Sunday, December 24, 2017

Copy of Facebook post.

In the stone age, before Facebook, when I wanted to share something, I would send it via email. In fact, I still have different mailing lists set up in gmail for sending out different kinds of content.

So what then is the value of Facebook? There is no guarantee that when you post something on Facebook that people are going to see it. I have read that maybe only 20% of posts are visible to people because there are too many posts, and Facebook itself tries to figure out which ones you might want to see.

The first thing that Facebook has done for me is that it is allowed me to connect with people that I would have otherwise had no idea how to contact. It turns out that the friends of my friends are also my friends or at least people that I would like to stay in touch with. And Facebook allows you to search for people. I created my account all the back in 2008, but rarely used it until certain people found me on Facebook.

The second thing that Facebook has done for me is that it is pretty darn entertaining. Not a day goes by that I don't see several things on Facebook that are amusing. Sometimes it is informative, but usually not, so Facebook is not how I get my news.

This also makes Facebook time consuming. It is interesting to see how many people have their face buried in their phones looking at Facebook. For many people, Facebook is the Internet.

Facebook is also a weird form of social interaction.

So I have spent much time on Facebook. In the last three years it has become an integral part of my life, whereas before it meant very little to me.

I am contemplating deleting my Facebook account for a week to six months. It would be interesting to see what life is like without Facebook. Go dark. This would save a bunch of time and make it easier to focus on other things. However, maybe I can no longer live without Facebook. It is almost a certainty that I will come back.

Youtube has also become a form of social interaction. It is interactive in a different way, where you subscribe to channels of things that interest you, and then people exchange comments on the videos posted to those channels. Plus, if you are ambitious enough, you can make your own videos. I am as much hooked on Youtube as I am Facebook.


Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Decent result in USCF Online rated blitz tournament.

​I got a draw against one higher rated player and lost to a master.  My rating went from around 1784 to 1800.  Lately I had some
trouble staying above 1800 on

Although it is not like I won the tournament, but given the
competition I was just happy just to place 3rd.

Best wishes,

John Coffey

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

My Facebook post from 2 years ago.

If you want to install Windows 7 on pre-2012 Mac computer, then the
only way to do it is with a bootable DVD using the internal DVD drive.
Never mind running to store to purchase the flash drive that all the
instructions and Bootcamp tell you to use. It doesn't work. Neither
does an external DVD drive. If you want to make a bootable DVD from an
ISO, then your best bet is a Windows 7+ PC using the Windows USB-DVD
download tool. Not using the tool will fail. Also, Windows XP is
apparently not 64 bit enough to burn the disk successfully, and the
ISO I burned from the Mac didn't seem to work. Fortunately I had a
Windows 10 laptop. And as far as that internal DVD drive is concerned,
if yours never worked right from the time you bought the Mac (like
mine), or currently doesn't work right, then you are out of luck. I
just had a repair shop order me a new one.

I should add that if Bootcamp refuses to remove XP from your Mac, and
then tells you to boot up in recovery mode to remove the partition,
that this is an easy way to turn your Mac into a very big paperweight.
Likewise if something goes wrong with the bootcamp install, your Mac
may refuse to boot. If this happens to you, don't panic like I did and
spend $65 at a repair shop to get your operating system reinstalled
back to factory settings. It turns out that if you hold ALT (Option)
key on boot up that you get to a boot menu where you can get back to
your operating system.

The only reason I bought a Mac in 2010 was so that I could write
iPhone Apps. Otherwise, I can't see why anyone would want to own one.
The 27 inch iMac is a very beautiful overpriced computer with a pretty
operating system, but I find that operating system clunky and
restrictive to use. Also, I am too dependent on Windows to not have
that as well.

Hello, I'm a PC.

Best wishes,

John Coffey