Turning off Javascript

Oh. My. God. I have had NoScript enabled which pretty much claims to do the same thing, but it still seems to slow the browser down considerably. Not to mention the constantly nagging dialog boxes.

If you actually turn off Javascript in Firefox like so (see image), the browsing speed increase is tremendous. I was surprised myself.

about_config

Sure, it feels like you’re surfing the web in 1997 and I had to turn Javascript back on in order to be able to upload the above image to this posting, but boy is it quick.

And I suspect that there is _a lot_ of room for speed improvement with clever coding. Come on coders!! Do it! Save those CPU cycles!

Technology company and musicians – a love relationship

I just looked at the (German) Wikipedia page of Twitter and found this table there. It’s pretty self-explanatory, so I don’t think the German matters.

What I find interesting is, that 7 (!) out of the top 10 accounts with the most followers are from musicians. And the tech world keeps telling musicians that their work is a commodity and treats it as basically worthless. Better yet: they™   run a huge campaign to effectively undermine every effort to create a level playing field in the digital world.

But thinking a little longer about this I can sort of understand: it must be a terrible feeling that there are people out there who manage to deeply touch and affect people with a simple song.

Twitter – Reichweitenstaerkste Accounts

Source: Twitter – Wikipedia

I really did leave Gmail behind

Notice the sharp dropoff in messages from 2013 to 2014:

GMail

The reason why there are messages at all is that I still have a couple of alerts that get delivered to that address.

And contrary to many technophiles I’m still alive, I can still communicate with everybody, I get everything done in other words: we don’t necessarily need Google for everything.

Although I wish that the problem of search would be solved far better than it is now. Even though Google is doing a great job, it could be much better:

downrank obvious content farms

remove illegal content from the results

remove scammy websites from the ad-network

I know it’s not easy, but when has Google every shied away from a hard challenge? You can do it, can’t you?

Digital Business Models Should Have to Follow the Law, Too – HBR

The article linked below is extremely sad. I know this for a fact since I`m working in the industry that`s most affected by this sort of behavior.

And what`s particularly sad is that people all over the world who proclaim to be music lovers ignore and outright laugh at the challenges and exploitation that culture creators face.

Digital Business Models Should Have to Follow the Law, Too – HBR.

Revolution eating its children: Why We Need To Stop “Disrupting”

To all the dear people who think copyright “monopoly” is the opposite of sliced bread, read this.

You too, tech journalists and populous of the copyleft echo chamber.

Rivalry doesn’t just cut your profits, it makes companies focus on defeating their competitors instead of differentiating their own brand. In an interview with The Guardian, Thiel said that great businesses caught up in disrupting other businesses is like a successful career focused on disrupting someone else’s career instead of doing something valuable on your own. “So why do people believe that competition is healthy?” he asks.

 

Why We Need To Stop “Disrupting” | Fast Company | Business + Innovation.