I don’t know how many people are following the Impeachment hearings, I would hope many are following to some extent. Personally I have always felt it was only a matter of time as the Donald was always pushing the boundaries or what a President should do or not do. Well the hearings in my opinion are very damning as they not only implicate Donald but also Pence, Pompeo, Barr and many others in this corrupt administration. This will be judged as the most corrupt administration in the history of the United States. I personally found Rep. Schiff’s comments to be something that will be remembered for many years to come.
Everybody who doesn’t watch Fox News (state TV) will know by now how much the Russians helped the Donald get elected President. The question I still have with this today is why him? They were helping him way early in the republican election process, why not one of the other republican candidates? Is it because they knew he could be manipulated? he has rich Russians staying in Trump tower New York & has for years. Why they decided to use social media to help Trump eludes me, yet they did!
FaceBook, Twitter, Google all use algorithms to determine what to show you when you log on or do a search. The search results are created to show you what the company thinks you want to see! that’s all well and good, but when you are looking for unbiased information this is not the way to go. You will be fed exactly what you need to keep thinking what you want to believe. The bubble that has politics so polarized can be said to have been create by a computer program. With ten likes on FaceBook the computer knows you as well as a member of your family.
There are many articles TechCrunch and this one CNBC that have mentioned the devil that is FaceBook. I actually deleted my account because it freaked me out when you look for something on your phone on Amazon, then go to Facebook and guess what you will see come up on an add?
I know from reading Teri Kanefield that what is going on with Trump and the GOP is fear of change, the white ones are losing their dominance and they are fighting back. They feel that progress will leave them behind, and it is true. They want to take us back to a time that existed for only a rich few. It’s an idea that has no place in a modern society. But with the help of Fox News (state TV) the average person who alas chooses to watch (state TV) has been bombarded with propaganda that only
Paul Joseph Goebbels would be proud of. It’s the difference between Fox News (State TV) & NPR (News).
But what has made this much harder to fix, because fixing it is going to be very hard. The computer companies have to figure out a way to not only give results in search but also give credence to the results. Or at least fake news should be labelled as such, with citations as to why. FaceBook needs to get out of news period! It was the reason the Russians were so easily able to manipulate the American public against Clinton. When the Autocrats are in charge we don’t have a democracy. Legislation is being done by people who were not voted in as such but have manipulated the system so much that we weren’t able to vote them out!
In the end this all comes down to trust, I trust the news media, NY Times NPR, BBC, because that’s their job. Fox News is not a news outlet (State TV). When I lived in England I knew the Sun was a conservative newspaper, the mirror was more liberal. So you could read both and get a gist of what they were saying. I preferred the times or the independent as I liked my news more neutral. NPR is the equivalent of the BBC, which means you get news.
Bottom line is never trust just one news source, they can sometimes make mistakes. Because that’s life, it happens. But not everyday not every story, and most of the time it’s a fairly accurate account.
And so can computer algorithms, they can also make mistakes. they need to be tweaked every so often. As a web developer when google changes its algorithm which it did not too long ago. All the web developers were checking their websites ranking to see what changed. All the tech companies that we rely on for our information need to be more responsible of the outcomes of their business models. It’s not good enough any more to blame Russia because they could. We should be asking why did we let them?
For the last few years I have been working toward having my own website design company. I have designed about half a dozen websites for friends and family. This I would say is most web-designers start in the business.
Younger ones may even have the chance to go to a code camp and get hands on coding experience, which is great of course. I actually want to go to a camp next year if I can afford it. Of course you have different opportunities if you’re in your twenties and even thirties than when you’re in your late fifties!! My expectations have to be more what I can do for myself as any company would prefer to hire a coder that would be a bit younger. I get this and I’m not complaining. I think I would much prefer to be a freelancer than part of a design business. But that is where getting into the business becomes a bit more of a challenge.
Where to begin?
As I mentioned before most people start this business helping out friends and family. It’s a great way to get the feet wet and you get an opportunity to iron out the bugs (should there be any of course!!)
