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What Your Web Browser Says About You

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Ok, I’m sure you’ve seen a post like this before, but this horse ain’t dead yet! A web browser says a lot about a person, much like the style of his or her clothing, so what does your web browser say about you? Warning, intense generalizations to follow.

If you use Internet Explorer, congratulations! You use the most popular web browser in the world. Unfortunately, that makes you a sheep. You are probably an old person, a kid using his parents’ computer, or a Microsoft employee. My condolences. You probably still use the library,drive a sedan, and often forget your password. You like iced tea. See those toolbars up there? Yeah, they don’t help you at all…

If you use Google Chrome, you’re probably a pretty hip kid. “Kid” here used figuratively. You downloaded Chrome because you heard that it was fast, and you hate waiting for slow software. You like the minimalism, and you love Angry Birds. You probably also like Bugattis, Peregrine Falcons, and Twitter. You’d like a Mac, but you don’t want to pay all that money for a shiny incompatibility machine. You probably like Dr. Pepper or Root Beer. Just beware, one day Google will turn evil, then all of the Chrome machines will rise up and take over their users. The Zomboogle Apocalypse.      

Firefox has a wide variety of users, and it is probably the third most popular web browser. If you use Firefox, you probably like to think you’re pretty tech savvy. You’ve experimented with Linux, and you like consistency and reliability, but you really don’t like Microsoft. You probably have a ton of tabs open all the time, and you use Steam for your computer games. You probably like Mountain Dew. You could also be one of those people who use Firefox because it was recommended by someone more tech savvy than you. If this is the case, then keep browsing happily, and don’t click anything dubious; your tech person really doesn’t like it when you totally crash your PC.

You use a Mac, hopefully. If you use Safari with Windows, then a) you really want a Mac or b) you were lured in by the prettiness of it. Like most Mac users or user wannabes, you like pretty things. You probably really enjoy art, be that music, visual or written. You wish everyone was as cool as you, but you tolerate most people. You like fancy coffee. In the Zomboogle Apocalypse, Safari users will be the elite few with working computers, aside from the loyal Bing and Yahoo followers. 

You’re awesome! No, really, let me give you a hug. You like fast software, open source software, and pretty stuff. You love beta testing things; you’re basically a software hipster. You’ve probably said something like “Oh, I’m using the pre-alpha developer release of that. You probably haven’t heard of it…”You love innovation, uncommon features, and strange foods. You probably don’t care what’s on TV, and you wish Internet Explorer was dead, but you like Google. You probably enjoy hot tea. 

That’s a summary of the big 5 web browsers; did the descriptions match? If they didn’t, you should examine your life and come talk to me later. What web browser do you use? Vote below, and share with your friends! 

Peace,
~XK

How to Interact with People ~ 1

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Welcome to part one of How to Talk to People– an ICBGM general initiative. The purpose of this series is to teach and inform on the general concepts of real-life interaction between digitally-minded people.

Due to funding, this picture has nothing to do with the post.

For those of you who don’t commonly frequent Internet forums, let me quickly explain the concept. Forums are digital “huddles” on the Internet in which people gather, post questions, project opinions, and respond to others’ posts. Forums attract all sorts of people: nice people, angry people, helpful people, loud people, and the list goes on. Bronies, don’t even get me started on Bronies. Why did you even bring them up? 

I’m going to focus on that last–and probably most annoying–group of people in the list: the loud ones. Inclusive of shouters and ranters, the members of this troll-like group of creatures love to cause ruckus. These people love their own opinions. In fact, they love them so much, they feel they must share their golden pieces of integral knowledge with everyone they meet. Like talking to regular people about singers in bands. For hours. It’s just not cool.

So the real question, and the whole point of this post, is this: are you a forum ranter in real life? Let’s go through the list below to see if you fit the description.

