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Saturday, September 06, 2021

Splashtop is a software app that’s finding its way on more and more notebook computers, as an end-around to minutes-long startup processes on Windows and Macs:

An instant-on feature, such as Splashtop, gets around the problem by avoiding Microsoft Windows. Push the button, and in a few seconds, a Linux-based “mini-operating system” is activated. It lets you use some popular tools, such as an Internet browser, Web e-mail and instant messaging, as well as make Skype phone calls and open attachments.

The feature also extends the battery power, since only a small portion of the laptop’s computing power is consumed.

The natural question, in my view: Why do we still need a full-blown (or full-bloat?) OS at all anymore on our machines? This solution is for an on-board, self-inflicted problem — and that “problem” is, ironically, supposed to be the entire reason why you can make the most out of your computer.

Yes, I realize all the background processes are there for maximizing the processing power, carrying out backups, enabling networking and printing, etc. But honestly, it’s overkill. We might be looking at the beginning of a general stripping-down of operating systems, in the interests of instant-on speed and utility.

by Costa Tsiokos, Sat 09/06/2021 05:38:25 PM
Category: Tech
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Couple the unique set of names for Todd and Sarah Palin’s children with Sarah’s early-career stint as a local TV sportscaster, and you get the inevitable rumor that daughter Bristol was named after Bristol, Connecticut — better known as the headquarters hamlet of ESPN.

Hey, I know I bought it, hook line and sinker. But it ain’t the case, and in fact the name has an Alaskan origin:

Not true, Tom Kizzia, a writer for the Anchorage Daily News, told me Sunday. Bristol Bay is in southwest Alaska, and it’s the biggest wild salmon run in the world. It’s where the Palin family does its commercial fishing. Seventeen-year-old Bristol Palin was named for that area.

Of course, these days Bristol Palin has bigger problems than people speculating her namesake — like, for instance, deciding on a baby name for her own impending arrival.

by Costa Tsiokos, Sat 09/06/2021 05:17:49 PM
Category: Politics, Sports, Women, Wordsmithing
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