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New Windows AI feature records everything you’ve done on your PC
  • I'm not so paranoid, but at the same time, will it actually be useful? This sounds like a way to generate a mountain of data with minimal benefit. I don't really trust AI at the moment to be able to help me with some vague recollection of work that was done 3 weeks ago, for example (I go through a lot of cases each month).

  • PSA: Nova Launcher is owned by an analytics company
  • Ok, that is pretty bad. As mentioned, I've had it happen once. I use the app search function a lot, which I've set to the swipe up gesture, and it just stopped working that day. Had to find a way to force reset the launcher. Having that happen every 2-3 days to multiple times a day would be a dealbreaker for me.

  • Windows 11 Start menu ads are now rolling out to everyone
  • Oh yea, I tried that too, nope, just simply can't compare. That's why Adobe still gets my money as much as I don't want to give it to them. Luckily the Photography plan hasn't increased in price... yet.

  • PSA: Nova Launcher is owned by an analytics company
  • I think this is more tied with advertising analytics, but I share the same opinion. I don't love it, but it's not a killer. The fediverse tends to attract a more idealistic and paranoid crowd, which I don't think is reflective of how most people are.

  • Are Thule backpacks still good?
  • As other people mentioned, an Osprey. I recently gave away an old shoulder bag by them that I got back in the early 2000s. That's 20 years ago! Still works, just didn't need that kind of bag any more. Currently have one of their newer Arcane bags, and so far, it's been promising after a year.

  • which launcher would you suggest and why?
  • Despite this community's paranoia, I still use Nova. Can't find anything that works as well yet.

    Disclaimer that I bought the pro version for 99 cents way way back, so I've gotten my mileage out of that.

    Also if you don't mind Microsoft, the MS launcher isn't too bad too. I'm using that on the work phone.

  • I can't stand the updates anymore
  • Huh, I've always updated and there's usually not much change. There are some minor ones but they don't affect my day-to-day. The biggest ones the major version changes, but even then it's usually a new font or some minor display tweak more than anything. I haven't felt like it's been disruptive.

  • What destinations are experiencing "undertourism"?
  • Huh, Ha Long Bay is a ghost town? It's one of the most crowded places in Vietnam, I didn't go there when I went because it has a reputation of a factory; tourists in, tourists out, on a schedule.

  • How Google perfected the web

    The web is filled with content designed for Google, not humans.

    How Google perfected the web
    Almost anything regarding Singapore HidingCat

    'Underwhelming' application rate of 1.4 for October BTO exercise as new non-selection penalty kicks in

    SINGAPORE — The Build-to-Order (BTO) sales exercise for October saw an overall application rate of about 1.4 times its available supply, a few hours before applications for flats were slated to close on Tuesday (Oct 10) night.

    Photography HidingCat

    Nikon Zf initial review: the classiest mirrorless of them all?

    The Nikon Zf is a 24MP full-frame mirrorless camera with classic looks that adds the latest Expeed 7 processor and features such as 3D Tracking AF to the $2000 price point currently addressed by the Nikon Z6 II.

    My own take: This looks nicer than the Df I tested years ago. If I had disposable income I'd just get this with 3-4 primes.


    Did an experiment with local coffee, drip vs pourover; confirms general consensus

    Having read and watched about flat-bottom and conical pourovers thanks to a previous post, I thought of two things: What about the common electric drip machine, and also will there be any difference with local coffee, since I've only used the drip machine exclusively with that?

    The common coffee in my area is very different from what most experience here: It's a very dark roast of Robusta caramalised with sugar. I was thinking a conical pourover won't change it much, would it?

    Turns out the answer is yes, it does. I understand what "clarity" means now, I definitely felt the difference. The downside is the acidity that people were referencing about with conical filters also came out, and it's not exactly a flavour I enjoy. Thanks to everyone whose previous comments made me try this little experiment. I'm now looking to the next step and get a flat bottom brewer!

    Elite Dangerous by Frontier Developments. HidingCat

    In memory of a hero.


    Nikon announces Z 180-600mm F5.6-6.3 VR and Z 70-180mm F2.8

    I was a Nikon shooter for a long while, starting with a Nikon F100 in the film days (something about that camera just felt so right to use), and while I've moved over to Micro Four Thirds, I still like to see what Nikon are up to. The Z lenses line up has been pretty interesting, except for the Tamron rebrands (because taking them, slapping the Nikon logo and charging a 30% markup just doesn't sit well with me). The 180-600 in particular looks like a nice upgrade from the 200-500/5.6. While it's quite a bit more expensive than the predecessor, the extra reach and potentially better image quality from the MTF might make it worth the increased cost. Oh and it's also a little lighter than the older lens.

    Now if only there were a Z version of the D500...

    2 looks forward to a new chapter with Gear Patrol

    Wooo, looks like DPReview have been saved. Has anyone heard of Gear Patrol though?

    Feels odd that such an instituition of the web needs stewardship by a lesser-known entity.