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Desperate thoughts requires a great payment plan?

I’ll continue with my obsessive iOS, Apple vs Android talk. I can’t stop, as you might as well know. And it’s all getting worse as time moves on. It doesn’t help that I know I can’t spend money on new things. It does not help either that I’ve sort of found a way to get an iPhone 8 plus without breaking the bank too much. And also, it certainly does not help that I lost my job and will become “poorer” even if I’m a student in the fall.

It would be a lifelong dream come true, since I’ve always wanted to work and/or study computer science. My dream of doing that this years hangs on a really thin thread however. If I’ll be able to get a passing grade in my math class I’ve been struggling with during this spring, I might have a teeny, tiny chance of getting accepted to one of the college applications I’ve made, but I guess it’d take a miracle for both those things to happen. If I will be able to get in to college in the fall, I’d be happy as hell, even with less money. Then it would all be worth it. As life is right now it is just “meh.” and I do not like it. Besides that I have wonderful people in my life and food on my table and other stuff without having to worry, there are so many other things I’m longing for right now and I’m so sick and tired of waiting.

If I do not get in, I’m either unemployed until I get a new job or get in to college during the next fall, or I’ll keep studying and go do math for a 4th time. Yeah, in case you didn’t know – this is the 3rd time I’m taking this class! The first two times, however, I wasn’t serious about it and didn’t need it. I just took the class for fun, but now it’s like life or death scenario. I’m kicking myself pretty hard these days for not knowing back then how much I really do needed it for my future. If I had a passing grade already in math, I’d already most likely be a developer of some sorts, but I am not and because of crappy choices I’ve made I have to go back to school, 4 years after graduation because I will not get a full-time, passionate job otherwise. With my current situation, I’ll only be able to work part-time with administration or something and I’d like to try and do more with my life and earn a lot more money to boot.

It all depends on a passing grade in math right now. And all I can think of is that I want an iPhone. It’s a bad feeling. I hate it. It should be a miracle that I managed to keep using the Mac mini as my main computer and that i have an iPad to play around with, but no. That’s not enough… I desperately want an iPhone. No other phone will do right now. I really dislike Android. I do not trust Google. You can read why here, in case you’ve missed my reasons for all that.

When I say I want an iPhone, it’s not hugely important that it’s an iPhone 8 plus. Of course, that’s the phone I’d most likely get if I get the chance, but I’m also contemplating getting the SE, even though it’s so frickin’ tiny. I’ve stated in my last post that it’s not a bad phone, but I really dislike the size of the screen and Apple did not release a new rumoured version of the SE either at WWDC 2018. It’s sort of like this:

Benefits of the iPhone 8 plus:

  • Bigger screen
  • It’s the latest iPhone to get (besides the X, of course)
  • It has wireless charging
  • No headphone jack (yeah, I’d probably wouldn’t mind skipping that one)
  • Easier to type? (because of the bigger screen?)
  • Better camera (Studio Light, Portrait mode etc)
  • Better battery life (than both the X and the SE)
  • Perhaps also better reception due to the glass back?

Benefits of the iPhone SE:

  • Cheap as hell (could buy it in one go without to much financial damage, or just get a cheap payment plan, without breaking the bank)
  • Easier to hold?
  • it’s an iPhone!

Downside of the iPhone 8 plus:

  • More expensive
  • Might be too big and/or heavy? It’s the same size as the Nexus 6P and that one was almost too big, but you get use to it. I’d rather have a bigger phone, now that I know I have pants with big enough pockets to fit the phone in.

Downsides of the iPhone SE:

  • So tiny with huge bezels!
  • Great camera, but no special benefits like Portrait mode etc
  • It’s an older model, two years+ as of writing this

Benefits of both phones:

  • They’re iPhones
  • They’re not Android crap! Aka I’ll probably get a more reliable smartphone experience
  • I’ll get better privacy options
  • iMessage & FaceTime! Huge benefit in regards to communicating with my family. They all have iPhones!
  • Both will be supported and fully functional for many years to come. The SE will most likely get iOS updates for at least 3-4 more years and the 8 plus for at least 4-5 years.
  • I can talk to Siri and/or dictate in Swedish with my accent. That does not work with Android!
  • Both work seamlessly with the Mac mini and iMovie etc. It’s amazing, really! ecosystem for the win! Android and Windows can not even compare!
  • A gazillion other reasons, such as all the cases and accessories you could get and customise them on the outside. It’s a bit hard to do that unless you have a crappy Samsung phone if you go with android… I’d love to have a phone that I could show off with a personal logo, or a favourite photo of mine etc. See an example below:
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Wouldn’t this be an amazing case for a smartphone? It’s a photo of the biggest cuddlebugs out there. A Great Dane called Gandalf!

So what’s the conclusion, then?

Well. I do not know. Not until I get an OK from the BF that I can spend money on a new phone I won’t get either one. I’m sort of to scared to talk to him about it, because of whatever reasons. It’s my money to spend, of course, but I’m guessing that he’d both understand why I want this and also feel a bit betrayed because I’m spending “promised” money on something I don’t really need. And I have mentioned his dislikes about Apple products, but we’ll se. I will not do anything without his approval. Now, that might seem that he rules over me like I’m his slave or something, but nothing could be further from the truth. I owe him a lot. He’s a great boyfriend and I would be nothing without him and I’d basically do anything for him. It means a lot for me to do things with his approval. About 99% of the time we agree on everything we should do or buy, so why not in this case? Because I made a promise – that’s why! Even though it was my own choice… And you already know how “ashamed” I feel about my Apple obsession that just won’t stop.

But that bugs me daily and it keeps me from focusing on other things besides math. More on that later. At the moment it feels like basically everything we own breaks or does not work properly. Besides the Mac mini then, and the iPad that is… My Android phone is buggy, lags and stutters like crazy, and it is unresponsive several times a day. Also with the knowledge that I now have of Google makes me wanna puke and get everybody I know to switch to Apple. It’s so sickening with this privacy and AI crap. Apple can do all that without spying on peopleC’mon Google! WTF?! 

I should also point out that exploring macOS and using the iPad for various stuff has been really great. I feel it has helped me to focus more on the math class, since I no longer wonder what macOS is like and how to use iMessage etc. It’s a lot of fun, and I like that iTunes and the Podcast app syncs as well and the built-in email client in macOS has helped me use Gmail without thinking about the privacy issues, so that’s also great.

Ok, if I check the list and explain a little bit more of my obsession with this it should go a little bit like this:

I’d love to have an iPhone and I am certain that no matter what phone I would get, I’d be happy with it. I mean, anything would probably be better than Android right now. I also have to mention a thing I’ve found out that totally changes everything. It’s not uncommon that people these days get smartphones a long with a payment plan. It’s how a lot of people manage to afford the iPhone X, for example.

For me, it’s a little bit different, for basically two reasons. The first reason is that I’ve sort of made a promise to myself that I would never, ever again get anything on a payment plan. Besides the obvious that is, like a mortgage etc. The promise is basically that I will never ever again get a payment plan for technology or stuff. That’s because of one of my ex boyfriends that fucked up my life totally money-wise.

It’s all fine and dandy as of now and it has been for over 5-6 years or so, even though I’m getting poor again, because of lack of jobs and hopefully becoming a student. I’m the “poor” one now, but together with the awesome current BF of almost 10 years, our lives are great and we are more rich than poor, really. The other reason for not getting payment plans for smartphones or technology is due to money and me being smart about spending it.

I prefer saving up and buying the stuff without having a bunch of loans etc to pay off. It’s cheaper in the long run. Also, I am a person who rarely makes phone calls and do 95% of surfing the web on wi-fi, so my phone bill is really low. It’s generally between $12 and $18 per month and I’d like it to not exceed that, if I’m honest. Basically all my phone calls go to family members as well and all of them (except the BF) have iPhones! At least the family on my side…

Most payment plans for an iPhone in Sweden right now is somewhere between $37 and $55 depending if you’d get the X or the 8 plus. And on top of that is often a really high phone bill of at least $22 or so depending on your carrier of choice. The “low” price of $22 is a set amount “all-you-can-spend” phone buffet per month, but many carriers in Sweden usually have at least doubled that price. It’s more likely the norm to have a phone bill these days around $100, including a payment plan for a smartphone so I’m really on the low-end here.

I have gone with one of the cheaper carriers, so that’s why I’ve managed to have such a low phone bill. Basically, my point is that a payment plan with a set amount is at least $60 or so, and that’s not cheap. For me, personally that means I’ll get $40 less to save every month, so it’s not really an option for me.

However, the thing I’ve come to know is really mind boggling. It’s something I thought wasn’t possible to do any longer in Sweden, but it turns out it is. It is possible to make a down payment on your payment plan and also you could pay the rest of it whenever you’d like as well and keep your original and current plan with the carrier. It’s sort of amazing. That means that I’m in a situation that sort of looks like this:

Scenario 1, I’ll get the iPhone 8 plus:

  • I’ll make a down payment of $608 or so (which is the equivalent to what I’d spend on the OnePlus 6 if I should have gotten that one instead)
  • The rest, which is $400 or so without AppleCare+ I’d setup in a payment plan that spans for 24 months and/or pay it off before that when I feel I can afford to.
  • The monthly bill for my phone bill would then be the original $17 plus an additional $16 or so, which would be more satisfactory for my wallet. I don’t spend much money and that I’d personally could live with. Having a working phone is like all I ever need, or something so that in itself is not that expensive.

