Which Internet Browser to Use?

  

In the vast sphere of online browsers, it gets difficult to decide which one to use.“Is this one the best?” “Are the others faster?”

Well, here’s some good news, if you’re viewing this post, you’ve already made some sort of Internet browser decision, which can at least give you some sort of idea about what you’re looking for.

Now, while this subject has been covered in greater detail by some other publications e.g. this. You came here, because you want a quick fix, and who would I be if I didn’t enable your ADHD habits.

Let’s examine this, there are small time operators such as Opera or unique browsers such as Rock Melt, but these aren’t the powerhouses. For this decision, we’re going to look at the big four: Safari, Internet Explorer, Firefox and Google Chrome.

If you were interested in a more unique browsing experience, I’d recommend trying some new browser company (Rock Melt), or changing your current browser’s add-ons (if it allows you).

The Breakdown (This may be slightly subjective)

Speed: Google Chrome, Firefox and Safari (tie), Internet Explorer

Tailor-ability: Firefox, Chrome, Safari, Internet Explorer

Least likely to crash: Firefox and Safari (tie), Chrome and Internet Explorer (tie)

So it seems like Firefox or Chrome are the way to go, but there are a few notes…

Notes: This really depends on the user experience you want to have – Firefox is renowned for their add-ons and could be a better overall user experience if that’s what you like in a browser.

Verdict
I personally prefer Chrome, because, for me, speed is more important than everything else, but that’s just the user experience I like (It also has the only add-on I use, which is adblock). You can’t go wrong with Firefox or Chrome.

Agree/Disagree – Leave a comment with what you think.

To Publish Online or Not?

Sick of those pesky book companies not publishing your novel, because it’s too light on the vampire-human erotica? Well, my wordsmith friend, there’s a place where you can self-publish for nothing; it’s called the Internet. Now before you rush out to publish your magnum opus online, there are a few issues about Internet self-publication that you really need to consider.

The benefits of publishing online are obvious, it’s free and global. There have been so many success stories that it’s hard to wonder why you wouldn’t want to publish online. The mentality is this: if it’s good, it’ll become viral and you’ll be a huge star; if it’s bad, it’ll just vanish into obscurity and become Internet white noise.

Sample success story:

What’s that, I became a huge star overnight?

With so many success stories it’s sometimes easy to forget the other side of the spectrum. Maybe this gif will remind you of what can happen if no one likes what you publish.

What’s that, my life was ruined overnight?

There’s a dark side to the Internet and this is it. Did you think you could post something that may be utterly embarrassing and get away with it? Not on the Internet.

This is something all those who self-publish should know, a lesson Max Harris should now have tattooed on his forehead.

This video will haunt Max for the rest of his life, in fact, it haunts him now. The original has been removed and his channel has been deleted, but that hasn’t stopped reuploads and countless parodies from spawning all across the internet.

With big companies, one thing they’re able to do is implant some sense of quality control, as they obviously don’t want to tarnish their own brand. They make sure that what they release is not utterly embarrassing (Well, in most cases. Who keeps on releasing those Insane Clown Posse albums?).

The issue with self-publication is that there’s a tendency to think that what you publish is good, but you’re biased. In actuality, there’s a chance your product may be in the Max Harris and Rebecca Black camp.

Think of this. When Max Harris graduates top of his class from Harvard Law School his prospective employers are going to google his name. Instead of finding Max Harris “Harvard Law School Valedictorian,” they’ll find Max Harris “that awful auto-tuned ‘I wanna get high’ kid.” Is this a risk you want to take?

There’s a phrase that sums up the internet, and it should be kept in mind whenever someone publishes anything online: “The Internet is written in ink.”

It only takes one bad decision…

The Breakdown

Pros

  • It’s cheap.
  • It’s easy.
  • There’s a possibility for global fame.

Cons

  • What you publish can haunt you.
  • It’s likely to slip into Internet obscurity.
  • You don’t have the resources to promote or market your material like big conglomerates.
  • There’s a possibility for global infamy.

Verdict
Publish online, but be wary of the potential consequences.

Agree/Disagree – Leave a comment with what you think.

To Use Dating Sites or Not?

Times sure have changed since the days when you’d drunkenly stumble up to someone at a party or a bar and whisper sweet nothings in their ear like “nice cans.” The future is now, my silver-tongued reader, the internet has given us the capabilities to drunkenly prowl dating websites and cyber stalk someone until we gather enough courage to send them an eloquent private message that expresses our true feelings: “nyce canns 😛 PM me to get nasty 3===D”

Online dating still has those stereotypical connotations like that it’s for old people or the undesirable. These stereotypes are dated.

Frankly, the fact is as we become more reliant on technology to manage and monitor our social relationships, whether it’s through Facebook, Skype or Email, it’s only natural to find ways to integrate our romantic lives into the world of the Internet as well.

The biggest issue with Internet dating is obvious, it’s too easy to lie. There seems to be this, almost, dichotomy between someone’s online persona and someone’s real life persona: this is really evident on sites like Facebook. There tends to be this omission of any “undesirable” traits, while this also happens during physical interactions, there’s an easier ability to hide your persona and appearance online – it’s almost accepted.

                                                   I’ve seen these techniques before…

If you use Internet dating it becomes your job to find out the truth about that person.

That being said, like any social interaction, you don’t go around telling everyone your flaws and imperfections. It’s probably better to lie a little bit than to look like these guys. But, Lies will only get you so far.

You may also be asking, “well I’m in my early twenties, who needs Internet dating?”

That’s a legitimate question, and it’s your prerogative to do whatever, but if you’re seriously looking to meet a partner you should try and expand all your options and networks, and what better way than utilising this network society thing!

One of the key differences between online dating websites and meeting someone in the flesh, that I’ve noticed, is that Internet dating sort of cuts out preliminary small talk. There’s all this information about a person’s favourite band or their hobbies etc. it makes some small talk redundant. This can be a pro or a con: on one hand it elimantes the mystery and discovery of meeting someone new, but on the other hand it eliminates the chance of wasting your time on someone you have nothing in common with.

But, there may be other problems (to be taken with a grain of salt).

Tip: If you go down the online dating route it’s always good to have a skype session or something similar before a physical date. It’s good to be able to visually see someone and talk to them with the ability to “lose power” or “have a bad internet connection” if things go awry (using such excuses is naughty).

Tip: Make sure to use a reputable dating website to avoid potential scams.

P.S. I know many young people (both attractive and fun) who have had great success with the Internet dating scene.

The Breakdown:

Pros

  • Meet new people you might not have met anywhere else.
  • Instantly find people with similar interests or life goals.
  • Easier to be ask out people (no face to face interaction makes rejections easier to process).
  • Accessible to most.

Cons

  • Lingering negative connotations.
  • People lie, fabricate and omit important parts of their personality and appearance.
  • Eliminates the mystery and discovery of meeting somebody for the first time and knowing absolutely nothing about them.
  • Possibly the beginning of transferring too many interpersonal relationships to the virtual world.
  • May be harder to find young people (this really depends).

Verdict:

If you really want to meet somebody, I say go for it, just be careful and take responsible precautions.

Agree/Disagree – Leave a comment with what you think.