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  • isvarahparamahkrsnah

    isvarahparamahkrsnah 4:46 pm on April 20, 2021 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: 2021 Free Expression Awards, adblock, ads, , captcha, cookies, , entertainment, personalization, Susan Wojcicki, videos,   

    YouTube Sucks & CEO Susan Wojcicki Is An Idiot 

    Yesterday I came across this video on YouTube titled “2021 Free Expression Awards Highlight: Susan Wojcicki” by a channel named Freedom Forum.

    “Free Expression Awards presented by signature sponsor YouTube.”

    I don’t even know where to begin with this nonsense.

    For the past month or so, YouTube has been presenting me with 3 pages of Personalization Settings & Cookies, simply because I do not “Agree” with the default corporate surveillance crap.
    More recently, I’ve been getting frequent Google Captchas, like every 3 videos or so, which I have to fill in order to continue watching videos.
    So, what’s going on with YouTube? Why are they so concerned about who’s watching which videos? Why are they profiling their viewers?

    Google captcha is like a brain tumor on the internet. It’s being created by this giant monster called Google.

    I’m a creative genius. YouTube likes to think the capitalist zombies on their payroll are creative – Fuck No. The real creative people exist outside the capitalist corporate empire. And believe me, they’re doing just fine.
    So I’ve slowly been shifting away from using YouTube as my primary entertainment source to watching movies and TV shows.
    And I do it all FOR FREE.
    Are you reading this YouTube wankers?
    That’s right!
    Fuck your YouTube! I’ve found an alternative source of entertainment – all for free!
    Fuck your ads,
    Fuck your 3 pages of cookies and personalization bullshit.
    Fuck your captchas.
    Fuck your tracking and profiling.
    Fuck your capitalist business model.
    Fuck Susan Wojcicki. In the ass. With a big giant corporate dildo.
    Free Expression Awards. Get the fuck outta here with that bullshit!

    You want free expression? This, right here, is free expression. I am expressing my anger towards a giant corporate sinkhole in the shape of Susan Wojcicki’s asshole that spews bullshit like YouTube wins Free Expression Awards and Susan Wojcicki’s the best freedom of expression role model. BULLSHIT!

    Susan Wojcicki is like Kim Jong Un’s cousin or Xi Jinping’s half-sister. She represents the spiral downfall of what was once an awesome platform to share stuff and turned it into a giant billboard where all the corporate jackasses line up to ejaculate on the viewer’s eyes.

    I couldn’t even get through the first few minutes of the woman yapping away in the video. But somewhere in the video Susan Wojcicki talked about her grandparents in Poland and the iron curtain and stuff.
    I couldn’t even let her finish the sentence.
    Hey Susan! Susan! Why are the words SEXUAL ASSAULT so terrifying to you?
    YouTubers can’t even say the words “sexual assault” because they may get banned or demonetized or something. Just what in the fuck is going on at YouTube HQ?
    I see a bunch of YouTubers talking about “essay” and “essay”; what they’re really referring to is SA, an acronym created by Susan’s dumbfuck minions to refer to sexual assault.
    Is this really free expression? I don’t think so! I think this is censorship of the highest order. So this woman remembers her grandfather’s time in Poland, where he had to watch what he said, and consequently, she decides to adopt the methodology of her grandfather’s oppressors.
    This is the genius of Susan Wojcicki ladies and gentlemen. This is the best she can do.

    That video was published on 16th April and got 32 likes – all from Susan’s close family members and friends, and a few YouTube employees directly under her wing.
    Then it got 11K dislikes.
    32 likes, 11,000 dislikes.
    The numbers have spoken Susan! The numbers have spoken!
    Speaking of numbers…
    OHHH! OHHH!
    What?
    I’m a numbers guy!

    I can’t even get through the video. I just can’t get through it without barging in like an angry grandpa and yelling at the video.
    What I’m looking at, right now, are the comments. And it seems that the entire human species has aligned with my brain on this one.

    I was a lil hesistant about going all out on Susan’s hypocrisy, but now I think I may have gone too soft on her, given that there’s millions of people who agree with me.

    I got tired of scrolling through the comments of the millions of people agreeing with me.

    Here’s the thing: Susan Wojcicki winning the free expression award is like me winning the most handsome black man award.

    Since YouTube has gone down the shitter with Susan patting herself on the back for being the most ignorant hypocrite to ever grace our planet, I’d like to suggest an alternative.
    Peertube is the most free expression platform on the internet. I would like to thank them for sponsoring this article.
    Make sure to click the like button, hit the notification button and subscribe.

