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I’m not even going to beat around the bush with this post. Why are people such outright dicks when it comes to what type of computer or phone other people use?

  • I see so many Windows users scoff or laugh at anyone who uses a Mac, with the thought that they’re “underpowered and overpriced”.
  • I see Mac users—far fewer than in the past—attack Windows users in retaliation, and some attack Windows users for being “stupid”.
  • I see Linux users attack anyone who uses “non-free software”, or for not following the free software mentality.
  • I see Android users taunt iPhone users for buying “overpriced” hardware.
  • I see iPhone users taunt Android users for having “malware-riddled” phones.

It’s just insane that these people go so far out of their way to attack others, just to deal with their own inadequacies.

I use a Mac. I’m still a fan of Windows 7 and Windows Vista. I’m still a fan of Gentoo. I use an iPhone, but I also own Android, Windows Phone, and Firefox OS devices. I won’t make fun of someone for making their own choices.

But I’ll never understand why others do it. It just makes no sense to me.

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As I had been using my new Surface Pro 3 as my primary device for my typical “30 day trial”, I was also forced to use Windows 10. I must say, even an unstable Arch Linux partition would be much more stable than Windows 10.

First of all, application stability. Simply switching applications would often cause background applications to become unstable. For example, going from Word to Pale Moon and back often caused Word to simply lock up and crash. Word, OneNote, and Store apps were the most problematic, but any app had a chance of falling apart just from using Alt+Tab or Win+Tab. Just today alone, I lost almost 10K words worth of work in MS Word, both from Word itself crashing, and OneDrive crashing. Even Windows Vista does not have these issues, and yet, Windows 10 does.

Then there is OneDrive’s stability. OneDrive has been my primary cloud storage solution since the drives in my home’s NAS began to fail, and in Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows Phone 8, it works extremely well. In Windows 10, OneDrive becomes so unstable that a 4KB file could instantly fail to upload, and do so silently in the background. I do not know what level of idiocy has befallen Windows 10’s APIs, but to go from “working perfectly” to “working less than 10% of the time” is absolutely unacceptable for a productivity environment. Mercifully, I do have an external HDD, and I can use Dropbox for some documents until I can revive the NAS with new HDDs.

Then…there is the update problem. Windows 10’s updates being forced on the user is bad, but when they break functionality and have no way to fully roll back the update, that is completely unacceptable. Windows 10 is made for a beta testing environment, not a production environment. Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 allow the user to stop an update from taking hold, and this is a key requirement for having a stable system.

In Microsoft’s efforts to have an evergreen operating system—a feature that many people in the technology industry want, but not as many non-technical users—they have managed to copy Google’s eternal beta design a little too well. Unlike Google, Microsoft’s Windows 10 is actually in a perpetual beta state.

I will continue to use my Surface, but only as an art tablet. My laptop will be used for writing, as I can rely on it.

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This subject is actually unsettling me the more I dwell on it, so I believe it is time to talk about this issue.

Not too long ago, while talking with my mate Calyo Delphi, she brought up the idea of including a generic neutral pronoun in my constructed language, Arcegaō. Now, this language does not use pronouns at allor even the concept of genders beyond the physical sex of the individualand I had mentioned as much once before. I still do not understand why attempting to force such a concept into the language even crossed her mind.

And then, I looked around, and found that many people have been attempting to do just that: to force the concepts of pronouns onto other languages that lack them, and to force gender neutral pronouns on those that lack them.

I do not enjoy stating the obvious, but the internet has turned rather…insane as of late, in regards to gender and sex. Tumblr alone has likely caused more than its fair share of pronouns to be created for the English language. This is not a problem in and of itself, but I honestly question just how far this craze as come.

Fairly recently, I was pointed to a Tumblr post chain where there was a call for including pronouns in Japanese, with a vast majority of the calls to action being made by native English speakers from the US and Europe, and some calls being made by Spanish and German language speakers. I would link to this, but as with many things on Tumblr, it has either been removed by the user, or delisted. Searching for three hours has proven fruitless, and I do not have the energy to continue sifting through the cruft that Tumblr has.

From what I can tell, pronouns were created for two reasons: to break up monotony within long speech and writing, and to act as general identifiers for unknown subjects or values. They were designed to simplify much more complex sentence structures, which is a noble goal in its own right.

However, gender is now such a moving target, that pronouns are becoming almost their own sublanguage within English. Lists of these simple words are slowly turning into lists of names in their own right, and some people become extremely particular about what they are called.