Scenario 2, I’ll get the iPhone SE:

  • I’ll get the whole phone on a payment plan and do not pay anything upfront, except for maybe 25 cents or so. Then the monthly bill would be a total of $27 for 24 months, unless I’d pay it off in advance.
  • Or, I’ll buy the whole phone at once which I could get for as little as $367, which is a lot less than $608 that I’d originally plan to spend on an iPhone if I’d get one.

What would you choose if you were in my shoes?

No matter what, I’d get a customised case and a screen protector for my phone, just because I can and because it’s a must. I do not know id I’d get AppleCare, but it would surely be recommended if I’d end up getting the 8 Plus.

And this was another long post. I might have to change my tagline… Long rants about veganism and Apple?😂

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I’ve temporarily switched to a Mac computer…😮

 

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And I feel so stupid for not doing that sooner! You know how much I’ve been talking about Apple on this blog. It’s been going on for ages, or at least for more than 6 months. I thought I’d get tired of the idea regarding Apple and iOS, but no. It stopped for a while, but with my Lenovo P2 being the buggy android that it is and with Google I/O 2018 and the sky rocketing privacy issues that emerged this spring, the thoughts and feelings about switching to something “better” has been there lurking pretty much daily for way to long now. And believe it or not, but the solution was actually right under my nose the whole time. Now I shall explain why.

I’ve mentioned before that we’ve had an Mac mini and an iPad in our household for several years. The Mini has been used as a media player of sorts and that worked great! Now we use Android TV that crashes all the time. Ain’t that fun?! Ok, the Mini as a media player also crashed sometimes, but that happened very rarely. The Android Shield TV crashes multiple times per week.

The iPad was my iOS exploration tool during the fall of 2017, but I’ve since then de-activated it and re-activated it. All during the time while I’ve been curious about iOS, having an iPhone instead of an Android and using MacOS instead of Windows etc. During that time I had absolutely no clue that I actually could use our Mini to still my curiosity. However, I did attempt to use it a while back, but since I could not create an account for myself then or update to High Sierra, I put it back and didn’t think of using it again until now. This time I succeeded!

Luckily, or whatever one might say, I actually thought of the idea for about a week ago and this is due to two main reasons. One being that my closest friend was in need of a PC, since her has stopped working and the other was that my PC also has been acting weird from time to time for the past year or so. At first my plan was to loan my friend the Mac mini, but then I realised I could actually explore macOS without spending one penny! And she probably wouldn’t want it, since she needs a computer for gaming. I don’t think the Mini is great for heavy gaming… I thought the problem with my computer was fixed, but it wasn’t and so I got sick and tired of the whole shebang and then… Then I thought that I actually could use the Mini, since we’re not using it for anything at the moment. That’s like wholly crap amazingness or something in my book these days, since I can’t stop thinking about Apple products no matter how hard I try. It’s like my mind is forced to think about them, and I’ve totally succumbed to the idea of stable technology products. And that’s because I’m so sick of purchased products of technology not working the way they should. Non-responsive, buggy and laggy android phones, Googles AI crap etc… The list is getting longer as we speak!

Some time during last week when the BF was at work I started my devious plan. I switched all the necessary cables to the mini, booted it up, created an account for myself, upgraded it to High Sierra, downloaded iMovie and other useful programs and off I went. A week later, after I’ve learned the basic stuff I am so in love with this! Sure, I’ve had some hiccups, but not like I’ve had with my Windows computer so many times. Regarding iMovie, I really like that as well. The main reason is because it renders super quickly, even with added effects and music. I use Sony Vegas for editing on my PC, and even though I really like SV for editing videos, it has always, no  matter what setting, rendered really slowly. To explain, let’s say that it at least takes 3-4 times longer to render with SV in comparison to iMovie. Both software programs can do basically the same thing, and basically everything that I personally need for my videos. iMovie renders a one minute video with added effects in like a minute. Sony Vegas does this in at least 3 minutes, perhaps even longer sometimes. The quality is also about the same in both programs. And this whilst my PC is a lot more “robust” and “faster” or whatever in comparison with the Mac Mini. It’s the 2012 model, btw. My PC is from 2011 or so, and I’ve god an SSD in both. The Mini has 16 GB of RAM. I don’t know how much RAM my PC has, but it should be a lot more than the Mini. Either way, the Mini runs faster, is quieter and does so far everything I want it to and need it to, so why haven’t I done this sooner? Not to mention it is so tiny!

Well, the reason for that is that I’m stupid and slow sometimes. My brain has a hard time thinking and noticing stuff sometimes. I am also very good at shutting stuff out when I want to, but I have a really hard time as well to focus on what I want when I need to. When I am focused on something that motivates me, however, then it’s nearly impossible to break that focus as well. That’s why my brain likes to focus on Apple products, when I really like need to read a book or study etc. I don’t know why, but it’s a daily struggle. Also, before you start accusing me of having a disorder or something, I do have on paper at least a diagnosis on Asperger’s Syndrome, a kind of autism that I hate to talk about. However, I’ve also during these past few months since this whole Apple craze began, started to analyse a lot more on why I am struggling with this.

So far I’ve come to only one conclusion.

I like to do stuff I enjoy. It’s really that simple. I like to learn new things. I need stability in my life, and for the past year or so I haven’t had that in some aspects. I got terminated (not fired!) from my job, which I’ve suspected and waited for, for over a year, the Blackberry was a disappointment and the only positive thing about my phone is the battery life. Not to mention that I’ve moved two times in less than a year and I haven’t lost weight by going vegetarian. It’s been a bit hard, and in search for stability and somewhat “happiness” outside the fantastic life with my BF, my brain landed with Apple.

Also I do not like to play games, except a few match-3 games on my phone, any longer. It’s not just that fun. It’s hard on my fingers, due to fibromyalgia, and I have a hard time remembering all the buttons for all the different games I used to play. Also I dislike reading books and have always preferred watching movies or TV series instead. I can never really see myself be that kind of person that enjoys reading more than watching, but I’d seriously love it if I could become a book loving person. If I read something, I like reading articles, comments etc, because I love to hear other people’s perspective on things. That’s really inspiring! It’s a lot more inspiring than reading a book at least. I’ve basically never found reading to be that great. It always annoys me that I can’t see the movie, or that the movie based on the book did not make it like the book. Also to add a disclaimer here, I’ve basically only read 2,5 book series in my life. Narnia, Harry Potter and 3,5 books or so of Wheel of Time. The only “magic” time I’ve ever had reading a book was when I read the Magicians Nephew on audiobook, but still I wanted to watch the movie! It still hasn’t been made… 😦

Ok, so I guess it’s time for a conclusion. If I should be really honest, I’d like to stick with the Mac mini for a foreseeable future. Maybe even forever. I’m sort of hooked! I love it, because it does what I want it to, quietly, and as fast (or faster) than my PC. The only thing I miss are better speakers. I have a speaker system from like 2006 or something. I’ve sort of gotten them as a gift from my BF, since he doesn’t need them. I love them and do not see a reason to buy a new pair of speakers, but the only problem is that they do not work with the Mac mini or my screen. It was an easy fix, however. I just needed a better AUX cable which I had lying around the apartment. I also have a subwoofer that goes with my speakers, and that’s why I love it so much. I love that bass!

When I use a PC, I mainly use it for browsing the web, chatting with people and sometime (very rarely these days) to render and edit videos. For work I used the web a lot, except for when I’ve had to use Microsoft Office or other products like it, or subtitle editing software from when I used to manage that. A lot of what I used for work happened online so… With the Mac mini working so far perfectly I guess it will suite my needs very well and I see no reason what so ever to go back to my Windows PC. On the other hand it makes me want an iMac even more, and also an iPhone. And if by a miracle, I hope I’m like “forced” to buy an Macbook for school if I  manage to get in that is. It seems very unlikely that I will this fall, because I got a really low S.A.T (högskoleprov) score and it will probably be a miracle if I pass my current math (algebra etc) class I’m taking in order to get in.

I’ve played around a bit more with the iPad since I booted up the mini, and even though it hasn’t been a perfect ride getting new ringtones on the iPad, it’s something new I’ve learned. When I got the hang of it and figured out how to do it, it actually works fine. I created the funniest ringtone in GarageBand that I hope I’ll get to use soon when I FaceTime with friends and/or family. That’d be fun! If I get an iPhone soon (hopefully, there’s still the money issue) I’m really looking forward being “drenched” into the Apple ecosystem. With the tiny view I’ve gotten so far with the whole ecosystem thing, I really get why people are hooked on Apple products, even though they’re more expensive than Windows or Android products.

