Commentary and Feedback on Internet Browsing by Mitch Santell
It has always been my view that it is better to focus on solutions than continuously complain. If you live on the web the way, I do you most likely have tried various browsers. Right?
The single best browser for the Mac platform right here right now is Dissenter.
It is an open-source browser.
After being deplatformed byChromeandFirefoxwhich control 70% of the internet browser market, the free speech software company Gab has launched an alpha version of the Dissenter browser. The browser, which is a fork of the open-source Brave browser, comes with a built-in Dissenter comments extension to help users resist online censorship and integrated ad blocking to prevent third parties tracking users online activity. It’s currently in alpha and available to Windows, Mac, and Linux users.
The Dissenter browser is the third major release from Gab. The company has previously launched the Gab social network and theDissenter comments app. Both of these products are based around the core principle of promoting free speech and all user comments in these products are protected by the First Amendment of the United States Constitution.
The Dissenter browser itself is fast and functional. The speed of the browser combined with the built-in ad blocking ensures that web pages load quickly and makes browsing the internet a smooth and enjoyable experience.
Gabsaidthat it built the Dissenter browser in response to “a months-long coordinated campaign to eject Gab from as many corners of the internet as possible” and that the browser will “put free speech and users first.”
Not only does the Dissenter browser give users easy access to the Dissenter extensions and provide a unique browsing experience but it also stops the Dissenter extension being censored at the browser level.
It also creates more diversity and competition in a market where four browsers (Google Chrome, Safari, Firefox, and Internet Explorer) controlalmost 90% of the market.
Like many of Gab’s products, the Dissenter browser isopen sourceand powered by a large community of developers. This means you can review the source code and supports its development directly by getting involved.
Apple pessimism is on the rise. New Apple products are being questioned like never before. Even some of Apple’s most loyal customers are beginning to wonder about Apple’s direction. While many are directing criticism towards Tim Cook, nearly all of the criticism pointed towards Apple can in one way or another be traced back to a different person: Jony Ive.
However, the one area Cook does not have complete control over is product strategy. That distinction belongs to Jony. It may seem hyperbolic to considerJony the most powerful person at Apple. He no longer spends much time managing anyone on a day-to-day basis. He doesn’t speak on Apple’s earnings conference calls. Wall Street knows very little about him, and neither does Silicon Valley. In fact,following his recent promotion to Chief Design Officer, Jony doesn’t even spend as much time at Apple HQ these days. Yet Jony has such a significant influence over Apple’s product strategy, it is safe to say we are firmly within the Jony Ive era at Apple.
Jony holds an incredible amount of power because Apple is a design-led company. Apple’s functional organizational structure and culture are set up in order to give the Industrial Design (ID) group absolute power. ID holds more power at Apple than any other group.
This structure was put in place more than 15 years ago with the iMac being the first product to take advantage of this new culture. Up to the late 1990s, engineers held the most power at Apple. Designers were merely tasked with skinning Apple products created by engineers. With the iMac, ID was afforded the freedom to move ideas from conception to reality without compromise. While Steve Jobs was the primary architect of this new power structure, the relationship he had with Jony undoubtedly played a role.
One of my biggest safe addictions is my constant comparing of different web browsers. This post is being written on a basic iMac with 8GB of RAM and a 1TB SSD drive. Yes, I am using t, e latest version of Mojave and it is excellent. Since I started on the Mac, I have always been a power user. There will come a time sooner rather than later where I’ll get a top end Mac with 128GB of RAM on it one of these days! Okay, enough rambling for one paragraph, let’s get on to my thoughts on Microsoft Edge.
This post is being written directly on Microsoft Edge using WordPress off their website along with the Grammarly Extension as I use their “pro version” to keep my writing crisp.
On Monday, Microsoft announced that it officially released a test version of Microsoft Edge for the Mac. It’s a remarkably, surprisingly solid app even in this pre-launch edition. Even that we already know that its missing a couple of key features, still you can get a feel for whether Microsoft Edge is worth replacing Safari as your main browser.
A key reason that this early version is so robust, though, is the same reason that Microsoft has made this move at all. The company didn’t set out to make a Mac browser, it set out to convert its existing PC Edge into using Google’s Chromium system. That gets it a solid base that happens to also give it a Mac version.
And it’s what makes the Mac version of Microsoft Edge look very like the Mac version of Chrome. If you were thinking of moving from Safari and didn’t want to risk a pre-beta developer version of Microsoft Edge, you could download Chrome and you would get pretty much the same feel.
Safari is also less CPU intensive than either the currently-shipping Chrome or this developer Edge.