    Wait – what?!
    Oh hell no!
    Fuck the like button!
    Fuck the notification bell icon!
    Fuck your subscription!
    And fuck you!

    I can’t get through a YouTube video without a segment from some fucking sponsor, and a zombie begging for likes, notifications and subscriptions.
    It’s quite evident that almost every intelligent homo sapien has installed some adblocker in their browser, so now the advertisers have ditched YouTube ads and are sponsoring YouTubers directly.
    Now we’ll need an AI extension to block the sponsored segments in the videos. What a pain in the ass!

    And this is all because of Susan. I’m blaming everything on Susan.
    YouTube has become a pimping platform. Why? Because of Susan.
    Susan Wojcicki introduced her greedy grubby hands and turned it into a pimping corporation.
    All the YouTubers have sold out and become hookers.
    The more you think about it, the more it makes sense. Why? Because of Susan Wojcicki.

    Susan was Google’s first marketing manager. She also worked at marketing for Intel. She led the development of Adsense. She was it’s first product manager. She became Google’s senior vice president of Advertising & Commerce. She oversaw the company’s advertising and analytic products, including AdWords, AdSense, DoubleClick, and Google Analytics.
    And then she took over YouTube and fucked it up for everybody.
    Susan Wojcicki, everybody. Let’s give her a round of applause.

    I was going to finish this article with one simple question. But it’s a one-liner that’s an equivalent of a nuclear weapon. It’s so fatal, that even the hoards of people angry at Susan would be surprised and say “Damn! That’s savage!” and “Oh no! I think you may have gone too far this time!”
    Susan Wojcicki, free expression. See? Even the best of us can’t have it sometimes. Today’s your lucky day.

    Susan Wojcicki may be the woman that pimped out an entire platform full of zombies. But I’m the one guy that could do that to her, in a one-liner. I’ll save it for the future.

    One day, I’ll be working on my own YouTube alternative, with blackjack and hookers. And I got just the perfect role for Susan in it.

     
  • isvarahparamahkrsnah

    isvarahparamahkrsnah 4:37 pm on April 7, 2021 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: author, , css, cyberpunk, gemini, , , , gopher, , , html, main-street.nightfall.city, , , , pubnix, story, The Midnight Pub, writing, www   

    The Midnight Pub 

    Y’know, I like writing.
    I enjoy writing. It clears my head for fresh new thoughts.
    For the past decade, I’ve consumed a lot of content; a ton of books, seminars, lectures, YouTube videos, movies, standup comedy, documentaries, and music.
    It’s great to consume content because it makes you more knowledgeable, perhaps even smarter; maybe even a genius, who knows?

    But what good is a genius mind if it doesn’t produce anything?
    So while I enjoyed consuming all that content, I also enjoyed writing on the side.
    Writing was always my passion, dating back from my school days. I read a lot of books. Then I wrote some amazing stories.
    Input and output folks – that’s what I’m talking about here.

    I listened to a lot of music. And I wanted to share that music with others. It took me a decade to find that platform. But it finally happened.

    I’ve watched movies and YouTube vlogs and skits. But I still don’t have a camera. The day I get one, I’m going to be famous.

    I write a lot and over the years, I’ve found different platforms to suit my different writing styles and content. It’s great.
    This site for example, provides a great platform for me to push a message to a large audience, considering that it’s one of the top results on search engines.
    From the very beginning, I had decided, that I would use this platform to talk about things that mattered to me the most – no matter the subject. It could be my personal lifestyle, or an event, or something from the news, or technology, ethical issues, moral issues – it’s all here.
    And I decided not to get too personal, but to focus on the bigger picture, on the greater good, on topics that didn’t just concern me, but humanity at large.

    I managed to find some perfect places to talk about my personal life, both on the www and other, lesser known protocols.
    My personal life is right up there, among the top search engine results.

    After the pandemic forced most of us into isolation, I was constantly looking to pursue new adventures on the internet, with the exception of dating.
    What more does the internet have to offer for a guy like me?

    All my writing has been focused on real life since my appearance on the internet.
    And the past year of lockdown has really jerked some strings inside my head and shaken things up.
    I was getting tired of the reality and the news and shitty world that we live in today. It made me really irritated, and left me highly explosive.
    If you look at some of my articles, I go in – I go in hard, armed with logic and facts, and I absolutely destroy it.
    I will confess this – I do regret how hard I go sometimes. Reading the articles almost feels like being smacked upside the head.