Of course, I also have to write a disclaimer of some sorts. The reason for this is because I know how my mind works and I can easily be swayed in another direction if I just know “enough” to do so. That does not mean I’m just a sheep that follows new people around all the time, I do question stuff – a lot, but I’m also open into trying new things, especially when I have a reason to do so. To sum it up, it basically means that my current hookup with Apple could be just temporary. Just because the Mini works pretty much perfectly as of now, doesn’t mean it will in another year or so, If I still use it by then that is. However, with what I’ve learned about Apple is that their stuff works. For years. If not, just go to an Apple store and they’ll fix it. Unfortunately the Mini won’t be able to be replaced if something would happen to it, but in my very personal mind, I’d probably do my very best to save up my money and replace the Mini and my PC with an iMac within the coming years instead. Why? Because I could use Windows AND macOS on an iMac. I don’t need my clunky desktop PC, really because I’ve stopped playing games. If I decide to buy an iMac in the future (when I can afford it, that is), that computer will most likely be powerful enough anyways for what I have to do. I don’t really see myself as a game developer in the future, and if I’d become one, I’d most likely develop games that are easier on the hard drive etc. Then I wouldn’t need a “fast” Windows PC, and an “underpowered & expensive” iMac would do just fine. And then I could use Windows for my usual stuff whenever I feel like it without having two separate desktop computers.

I’m also using the tiny magic keyboard as well to write this and I love the fact that it’s powered with bluetooth. My desk is normally really cluttered with cables and cords, and now I can really see myself using a wireless mouse and keyboard, with an iMac in the future and loving it. I like space and in some ways, minimalism is also really inspiring and intriguing for me these days. I am not a minimalist per say, but a lot of the philosophy behind it is something me and the BF practise daily without thinking about it. A clean, non-cluttered home and desk is really something I’d like to have. Even though I’ve really enjoyed having two screens, I find that using macOS does not require two screens in the same way I prefer it when I’m using Windows. I don’t really know why, though. I just don’t feel like two screens are that necessary as of now, but if I could have two screens now, I’d be a lot happier. But this works just fine and I love it!

All and all, I love this. And it has made me so much happier as well. Who could’ve thought?

The obsession with privacy is becoming a bit too much…

Ok, you’re probably starting to think that the only topics I talk about are veganism and Apple. Or something like that. Well, that might very well be true, but what am I supposed to do with such a messed up brain that I have? I have to write a bit more about this privacy shit, but hopefully after this, everything will cool down and I’ll try and continue living my life like nothing has happened. Or maybe it will end with an iPhone, who the hell knows?! I certainly do not.

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During these past months or so, all back to when the obsession with iOS, Apple, OnePlus and the creeping privacy issues started to emerge, everything (as always) has escalated, and especially with the latest Google I/O. I wrote about that in my last post. Since that post I’ve been doing my best to “de-googlify” my life to no avail. I’ve tried looking for a new e-mail service and created a few accounts with outlook.com, protonmail and I’ve started to use my poorly created iCloud mail as well that I made at the ending phase of my Apple obsession I had in the fall of 2017. With poorly I’m referring to me creating the wrong email address. If I’d created a better one I might have only used that one for now, even though I’m not a complete Apple user yet. If I’d been an Apple user, I could easily transfer everything to my iCloud mail, but since I’m not I won’t do that. At least not today.

I even created a g suite account, but that only lasted less than 24 hours and it was a huge mistake. It might have been worth it if I could just transfer everything from my personal Google account, but no. It is not that easy. Unfortunately. The reason why I tried out the G suite is because I read that Google does not need to “spy” on those users, since they pay for the service and do not get it for free. I found that very compelling since i really do like using Google services. But it did not work, so now I’m stuck right back at the beginning.

My feelings regarding Microsoft are also very mixed. It might be a better service overall regarding email, but I do not know. Outlook as an email service feels better, but it’s a pure roller coaster where I love it one minute and dislike it like hell the next. That’s because I am not sure if they read my emails or not and want to sell me stuff because of what I write. Microsoft themselves say they do not do that, but I am not sure if I trust that. Google does this, but personally and usually I rarely email people about stuff I talk or search with my Google account, so in that regard I also do not know if I should care so much about this either. I basically have used my Gmail account for work for the past 3½ years, and I’ve only written a fraction of those thousands of emails to friends, government or family so why is this privacy thing such a huge deal now?

Before I got my job, I used my Gmail mainly to get accounts somewhere else and notifications from all of the other social media accounts and other types of accounts I’ve created during the years. I rarely (or perhaps never) email people and that’s because of message clients, social media and phone calls. The biggest deal I have with Gmail is the self-completing email feature that they mentioned at the latest I/O and all the AI and machine learning crap Google wants to implement all over their services. Everything else is no biggie, I guess, since it hasn’t been before. My Google account in itself is primarily used for Google+, YouTube and Google Drive outside of Gmail. Not necessarily in that order, though…

Basically I’d like a service that is not that personalized if all I see are stupid ads and an OS that follows my every move, predicts everything etc. If I have to “do everything myself”, than I’d guess I’d be happy with that because it will only take me like 3 seconds longer to find the app I’d like to use on my phone next and I can completely decide myself on who to call etc. I basically do that already and it works fine. What I dislike is what I’ve mentioned before, being haunted from searches and watch history and seeing uninteresting shit I can’t/won’t buy or do. It’s that simple, or something. I’d also feel freaked out if every time I take a walk by myself I get suggestions (or notifications in the future, who knows if that will even be a thing?!) to call my family, because that is when I mainly do call them. I do that because it’s boring to just walk by yourself. I want company while I’m walking outside. I also want to decide myself who and when to call somebody, ok?!

Regarding the OnePlus 6…😥

I won’t be buying it after all. This I say after I’ve watched the launch and seen the amazing specs and price. I say this for two reasons. Number one is that I probably won’t afford it and it’s useless as of now to spend money on a phone I don’t really need. The other reason is because it will have Android P. Starting with the beta and then the full version when it’s released. I really do not want Android P. Actually I do not want Android any more, but I’m stuck with it because I can’t afford to do anything about it. On the plus side, my old and current phone does make me feel a little bit safer regarding these terrible AI and machine learning changes that are becoming a bigger part of Android with every new version.

With an older phone I do not and will not have all these new creepy features that new phones will have, but Android in general right now makes me feel sick. Still, that doesn’t make my Android experience reliable or exciting. Or anything. I just have a smartphone that works somewhat as it is needed to. I mean, it is a laggy phone, the camera is crap (yeah, I admit to that now) and some other shit I can’t remember now. The only thing I like is the battery life. That alone makes my phone worth having as of now.

But I also feel like if my next phone will have a smaller/shorter battery life, I’d learn to live and deal with that as well, so that doesn’t matter in itself. I’d rather have a phone that is fast, does not lag, has all the apps I need, with better reception for phone calls and maybe even type-c and/or wireless charging. And of course one hell of a camera so I can start taking photos with pride again. I could probably get all that with the OnePlus 6, but then I’d only get more and more AI crap and that I do not want. That is not OnePlus fault, I blame Google for that. They are the ones who pushes the AI crap even further than they need to. And that makes me so sad…

To simply put it short. I feel trapped. No other email service can currently match Gmail. If they can, it means you have to pay for them. That in itself I don’t really mind. However, I might get terminated from my job any day now because lack of things to do. If that happens I’d probably get a lot poorer and then it would be stupid to start paying for stuff if I can’t afford. Even if I’ll get accepted to a college in the fall, I’ll get less money than I have today, but at least then I’d be able to use all the student discounts. If that happen it means that like $10 will be a lot of money for me yet again. That’s fine however while I’m a student, but if I’m unemployed for a longer period of time it will be a bit worse. At least if I get less money than I have today. It’s a good thing I have a BF with a high paying job! 😉 The money issues are really just in my head for now. And I feel like Scrooge McDuck regarding my money no matter what!

The last talk about iPhone. For a while at least…

After Google I/O, me and the BF are totally creeped out regarding Google and we want to leave it or something like that. I wrote in my last post that my BF does not want to “sponsor” any other phone maker out there. But he’s actually said that he’d have to switch to iPhone if worse comes to worse. This is because there is no other OS out there that is better than all of them. It will hurt both the wallet and the mind, since he really dislikes Apple as a company and their “narrow minded” software, but it’s worth it to be sure that our privacy remains safe. I do not know when or even if this will happen.

Since Google I/O, his Blackberry has started to work a lot weirder than before and because of that I do not know what he’d wanna do about it. He does however believe that it’s not the Blackberry’s fault – it’s android itself with all the AI crap that Google recently has turned on for all Android users. We both feel that we do not want to spend money on new phones when the ones we have sort of work already. Even though they stutter and lag and act crazy as fudge sometimes because of some software issue. I myself have not noticed anything special since Google I/O with my phone, but that could be because I do not use my phone like my BF does. Also since I’ve turned off as many things as possible within my Google account, that may also be an explanation as to why I have not noticed anything special yet. The only strange thing I’ve seen is that all of a sudden the Google Assistant was in the app drawer, which it has not been before. At least not right where it was, but it disappeared as soon as it got there basically and I have not seen it since.

Also, I have to mention the obvious here. If I can’t afford a OnePlus 6, why will I afford a “doubled priced” iPhone, if I’d ever decide to get one? Well, that’s because if I get an iPhone I know it will most likely be worth the money. If I buy one, it will be a phone that has to last me at least 2 years, preferably even longer than that. From what I’ve come to learn, an iOS device easily lasts that long. A OP6 will probably be a better buy in general, but because of the huge privacy issues with Google that are only getting worse – I do not want to spend my money on that. I also do not really feel like another OS is of interest either. There’s Lineage OS, that sucks and barely works from what I’ve heard and there’s also Eelo or something like that as well. Both are of no interest to me. Both are also in a sort of startup mode.  Then I’d rather be stuck and trapped within Android to be honest, or spend my money on something that will last and keep me safe for years while I enjoy being online as usual. Maybe other OS’s will be of interest in like 5 years or so, when Google already will control the world and know everything about everybody? Not to mention how they’ll predict everybody’s daily actions and activities…

The conclusion is that whatever my BF decides to go, so will I. If he buys an iPhone, I’ll do it too and not before then. If he stays with Android – so will I. If he stays with Gmail and Google itself – so will I etc. I’ll do this because I feel safest that way. My BF is usually right about things and since I don’t want to think about this any more than I should, I will go back, or at least do everything I can to not think about this and when he makes up his mind about what he wants to do, I’ll stand right there with him. Why?

