The fall is coming to Seattle very soon. It happens every year. And so it goes with computers and Operating Systems too.
It's inevitable. No matter how good your software is, it will eventually grow to such a massive size, with so many features and so many latent little bugs that don't surface until the wrong bit of code gets introduced, that your software will soon turn into a big pile of shit.
I think if you look up something like "mac spinning rainbow ball" then you'll find all kinds of hits that date back to god knows when. But it never means anything until it happens to you. And so it is. It's happened to me. My MacBook Pro finally crashed under the legendary Spinning Ball of Death. It's the SBOD. You can even pronounce it. And it pretty much sounds about as delightful as it is to experience it.
In the case of Windows, it's always been plagued with the Blue Screen of Death. aka BSOD, but I never heard anyone give it a acronym. It was always just called "blue screening". I don't think there is a person on earth whose PC has never crashed while displaying it. It usually meant that your computer was now forever F'ed. It would gradually become slower and more inoperable. Too much random software installed on an Operating System (OS) that wasn't strong enough in the first place.
The Apple Operating Systems have been legendary for their stability and reliability. Even viruses where either non-existent or much, much, much less prone. But now my $4000 machine has crashed once and so its days are numbered. The most ironic part of it all is that it was in the middle of a Time Machine backup. Once it went SBOD, I tried pulling the USB backup drive out and it was still aware enough to tell me "you didn't eject that drive gracefully."
Yeah man, no shit. Thanks for that tidbit of love as you SBOD me.
I dipped a toe into bitcoin in December of 2015 as a very speculative investment. I bought some when it was valued at ~$418. As of Sept 5 2016, it's worth ~$605. That's almost a 45% increase in less than a year. In pure percentages, that's a phenomenal return on investment in almost any timeframe, but that's in less than a year! As the common knowledge goes, the more risky the investment, the higher the possible returns or losses. We're still in the very extremely early stages of bitcoin and its underlying technology called blockchain. If you want to know more about bitcoin then check out Coindesk, or use your favorite search engine to find all kinds of articles.
And speaking of blockchain, after watching a fabulous TED Talk by Don Tapscott, I learned of a few different ways to apply blockchain to our world. It's still got some kinks to work out, but it has the potential to make a massive impact on individual human prosperity around the world.
So I decided to create a sticker to express my support and eagerness to watch blockchain and bitcoin grow over the next 20yrs the way I was able to watch and experience the growth of the Internet and Wide Area Networks (WANs) in my professional career over the last 20yrs.
If you'd like ONE of these stickers for free, then send a SASE to:
c/o i <3 blockchain sticker
3727 S Alaska St #18284
Seattle, WA 98118
One free sticker per SASE will be sent.
Include your email and I will let you know when I get your SASE and when the sticker is sent.
I want to spread to knowledge and potential of the blockchain technology to every internet user in the world - one sticker at a time <3
p.s. I created the sticker image with pixelmator, and used stickermule to get them made. all interactions were handled online, and they were super easy to work with. GiftStarter has used them in the past, so I decided to use them for this little pet project.
p.p.s. THERE ARE THREE WAYS TO GET IT:
* stickermule for $3.99
* paypal direct purchase for $1.99
send $1.99 to https://www.paypal.me/luggagedonkey
* free with a SASE as detailed above
My name is Dae Yu.