    I needed a place to cater to fiction. I’d been planning to pursue writing fiction for a while but didn’t make it happen, until recently.
    There are venues for my fictional writing – specifically those that meet my requirements, but I wasn’t quite ready to dive right in.
    Cosmic Voyage for example, is a wonderful place to write about space travel. The problem is, my knowledge about space travel is limited. I don’t watch a lot of science fiction movies or read comic books or novels of that genre. And so I had a plan to make it realistic, using scriptural evidence, to explain space travel or interplanetary communication. But the scriptural information is just so complex, that it’s put me off from diving right in. Because I have to break things down simply and then explain it in a sensible way any ordinary man would understand.

    There was a Geocities site where I planned on writing romantic fiction. But that was held up by the fact that I hate, absolutely hate writing HTML code.

    These are all on the list of projects to do, however, and I will eventually get them rolling. Once I’m in, there’s no stopping me. I just want to get things right and have a perfect story line in mind before I begin.
    That’s the problem with me – I’m a perfectionist. I have to get absolutely everything right. It all has to be perfect. And I hate, really really hate, making mistakes.

    If you got to this point, well, congratulations.
    Introducing The Midnight Pub – a place where facts meet fiction. The Midnight Pub is a place where you can talk about anything – whatever’s on your mind; it could be your life updates, about your work, school, relationships, technology, your project, anything!

    When I came across Midnight Pub last year, it was a strange site, which looked like the among sus game my friends had played on IRC, but without the gaming bullshit. Just text.
    But the name Miso.Town did not inspire confidence. There was talk about a pub and a bartender who served drinks – I don’t drink! What the fuck was I supposed to do in here?
    And I looked at the ASCII drawing of a map of the pub, and I just didn’t get it.

    In all honesty, Miso.Town looked like a place that would fail, very soon.
    I’ve seen a lot of sites pop up and disappear because of a lack of public interest, many of them, were pretty damn good.

    But this was a fresh concept, a novel idea, and I made a mental note to come back in the future and see how it had evolved.
    When I did some back, sometime in January, or was it February? Miso.Town was gone.

    It never occurred to me to do some research and look into the site. Not even once. Perhaps that’s because I wasn’t quite impressed during my first visit.

    If I did, then I would’ve found the alpha site, which was quite good, although it had it’s quirks.

    When I go out and enter a bar, I love being surrounded by people and potentially meet new faces. The bar is finite, there aren’t a million people. I can hang out with my friends and engage with others to have meaningful discussion. I can talk about my day and struggles, have a laugh, and go home. But on internet everything seems to be at scale. The world is connected and it’s a huge network. Can’t we just recreate the local bar, figuratively, online? A small place, not overcrowded, that lets you go home without following you with notifications or ads. You can come with your friends or alone. I think that should exist online. Even better if it’s an online speakeasy or only a few people know about it. The service can only be better. Just like when you drink it’s easier to talk, maybe it’s also easier to write? At least when you are in a speakeasy you have an excuse to drink. When you are in front of your computer, alone it’s probably harder to justify. This can be your excuse! But writing is also a therapy. When it’s shared with people at least we’re heard. Much better to write away our thoughts when it’s midnight and we can’t sleep than keeping them in our head.

    If this place is a virtual bar, then you should be represented somehow. Not a big fan of using a picture, where’s the imagination? Remember geocities? Say what you will, but I miss that type of web. People were able to customize everything. The background midi file playing added something too. It made it less generic. Not only pictures of yourself show who you are. That level of customization is important.

    Right, so we’ve described the pub and your representation. Now you can enter the pub anytime. You won’t deal with a million people, maybe 1 or 2, but hopefully you will have a good, deep conversation. If not, you’ll still have a good time. Enough analogy for now and let’s discuss what are the things I absolutely don’t want to see. No metrics, no habit tracking, no word count, no click-bait, no notification, no email, no push. Yeah I know it’s possible to add them, but honestly we’ve got enough noise around us. No ads. Ever. This needs to be peaceful. As I said before, that should be a boring service. The place you go to after a long day and you want to take things off your chest. The focus is on longer-form writing and engaging. Engagement should be central actually, but scarce and meaningful. They should add something and help generate new ideas. It’s a place to create and build, not to consume. To write a lot and often, without worrying about writing well. Write as if you were anonymous. Actually, it’s encouraged to use a pseudonym. What people read here, they read it for the content, not for who wrote it. All of that while remaining simple. Internet in 2020 feels a lot like walking in a huge cyberpunk city with corporation everywhere. Let that place be the little quite bar that doesn’t judge you. No politics, but philosophy encouraged.

