever say that. Ever.) Definitely take action. Especially if there is an abbreviation that cuts off more than 2 letters. Commonly used ones that make no sense to write out (ftw or lol) are fine in my opinion, but feel free to take action if you need to.

Why are you using Blogger to write this?
It's free.

I support you. How can I take action?
We need to set up outposts in our 3 main category targets. Chatrooms, Social Networking sites, and forums need to have people willing to correct people's mistakes. This will be a tough job if you are there alone against a lot of people. Unfortunately, the internet is more like a river than a community. People float around. This means the internet is infected all over. We need to scour through page after page, find users, and take action.

Thank you for reading. Wondering what "D.O.W" stands for? I know. But I will not reveal this secret until I get some known supporters.