Because it’s most likely the best solution for me right now. That’s why.

Oh, god this was a long post…😅

Google I/O 2018 made me creeped out as hell! 😱

 

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I wrote this post mainly because of my feeling regarding Google I/O 2018, but also as a very long answer for a friend of mine, Aengeln. Check him out and wait for his response to this post!

Google I/O for 2018 was yesterday. It was, even this year, boring as hell. Last year I missed it, but I watched it a little bit afterwards and I saw the videos from The Verge etc that talked about the new stuff. Even then I was not amazed. The I/O of 2016 was the year of the gazillion messaging apps that Google released and ever since then I’ve slowly stopped liking Google. I’m still a fan, but it has really started to dwindle since then. Now it is all about AI and Machine Learning(ML), and that’s boring. I’d rather see a bug free range of Google Products and bring back Google Reader or something?! If you’ve read my last posts, follow this blog etc. You already know how and where I stand regarding all about this and I know I’ve talked way to much about Apple and their expensive stuff, so I shall try to not mention them in this post excessively. Ok, so here we go.

Auto completing e-mails in Gmail?!

The first issue with yesterday’s Google I/O was the self writing email stuff within Gmail that’s apparently a new feature. Immediately I felt like that was not something I’m interested in. I hope you can opt out from it. My BF even said that if Google is gonna dig into your mail even further it might be time to look for another mail service. We both love Gmail, but I agree. That did not feel good. I’ve actually created an account with ProtonMail, the service seen in the TV show, Mr Robot. I don’t know if it’s any good, but perhaps I’ll look into another service that might offer more, but I don’t know.

The Google Assistant makes creepy calls in the background?!

The other thing that made me wanna get out of my own skin was the news with the Google Assistant (GA). Now, at first I do like the Google Assistant but I basically never use it. I used it a lot in the beginning to make calls etc, but these days I might use it 5 times a year or something like that. I’ve even turned off the assistant from time to time, so it’s not really something I care about. When they announced that the GA could make calls for you in a very realistic way I got so creeped out that I did not know what to do with myself. I said “I call bullshit” and then I ran to the toilet. I had to pee, so that’s why.

#truestory.

If this is purely done by a “robot”, it’s way to creepy for me to even begin using. It has to be normal people who are calling, but even if that was true – imagine the costs for that service?! Way too expensive… To sum it up. Me Do Not Like. I welcome the more natural voices though, and the additional voices as well, but who the fudge is John Legend? It seemed that the audience didn’t know either.

Android is ruined…

First, I gotta say that there were one or two things I liked when they talked about Android. The things I can remember was the landscape lock thing and the other one is that the Android P beta is available to more phones from the start. Instead of the phone automatically switching to landscape if I put my phone that way (when not watching a video), it could really be useful to push a button instead, because my phone has a huge problem with always switching to landscape if I manage to have my phone turned on its side for like half a second to long. I hate that. It happens probably once a day, and I do not want to lock it to portrait mode, because then all of my photos and videos would be locked in portrait. I have a lousy memory and I’ve forgotten to switch back to unlocked mode. And I hate vertical videos!!!😣

Besides those little things, I felt that Android is really getting ruined. Beside all of the AI and machine learning shit I do not care for, I got a bit “pissed” as well with the new gesture modes. It’s just like the iPhone X FFS! Basically all of this year’s android phones also have notches and I hate it. I am neutral regarding the notch in general, but I hate that every phone with Android is now copying the iPhone X. I understand why phones go in that direction, but I’d like to see more cheap Android phones to blatantly copy the iPhone X instead of all the bigger players as well. Why? Because that makes more sense. There are other ways to make smaller bezels. Just look at the Samsung Galaxy s9 or the OnePlus 5T. The OnePlus 6 will have a notch and if I can afford it, I’ve said I’ll buy it. However, personally a lot have changed lately so I’m probably stuck with my Lenovo P2 for another year or so. More about that in another post. Generally I did not like the Android update and that makes me sad. But it makes me happier that I have an older, crap-cheap phone instead of a brand new one at the moment.

Google Maps becomes more useful, and ML is useful when you talk about self-driving cars.

The stuff about Google Maps was fine. It will now start using your camera for directions and show you the right way. I think that could be a good thing, so I have nothing more to say about that. When Waymo talked about their self-driving cars I got somewhat happy, because that’s when ML is really useful. I don’t have anything else really to say about that either. It’s good.

Conversations about Google being boring and how it’s a “good thing” to be spied upon by huge corporations.

During the whole Keynote, me and the BF had our conversations about how Google is not innovating any longer. I’t just focus on AI, Machine Learning etc. instead of something different and purely new. My BF said at one time that he would be really happy if Google “did an Apple”. Like all of a sudden they presented a real “EyePhone” or something. VR lenses that could fit in your eye with 4k resolution for each eye etc. Something absolutely amazing! Like they did when they showed Google Glass back in the day… My BF also said that he really wished that there were a 4th company or something that had phones with a different OS to offer. He does not want to “sponsor” Google (with Android in mind), iOS or the Windows phone, because “they’re all the same”. Like choosing between the devil and the deep blue sea. I told him that might not be true. With what I’ve learned about Apple during the past 6 months or so, I know they care about Privacy a whole lot more than all the other companies out there, like Google and Microsoft. Or even Facebook for that matter, but they do not make phones or provide Operating Systems. He hates Apple as a company, and he really dislikes iOS, but he knows what I also used to know regarding the stupidness of iOS and I have investigated further and found that iOS is not that bad. Sure, it’s limited, but at what cost? A reliable smartphone experience that typically lasts you for years. Like I mentioned before, iPhone users tend to have their phone last for like 4 years and that is so amazing! Android users? They usually switch phone every year or so. Not to mention the gazillion accessories you can have to express yourself! He uses a Macbook Pro for work, and it works fine. Some things he loves, other he hates. He says that the only reason why he uses it is because Unity is available on both Windows and MacOS, but he also says the laptop is really not worth the price. He prefers Windows clearly over MacOS, and I don’t blame him. I guess I do to, but I do not remember what it’s like to work with MacOS so I really can’t say.

Other articles I’ve read since yesterday (and regarding Apple products) say that if you care about privacy there is only one option. Get an iPhone. Get a Mac for a computer. I found on their website a lot of examples on how they can use ML and AI and still keep the privacy secure for the users of the platform, and I think that’s great. I mean, I have nothing against AI or ML, really, but I don’t like the fact that everything I choose to do will be saved somewhere in the cloud or sold to some ad company. The only thing I want in the cloud are my personal files such as photos and documents. I do not like that my email will be read and completed for me and that everything I’ve watched or researched will “forever haunt me” in my social media when it’s not really relevant. Apple say that they can make a personal experience great without spying on you or sell your information to ad companies. All the information about Face ID is stored locally on the device, and many other ML stuff is also only on the device. Everything as well on your devices are encrypted and I see that as a big difference. Apple does not read my emails and they can’t say that I’m the one who searched for dolphins (as an example) yesterday at 3:04PM in my home in Malmö. Both Google and Facebook can do that, unless I turn a lot of features off and use another anonymous browser. Apple does not spy on you by default. Instead they sell you “great and expensive” hardware. The only thing I do not mind sharing with Google and Facebook is my location and basic contact details. The latter is if they only use it to contact me like send an email if something new has happened with my account that I need to check or to sen 2 step verifications to my phone via SMS. I’d be angry if sales people call me up because they got my number from Google… I guess basically that everything else I’d like to be kept locally or not at all. At least not shared and sold off to ad companies. I also love the fact that I can see in real-time in Google Maps where my BF is, and that he can see me. That way I don’t have to ask him all the time where he is, and that’s a great thing.

Also, to point out – once again about me writing about Apple and their products. This is not a praise to Apple being perfect or some crap like that. I write what I know, what I’ve learned and how I interpret these corporations that everybody basically is involved with these days on a daily basis. I do not hate Google, I do not hate Apple nor have I become an Apple sheep/fanboy etc. I just call it like I see it. And I do not like where Google is going with their AI business.

Not one bit.

 

Some thoughts about Facebook, Google and privacy. And Apple?

Since the Facebook scandal regarding Cambridge Analytica came out, I’ve started more and more to think about stuff that bugs me. It has to do with ads and feeling targeted. The crazy thing about this is that this used to NOT be a problem at all – for years. But now it has started to grow on me, and I’d like to know why.

The Facebook scandal was really not a shock for me. I’ve known this for years, and like so many others have said, I sort of known when I signed up for an account with FB that I’d be targeted and followed across the web. That used to be fine and dandy. Why? Because I did not feel targeted. For years and years I haven’t seen a single ad on Facebook. All these ads people keep talking about? What the F is that? I’ve never seen it. And then they came. I do not really remember when it happened, but probably somewhere during 2017, the ads started popping up. It also probably started with Google as well, but I’ll try and keep this separated. If I can that is.