    Cheers

    I found this yesterday, when I was planning to write this article.
    No politics? haha
    I just made you The Mayor of Midnight City. What’s done is done, and I’m not in the habit of erasing history.

    And I wrote this – The Morning News which could be taken as slightly political, don’t you think?

    I did read the guidelines before signing up though, and I think my post aligns with them.

    Do

    • Respect others
    • Be friendly
    • Have fun
    • Drink virtual cocktails responsibly

    Don’t

    • Pure self-promotion
    • Spam & Phishing
    • Hate
    • Share anyone’s private information
    • Harmful and illegal activities
    • Not Safe for Work (NSFW) content

    Well, there goes the romantic romping I’d planned to include in future chapters of my story. Can I get an exclusion?
    Maybe that’s asking for too much!
    Well, off to Geocities we go!
    Oh yeah, Geocities still continues to exist. I just haven’t linked it up.

    It’s late. You are seconds away from the main street in a small alley. It’s quieter here, but you can still hear the sound of chatter, footsteps, and cars from busy downtown. The city is buzzing, the streets are like arteries. You see an intriguing place in the alley, with a moon on its door. It reads “The Midnight Pub”.

    This is the passage that led me to sign up for Midnight Pub.
    Fiction. This was home. This is where my therapist lived. This is where my girlfriend lived. I could be a hero, or a villain. I could paint myself in a positive image, or a negative. And I wouldn’t be judged by it. I could fly a plane, or own 10 mansions, I could be the President of an island nation. Or I could be a tiny man that lived in someone’s bra. I could be a warrior, a mercenary, or a coward living in the basement. It’s all up to the imagination. And that’s the beauty of fictional writing – it just keeps getting better!

    A fictional story has no constraints.
    Factual writing on the other hand, like I’ve been doing, is constrained by the real world. And what a shitty world we live in!

    I’ve been living in self-isolation for over an year now. It stopped being fun after like 2 months? Then started the constant torture of being stuck with your thoughts in your own head.
    Does it help living with your family? No. Trust me. Without love, and regular sex, no families can exist in one home for extended periods of time. And married people don’t make love, we all know that. Married people have fights and arguments about stupid bullshit. How many married women are tired of seeing their fat slobs of a husband sitting on the couch watching TV or on the computer all day?
    Don’t answer that.
    How many married men can’t stand their wives’ nagging any more?
    Answer that.

    What’s the number of married people who had an affair online in 2020?
    Has anyone thought of that?

    You think you’d want to spend all your time with your loved one, until you actually live with them. And then you don’t. And the longer you spend time with them, the more noticeable their annoying behaviors become. Until you can’t stand them anymore.

    Psychology. I think I’m going to be a psychotherapist in Nightfall City soon! Where I can dump some of these depressing facts on married people and watch them get divorced. I could be a divorce lawyer! And, as a bonus, I get to “offer comfort services” to the newly divorced women!
    Fiction.

    Oh yeah, and there’s The Nightfall City!

    If life in the pub was too restrictive for you, there’s an entire city out there, which resembles the cyberpunk future we’re all looking forward to.

    That requires some general knowledge of how pubnixes work, SSH, Gopher and Gemini protocols. It’s all quite simple, actually. So do not be discouraged to explore the future of open internet.

    The Midnight Pub and Nightfall City are like an oasis in the desert of the corporate surveillance networks and the storms of the Covid-19 pandemic.
    Seek shelter in one of the mud huts, and adapt to survive. This storm’s just getting started.

    The beauty of Midnight Pub is that you can access the site from the regular web or from gopher and gemini. And that’s a really cool concept. Cosmic Voyage has also implemented web, gopher and gemini. And Midnight Pub will be the second to implement all three protocols for a single site. And it gets a thumbs up from me.

    Now someone may wonder, “Why implement gemini and gopher when the regular web already exists?”
    Because the web absolutely sucks!
    The moment some capitalist corporate crooks decided to inject advertisements and trackers and all that bullshit into regular webpages, thus clogging the internet with all that crap, the www was doomed.
    There are no ads or trackers in the gopherholes or geminispace.
    Intelligent people love that.
    Stupid people, don’t use adblockers when browsing YouTube.