We all tend to describe our preferred browser, whichever one it is, as feeling light and responsive and fast compared to the others. The key word there, though, is feeling. If you were checking out Activity Monitor while running these browsers or if you are on a MacBook with little space, you’d unquestionably say that Safari was the lightest.
Compared to Safari, Microsoft Edge is substantially faster, so it is evident that the writer above may only have access to top end Mac “pro” laptops or desktops unlike us regular folk. This Beta Browser is stable and has not crashed once since I installed it. Let me know what your favorite browser or browsers are. Only YOU will know which browser works best for you.
Commentary On The Legacy of Vinyl by Mitch Santell
There is nothing that is more fun than playing a vinyl album. Everything from the paper the album cover is printed on, to the liner notes to the smell of the Vinyl itself, there is nothing quite like it.
Yes, I still have my original record collection from when I was a kid but my greatest treasures are because of my Dad (RIP), who kept bringing me picture disks from the late 1970s that are worth a lot today.
According to Billboard Magazine:
Vinyl album sales in the U.S. hit their 13th consecutive year of growth, with ‘Guardians’ being the top-selling LP and “Yellow Submarine” the biggest vinyl single.
Vinyl album sales continue to be a bright spot among an otherwise bleak album sales picture. 16.8 million vinyl albums were sold in 2018, according to Nielsen Music (up 14.6 percent) — marking the 13th consecutive year of growth for the format. 16.8 million is also a new yearly high for vinyl album sales since Nielsen Music began tracking sales in 1991.
Comparatively, overall album sales (vinyl LP, CD, digital, cassette, etc.) in 2018 fell 17.7 percent to 141 million.
Vinyl LP sales accounted for 11.9 percent of all album sales in 2018 (16.8 million of 141 million). In 2017, the format comprised 6.5 percent of album sales.
Overall in 2018, 14 albums sold more than 50,000 copies on vinyl — up from just eight titles in 2017. Further, 79 titles exceeded 20,000 in LP sales in 2018, as compared to 77 in 2017 and 58 in 2016.
TOP 10 SELLING VINYL ALBUMS OF 2018 IN U.S.
Soundtrack, Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Mix Vol. 1
Michael Jackson, Thriller
Fleetwood Mac, Rumours
The Beatles, Abbey Road
Prince and The Revolution, Purple Rain(Soundtrack)
Pink Floyd, The Dark Side of the Moon
Bob Marley and The Wailers, Legend: The Best Of…
Queen, Greatest Hits
Amy Winehouse, Back to Black
Panic! at the Disco, Pray for the Wicked
Source: Nielsen Music, for the tracking period Dec. 29, 2017 through Jan. 3, 2019. (Titles listed with the same sales total are not tied, as their exact sales are rounded to the nearest thousand.)
RECORD WEEK FOR VINYL ALBUM SALES: 905,000 vinyl albums were sold in the week ending Dec. 27, 2018, the largest week for the format since Nielsen Music began tracking sales in 1991. That sum actually beats out a record that was only set a week earlier, when 880,000 vinyl LPs were sold in the frame ending Dec. 20. (Before 2018, the largest week was registered in the week ending Dec. 21, 2017, with 811,000 vinyl albums sold.)
ROCK AROUND THE VINYL CLOCK: Rock music is tops among vinyl album buyers, as the genre comprises the largest share of vinyl LP sales: 63 percent. In 2017, the genre amounted to 67 percent of LP sales, while in 2016 rock yielded 69 percent of LP sales.
Here we are near the end of 2018 and I simply cannot believe how fast this year went. Over the past few days I have been in dialogue and open discussions with my team about 2019. As I always say, “A Dream Is A Goal With A Deadline.”
This morning I saw this post from one my favorite bloggers. What was the topic? How to make your blog the best it can be in 2019.
(A special hat tip to Sir Danny, a dear friend of mine that I have known for years and is very internet savvy).
The more I looked into online streaming services, the more I found. Need to know more? Here is a recent story that tells it all:
No money in the budget for a Netflix subscription? Or Amazon Prime? Fear not: As long as you have an internet connection, you can still enjoy movie night. Granted, you may not be able to stream Hollywood’s latest, but you can still enjoy gems such as Lady Bird, the first four Rocky movies, The Grand Budapest Hotel and plenty of classics, all without spending an extra penny.
Here are nine services offering totally free — and totally legal — movies you can watch online. Just be prepared to sit through commercials, because that’s how many of these services stay in business. (One quick note: Selections change regularly, so not all the titles listed here may still be available.)