It’s also really common for newbies (hate that term), to charge much less as they don’t have the confidence to ask for the $60-$90 per hour a full stack web developer can earn. For your info there are front end developers who create websites, there are coders who can also use software to talk to the server/database in case you had a store or needed some specific actions to take place like a membership etc: Facebook. The dynamic aspects require server side languages and having that knowledge makes you a full stack developer. Personally I am studying it but not sure if I want to go into applications as such, the answer is still out on that one!
What I have learned (short version)!
There are so many ways to build a website it’s crazy, but the things that you should consider are really not too hard to grasp.
How much are you willing to spend on a website?
The answer to this is how important is a website for what you are trying to achieve.
If you have a online business and this is the way you intend to make money it’s crazy important you don’t skimp. If your site goes down for a few days and you lose hundreds of dollars it would be a hard lesson to learn.
Is your website not an online business but just to promote a static business?
I would still make sure it’s hosted with a good website hosting company. You don’t want any downtime and you don’t want to hacked! Yes I secure my websites and many attempts have been made. The cheaper hosting companies will look after their computers but not your website, you are responsible for that. Always back up you’re site!
Nearly 50% of website traffic is now either mobile phone or tablet, if your website is responsive you’re good. if not you will go down in google rankings!
WordPress or not WordPress?
It was only recently when a friend asked me to look at her website as it needs updating, it’s not mobile friendly it is not WordPress or another CMS (content management system). So in order for her to update the content she would have to use an FTP (File transfer protocol) to update her website using html and she doesn’t know code.
I looked at the code for her website and it was fine, but just being the html there was no easy interface for a regular person to add or change content.
I have coded many websites and some are interactive using different CSS libraries like Bootstrap. But to have the non coder use their website it truly needs a CMS either WordPress or Drupal.
Last I want to talk about the free websites, you can create a website using wordpress.com or wix.com and with wordpress for a not too large sum of money you can even have your own url (yourname.com).
There will be advertising and you are limited to what you can add but it’s doable for a web presence. Wix to be honest I don’t know much, it’s probably quite reasonable for the free page but any more content and functions will probably require some kind of payment.
In the end the choice is always yours, but don’t bet tempted to spend money on this unless it’s required. Remember you have choices!
My darling wife has had a turbulent year, but she still writes beautiful poetry.
It has been a turbulent year. I haven’t done a lot of writing and almost no submitting, but I did have a few poems come out this month. Right now, it is all I have to share. I already shared the poem in Orange Blossom Review, but if you would like to have another peek, […]All I Have Right Now is Poetry — Stories From the Edge of Blindness
I am reposting this, not because it’s that brilliant, but I have had for some reason so much of a issue with posting and I think Jetpack integration over the last few days I had to restore from a backup!
I know there is much talk and speculation about driverless cars and trucks in out near future. The ramifications of this moving forward is still relatively unknown. Will jobs be lost as with any advance in technology, Well that is a resounding yes of course! The biggest reason for lost jobs since the 1970’s has been updates in manufacturing due in the most part by automation and computers running the show.
I was heartened to read and article recently about the kinds of jobs that robots will not be able to take over. One example was in car manufacturing, the robots weld the bits together and move it all along the assembly line, but toward the end there are humans wiping over the finished product and visually checking to see there are no scratches or anything looking wrong before the car leaves the factory.
Of course there is still education, if it’s ever to be taken seriously in the united states, tech will make some aspects of education more accessible to students but teachers and I hope one day well paid teachers will always be needed as the AI doesn’t have the social skills, the personal touch to help when a student needs assistance.
But let’s face it there are going to be many industries that will no longer use humans because the new technology will replace them. Some countries have talked about and are experimenting with universal basic income. This will give citizens the option to survive in a world where there will be 40% unemployment due to the rapid changes in technology.
I know some countries argue they can’t afford it, that crap will get us no where as the inevitable is going to come anyway. And unless the powers decide to be proactive and do it right what will they do with the thousands maybe even millions of people who will become homeless and require some sort of assistance. It’s not a case of the powers deciding whether they need to do something, it will be forced upon them regardless of their feeling about it!
I wonder with all these people out of work who the fuck is going to be able to afford to take the flying cars that will I presume be buzzing over our heads. There are allot of changes and it seems to be a race between the tech companies, but how is society being prepared to handle the new technology that will be placed in front of us. Like the social media & privacy, I think there is no preparation and nobody in power seems the care of even know what the hell is about to happen!