    Anyway, 2021 is the year of Gopher and Gemini protocols. The users are taking their internet and freedom back. And the capitalist corporate crooks can kiss my ass!

    Update: Initially I said Cosmic Voyage had implemented only the web and gemini. I forgot. It’s also implemented gopher! Officially making it the first site to offer all three versions in my books.

     
  • isvarahparamahkrsnah

    isvarahparamahkrsnah 6:57 pm on March 2, 2021 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , amdgpu_bl0, amdgpu_bl1, backlight brightness, , , , drivers, , , , kernel, , Linus, Linus Torvalds, , linux drivers, nouveau, , nvidia drivers, NVIDIA X SERVER, NVIDIA X SERVER Settings, , screen brightness, ,   

    AMD & NVIDIA: The Enemies Of Linux 

    I just can’t get a break from these dumbass computer hardware manufacturers and their stupid fuckups.

    One of the reasons I wanted a new laptop was to be able to run almost any Linux distro without any issues.
    But that doesn’t seem to be the case, does it?

    I’ve been waiting for several weeks for AMD to fix a backlight issue problem where the screen brightness is 100% on every boot.

    Here’s an example of the error:

    systemd-backlight@backlight:amdgpu_bl0.service – Load/Save Screen Backlight Brightness of backlight:amdgpu_bl0
    Loaded: loaded (/usr/lib/systemd/system/systemd-backlight@.service; static)
    Active: failed (Result: exit-code) since Tue 2021-03-02 05:41:00 EEST; 5min ago
    Docs: man:systemd-backlight@.service(8)
    Process: 331 ExecStart=/usr/lib/systemd/systemd-backlight load backlight:amdgpu_bl0 (code=exited, status=1/FAILURE)
    Main PID: 331 (code=exited, status=1/FAILURE)

    Now this problem has been mentioned on several sites – on the kernel site, on AMD’s site, on systemd’s site, and on several distro forums.
    Nobody seems to be doing anything to fix this big fucking problem.

    So my question is, how long will I have to wait for some googley-eyed nerd to sort out whatever’s causing the problem?

    I don’t wanna be blinded by my screen when I turn the laptop on every dawn.
    Every week I checked the site for any updates, and all I see are more users having similar problems.

    So this is my understanding on the issue: Nobody is doing anything to fix a simple backlight issue. Several users have come up with their own hacks but I’m not looking for hacks. I want a perfectly running Linux OS when I do my upgrades.

    I’m not a patient man. Never was.

    Here’s my advice to anyone looking to purchase a laptop and run Linux on it – go for an Intel chip. Fuck it. But a laptop cooler or a mini fridge to put your laptop in, while you’re using it. At least you won’t be blinded by the fucking screen every time you boot or wake the damn thing up.
    Since both AMD and NVIDIA want to fuck around with the Linux users, fuck them both! Intel’s dropping their own GPUs soon. So wait for them and get an Intel CPU with an Intel GPU! How about that, eh?

    I want all the nerds from all sides to get together – have a meeting, and figure out what’s causing this fucking problem and fix it.

    Imagine my horror when I’d just got a brand new fucking laptop, installed my OS in it, upgraded the kernel and wallah! Blinding screen on every boot.

    This problem will have to be fixed. I’m stuck with this machine for the rest of the decade. I don’t want to endure a stupid fucking backlight brightness problem for 10 years.

    I’m raising awareness here.
    This is me, calling out all the nerds and stating the problem.
    This isn’t me, coming out, guns blazing, blowing craters up your asses.
    But my next article, will be a volcanic eruption. Linus Torvalds – that’s your cue.

    While I’m at it, here’s another problem: Why am I not seeing higher boost clock speeds on Linux? Is it AMD’s fault or the Linux kernel’s?
    I haven’t looked into it yet. But before I get down to it, I suggest ya’ll look into it first.

    Now, onto NVIDIA.

    Everyone says AMD GPUs just work on Linux.
    So why don’t NVIDIA’s?
    Why doesn’t the NVIDIA X SERVER Settings work?
    Now my laptop has a dedicated GPU that does fuck-all when running Linux.

    The nouveau nerds are saying NVIDIA has closed sourced their graphics cards. That’s why I’m unable to make use of them.

