| Email Worse Than Marijuana For Intelligence? |
| from the as-an-evergreen-state-graduate-i'm-unqualified-to-commen|
| posted by Zonk on Friday April 22, @20:35 (The Internet) |
| http://slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=05/04/22/2146251 |
wallykeyster writes "The Guardian is reporting that a recent study at
King's College indicates that the average IQ loss of email users was
10 points (or six points more than cannabis users). Details on The
Register as well. The Register has a related story about how computers
make kids dumb and an apparent "problem-solving deficit disorder"
observed in children who use computers. I thought it was television that
rotted your brain?"
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I suppose it’s not ironic that I picked up this priceless Slashdot tidbit via email, and that I am now wasting my time with this pointless blog entry.
Who has time for this bullshit?
I got my very own first personal computer from Gateway in 1991. It came with Windows 2.0. Then Windows 3.0 came out and I upgraded. Woohoo!
Years rolled by, my computers morphed into different animals as I replaced and upgraded parts, and eventually I upgraded to… Windows 95! Woohoo!
Like a million other consumers I must have assumed that blue screens of death and other mysterious problems were just part of life. People would write funny haikus and stuff, remember?
Around 1996 I started getting interested in making HTML pages. Then I got interested in writing CGI scripts. Then I got interested in web/database programming. I had a shared web hosting account on a Unixoid system and wanted to simulate that environment, more or less, on my development machine and learn more about all that stuff. Over time, I tried several Linux distros and FreeBSD 4.something. Each time I got a little closer to a fully functioning system, but were problems too difficult for me to surmount, and I gave up and stayed with Windows.
Once upon a time, around 2000, I was doing PHP/MySQL development on the computer I had bought from the now-defunct Quantex Systems. It was running the OS that it came with: Windows 98. I was trying to run a reasonable code editor, a browser or two, a MySQL (database) server and Apache (web server). I had a lot of physical memory, but things just kept crashing, and I naively wondered what was wrong.
There is undoubtedly some precise technical explanation of what was wrong, but the high-level, plain English explanation is simple: Windows 98 was a piece of shit junk consumer operating system that was never intended for serious work of the sort I was attempting. I vowed that someday I would leave this abusive relationship and never go back.
I finally did it about three years ago: got a fully functional Linux running. I don’t do Windows anymore, I extremely rarely crash, I can do everything I need to do, and my wife — who is not technically inclined — can sit down in front of it, browse the web, process words, etc., without knowing or caring whether it’s Linux or Windows or something else.
I am never ever going to buy another PC with Windows on it because there is no reason why I should pay for that crap, and neither should you. I have friends and family who struggle with Windows spyware and viruses and I tell them they don’t have to put up with that if they really don’t want to. Nobody is obligated to put up with Windows anymore. You can get a Mac, or a PC with Linux pre-installed from somebody like Monarch Computer, or even <gasp!/> install it yourself and be happy. I’m serious.
I can’t see why so many people are falling all over themselves to praise the Pope. So he preached love and peace — so what? He was the Pope, right? Espousing basic Christian values is his job; doing his job is hardly above and beyond the call.
Let’s see, what else? Lacking the balls and/or the wisdom to break with centuries of fucked up dogma and continuing to discourage condom use among tens of millions of people in impoverished, AIDs-ravaged regions like Africa. Way to go fuckhead.
I say good riddance.