I have been a daily, and active Google and social media user since it was created. Or something like that. I created my first Google account in 2009, and my first FB account probably during 2008 when it started to become popular in Sweden. I’ve had (and still do with basically all of them) Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, Tumblr and many other social media profiles and it is a daily routine to check Facebook whenever possible, watch a bunch of YouTube videos, make a blog post and look at images on several platforms. However, I tend to use Twitter and Instagram very rarely these days. Basically every day, I do at least one Google search for various things that are on my mind and everything has been pretty good. For years. What I feel about all of this right now is a bit mixed, but I’m guessing that not much will change.

I’m a huge Google fan as well. I know a lot about their products and I teach many on how to use them. I also trust Google’s products a lot. I don’t really think they’re spying on me while I write on a Google docs document… Regarding the other end of the Spectrum, Apple that is, I’ve basically forgotten all my knowledge about them. Until recently when I started to become obsessed with having reliable technical devices in my possession in stead of crappy and unreliable ones. All I knew until then was that Apple sucks. IOS is crappy and unusable and their products are way to expensive for anybody who are not willing to sell their soul for an iMac. Besides having a 3GS for like 4 months up to a year or something in 2009 and using an Apple computer in high school – that’s all I knew about Apple. The only “positive” thing I can remember about Apple is that I desperately wanted an iMac when it was first released, because they looked so cool! Back then I didn’t even realize that there were different kind of operating systems either. To me, Windows and MacOS was exactly the same. Since learning more about them and their products, my views on technology have vastly changed. It has really opened my eyes and I think that’s an important change. But I’m too poor to do anything about it, I guess. Or maybe unwilling. I don’t know, really. Haven’t decided. All I know is that I can’t talk crap about Apple that much anymore… No matter what they did to Linus Tech Tips. I just can’t do it. Watch the channel Tailosive Tech if you’d like to know a whole lot more on why I can’t laugh at so called Apple sheep anymore. It’s a great channel, even if you hate Apple. He’s taught me a lot.

The thing is that Apple as a company have a huge privacy policy standard. You are not their product. That is why they do not care about spying on you, target you with ads, and why they make products that potentially lasts for years without hiccups. With Google and Facebook – you are the product and therefore they keep track on you to try and sell you more garbage (or change the way you feel about stuff) without you knowing it until it’s probably to late. Apple has made it clear that  you can feel safe while browsing the web using their products. You will not be followed in the same way that Google/Android and Windows users are. They’ve even gone to a greater strength to try and prevent Facebook ads on the web and them spying on your Google searches so you’ll se less ads etc. I think that’s pretty cool, but I do not know if that is true. More information in the video below:

This post, however is not about me getting an iPhone again. It has more to do with priorities I guess. I still plan on buying a OnePlus 6 if I believe I can afford it when it gets released in a few weeks, but I really have to rant about the thoughts I’ve started to have regarding privacy and those goddamn ads that I see everywhere these days. I also still hope that whenever I get a OP6, I’ll drop the “wanting an iPhone” crap i’ve dealt with for so long… It’s annoying, especially when there’s no real need to make the switch. More about that later.

Just like in the video above, I have searched for stuff I’d like to buy or know more about. Then, hours later I see ads for those products in my Facebook feed. The weird thing is that it especially keeps happening  AFTER I’ve bought something. Why would I be interested in buying the exact same thing again after I just bought one? Whatever that product may be? Then the ad is useless. It might be more useful if it’s another model, taste, color or whatever else, but it’s been shown to me in another few weeks or months when it’s due time to buy another one of those products again? I mean, I might be interested in buying a new bottle of shampoo in another month, but not a new car or whatever else that’s expensive.

Also my Youtube feed has been garbage lately. I mainly use and watch YouTube via the Playstation 4 app or the app for Android TV. I sometimes watch videos on my phone or on my computer, but I mainly use the TV versions of the YouTube app. In those apps there are several categories to choose from. I mainly watch videos from the recommended, technology, food and entertainment categories. It usually works fine, but for the past months or so I’m basically shown videos I do not like to watch. Also if I watch one single video about technology, or mainly about smartphones, then 90% of my feed is about iPhones or Apple products. Even if the video I just watched had nothing to do with iPhones or Apple in general. It’s like automatically and magically Apple for some strange reason… Instead of videos about Great Danes or veganism that I’d really like to watch!

Now, I do admit that i still watch videos about various Apple products on YouTube sometimes, because I like it. I like watching videos about smartphones, and I’d like to know more about why every programmer uses a mac instead of windows computer and how users feel about iOS vs Android. I do that because I’d like know the likelihood of me being somewhat “forced” to buy a Macbook when I go back to college sometime in the future. I think that is fun, because I also like to hear people’s opinions about stuff. Even if that includes iPhones, and I currently do not plan on buying one. I’m really fricking curious though, so if I get the chance, I might still make the switch and try it out once more. But we’ll see what happens. I’ll try out a One Plus device first, and then we’ll see. Unless someone buys me an iPhone 8 plus/X that is. Then I’d gladly take it! I’m not willing to buy one myself in any shape or form (like on contract) and the iPhone SE is to small for my liking. If the iPhone SE would be all screen like the X and have all the features of the X, then sure but as of now? No, not unless I’d get it as a gift. Then I’d be happier. Because then I did not have to pay for it.

I still however feel somewhat ashamed of me “liking” to watch videos about various Apple products, because I know I can’t/don’t/want/have to buy their stuff. My Lenovo P2 works fine. So does my desktop computer. And the windows laptop. But oh, if I could, I’d really like to try it out… I am still hoping that my future employer will let me use both Apple and Windows products whenever I’m an educated programmer of some sorts. I even hope that the school I’ll go to will make me try it out, just for fun, but also for reals. I mean, what’s the harm, besides how much it will hurt my tiny wallet?

Ok, enough about Apple and potentially getting their products. I have other feelings regarding Apple products and that is just the privacy concerns I’ve started to have as an active Facebook and Google user. I’m so sick of those ads! I do not wish to see videos that I’ve disliked or removed from my YouTube watch history. I do not want to see ads about a career I’m not yet able to achieve until after I’ve finished a degree in computer science. I’m betting you don’t know what I’m referring to there, so let me tell you.

About a year ago I made up my mind to go back to school and become a developer of some sorts. Ever since then I have googled sometimes for the salary etc. of people working as developers. That’s because I’d like to know as much as possible of what it’s like to work and live as a developer. What it’s like to know and breathe code and the benefits from that. Being able to use and work on both a Mac and a Windows computer is awesome in my book, and if I might have to do that in the future, why is there harm to know more about it now? Better to know all the platforms than only one of them, right? Better to know both Swift, C#, C++, Javascript, Java and PHP, Google and all the CMS platforms than nothing, right?

Anyway, since then I’ve also continuously seen ads on Facebook of recruiting firms for developing jobs. Before I realized that they were ads, I clicked on them to learn more, but now I just find all of it so annoying. That’s because I am not a developer of any sorts today and totally unable to look for that kind of work. So stop showing me ads for my dream job, please…

It’s almost to the point that I again feel like I should stop using Google, delete my Facebook account but I know why I won’t do it. Without it, life would be horrible and so boring that I’d most likely kill myself or something. I need Facebook and Google in my life, and I just hope that there are solutions to these feelings and experiences I have regarding me feeling so followed whilst online.

Well. I guess that’s it. If you have anything to say about it, leave a comment below. I’d love to know your thoughts about this.

Great… The YouTube shooter is a female vegan. Now what?

This thing is going viral as of now, and for like the first time ever I’m actually writing (or blogging) about news, instead of being years or months behind a big news event. This post is primarily about the YouTube shooting that happened yesterday in California, but maybe also about the recent news regarding Facebook’s scandal that also happened.

The shooter is a woman called Nasim Aghdam who recently gotten fed up with the new YouTube’s new policies and problems with demonetizing videos. I have never seen her videos before, as far as I can remember, but it’s a sad story in many ways.

On her channels, she made videos about veganism, animal rights etc. That is great, but in this case, it sucks that she was vegan. That’s because people tend to categorize people in a bad way when something like this happens. It’s like if a killer turns out to have autism, and then society goes nuts and gets scared of everybody on the autism spectrum, even though practically all of them are as “normal” as you are. It all goes away eventually, but it’s sad and even more horrible when people and society in general see an action like this as a “vegan and crazy” attack on YouTube instead of ONE individual’s opinions and actions. I, myself do my very best not to put people in groups like that, and I believe that I see individuals more than groups of people or culture. If a person does something, towards me or others that’s generally considered a bad thing, like rape, murder, burning somebody’s house down etc, I do not get pissed at “terrorists”, vegans or whomever the group is considered to be. I look at the individual’s action and nowhere else. However, I always speculate in the cause of the actions that took place.

It is not fair for anybody on YouTube to have their videos de-monetized. It is not right for anybody to get raped, robbed or killed etc. But I do not blame YouTubers or vegans for this action. Nasim did this (as far as we know) and it is her action alone and reasoning that did this. Could it have been prevented? Sure. YouTube has been acting weird lately for many YouTubers out there and that’s just not cool. Just like Facebook with their latest data-scraping scandal or whatever I should call it.