    Here’s my message to NVIDIA: NVIDIA you chinga a tu madre fuck you motherfuckers hija de su pinche, perra, aguanga, desgraciada madre!
    Open source your goddamn drivers and make sure they’re working like a charm on every goddamn Linux distro on this planet.
    Until that happens, I’m going to be writing an article every month, reminding the entire world just how much NVIDIA SUCKS.

    Linus, are you taking notes?

    AMD, lower your goddamn prices. Just because you’re making better chips than Intel doesn’t mean you should start raping your customers’ wallets.
    If AMD’s 6000 series chips aren’t priced appropriately, I’ll be posting a dozen articles discussing why AMD’s chips aren’t worth the prices, but not without a detailed description of Lisa Su’s adventures with a chimpanzee.

    Linus, the backlight.

     
  • isvarahparamahkrsnah

    isvarahparamahkrsnah 7:28 am on March 1, 2021 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , , , LibreKrsnah Desktop OS, , ,   

    I Got A New Laptop 

    Bam!

    Here we go!

    I finally got a “brand new” laptop.
    I spent a lot of time procrastinating on the announcement because I was working on some other things.

    Like my previous netbook, I will not be revealing any specifics at this point.
    As far as I can remember, I’d never mentioned specific details regarding my netbook, until I was finally in the process of moving away from it.

    Now that I’ve switched devices, I can finally make the announcement.

    I know this sounds ridiculous but this is part of my privacy-security threat model.
    Writing articles in my no-nonsense, straight-forward, factual style is a dangerous hobby. It could get me killed.
    Don’t believe me? Just look at China, India, Thailand, Egypt and a dozen other countries where bloggers have been arrested, jailed, or assassinated.

    So I will not be discussing which laptop I finally managed to procure. At least not yet.

    I will say this – I had to hassle a lot to finally get my hands on this device.
    Had to go through a lot of hurdles to buy it.
    First of all, all the stores that I visited had Intel laptops.
    And once I mentioned that I wanted a dedicated GPU, they directed me to the gaming sections, with the Lenovo Legions and HP Omens.
    I was disgusted!

    It’s going to get worse from now on. Because laptop manufacturers have finally found a new way to scam consumers with yet another useless genre – laptops for creators, which are becoming increasingly popular in demand.

    Remember when they came up with the ultrabooks? Then they invented the convertibles.
    Now, they’ve invented laptops with microbials. Have you heard of this shit?
    Pretty soon, they’ll invent laptops with retractible silicon hands targeted towards the basement dwelling neckbeards.

    The first thing that I did was to look up the prices of all the laptops online.
    Then I went to all the stores in my area and gathered their prices.
    All the local stores had jacked up the prices by a significant amount compared to online stores.

    I’m not a rich bastard.
    And every online site I visited had some bad reviews from customers regarding opened packages and faulty devices and receiving devices with different specs…
    I didn’t have enough money to tolerate all these fucking problems, okay?
    I just wanted a brand new device with no problems! Delivered ON TIME.

    Now I did order a laptop online.
    But I did it directly from the manufacturer’s. Figured I’d have less problems in doing so. Buoyiyiyiyiy! Was I so wrong!
    But that’s a story for another day.

    And then I pulled a real gangsta move: I went to a couple of stores, showed them a different manufacturer’s laptop and asked them if they could get me one and for how much.
    Imagine going to an Apple store and asking if you could buy a Surface Pro.
    LOL

    They all agreed. All I had to do was pick the one with the lowest estimate.
    In doing so, I was able to avoid getting ripped off.

    Now I chose a 2 year old laptop model, because it’s the only one I could afford. And that really sucks because I spent 800 bucks on a 2 year old model that sold for really cheap in the US.
    In fact, I could get a refurbished laptop for 600 bucks with better specs!

    A part of me has some percentage of buyer’s remorse because the laptop that I bought has now been made obsolete by newer better models at the same price point.

    And I feel like an idiot because now, my new laptop is literally old and the only consolation I can give myself is that maybe it suits me because I’m a minimalist. But we all know that’s bullshit. I got conned.

    Had I waited until now, I could’ve got myself a hexacore brand new 2021 edition laptop or at least the powerful Ideapad gaming 3.
    And, on that line of thought, if I could wait a few more weeks or months, I could get an even more powerful laptop!
    Jesus Christ!
    Where does this all end?

    In the market today, CPUs get obsolete really fast! GPUs are likely to stay relevant for at least 2-3 years. But new CPUs are been churned out annually so it kinda sucks for people who don’t have money to buy a new laptop every year or so.

