The Curse Of Plenty You Can’t Get To

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The story of 2013 is cacophony. How it’s almost impossible to get your message out to anybody but those who truly care. Because we’re inundated with a tsunami of information and can’t be bothered by that which we are not interested in.


But what accounts for that?

In my own case, it’s friction. I’m stuck with a now-ancient PC that gets slower by the day as Firefox updates and every damned thing updates, stealing CPU cycles. So I’m very constrained in how much I can get around the Net. I have little patience and won’t wait for most web pages that take a minute or even two to load. And video? YouTube is nearly unplayable now.

I think this is the case with many people, which is why tablets are so popular. They free people from the curse of machines getting slower (although the iPad is now cursed with that, iOS 7 running like a dying dog on anything but the latest A7 CPU and more powerful GPU). Getting around the Net is much faster.

I know that when I finally have a damn tablet, I’ll be able to do more on the Net — but I’ll also be able to finally read the thousands of Google Books PDFs I have waiting and thousands of eBooks too. So even being able to zoom round the Net will come with the tension of wanting to be off the Net to read.


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7 responses to “The Curse Of Plenty You Can’t Get To

  1. I assume you’re running Windows, Mike. Try Linux — Linux Mint is a good distro for those migrating from Windows and you can try it out without changing anything on your hard drive. Or look into Knoppix, which gives you a complete system on a USB stick.

    Even with ageing hardware, you’ll think you’ve died and gone to heaven. I used to run XP and had to reinstall the sodding thing at intervals because of the way it clogged up my computer.

    As for privacy, Linux is less likely to be compromised than anything Microsoft sells.

  2. E.T.

    I never really understood why browsing keeps demanding more resources, even with text-centered sites …
    You might want to try an alternative browser like chrome or opera. Depending on your computer specs they might be better. Also, try ccleaner to reduce the load on the PC –
    For YouTube, if you have WiFi, a smartphone and a flat TV, Chromecast is a cheap solution, whose main advantage is that it streams directly from the internet.

    • mikecane

      I use CCLeaner, sometimes twice a day (slowness requires a full reboot of the computer some days). Chrome and Opera aren’t to my liking — Opera especially screwed me over by changing their Speed Dial system and then ignoring all the user complaints about it. Yeah, Chromecast I like but I don’t own a compatible TV.

  3. E.T.

    I don’t use FF but there are discussions and instructions for disabling the phone home feature.

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