However I firmly believe that murder is never the answer.

Society will change no matter what, even though it might take a while longer sometimes with the more important and better things. Like a universal basic income (or  maybe even a world without money?) or a world filled with vegans, where every living creature will live a healthier life with less worry over other things. That would be lovely. It’s sad that she had to die and shoot others in order to spread her opinions…

Ok, shall we talk about Facebook, then?

First of all I am not surprised. I’ve basically known from the beginning that Facebook has serious issues with privacy for their users. Still, I choose to continue using it. The main reason for that is that life as I know it would be really frickin’ boring without it. Here’s the history:

I, personally have also chosen to live my adult life very far away from my roots. I was born in Stockholm, Sweden. My parents are from a place called Härjedalen, which is even further north in this cold country. I now live in Malmö, but I’ve chosen to live in the southern parts of Sweden since 2001. Especially in Skåne, which is the most southern part. I have a huge network of family and friends that has spread throughout the country because of this and no matter what, I’d never move back to Stockholm. Not even if I got a million dollars. I’d never do it willingly. I moved away from there because of mainly two things. The attitude of the people living there and the weather. Many people in Stockholm have a view of life that really differs from mine. It’s like they really do not accept anybody who does not have an iPhone or is generally a bit different from themselves. But I’m also exaggerating a bit here. I love my family and friends I have over there, but generally I feel like the attitude thing is real. I do not like that.

There is also a hidden reason for why I left, and that’s the accent that is spoken there. I do not like it, and I used to speak like that as well, but as I kept growing up I kept feeling that I feel more like a person with a different accent than the one in Stockholm. I choose therefore to talk with a southern Swedish accent instead of the one I was born with. I speak skånska. For people that speak English, I sound like a french person or something like that, because there are a lot of similarities with that language, and the accent itself is very inspired of the french. It is also very related to the Danish language, but not as much as one would think. If you understand Swedish, you can read more about it here.

Ok, going back to Facebook then. I actually deleted my FB account in 2011, when Google+ arrived. I basically instantly felt a loss with all the friends and family that did not choose to use G+ instead of Facebook, which was basically everybody on my friends list. I eventually went back and I have been using FB daily since then. As of now, and this has been true for like 3 years now, Facebook is actually a lot more fun that G+. Google Plus is dying and it is only a matter of time before Google will let that place go. It has a lot of users, sure, but the interaction is basically non existent for many users now. It is so boring and I have sort of given up on the place. I’ve chosen to only post blog posts there and nothing else, because no matter what I post, people do not care. I could basically stop using G+ and nobody would miss me  or notice I’m gone, and that’s fine. But I’ll keep using it until Google calls it quits and that’s that.

Social media is a must for me. It’s so much fun, even though it generates very little traffic to my blogs and YouTube channels. I have also basically stopped using Instagram as well. I post a picture there from time to time, but I’ve stopped going in there to look at my feed. That’s because during the fall of 2017, everything sort of became a bit too much and I decided that at least one of the social media accounts had to be “let go” or something like that. Instagram was the one, but I basically treat G+ the same as well. It’s enough to visit G+ like once every other day, because it takes that long to let the feed become useful enough to read. I’ve basically also stopped giving plus’s to people’s posts. I do not get the interaction back anyways, so why bother? I know that I’m boring on G+, so I have it coming, but many people say the same as me. Therefore a lot of people on G+ have started adding each other on Facebook instead. It’s pretty funny. I also use Facebook a lot at work. Their groups are great, and I personally manage 4 FB pages for my blogs and websites. I also used to manage many of the work’s FB pages as well, but I do not do that any longer.

Ok, so I won’t stop using Facebook and I will not get angry at fellow YouTubers for being disappointed at YouTube for demonetizing their videos, but I will not accept murder and reckless shootings.

What about you?

Even if the OnePlus 6 has a notch, I’ll probably buy it…

It’s been a while since I blogged here again, and for now, we’re gonna let go of the veganism styled posts and talk a little bit more about phones and other technologies. Or just phones. Either way it’s good, right?

My “review” of the Lenovo P2

I’ve had the Lenovo P2 for about 5 months or so now. In the beginning I loved it. Then, as per usual it started to lag, just like all Android smartphones tend to do after a certain amount of time. And all of a sudden, it sort of stopped lagging as well and it has been a pretty reliable experience so far. Now I’m just waiting for something better.

The downsides.

It’s a cheap phone, so as always, you’ll get what you pay for. The camera is not good. It’s maybe marginally ok or something like that, but definitely not good. It basically always have trouble focusing, the background tends to get pixelated, it has no OIS or EIS, so videos are shaky (see evidence of it below). In the video where I filmed my cat Maja using the Litter Robot for the first time, I held it in my hand and when I watched it later on I noticed how shaky it was. Next time I’ll record something, I’d have to use a gimble or a stand for it. Also I’ve noticed that Google Photos only works if I manually go into the app to upload my photos and videos to the cloud. When I first got the phone and set it up as well, it did not remember my apps at all or my launcher settings, so I had to import them manually as well. My BF had the same problems as well when he first started using it. I use the Google now Launcher, in case you’re wondering. Love it!

I’ve also noticed that it is pretty bad in bright situations. Normally when I’m indoors, I rarely have the brightness (on any phone) set to higher than like 10 or 15%, but that’s really noticeable when the sun is shining. Then I can’t see shit. Even with the brightness well up towards 100% is not enough sometimes, so that’s pretty shitty. The only reason why I mention this is because during the wintertime I rarely go outdoors and it’s also really dark here during this part of the year so I haven’t noticed it that much. It’s only after spring is coming closer that I’ve noticed the huge problem with it.

Also the phone is filled with garbage, a custom launcher and some apps I do not care for.

The battery life.

The phone’s battery is the main reason why we have this phone in our possession in the first place. Personally I love that I don’t have to worry about battery life any more, but it does not mean it’s a perfect phone. During the days when I do basic stuff and do not play my favorite games as much, then the phone could probably easily last me 3-4 days. The thing is I basically never go below 40%. If a phone has a battery under 50% or getting close to it, I start to panic and decide I have to charge it. It’s been like that with all my phones. So, on a normal, basic day I get about 2-3 hours of SOT (Screen on Time) and have about 80-75% battery left. If I play a lot, the battery is more likely close to 60% or so. Some days I’ve left it uncharged when the battery is to low and that’s when I end up with less or around 40% battery life. I basically have to charge this phone every other night, so that’s good. Another downside, though with the charging is that it has a red light shining in the right top corner. Aka the notification light. It turns green when it has finished charging. The problem with the light is that I can’t turn it off and when it turns green, it lights up the whole bedroom, so I have had to put the phone front facing down when I charge it overnight, otherwise my darling has trouble sleeping because the light will wake him up. It’s not such a big deal, but still big enough to be a “not likable” feature with the phone. This is also why I really prefer stock android and I hate the fact that it’s basically impossible for me to buy an affordable stock android phone nowadays, since the Pixel is really expensive and does not sell officially in Sweden. I really miss the Nexus line…

About the OnePlus 6…

Like I’ve said in an earlier post, I really hope and plan that my next phone will be the OP6. No matter when it comes out, I’ll probably buy it, but it’s generally no rush. My wish list of that phone has remained the same, with OIS, EIS and front facing stereo speakers and I also hope that it will be made in a bunch of cool colors. With the recent rumors going on, and a leak of a OP6 with a iPhone X like notch at the top, I’m personally really hoping that this is just another one of their prototypes and that it will nog be the final result of the OP6. Either way, I’m probably gonna buy it. I’ve never tried using a OP device before and I hope it will be awesome.

What will be your next smartphone? Let me know in the comments!

Cats and dogs are carnivores and should never be fed otherwise. Period!

This post is about the evergrowing thing about what we choose to feed our carnivorous pets, like cats and dogs. My personal view on this is pretty simple. Dogs and cats are carnivores and should not be fed otherwise. However, there are reasons why I believe that you can (or could) have a healthy “thriving” cat or dog that is fed vegan, and I shall explain why in this post.

Also, no hateful comments – please. Read all of this post and listen to what I’ve said. Read the linked posts before you make a hateful comment or something else in that nature. 

Thanks!

Let’s begin!

My whole life goal has been to get a Great Dane. This year of 2018 I’ve waited more than 20 years for one, and I shall have to wait a bit longer as well. I am also currently a vegetarian, striving towards becoming a vegan someday. A vegan who has the right to call themselves vegan, because my diet will be vegan. Does that mean that my future Great Dane will be vegan? Of course not! That would just be stupid, since dogs are carnivores. I admit, they are scavenging carnivores, but they have the dietary tracts and features of a carnivore. Dogs can survive on a so called omnivorous diet, but that does not mean it is the optimal diet for a dog, since they are carnivores by nature. They are designed to eat meat, flesh, bones and intestines. Just like us humans are herbivores. We are designed to eat plants such as fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds and grains. Animal products make us sick because we are built to eat plants and vice versa for carnivorous animals. Especially dogs and cats. Dr. Becker explains more in the video below:

Everything she says is great except for the part where she says that humans are omnivores, since that is not true, like I explained before. But I’m not the expert here, I’m just another blogger making a valid point about facts. We are not omnivores by design, although we stupidly enough consume animal products even though we are not made to eat that.