    So this machine has a quad core processor, a dedicated GPU, a single channel 8 Gig RAM and a slow ass HDD.
    That’s right folks, I couldn’t afford an SSD. And I couldn’t afford 16 gigs of dual channel memory either.
    BUT, it is upgradable. So in the future, I could add another RAM stick, an SSD and so on.
    The NVIDIA GPU wasn’t compatible with LibreKrsnah Desktop OS v0.1 beta. I did spend several days working on LibreKrsnah Desktop OS v0.2 beta but the GPU problem still isn’t fixed.
    So, I have to switch to Windows whenever I want to use the GPU.

    In hindsight, perhaps I should’ve chosen an AMD CPU – AMD GPU config since I primarily run Linux. AMD CPU – NVIDIA GPU configs have a lot of problems on Linux. AMD GPUs though, aren’t as powerful as NVIDIA’s.

    AMD CPUs just became faster than Intel. Up until 2019, Intel chips were still more powerful than AMD’s.

    So, how does my “new” laptop stack up against my old ones?
    Well, the CPU is at least 500% faster than my HP laptop and over 1300% faster than my Lenovo netbook!

    The integrated GPU is at least 900% faster than the integrated GPU in my HP laptop and over 1000% faster than the integrated GPU in my Lenovo netbook.

    The dedicated GPU is at least 2800% faster than the integrated GPU in my HP laptop, and over 3000% faster than the integrated GPU in my Lenovo netbook.

    So, is it an upgrade? Of course!
    But is it the best upgrade I could’ve made? No.

    At the time of my purchase, the Ideapad Gaming sold for around $850 which was already over my $800 baseline. I’m quite surprised that Lenovo dropped the prices so quickly. I think this only goes to prove how Lenovo pricks can’t be trusted. I’ve heard this from several reviewers as well – Lenovo keeps changing their prices all the time. If the Ideapad Gaming started selling so well, I bet they’d bump the prices up to $1000 the very next day!
    FUCK LENOVO! LENOVO SUCKS!

    I’ll be adding an additional RAM stick in the future, and get an SSD. That should significantly bump up the performance.

    It’s very weird that LibreKrsnah Desktop OS v0.1 beta took longer to boot on the “new” laptop than my old netbook. I think there will be some optimizations in the future.
    I do have a roadmap for the upgrades coming next year, so maybe I’ll write an article about that.

    Footnote: In explaining the details of the specs, I believe I’ve already doxxed my laptop. Oh well!

     
  • isvarahparamahkrsnah

    isvarahparamahkrsnah 11:13 am on February 27, 2021 Permalink | Reply
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    Purchasing A Laptop: Considering The Specs 

    In the previous article, I talked about the options that I had.
    And I discussed the internals of those laptops.

    Now why would I review the internals first?
    Well, your typical consumer will look at the specs and the price and make their purchase based on those two points.
    But I, ain’t no typical consumer.
    As much as I wanted the best specs in any laptop, I also wanted a good repairability and upgradability, which is something most people overlook when making their purchase decision.

    So that was quite important to me. If something broke, I wanted to be able to fix it myself. If I wanted an upgrade in the future, I wanted to be able to do it myself.
    That’s the thing. If I know what’s under my hood, it makes me feel comfortable using the damn machine.
    If there’s a problem, then I’d know exactly what to look for.

    On that note, a few weeks ago I wrote an article about Apple’s M1 chip and I mentioned the architecture and specs.
    In that article, I mentioned how everything was so closely integrated and tightly baked, that even though the performance was on the next level, upgradability, was simply not there.

    About 3 days ago, I read an article about some M1 Users complaining of really high SSD usage. Now this isn’t a problem with regular laptops, in which, you can just replace the SSD and everything fine and dandy. Apple being the apple cunts that they are, soldered the SSD onto the motherboards. As if soldering the RAM wasn’t enough, those pricks soldered the goddamn SSDs into the motherboard.
    What’s next? Soldering the battery into the motherboard? Bet they’ll use gorilla glue to do it!
    Bunch of idiots.

    The next iPad will have the screens and battery soldered onto the motherboard. I don’t know how they’ll do it, but Apple as a corporate blackhole is expert at squeezing every last penny out of their fanboys.

    Anyway, fuck Apple.
    Let’s move on to my options.

