MacOS X Yosemite and high WindowServer CPU usage – Nitai

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Here’s a “life saver” article on how to fix the high window server usage on Macs after installing Mac OS X 10.10 “Yosemite”. The trick is to find the transparency setting in the general preferences and turn it all the way down:

MacOS X Yosemite and high WindowServer CPU usage – Nitai.

By default the “Reduce transparency” checkbox is not checked, which results in the “Window Server” process to max out CPU usage – clearly poor engineering as it means that the Mac OS X graphic user interface hogs as much CPU power as it can get, thus effectively rendering the machine unusable to the point, where you might want to ditch Yosemite. What that tells those users who depend on the accessibility settings – I leave that to your own reasoning…. Here’s to hoping that Apple will address the issue in an update – and that this update lands asap. After you’ve followed the instructions in the article, your Mac will return to being a usable machine.

(Thanks to Dietmar Liehr in that case, who brought this article to my attention as I was indeed in the process of running a full backup, wiping out disk contents and going back to Maverick…)

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Leistungsschutzrecht: Verlage erteilen Google Recht auf Gratisnutzung – SPIEGEL ONLINE

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Leistungsschutzrecht: Verlage erteilen Google Recht auf Gratisnutzung – SPIEGEL ONLINE.

Schätze mal, das wird Signalwirkung im Hinblick auf den Streit zwischen GEMA und YouTube/Google haben… – nicht zum Nutzen der Künstler natürlich. “Wer zahlt, schafft an”, hieß es auch früher schon immer… Tja. Die Zeiten ändern sich eben doch nicht wirklich….

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Ello Cofounder: ‘We Have NO Exit Strategy’ | | Betabeat

Is it possible that Snow White decides to stay asleep? Can she stay asleep with all the mean dwarfs biting her ankles? Hope is the ultimate resort, they keep saying. Here’s to hoping!

Ello Cofounder: ‘We Have NO Exit Strategy’ | | Betabeat.

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Mad Genius Creates Ello, the Elegant Anti-Facebook | Betabeat

Mad Genius Creates Ello, the Elegant Anti-Facebook | Betabeat:

“Here’s the plain truth: social networks that are supported by advertising are built for the advertiser. Facebook, Google+, Tumblr, etc. aren’t really social networks — they’re advertising platforms.  They exist to sell ads. That’s it.” (Paul Budnitz in above linked interview)

Read more at http://betabeat.com/2014/04/would-you-like-your-social-network-to-share-your-content-or-just-monetize-the-bejeesus-out-of-it/#ixzz3EQaCNu6w
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Wow! This sounds exciting! (And psst: A little birdy just sent me an invite! Thanks, Pete!)

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How to Fix “Shellshock” Vulnerability on Mac OS X

Yesterday, I happened upon news that Macs and Linux boxes expose a vulnerability dubbed “Shellshock” that is said to be potentially worse than “Heartbleed” earlier this year. This sounded serious enough to alert me and take action. Luckily, real savvy … Continue reading

Everything Is Broken — The Message — Medium

So yes, the geeks and the executives and the agents and the military have fucked the world. But in the end, it’s the job of the people, working together, to unfuck it.

via Everything Is Broken — The Message — Medium.

Aw man – the most clever “blurb” of writing I’ve come across in a loooong time!!

My 2 cents and paraphrase of above would be:

Most of what’s been dubbed “conspiracy theories” is the combined effects of bad engineering and people exploiting those weaknesses in the technological realm in order to save their own butts. As a person, who has been working in the IT/C industry for 25 years myself in varying positions and having a thorough enough in-depth look into things to understand how they work – or don’t, more often than not – I can attest to everything the article says. You can’t even call out companies on the bullshit they produce, because it would violate their “trade secrets” and other fancy words invented to thinly disguise blatant ignorance married to insane schedules and deadlines (programmers/engineers often love their work, but never get the resources needed to come up with reliable, dependable solutions to any given task.) The headline “Everything Is Broken” is not an exaggeration at all, telling from my own experiences.

What separates me a little from mere conspiracy thinking is the experience that things aren’t meant to be this way from the get-go, at least not in the industries I have been a part of. But one thing leads to another, one jerk finds the next – bigger – jerk and a snowballing effect sets in. Everything may be broken – but it doesn’t have to remain broken. Where do we start? With each and everyone of us, constantly questioning our choices as to whether or not they make good sense, are meaningful and whether or not they harm the environment or other people. It starts with your daily cuppa Joe and goes on to what you’re wearing. In the world of computers: Downsizing and keeping distractions and gadgets at a minimum. I’m not anti-progress all of a sudden. But it should be progress that’s in the best interest of the consumers, not in the interest of corporations. We have to get them back to where they started, which is: Make their utmost effort to serve US, not themselves!

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Elance – Getting Started

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I’m a new registree on Elance.com and in the process of completing and polishing my profile there. Took one of their tests this morning and was mildly … uhm… irritated over some of the suggested translations. Are they sure this is how things are being said correctly in my native tongue? Or rather: Have they used a native speaker for those translations? I can’t help, but wonder. Anyway… this is how I scored. #self-flattery – yeah, guilty.

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Some CSS Adjustments

Been tinkering with adjustments to images floating to the right in content sections. They are now supposed to be vertically aligned with topmost navigation items (roughly) and overflow is set to ‘visible’. For non-tech readers: Any image appearing on the right is now meant to be roughly aligned with the content above and not supposed to be cropped (which it was before).

It’s kind of fun to tinker with these things 😉

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Bhutan: Passen tausend Touristen in ein Tigernest? – Reise – FAZ

Ein sagenhaft toll geschriebener Reisebericht. Blumig und doch potent, respektvoll, aber auch durchschauend. Ich bin platt. Schon lange keinen so guten Text mehr gelesen….

Bhutan: Passen tausend Touristen in ein Tigernest? – Reise – FAZ.

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Instant Gratification? Anyone? | wesboundmusic

Instant Gratification? Anyone? | wesboundmusic.

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