Dr. Becker in the video above say that cats and dogs are very resilient animals. The same is true for humans. We do not just die if we are suddenly fed the wrong thing. No, instead it takes years for us to develop things such as heart disease, cancer and diabetes. Same is true for cats and dogs. But I don’t want to repeat myself. This is just the facts. The links to these facts can be found in former posts and also in other links in this posts.

What I mean by that is your vegan dog or cat can as of now seem very healthy. I am not sure, though how long that will last though. And also, what I mean by a healthy dog is mainly by these standards:

  • No smell of dog or a lot less smelly fur
  • More balanced energy according to breed and age of the dog
  • Less shedding from before the diet change
  • Shiny  and/or softer fur
  • No giant dog poops and pretty much odorless poops as well
  • Less signs of aging, graying of the fur, mobility etc.
  • Shiny teeth with no plaque and no bad breath
  • Healthy weight according to breed and age

All things mentioned in the list above have been found in dogs and cats that are fed their natural diet, which should be raw meat, bones and intestines. You can also read a more thorough post here about it.  I you have a vegan dog that also share these benefits, please let me know, because I have not yet seen anybody saying that they’ve seen these health benefits so far. What I mean by that is I have read people say that the coat is shiny, but what about smelly poops? Or giant poops for that matter? If the dog is truly healthy it should mean that the poops are really tiny, odorless and break down fast if left on the ground. Just to mention a funny thing about dog shit;

I’ve read in a FB group that feed their dogs raw (aka a meat-based diet) that they have had bags in their pockets filled with dog poop for weeks and did not notice that for a long time, because the poop did not smell. Has that ever happened to a vegan dog? I’d really like to know.

I think it is also important to not look at only individual cases. Just because a thousand dogs have gone vegan does not mean that dogs should be vegan in general, since they are built like carnivores. I know some dogs will live longer on a vegan diet, but that is also true for some humans that smoke, drink and eat tons of bacon and still live to be a hundred years old. The science overall says differently for both dog and human health.

How vegan dogs can get better on the wrong foods

If you understand Swedish, you can read my post on my blog about my earlier statements regarding vegan diets for dogs. I claim there that the main reason that dogs tend to get well or a whole lot better on a vegan diet is because the previous diet was basically shit. I mean, it is so logical that commercial dry pet foods are filled with garbage! No wonder dogs and cats get sick from that?! First of all, the dry pet food is not raw and in their natural state, just like Oreos are vegan, but not a Whole Food. See the difference? I totally understand why dogs get rid of their allergies etc while being on a vegan diet, because that diet probably means that they are fed a more “clean” diet, even though it is based on the wrong kind of food for a carnivore. I personally think it’s the cleanliness of a vegan diet that gives positive results, but what if you’d feed the dog a Biologically Appropriate Raw Diet instead? I bet you’d get the same results, if not even a whole lot better results. The downside to that is all the other animals having to die for your dog to get his or her food. But that’s nature, really…

The ethical side of things and why lab grown meat will be a win-win.

Oh, yes, here comes the whole dilemma and I understand most (if not all) of it. My whole idea regarding the ethics is basically that I’m waiting for lab grown meat to be available as a replacement for the meat humans consume today. When that happens, hopefully before 2025 or something like that, then I believe that lab grown meat is the perfect food for our carnivorous pets! Don’t you? As a vegetarian, going on vegan I’d never eat lab grown meat, because it’s still meat and bad for us humans, but for pets! OMG! That’d be wonderful!

Before that happens I still believe that all creatures in our living world should be fed the optimal diet for their own species. Us humans should all be WFPB vegans for optimal health, carnivores should be fed a meat-based diet and so on. If we keep doing it like we have been for way too long now, everything is only gonna get worse in the end with even more people being ill from our top killers and the same goes for our pets. Even though I’m a vegetarian today and striving towards being a vegan, I think it’s cruel for any living thing to be deprived of their natural and optimal diet. With the vegan movement changing all that for the human health, the planet’s health and for the animals, that will all get better in the end. I just desperately hope that lab grown meat will very soon be here and replace factory farming and other means of killing animals for their flesh and bones, because then every carnivorous pet we all love could be fed a cruelty-free diet and live a whole lot better for it.

No, having pets is not vegan, because veganism starts with the human diet.

I also have a few things to say about the whole garbage idea that having pets is not vegan. What do people mean by that? Like I’ve explained in another post of mine, it is so confusing when people refers to everything as being “vegan” or not. No, I do not believe that it is “vegan” to have pets. That’s because pets and what you choose to eat every day is not the same thing. No matter if you choose to eat an omnivorous diet or a vegan one. It might be a better way to say it. Is having pets cruel? Well, yes – if you feed them the wrong kind of diet and/or if you think of the ethical aspects of the killed animals for your carnivorous pets. But having pets in themselves have absolutely nothing to do with veganism as far as I’m concerned. They’re pets, or more likely highly valuable family members. I see my cat Maja as my baby, because that’s what she is in my view and I believe she sees us as mommy and daddy.

I absolutely adore people who do the whole #adoptdontshop thing. It’s amazing! But something like that is not for me. Regarding the whole thing about breeding dogs for looks, temper etc I totally am aware about horrible breeders destroying breeds of cats and dogs continuesly for looks instead of focusing on a healthier breed.

That is why, whenever I’ll get my Great Dane I will choose an awesome breeder that does not change the breed of Great Danes for the worse. In fact, I’ve already found them. I have found a breeder (and believe it or not, I’ve known them for almost 20 years) that spends years finding the perfect Great Danes to breed. They are primarily focused on finding healthy dogs with longevity that also follows the breeding standards of the breed. Their Great Danes look like Great Danes should, and for me that is really important. I will never buy a Great Dane from a breeder that does not put the best for the breed first. That is also a huge factor regarding why I’ve waited for so long to get a Great Dane. My breeder of choice haven’t had a litter in over 3 years. They just got a new one and the puppies are now 4 weeks of age. I’ll unfortunately have to wait a bit longer until I’m ready to have a Great Dane as well, but I hope I’ll have my baby as soon as I have a better job so I can afford it.

For me, I could never choose to go vegan over getting a Great Dane. No, that is not possible. In my mind you can have the cake and eat it too. You can be vegan, and eat a WFPB diet, while you have a Great Dane by your side that eats a Raw diet based on meat and other animal products. And you can both be healthy and hopefully in the future, cruelty-free.

Below are some more videos I found on YouTube. The playlist is of a holistic vet who feeds her Great Danes vegan, and apparently they also thrive. I have also two videos from the amazing YouTube channel “Those Annoying Vegans” that explain why they are not feeding their cats a vegan diet, and also a follow-up video from the comments made on that video. You can all watch these to learn some more.

All basic points about dogs being carnivores, signs of a healthy dog and why commercial pet foods are so bad, can be found in this post.

And I repeat, please – no hateful comments! And thanks for reading this long post!

More about vegan terminology…

After my post I wrote about vegan terminology I felt that even though I said a lot, I have even more to say about it. First of all, is it really that important to use the terminology for everything? I mean, if you’re a meat eater, you generally do not have a term for it. You just eat food and probably do not care about where it comes from, if you eat an animal like a cow or a pig or that your shampoo has been tested on animals as well. I mean – who cares, right? The same thing should also apply if you’re vegetarian in some shape or form. As long as you eat a certain vegan-ish way that should mean that everything is fine, right?

Life was certainly a lot easier back then when I knew nothing about my food. I just ate it and felt as good as I possibly could, even though I’ve been sort of sick my whole life fro fibromyalgia, IBS and the like. I did not think about the consequences that my food choice made on the planet or my health. It was just food. Today it is so different and I’m not perfect, but today I think it is really important to use words correctly in order to not mislead or confuse people. Especially since so many people still do not care about what they eat and how it affects health, animals and our planet. That is why terminology is important to me, and why the term for vegan(ism) has to change.

What I have learned now, going back since like 2012 when I first got to know a vegan personally and watched documentaries like forks over knives has really changed my life. I have learned that us humans are somewhere between herbivores and frugivores, that animal agriculture is the leading cause alone to climate change. I’ve also learned that it is possible to reverse a lot of diseases and prevent basically every single one of them as well by eating a healthy vegan diet. That is why I feel that the correct information regarding all of this needs to get out there, even though I am not yet a vegan by its terminology. Like you’ve probably read – I’m vegetarian that consumes eggs, dairy and sometimes honey. And I’m lazy and eat a lot of processed crap! But I’m striving towards being vegan someday and I hope it will be possible for me to be a vegan within 5 years or so. By the end of 2018 I at least hope I’ll have the habit of being a somewhat semi-vegan eating primarily WFPB for health reasons, but if I’m being realistic that will only work for weeks or maybe a few months at the time since I’m so lazy and have like zero energy most days. But I’m trying my best!

Anyways, on with the post. What I wanted to write about today is more about the whole thing of not being vegan enough. Like it is against the law to call yourself vegan if you do not do it for the animals. I AM SO SICK OF THAT!!! Like I mentioned in my earlier post, I base being vegan on what you eat, regardless if you eat WFPB or vegan junk food or perhaps a mix of both. YOU ARE VEGAN IF YOU EAT VEGAN FOOD!

