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here come the elevens

I've never considered zero-years, as in years ending with zeroes, to be the beginning of a decade but the end of one. If you think about it, styles, attitudes and so on don't change until the one-year starts which is the true indicator that a new decade has started. Yes, this means I believe 2010 is the end of the 2000s and 2011 is the beginning of the 2010s.

The first thing you're going to see in 2011 is a lot more people abbreviating it on checks and other places where the date is written down. Speaking of which, here are all of 2011's dopey dates which are dopey because of same-number stuff:

You may also see importance placed on 11/12/11, 11/22/11 and maybe 11/10/11.

Plan on seeing everything from movie launches to car dealer sales to whatever-the-frig because it's gonna happen wherever you see 11's in dates in 2011.

For every other month you're going to see something on the 11th. If it's a movie premiere date for example, it will be written as:

I N S E R T   M O V I E   T I T L E   H E R E
M A Y   1 1   -   1 1

I don't know how 2011 is going to pan out and I have no predictions, but November is gonna suck with all the kitschy 11's everywhere. 🙂


image I'm probably going to write up a work article for this but wanted to write it here first just to give you the poop on what this is all about.

The worst part about the Google Chrome browser is how creepy it is. It injects a GoogleUpdate.exe into your Windows startup behind your back, and you would never know this unless you actually dug deep and looked. This is how Chrome always stays updated. While users of this browser consider that a good thing, I don't. Software should not install behind-your-back crap like that and furthermore whenever it wants to update itself, it should tell you. Chrome doesn't, never has and probably never will.

I should note that if this were any browser but one made by Google, the internet community would kill it instantly. If Microsoft, Apple or Mozilla tried this, OH MY GOD WOULD PEOPLE BE UPSET. Google somehow magically gets away with it and I've never understood why.

A trunk build of Chromium has no Google'ized auto-update crap in it whatsoever, thank God. It's smaller and can even be downloaded as a ZIP and run without any installer if you choose to go that way.

I decided to give this a go because I don't want Goog's meat hooks doing stuff behind my back on my own computer. What I discovered was rather cool.

Chromium beats the crap out of Chrome, speed-wise. It is version 10 of the browser and wow does it zoom along nicely. When you first start using it you'll say, whoa.. this frickin' thing is fast. It is, believe me. I liked it so much that I dumped Chrome completely and am running Chromium instead.

Everything, repeat, everything in Chromium 10 is better and faster than Chrome 8. If this is where the browser is going, that's great because it's a solid build. I just wish there were something in Chrome that was a little checkbox that said "notify me when an update is available and ASK ME before downloading", but that unfortunately will never happen.

I'm okay with checking for new trunk builds on my own to keep that stupid auto-update crap out of my Windows. Like I said, if Chrome were more 'polite' about it rather than just sneaking around doing everything in the background, I wouldn't be so vocal about it.

This is how Firefox does it:


Why can't Chrome do this? Is it that much of a bother to give the end user manual control of how much auto-involvement they want in updating software?

full-on facebook comments, full-off youtube comments

When I decide something is a good idea, I commit to it gangbusters style. Being that I've had such a good experience with my Facebook fan page so far (which has 30+ fans now), and that the comments/discussion there is actually good, I changed all my YouTube videos to accept no comments, no ratings and have descriptions all point to the fan page. I edited all 150+ of my videos to reflect this and yes, it was a huge pain in the ass to get done but I felt it was the proper thing to do.

Why proper? Because YouTubers don't care if they lose their accounts or not while Facebookers do.

Anyone who uses Facebook regularly puts a good deal of effort into it over time. Contact/Friend lists are built, networks are joined, apps/games are set up and so on. In other words, people genuinely care about their Facebook accounts. There are many Facebookers who would readily say "My life is in there!" and mean it. This means they're protective of their Facebook identities and really, really don't want to lose them.

With YouTube there are two types of users, content creators and commenters. Content creators are the ones that make videos and care about their accounts while commenters don't make videos and couldn't care less. The bulk of the YouTube audience is commenters. If one of those types get kicked off the system, it's no big whoop because few truly use the Friends feature and accounts can be created in less than 45 seconds.

When you whittle it all down, YouTube is great for video content but nothing else. If YouTube disappeared tomorrow, nobody would truly care. If Facebook disappeared however, everybody would care because it's just that much more important in the internet social way of things.

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