Living

Good night to you my friends,

This article is an exclusive one that will be re-written in french. Let’s go.

Through continuous thinking, you might come one day with this deep question: What am I to do with my life? Is what I am doing meaningful? Cause if you really think (yes yes, some people are able to do it, believe me! ), you will understand that – once you forget faith – if your life is going to end, then everything you have done will have no meaning at all for you! It does not matter what you do, there will be nothing left of you after you die. Because you will have ceased to exist, there will be no trace of you, you are just dead! This one thought has killed my life.

It is one of the biggest source of my depression.

The answer is quite  simple though : You exist. That is a fact. You do not just live, you exist, even dead you are still present. You are part of the universe  (awesome eh? when you give it enough thought you have a lot of importance… But you are not the only one so don’t let it go to your head!). The universe is also a part of you. You are then everything and nothing at the same time – yes you are an ant, but you are still part of the colony. That means you never cease to exist. You have existed before going out of your mother’s womb, And you will still continue to exist after your death. And once you accept this, you are only one step awaay to this (yes I know, another one) question: Where do I exist?

YOU! THE BEING READING THIS! You cannot even fathom how much you exist. You are everywhere. You are the job you have, you are the family you have created, you are everything rising about you. You are relationships, you are changes, you are existence itself. You are all the changes you had and all the changes you created. Actually I would take this to one thing. Yes you exist, but also, your “human” existance is proof of changes. So yes, you will die one day. But everything you have done, every people you have influenced are still holding a part of you. A part that will be given to others over the year. It will not deteriorate. It will become not just only you, but also other people’s influence, other people’s existence. You will be a One in the Everything.  Once again. Believe me, you life is not wasted, your power is huge. So decide of your life, live, accept, change, become. You are everything. Nothing is true, everything is possible.

With love, Arthur

Ps: Here are two links. The first one to a zenpencils comic that I will let you discover. The second one is a speech made by Alan Watts. Enjoy it http://zenpencils.com/comic/65-marianne-williamson-our-deepest-fear/

Bienvenue!

Hello baby!

Welcome on my… Well third web diary (although it is only supposed to be an English version of the French one). After having created my first blog over my stories as a French Erasmus in Poznan, I really wanted to continue writing but more about personal stuff. Though I may not exactly know what is going to be published here, I will try to make you guys like the crazy things that are lurking inside my head!

 

Through those articles, I will show you what I like. What I really am. Hope you’ll like it fuckers!
French kisses and spartan madness.
Arthur

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Fighting ads

The commercials that overcome ad-blocking softwares: Two ways of taking them out

 

Lately there has been a lot of programs which were able to overcome the limits of your usual ad blocker. Some of them use really simple path. Here you will find some easy way of suppressing them.

 

I have always been using Adblock on Google chrome as soon as I knew about it. This really is the first thing I do on a new computer. First I use internet explorer or safari to download either chrome or Firefox, and then I download Adblock (Adblock plus on Firefox would be the equivalent). If you do not know about it, this Add-on will block every one of those commercials that will come bugging you over the internet, making your e-life much more comfortable.

Actually, before going on, I should remind you of a very useful gadget in Adblock. If a commercial is able to overcome in a simple manner the program, you have an even simpler basic way of blocking definitely this kind of ad.

Clicking on the Adblock logo as shown up here will give you access to this simple panel. “Block an ad on this page” is of course what you want. Then the add-on will ask you to click on the ad and then show you that it will be able to suppress any commercial with the same source from now on. Most of the time, automatic upgrades of your add-on will do the job in your stead.

It really IS easy. But another way was found in order to avoid this system. And in this case, no matter how many time you do the previous steps, it will not work and the ads will continue to appear. This time it is your turn (for the moment at least) to stop it. This article concern two levels of “avoiders”.

 

First avoider: The mischievous add-on

Came a time when I saw that repeated ads were constantly appearing in my browser. Blocking them did not work at all (not even on the moment) and they started getting really annoying – ads with sounds of course. I tried to suppress loads of time, it really got on my nerve. And then I decided to maybe re-install my ad blocker… With this goal in mind, I went to the extensions part of my browser and here I found it.

Do you see this little guy? The one called “Plus HD”. It actually is a fake. Every ads that were displayed had written at the bottom “Powered by plus HD”. So here is one of those multiple buggers that might (or will) hide in the Add-ons section of your browser. There are others, I tried the same procedure on other friends’ laptops and it worked the same way with add-ons that had different names. Now you have two choices, either you disable them, either you remove them – However disabling them might be a better choice. This way they will not come back the same way as they first did: the add-on is already here, but not used.

This is how you deal with this first level of threat, however it is not the worst (yet).

The second level: the discreet malware

 

I was talking about plus HD previously. Well, no matter the number of times I suppressed it or disabled it, it continuously came back or reactivated itself and I did not know what to do facing this situation. Until the day I wandered around my program files section and found the bugger again. Plus HD is a malware that might hide in any program that you will install on your computer. It will install itself without you noticing and that is how it will be able to reactivate itself, gain access to your cookies and other personal info. You should simply delete it. Now a good way of controlling this is checking up the programs installed on your computer when you have a doubt. Take the time to check the apps you do not know, it will save you some time in the future. This procedure, while being still  simple, would be the most efficient one at keeping those ads from coming back.

 

The world of computer hacking is quite big, so of course this article won’t be a remedy to all your problems, so keep your eyes awake and your antivirus up to date!

 

Link to Adblock on chrome:

https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/adblock/gighmmpiobklfepjocnamgkkbiglidom?hl=en

Link to Adblock plus on Firefox:

https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/adblock-plus/

Speak to your computer

How to make your computer obey everything you say – Dragon Naturally Speaking Experience

 

Everybody knows about Siri, this one software that will obey each one of your commands (or at least try), there are other computer programs mimicking this idea. Well, Dragon is one of the oldest – and still the best to me today.

 

While its first version – DragonDictate – was only usable for simple dictating (and by “usable” it meant saying one word at a time with clear insistence), today the software developed by Nuance Communications has become a powerful help to computer management.

 

“Dragon is the world’s best-selling speech recognition software. It turns your talk into text and can make virtually any computer task easier and faster. From capturing ideas and creating documents, to email and searching the web, to using simple voice commands to control many of the popular programs you use every day at home, work – and beyond.”

Nuance’s descriptions of its software is quite true actually. Once you have created your own profile and have passed the five-minute long speech personal recognition test, you will gain full access to a really easy to use software. No need to bother yourself with hours of command and going through tons of researches that will clearly get on your nerves, just simply say what you want. The program is automatically linked to your computer’s main programs and therefore should be able to use them. The speech understanding system comes also really handy for precise Word document use as long as you are not afraid of talking to your computer with direct commands.

 

The last – and most amazing – part of Dragon would be the program’s ability to improve.

 

Firstly, when some word are not recognized by the program – like brand names, but a lot of them are already incorporated in the program – you can simply use the command “add a new word” which you can type or spell and then will have to pronounce. Does not take too long and you will not need it that much. The software will also register any changes or particularities in your voice pattern every time you will quit it in order to make the user’s experience better (that is why you can create several profiles).

And then comes the command part. Dragon Naturally Speaking has several dictation modes, from “dictate only” to command mode whilst its normal mode will be also quite good at doing the distinction between all of them. And after the “add a new word” command was also added “add a new command”. So yeah, you can really use this to enslave your computer and make him work by your voice only (or nearly, switching between conversations for example on Facebook is quite hard).

Though the software is quite pricy for only 3Go, you should not regret the experience provided and will clearly enjoy this new way of working on your computer. – Works on mac and PC