How Kim Dotcom could start the age of alternate internets

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As we reach closer and closer to the FCC’s vote on whether or not to keep the 2015 Net Neutrality regulations. Former Megaupload owner; Kim Dotcom is said to be working on a brand new “internet” where he can hopefully bring all of his MEGA products back online, just on a different Dotcom-owned internet than the public internet we have now. If Kim Dotcom’s second internet project succeeds, expect to see an opening in a free market of alternate internets that would be competing with the public internet. The idea of alternate internets has been pushed after the multiple recent cases of Internet censorship in the United States by the US government and Silicon Valley. However, these alternate internets would probably not have as much as users or sites to visit as the public internet. In theory, I would expect these alternate internets to start propping up around the 2020s or 2030s. Concepts of an alternate internet have been discussed before, but none have come into fruition yet. Whatever happens, The next decade is going to be a very interesting one for the internet(s).

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How 9/11 shaped the 2000s and Gen Z

As you may know, tomorrow is the 16th anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks, it affected America politically and culturally. Today we’ll look at the effect of 9/11 on media and politics, and how it shaped the culture of the 2000s and the new generation of kids growing up in it, Generation Z.

The Effect on Politics

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The 9/11 attacks severly impacted the presidency of George W. Bush which was going on at the time, this resulted in the failed presidency of George W. Bush and Barack Obama soon to come in 2009. As Bush, got into messy Middle Eastern foreign policy by getting involved in wars in Iraq, Iran, and Afghanistan as a way to combat terrorism. The Patriot Act and NSA were introduced in a way to unconstitutionally monitor U.S. citizens through communication devices. Because Bush’s policies were so bad, it was pretty commonplace for people to mock George W. Bush on the Internet.

The Effect on Music

9/11 impacted music as well, because during the early 2000s, the music world went through its last great renaissance featuring a mix of grunge, rock, and punk to take over in the first half of the decade. We saw artists like Green Day and NYSNC rise up, however this renaissance was short lived as the later half of the decade saw the rise of the postmodernist pop music we have today following Michael Jackson’s death in 2009.

The Effect on Animation

Because of the overall new darker tones in media following 9/11, the kind of cartoons that were starting to air changed as well. Back in the 80s and 90s the United States themselves dominated in their animation market. But in the 2000s, that radically changed as many American-made action cartoons and imported Japanese anime started taking over the market. With channels/channel blocks like Toonami, the CW 4Kids, and to an extent the young Internet where people could pirate anime if they so please. There was also an increase in thick-line animation with many of the new western cartoons at the time.

The Effect on Video Games

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9/11 had an impact on the video game market as well, so much so that America decided to get back into the video game market with the XBOX and their flagship FPS series Halo, this started a rise in FPS games to fit in with the new darker tone and the IRL wars in the Middle East, examples include Call of Duty and Battlefield. It also impacted the historically cartoonish video game characters like Mario, Zelda, and Sonic which were very colorful in the 80s and 90s but once the 2000s came, we getting started getting darker tones and styles with games like Super Smash Bros. Brawl, Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess and Sonic Unleashed.

The Effect on the Internet

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Back in the 90s, the Internet was originally just a brand new experiment created by the United States and didn’t offer much, but once 9/11 happened and the darker tone of the new 2000s decade rolled in. The Internet started to change and create its own culture with the birth of sites like 4chan and Reddit and the creation of Internet memes. Forum sites were popping up, YouTube was just coming into existence, and piracy ran wild and free with torrent sites, Megaupload, and The Pirate Bay. This also grew the grassroots for online political opposition to the aforementioned Patriot Act and NSA

The Effect on Sports

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9/11 impacted the world of sports as well. Most notably the NFL during the 2001-02 NFL season where fans and players everywhere across the United States would be waving American flags before the start of each regular season game. The NFL got more patriotic to the point where the logo for Super Bowl XXXVI was the continental US with the US flag and in that game, a team called the New England Patriots won the Super Bowl as symbolism for the United States making it through the horrors of 9/11.

Conclusion

In Conclusion, 9/11 was such a tragic event that became so impactful it shaped the culture of an entire decade as well as the new generation kids growing up with it; Generation Z with birthdates ranging from 1995 to 2004, at least parts of Generation Z remember the 9/11 attacks and were affected by the failed presidencies of Bush and Obama and all the other darker media surrounding them as they were preparing to take America back, Generation Z eventually evolved itself to be part of the movement that helped Donald J. Trump to be elected president in 2016 and finally crush the establishment and radical Islamic terrorism.

Support for Windows Vista ends today

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After 10 long years, Microsoft has officially ended support for Windows Vista, who’s 10th birthday was celebrated just 3 months ago. The operating system had a bad start at launch with many computers having slow processors not fast enough to run Vista’s shiny interface. But it eventually got better with the release of Vista SP2 in 2009. However, today marks the end of security updates for Windows Vista as we speak, after today Vista will be more prone to virus and hacker attacks, It’s best to upgrade to a newer version, If you want a version that Windows that shares many of the same aspects of Windows Vista then you should probably upgrade to Windows 7, which has Vista’s shiny look, start menu and taskbar, etc.

Windows Vista turns 10 years old today

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Today is Windows Vista’s 10th anniversary. Windows Vista was originally released on January 30th, 2007 to the general public. At launch, Vista had many issues many computers at the time didn’t have the RAM to run Vista well enough and people had to buy new drivers for Windows Vista. Windows Vista ended up being a commercial failure for Microsoft, but it did end up introducing features that are present today in Windows 7. For example, the Windows Aero theme was introduced in Vista, Aero Switch and Flip 3D were also introduced in Vista. Gadgets were introduced in Vista as well, and many other features you see in Windows 7 and up were introduced in Vista. Windows Vista originally started as a project called Windows Longhorn in 2002, It was originally just going to be a small upgrade to Windows XP, But it ended up becoming a much bigger and frankly a much more unstable project by 2004. Around 2004 and 2005, Microsoft reset the Longhorn project and decided to build Vista on Windows Server 2003 this reset eventually became Windows Vista and was out to the public by 2007, 6 years after Windows XP’s release in October of 2001. Now, once Windows Vista SP2 was out, Vista became not as bad as it was when it first released back in 2007,  It became almost as stable as Windows XP and Windows 7. So, in retrospect Windows Vista was terrible at launch, but when SP2 came around it became actually not terrible. However, support for Windows Vista is ending soon on April 11th, 2017 Microsoft will officially end extended support for Windows Vista and Microsoft Office 2007.