Personally, I prefer the shi/hir pronouns for intersex, coined and popularized by famous Sci-Fi author Bernard Doove, or the it/its/they pronoun set used for gender neutrality. I honestly do not care, and rarely speak out about being called he/his by people who barely know me, but I am unusual in that regard.

Some people prefer something akin to a title in place of a pronoun, such as toy or mistress. Some jokingly (and non-jokingly) prefer species names, such as dragon or cat.

Then again, another person may see it/its/they as insulting or demeaning, and refuse to call me such due to their own moral boundaries. Some may see referring to another being as a toy to be demeaning. Much like speech patterns, people have their boundaries, whether others agree with them or not. (Expect another journal entry about speech patterns soon.)

Regardless of what your own boundaries are, the use of pronouns is evolving, and I am left with a question. If pronouns are becoming so complex, why are we still using them in English?

The trend in the English language is to simplify concepts as best as possible. With the route pronouns are going, they could soon add a level of unnecessary complexity that would make teaching them―and even learning them―to be excessively difficult at some point.

Should English continue using pronouns? Should they be simplified? What is the answer? I honestly do not know. (I do want Xindaf to cover this subject at some point, though.)

For now, all I can say is that it will be interesting to watch what happens going into the future.

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I do not talk of this subject very often, but I believe it should be mentioned.

In this age of social media, many people tend to make very quick reactions to anything that is said, done, or created. This includes creations which are hyped by its fanbase, and fanbases which cause issues with those outside of its community.

For example, My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic. Members of that community managed to force the show on people so much that many began to hate the show and everything surrounding it, even without seeing it. Another that is similar to this is Five Nights at Freddy's, which to some extent, I am guilty of due to just how much the story inspired me. In fact, here is a short list of some subjects in which I have seen or experienced this issue crop up:

  • My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic
  • Five Nights at Freddy's
  • Steven Universe
  • Normal Show
  • Spongebob Squarepants
  • Undertale
  • Earthbound/Mother series
  • Homestuck
  • Pokémon
  • Digimon
  • Team Fortress 2
  • Portal
  • Half-Life
  • South Park
  • Family Guy
  • King of the Hill
  • Linux
  • Macs and iDevices
  • Android
  • Japanese Anime
  • Avatar: The Last Airbender (TV Show)
  • Legend of Korra

This is only a short list, mind you, and only subjects which I myself have either experienced backlash over, or have seen others experience backlash from.

With that said, it seems like the current age punishes anyone who has passion or inspiration regarding some of these topics. Typically, it is punishment from people who have been pushed by those who force that passion on others, but it happens with anything that has gathered a strong following where the fans can become rabid.

I do have a reason for saying all of this, though. When I encounter something which has inspired me, or which I enjoy, I like to talk about it. However, if I try to bring up something which has already been ruined for someone, I become the focus of the very backlash I mentioned above.

It hurts because, unlike many people, it is excessively difficult for me to talk with people. I never now what will set people off, so I tend to just stay quiet. As I even commented to my master Achiga during the night, I often consider just locking myself away in my bedroom and shutting out society and socialization as a whole.

For me, it causes my mind to say, "You should feel guilty for liking this, because it has hurt someone you care about." This happens with everything for me, to the point that even being in a good mood when my mates are down or depressed causes me to feel guilty for being happy, and when they are in a good mood while my own mood is poor, I feel guilty for not being as cheerful as they are. Or having new things which I may be proud of…If I wind up annoying someone because I mention it, I feel guilty for being happy about that.

I do not know what this is called…Social anxiety? I am not in an abusive relationship, as my mates are very loving. This is all me, and I simply do not know what can be done about it. I cannot take any sort of psychoactive medication (I am medically barred from doing so), and if I were to so much as ask about any sort of alternative medicine online, the backlash would be swift and humiliating.

To use the spoon theory, I feel as if I have used a year's worth of spoons in the last few months alone. I have not truly enjoyed much of what I do, and when I do enjoy something, it simply drops into the guilt bucket shortly afterward. For example, enjoying my story writing, only to feel guilty that I was not doing dishes or writing down notes; or watching something to relax, only to feel guilty that I was not doing something more productive; or sleeping when I know I should be working on my story universe or notes. Yes…I will admit that I feel guilty about sleeping.

This is what I have been coping with for quite a while. I do not say much about it, as talking about it with others does not help at all. In fact, it triggers the guilty feelings, as I feel I am drawing down the mood by bringing it up. But yes…This is what I cope with. Maybe someone will have some information about it, but as of right now, this is all I know about my issue.

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