    1. Lenovo IdeaPad L340

    CPU: Intel Core i5-9300HF
    GPU: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650
    RAM: 8 Gb
    STORAGE: 256 Gb SSD
    Price: $673.70 + $28.10 + $152.98 = $854.78

    2. Lenovo Ideapad Gaming 3

    CPU: Intel Core i5-10300H or AMD Ryzen 5 4600H
    GPU: NVIDIA GTX 1650Ti
    RAM: 8Gb
    STORAGE: variable
    Price: variable ($800 – $1050)

    Okay. Let’s just stop right there and declare this laptop to be the current champion for the price:performance, okay?
    This laptop is a beast. Now I could only wish that this laptop was cheaper when I was ready to cash out. But it wasn’t.

    Talk about regrets! If I could’ve waited just a few more weeks, I could’ve got me a hexa core beast that would last for 2 decades straight!

    If you’re looking to buy a laptop right now, go for this machine. No hesitation.
    This advice is only valid for a few weeks or months at most. Because manufacturers are about to release the next gen laptops and by then, several other options will become available.

    But as of now, this is the king of cheap laptops.

    3. Dell G3

    CPU: Intel Core i5-10300H
    GPU: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650
    RAM: 8Gb
    STORAGE: 256 Gb
    Price: $718.00 + $30.02 + $163.50 = $911.52

    4. HP Pavilion Gaming Laptop 15

    CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 4600H
    GPU: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650
    RAM: 8Gb
    STORAGE: 256Gb
    Price: $699.00 + $26.06 + $158.03 = $883.09

    Now this laptop has so many variations with different prices, you’ll have to decide your priorities. The one here has the best processor in my opinion. You can get Intel’s garbage if you like.

    I’d like to note that when I went out to buy my new laptop, this was one of my favorite considerations. But the price man… the price let me down. Just like the Lenovo Ideapad above.

    If I were to choose between the two, the Ideapad still wins.

    5. Asus TUF Gaming

    Now ASUS jackasses have so many configs, so I’ll choose the cheapest one here.

    CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 3550H
    GPU: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650
    RAM: 8Gb
    STORAGE: 256 Gb
    Price: $723.00 + $28.84 + $163.83 = $915.67

    Now the 4600H model costs $1,084.67. That was already out of my budget. Sucks.

    6. Acer Nitro 5

    These assholes also have too many variants.
    I’ll list the cheapest one here.

    CPU: Intel Core i5-9300H
    GPU: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650
    RAM: 8Gb
    STORAGE: 256 GB
    Price: $714.99 + $28.67 + $162.14 = $905.80

    7. MSI GF63

    CPU: Intel Core i5-9300H
    GPU: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650
    RAM: 8Gb
    STORAGE: 256 Gb
    Price: $699.00 + $30.60 + $159.14 = $888.74

    8. MSI GF75

    CPU: Intel Core i5-10300H
    GPU: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650
    RAM: 8Gb
    STORAGE: 512 Gb
    Price: $789.99 + $33.31 + $180.71 = $1,004.01

    If you’ve got 1000 bucks, this is the machine you want. MSI laptops have better quality than Lenovo. So keep that in mind.

    9. Asus Vivobook Gaming F571

    This piece of crap is only available in some markets, so don’t even bother.

    Why the fuck did I even include this piece of shit here? The worst laptop and it ain’t even available worldwide. Fuck Asus!

    10. Acer Aspire 7

    Another piece of crap from Acer. Only available on Acer stores.
    Buoiyiyiyi! Ain’t nobody got time to check on Acer stores! I gets my laptop infos on Amazon!
    If your laptop ain’t available on Amazon, it ain’t worth buying. Simple as that!

    Anyway, there’s the list of cheap laptops I’d compiled.
    Many of them will probably be phased out soon as the new laptops arrive with next Gen processors.

    One interesting observation here is that almost all laptops ship with the 1650.
    I’ve been looking at newer models too and they too ship with 1650. So if you have a GTX 1650 card, it’s safe to say you’re still on the current gen.

    The more expensive laptops now ship with RTX 2070 and so on. I think this is the last generation of the GTX series.
    From this point forward, all new laptops will ship with an RTX GPU. Because that’s where the big deal is.

    There’s still laptops on the market with the GTX 1060 graphics card. Those run really well.
    So if you want something cheap, look into the laptops released in the past 3 years. That’s where you’ll get the best bang for your money.
    I believe many of the laptops in this list were released within the past 2 years. The only giveaway is the processor, which can let you know how far back you’re riding.

     
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