  1. Loud – I suppose this is something one wouldn’t admit, but this is also a very common characteristic of a ranter. The common ranter is often very vocal, loud, and persistent—often about pointless things. Like televised golf. Televised golf is pointless.
  2. Prolific Conversationalist – Similar to the Internet’s bane, the over-frequent poster, this person strikes up conversations with everyone. This wouldn’t be too terrible, except for the fact that the conversations are all about the same things, and they usually are self-glorifying. Dude, I have the entire list of Kellogg’s cereals memorized! Wanna hear them?
  3. Conversationjacking – Like hijacking a car, but with a conversation. Have you ever been talking with a friend when a random person comes up and butts in? The new person takes over the conversation, steers it in whatever direction he wishes, and eventually drives it into the terrible Swamp of Boredom—completely oblivious to the other conversationalists that he drowned in the process.
  4. Inability to Understand Others – ie: Regard for other people. This is helpful in the general role of human interaction.

So, are you one of these people? If so, I have a piece of advice for you. Stop it! Don’t even question why; the fact that these actions are all conducive to loneliness, solitude, and  excess Internet usage should be enough to convince you to drop them from your everyday activities.

Paid for by the Internet Committee for the Betterment of General Mankind. Tune in next time for advice on how to talk with enthusiasts about their areas of expertise. 

Cheers!
~ XK

The Top 10 (clean) YouTubers

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Just as much as the next college kid, I really like funny YouTube videos. I happen, however, to be quite picky with my humor. I hate all of the videos that too-often glorify human anatomy, use words that make old ladies blush, or just generally fail to keep their content clean. I’ve listed my favorite clean YouTube video makers below.

1. Rhett and Link (RhettandLink)
My favorite YouTube video makers are two guys from my home state of North Carolina. They make incredibly random videos, but they are extremely funny. They also have a daily morning video podcast on their secondary channel that’s quite amusing.

2. Julian Smith (juliansmith87)
In a very close second to Rhett and Link is Julian Smith. Julian has produced some of my favorite videos. He has a unique sense of humor, and his film style is fantastic. This video even features Rhett and Link.

3. Mystery Guitar Man (MysteryGuitarMan)
This fellow is a new addition to my favorites list, but his videos are really entertaining. In addition to guitars, he often takes ordinary objects and makes music with them. He uses stop motion techniques quite often.

4. Mike Tompkins (pbpproductions)
This guy makes some of the best voice and mouth music you will ever see. All of the music that he makes is made entirely by sounds he makes with his mouth (with a fair amount of autotuning). Quite impressive!

5. The Slow Mo Guys (theslowmoguys)
As the name implies, this channel consists of two guys who shoot slow motion video. They have a super nice camera with which they film, so their videos are top-notch (slight language is very occasionally used.)

6. AndrewMFilms (andrewmfilms)
This guy really likes to play with special effects, and I enjoy watching his videos. He has a good sense of humor, and his effects are getting ever-better.

7.The Piano Guys (ThePianoGuys)
Some of the best music on YouTube. Period. The videography is great, as well.

8. Corridor Digital (CorridorDigital)
These guys, aside from FreddieW, are some of the best special effects artists on YouTube. It’s easy to forget that these are YouTube videos and not mainstream productions.  (Warning: can be quite gory and occasionally use language.)

9. Freddie Wong (freddiew)
I hesitated to put Freddie’s channel on this list, as his videos sometimes are not “clean,” and I said this was a list of clean YouTubers. Overall, his videos are really sweet. He has very nice special effects, and a good sense of humor. (Warning: His videos are often gory and sometimes have foul language.)

10. Tessa Violet (MEEKAKITTY) & NANALEW (NANALEW)
These two are really funny, and their channels provide great light entertainment. Tessa has a really random video blog that she occasionally updates. When these two get together to make music videos, the results are really entertaining.

11. JeffChrisJosh (JeffChrisJosh)
Ok, maybe I’m cheating a little bit here, but I have to throw this channel in. This is my friends and my channel, and we really don’t know what we’re doing. Expect some much better videos this summer, though, most likely to be inspired by Julian Smith/Rhett and Link.

There you have it! Twelve of the best YouTube channels out there! (In my opinion, anyway.) Keep in mind that I had a really hard time deciding which videos to post to represent the channels. A lot of these guys post in many different styles, so I encourage you to check out their other videos. Who did I miss? Do you make videos? Feel free to leave your favorite channels in the comments.
~XK