You may have heard about the FCC's decision to reclassify internet providers as common carriers, which means that they have to support all internet traffic equally, just as a phone company needs to connect all calls made to your phones. This means that Netflix no longer has to pay Verizon and Comcast in order to get a good internet connection, and that large evil companies like Verizon and Comcast cannot make a profit by charging video streaming services a tax to use their infrastructure. There is already a bill backed by the GOP to repeal the new classification, which is surprising, as the Dems are the ones that are usually in the pocket of the cable companies, but perhaps not that surprising, as Republicans are the more corporately, shall we say, inclined of the two parties. This is also very surprising because it is the second big loss for the ISPs this year. Back in January, the FCC also redefined broadband as 25/4 up from 4/1. We all expected this was coming, but we were hoping a reclassification for 10mbps, we weren't even dreaming of 25! This may be the kiss of death to outdated DSl connections, and may finally convince the ISPs to build more fiber. The lesson here is that sometime, even in a government as corrupt as this one we can win small victories against corporate America!
Today, I was given the opportunity to a speak at a board of concerned parents about technology and their kids. Now being the computer geek that I am, you probably already know my opinion on kids and technology. IT'S NO BIG DEAL! Really! You're kid isn't going be consumed by the devil. One parent in particular was very concerned about their kid's having access to the internet, another was concerned that her son was cheating in video games. Some parents were competing who could be the strictest parents when it came to electronics. "My eighth grader doesn't have a smartphone!" "my eighth grader doesn't even have a phone!" If you are a parent reading this, I know that it is very hard to let go sometimes. Rather than being super strict and banning all social media and electronics, give them what they want and have a conversation with your child about responsible use. No matter what you think, you can't stop your child from getting what he wants, especially online. You may think that you are a step ahead of your child and block FaceBook, Twitter, etc. but in reality, your child is already ten steps ahead of you and can circumvent it. You can't stop your child from having social media, so the best you can do is lay down guidelines and trust you child.
As you may or not know, independent high-schools release their admission decisions on March 10th. This is very stressful as you may imagine, but I got the shock of my life when I opened up my phone's calendar and saw that March 10th is only two weeks away. What! it feels like I just handed in my applications two snow days ago. Worse still, I noticed that it was on a school day. Imagine this, Tuesday on March 10th, English class, boring lecture of comma rules #7, and 8 email notifications will pop up from all of these schools telling me the news. Well, I have to go have a heart attack now, so excuse me.
Bent double, like old beggars under sacks,
Knock-kneed, coughing like hags, we cursed through sludges,
Till on the haunting flares we turned our backs,
And towards our distant rest began to trudge.
Men marched asleep. Many had lost their boots,
But limped on, blood-shod. All went lame; all blind;
Drunk with fatigue; deaf even to the hoots
Of gas-shells dropping softly behind.
Gas! GAS! Quick, boys!—An ecstasy of fumbling
Fitting the clumsy helmets just in time,
But someone still was yelling out and stumbling
And flound’ring like a man in fire or lime.--
Dim through the misty panes and thick green light,
As under a green sea, I saw him drowning.
In all my dreams before my helpless sight,
He plunges at me, guttering, choking, drowning.
If in some smothering dreams, you too could pace
Behind the wagon that we flung him in,
And watch the white eyes writhing in his face,
His hanging face, like a devil’s sick of sin;
If you could hear, at every jolt, the blood
Come gargling from the froth-corrupted lungs,
Obscene as cancer, bitter as the cud
Of vile, incurable sores on i nnocent tongues,--
My friend, you would not tell with such high zest
To children ardent for some desperate glory,
The old Lie: Dulce et decorum est
Pro patria mori.
The WWFenn is like foreshadowing in a book. You see it early on, but then it's out of your mind, until it happens. I'll be completely honest, I haven't thought about my speech since I chose it. But I'm supposed to perform it tomorrow. I have been memorizing all weekend, and at a point, I thought that I had none of it memorized, and so I thought that I would recite the part that I know, and I surprised myself by reciting the whole thing perfectly. The powers of the human mind. Anyways, you should see a video of my recitation by tomorrow.
Since they were released, many people complained that the new 2011, 2012 MacBook Pros had graphics problems. The complaints ranged from not connecting to external monitors, flickering, and and the worst, annoying white lines afflicting the screen much like this.
Affected computers include 15- and 17- inch MacBook Pros from early and late 2011 and both 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro models. Apple's page provides a tool you can use to check your system's eligibility. Symptoms of affected computers include "distorted or scrambled video on the computer screen," "no video on the computer screen (or external display) even though the computer is on," and unexpected restarts.
Remember the announced new Star Wars sequel, I can't blame you if you don't but just in case, I have embedded below the trailer.
If you watched the trailer, you might notice the new lightsaber, no, I am not talking about the new swiss army like qualities, I am talking about that "flickery" texture that the lights have. Star Wars nerds from all over the world have come up for explanations for this. Some say it has to do with the crystals or something, but I don't really understand, due to the fact that I have a life. Well search no more! The answer was that Jony Ive, the designer of products such as the iPad, iPhone, and The MacBook line of computers, met JJ Abrams, the director of Star Trek and the latest star wars movie, and suggested that the look would look cool.
Being locked in a house for 12 hours during a snowstorm makes you really bored. To alleviate the boredom, I have been working on a couple of websites. One website I am making for my uncle in India, and the other website that I am making is a blog, which I am writing about going paperless. yes I know it sounds boring, but it really isn't, Over the weekend I wrote a new article comparing all devices that you can use to make your life paperless, and what devices I recommend. Go check out my super long post here.
For the last few days in Global Studies, we have been watching the movie "Gandhi." As an Indian, You here a lot about Gandhi, however, he revered as a God, and you never learn about his life as a person, only his accomplishments as the leader of the Indian independence movement. Watching the movie gave me better perspective on the man himself, how his experiences affected his later actions, and it provides a humble portrayal with all of his strengths and his flaws. You learn how Gandhi, in South Africa, is shy and not very inspiring. But as the movie progresses it shows his growth as a leader, especially his orating skills. The movie shows not only Gandhi’s evolution as a leader, but it also shows the evolution of his ideas. When he first came back to India after a successful campaign for equal rights in South Africa, he hear tales of discrimination in India. His main goal at first was only to demand more rights from the British, but not complete independence. He slowly realizes that the only way for the Indians to be happy was to be self0governing. With this realization, he became the leader f the Indian independence movement. The movie presented the information in a way that was captivating, as well as eye-catching. The filmography was beautiful, and it portrayed India much like it portrayed Gandhi, in a respectful but honest way. Overall, I feel the movie gave a detailed, honest and insightful look in to Gandhi’s life.
About two weeks ago, during our first double snow day, I started a blog about my experiences going 100% paperless. This is in response to many of my teachers asking me to detail how I have gone 100% paperless. Right now I only have a post introducing viewers to my blog. But in the future, I will have reviews of cloud services, apps, accessories, cases, styluses and more. I know a blog about tech may not be your cup of tea, but head over there and, who knows, you might enjoy it, or at the very least, you might learn something.