The main reason I wanted to say something more about this whole thing that’s going on is because it feels like if you are only (and I mean only) vegan for the animals, that would mean that lab grown meat is your ultimate goal. Because then you could eat meat without worrying about the animals. Since it’s coming from real animal flesh and muscles and bones, but no animals had been killed or hurt in the process – you’d all go back to eating meat when there is a final product out there, right? Because – who cares when no animals are killed or hurt, right? Meat is vegan if no animals were hurt or killed for it, right? Even though meat is defined as an animal product? It has to be vegan if no animals were hurt or killed in the process, right? It is only vegan if you think about the animals, right? And if you are vegan for the animals you do not think about your own health, because there is no need to, right? If you are vegan, you cannot possibly also eat healthy foods as well, because then you’d be plant based and never considered being vegan, right?

I think that is such wrongness to use the word vegan for. It makes me feel like you think of cows like walking carrots with feelings. Don’t get me wrong, I have heard people say this, and regard animals as plants, when the food (or animal) itself is not being anywhere vegetarian. An animal is defined as an animal and plants are defined as plants. At least I know that much. You can combine the two and eat a somewhat omnivorous diet, but as being a vegetarian, still consuming eggs and dairy it is important to know that the animal products are still animal products. They complement the plant foods you’re eating. The egg is not a vegetarian product, nor is the dairy. By saying that, it’s totally fine to eat like an omelette if you’re vegetarian, but that does not mean you’re eating plants by just consuming the omelette. See what I mean?

People for real counts eggs as being a fruit or something, fish and chickens for beings without emotions and dairy as a magical formula that just pours out of the cows for no reason that we as humans also must consume to help save the cows. All vegetarian, of course if you’d consider yourself being one. Like, WTF?!

Ok, you might think I’m overreacting here and I wish I was, but I’ve thought about this for a while now and I’m only getting more angry over the whole thing. The video linked above to GojiMan on YouTube enhanced these feelings for me even more. He says in the video that it’s great to be vegan for the animals (and I agree), but he ultimately concludes (or something) that all vegans who do it for the animals only eat junk food. That cannot possibly be right? I think talking about veganism in that matter only makes the whole thing about “you’re not vegan enough” crap that’s spreading like wildfire on YouTube, especially, a whole lot worse.

Let’s get one thing straight, though… I know there are so called junk food vegans out there and that is totally fine. I also am well aware about the Plant Based movement as well, but to automatically suggest or claim that vegans can only call themselves vegan if they ONLY do it for the animals is so sickening and it is not helping the vegan movement at all. Of course it is really important to think about the animals when you’re discussing or talking about veganism or vegetarianism. It matters! Their lives matters! But our health matters as well and so does the planet’s health. So it is important to go vegan for all reasons and to relax and accept all vegans for their reasons to go vegan. As long as they eat vegan food, everything should be fine but apparently it is not. Like WTF?! I also think it’s fine (like I’m trying to do) to take your time to get rid and switch the animal products in your home in the time and manners that suit you. Like switching to vegan/cruelty-free make-up products and shampoo and next time you need to buy a new sofa, you do not buy a leather one. Just because you go vegan (for whatever reason)doesn’t mean you have to change everything over night. It can be a process over time. And that’s fine! The most important thing is to start with what you’re eating and eat vegan defined foods.

As another example, I watched this video yesterday or something and I think it’s like pure harassment that people who are vegans (for the animals, of course 😉 ) hate her and say that she can’t call herself vegan because she’s doing it for other reasons than the animals? I mean, WTF?! Ok, in the video she says that she sometimes eat fish, like on Christmas eve or something and a few other days of the year. Otherwise she eats vegan. I’d personally call her a semi-vegan and I understand her reasons for making it easy when she orders stuff in restaurants to say she’s vegan, because she primarily eats like that 99% of the year. At least that’s how I interpreted her. I might be wrong. What is wrong is other vegans hating on her because she does not do it for the animals! It is so crazy. She says herself in the video that nobody cared when she ate meat, but when she’s vegan – but not for the animals, then there is war!

I don’t know… it is all so silly. I wish that things will go back to normal and being vegan – no matter for what reasons is ok, and that it is okay as well to be a junk food vegan or being a healthy WFPB eater. Thinking that the vegan word does not only have to mean it’s all about the animals will do a whole lot more for the vegan movement I think in the long run. Being a vegan ultimately starts with your diet!

What about you?

Going cruelty-free, can really f*ck you up…

About a week ago, I thought I’d surely go bald and it has felt like my head has been on fire off and on since then. The reason? Well, I washed my hair with undiluted Dr. Bronner Castile Soap and that was a pure nightmare or something. The good news is that I did not go bald and everything is now better, but this has really freaked me out!

Why I want to go cruelty-free.

Well, that’s pretty simple. For the animals and the planet. Since going vegetarian I have slowly trying to eat better and go more “vegan” or something like that. I fail most of the time, pretty miserably, but I try. What I mean by trying is that I actively try to eat mainly vegan and mostly Whole Foods which are Plant Based. WFPB for short, just so you know. I really want to maximize my fiber intake and lose the weight without having to do vigorous activity. Because exercising is so boring!  I proved that it can happen a few weeks during the summer of 2017, so I know that eating a lot of fiber helps with weight loss. But this part is also about the cruelty-free part. I went vegetarian primarily for health reasons and for weight loss. That doesn’t mean, however that I do not know about the horrors that occurs in the animal agriculture business of things. But I do this anyways primarily for health reasons, and by not being officially vegan and also not being a WFPB vegan, you can expect that I am not losing weight since being just a vegetarian is too easy. There’s milk and eggs in everything and me and the “hubby” (aka the BF) loves all the packaged, processed stuff so that is why we are not losing weight and why it, for me may seem pointless to do this mainly for health reasons. But I’ll get there eventually. I have to, I mean… I hate being overweight! And I really dislike to exercise because of various reasons. Mostly due to the Swedish crappy weather… But it is still so boring!

I have now been a vegetarian for over a year and I love it. It works wonderfully. But now I feel like I’m ready to do more. Both for the environment, for my personal health and for the animals. That is why I’m slowly starting to eat more WFPB stuff and also why I’m curious about going cruelty-free as well. I have washed my hair on and off for over a year with a vegan product called Malibu C  with their Undo-goo shampoo and Illumin8 conditioner.I love the smell of them, but the shampoo tends to create residue and buildup in my hair after a while. The conditioner and the shampoo are amazing, however! Therefor, I have temporarily gone back to only using Head & Shoulder’s shampoo for dandruff. It works wonders and I love it, but the animal aspects of it and all of the gunk that’s being poured out into the ocean etc. due to me washing my hair with it is starting to get to me. That’s why I’d like to find something better. Preferably something that both me and my BF could use, because I love sharing the same shampoo with him. It saves space and money in the shower, you know 😛 .

The horrible experience with Dr. Bronner’s Soap…

The main reason why I started out with Dr Bronner, is mainly due to my family. My brother and sister have been health nuts for years, especially due to the environmental parts of it all. They use as little processed stuff as possible in their diet as well as in their homes. They have been using Dr Bronner for years and I’ve gotten curious about the products as well, so I wanted to try it out for myself. I found an online apothecary that sells Dr Bronner’s stuff and I was also able to buy small traveling packs as well. This is what I ordered. After a few days it got delivered and I believe I washed my hair with it on Saturday. At first I followed the instructions and took ½ a tablespoon undiluted and washed my hair with it. It did barely lather and it felt generally weird to wash my hair with it. I did not, however follow up with their recommended rinse, because I did not know you needed to! My hair felt worse than it used to way back when I tried to do a “no ‘poo” thing for my hair. It felt dirty, greasy and it stood out by itself when I brushed it. The day after it felt like crap and I had to wash it again. This time I made the worst mistake ever! This time I probably took 3 tablespoons worth of the stuff and then it finally lathered and felt like normal shampoo. I was relieved then that it worked, but when I washed it out… Oh, My Frickin’ God! My hair turned into a fatty, greasy lump of I have no idea what! It was completely unmanageable! I was horrified! I thought that after this, my BF is gonna have to shave it all off, because this is not happening! I immediately washed my hair with some of the normal shampoo and I followed up with some Malibu C conditioner just to be safe. Then my hair felt like normal, but afterwards… Then the real nightmare started. The following morning I woke up with a feeling that my head was feeling extremely warm. It was like a localized fever on my scalp. I was not red, however and have not been since, but it felt really warm. Ever since then I had to wash my hair multiple times, both with water and with just regular shampoo. I’ve also had to splash some water on my head to cool it down a little. I think the feeling started to go away on Thursday or something, but it has been going on and off sometimes since then as well. And I thankfully still have all of my hair and it is still shiny as usual! I also have not lost any more hair than usual, so everything is fine. I just regret this whole experience!

The conclusion.

I will never, ever use Dr Bronner to wash my hair again and I am warning you to not do it either. At least not how I did it. Dilute it! Use the acidic rinse afterwards that they recommend or something… But what about other cruelty-free products? I’d really like to start using that stuff, but I am so afraid of doing so! This event has scared the shits out of me or something, so for now I’ve gone back to using crappier products that tests on animals and pollutes our planet. I am to scared to try anything that’s remotely better. In general, however I am hoping to one day have switched all of my hygiene products to vegan, cruelty-free options. Everything from shampoo to toothpaste to my daily lip balm. But as of now – I’m to scared to try it.

What are your experience with Dr Bronner and other cruelty-free products. Let me know in the comments below!