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To Their Respective Futures

"Time passes, people move. Like a river's flow, it never ends."   On November 18, 2011, I left the anti-brony "crusade" in favor of neutrality. This neutrality lasted until January 24, 2012, when I joined the MLP fandom. How funny is it that I joined the very thing I used to hate. It ended up helping me during one of the toughest times of my life, when a nerve was caught in my right elbow and it was misdiagnosed as tendinitis, which led to a very painful two years. Watching MLP and the friendships I gained through the show and fandom helped me through this time.   We all want to be the very best, like no-one ever was. Even after I joined the fandom, I was pretty insufferable for months after. The first MLP-based forum I joined, Ponyville.net, seemed a pretty great fit for me at first. Over time, though, I realized that it was shit and ended up leaving the forum a year later. Apparently they didn't like my criticism of their staff and community, so I got banned from there. Oh well, not like I planned on using it again anyway.   Truth be told, my first few months in the fandom were a bit rough, for reasons aside from my insufferable-ness. As an example, a few weeks after I joined, Derpygate happened. I still maintain that it was stupid and should have never happened, and frankly I'm disappointed that even now in 2015, three years later, I still see people saying "SAVE DERPY!" Just let it go already, people. It's three years after the fact, it happened, it was stupid and never should have been a thing in the first place, but you're three years late to the party.   I also have other grievances with the fandom, but out of respect for everyone here I will not go over them in this blog. Truth be told, my leaving of the MLP fandom and rejoining the Pokémon fandom was inevitable. Pokémon is something that I've enjoyed since I was a little kid, while MLP is something I basically forced myself into watching and enjoying after the first year. While I did legitimately enjoy a few episodes, namely Lesson Zero, I didn't find a lot of them particularly memorable and to be honest, I've forgotten a lot of them. I had to remind myself that the season 1 finale was the Grand Galloping Gala, as an example. It's a good show, I just didn't find it very... memorable. Hasbro's recent actions, namely Fan Pandering: The Episode, turned me off from it completely. While MLP did help me through the aforementioned tough times, that was mostly the fandom that did so rather than the show itself. To be honest, I actually wanted to leave the fandom a long time ago, but put it off until 2015 because I didn't want idiots to ruin it for me. I wasn't actually that happy being in the fandom from October 2013 on. Leaving the fandom was a pretty... liberating thing for me.   In fact, my leaving here wasn't something that came out of the blue. When I joined here in 2013, I saw some real potential. Unfortunately, due to a variety of reasons, I don't see that same potential anymore. Nothing against any of you guys, I'm just... not feeling it anymore and honestly haven't been feeling it since November 2014. I've become disillusioned to the Poniverse dream, if you will. It's more than just me leaving the MLP fandom, if that's what you thought it was.   That being said, I don't hate bronies. My decision to leave has nothing to do with me suddenly deciding to rejoin the anti-bronies or some shit like that. I've made some wonderful friends during my time here, and even though I may not speak often with you, I still care about you. Silently. But I care about you. Trust me.   So, with these words, I want to say this to not just my friends here, but also everyone else on here: do you have a dream? Make it come true! We gain more if we give; by taking, we only lose. Make this a new age where we show our gratitude rather than our selfishness. Be sure that you create a world of not just your, but everyone's hopes and dreams. A world where we can all be free.   Well then...

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The remnants of my Twilight Sparkle pic collection

Main collection (approx. 90%): https://onedrive.live.com/redir?resid=CF04814D530DC55F!37714&authkey=!ANjUfPsf_Dr72Zw&ithint=file%2czip   Wallpapers (100%): https://onedrive.live.com/?id=CF04814D530DC55F%21182806&cid=CF04814D530DC55F&group=0&parId=CF04814D530DC55F%2115101&authkey=%21AAySeY3sIFjvxcc&action=locate   Feel free to download them. These files are staying up there. Just remember that you need to be able to open zip archives to get them.

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How to: get a gaming PC on the cheap

1. Buy any pre-built PC from the store with a Pentium or i3 in it
2. Buy a GTX 750 Ti (they go for around $99 now, that's a LOT of GPU for the money tbh)
3. Slap it into a PCIe 16x slot, plug it into the power supply if needed (if there are no power connectors on it then that isn't necessary)
4. Install the driver
5. ?????
6. PROFIT!

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Surface Pro 3 vs iPad Pro

Surface Pro 3 maximum storage: 64 - 512GB + Expandable up to 2TB via MicroSD cards (and even more over the USB 3.0 port)
iPad Pro maximum storage: 32 - 128GB + lol no   Surface Pro 3 cloud storage: Microsoft hands out terabytes of OneDrive storage like it's candy
iPad Pro: $19.99/month for 1TB iCloud storage (and that just gets you 1TB)   iPad Pro CPU architecture: ARM (Apple A9)
Surface Pro 3 CPU architecture: x86-64 (Intel Core i3 - i7 low power)   iPad Pro backwards compatibility: iPad (2010)
Surface Pro 3 backwards compatibility: Windows 95 (1995)   iPad Pro RAM: 2GB
Surface Pro 3 RAM: 4/8GB   Surface Pro 3: Up to 3 external displays over Mini-DisplayPort
iPad Pro: Pay up for some adapters!   Surface Pro 3 Core i5/128GB w/Type Cover and pen: $1128
iPad Pro 128GB w/keyboard cover and pen: $1217      
Apple. Pay more, get less.

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Windows 10 privacy and anti-piracy, the reality

So, yeah. Windows 10 is probably as controversial as it's buggy. In fact, there seem to be some bugs that cause it to continue pinging Microsoft even if OneDrive is disabled or you don't have any live tiles on your Start menu. Now then, unlike these clickbait-y articles popping up everywhere about Windows 10 being "too invasive" or "it blocks pirated software", I did some digging (you can thank me for doing your job later, journalists), I studied Windows 10's privacy policy and the Microsoft Services Agreement. Now, without further ado, let's begin!   Anti-piracy: Here's the list of included Microsoft products in the Services Agreement. While the Windows Store is included, Windows 10 itself is not. Besides, if Microsoft can barely tell the difference between a pirated and legitimate copy of Windows then how in the hell are you people expecting them to tell the difference between pirated and legitimate software? smh   Privacy: So as it turns out, Microsoft has indeed stated what data they collect, where it comes from and what they do with it in their privacy policy. The part that most people refer to is this:
Hmmm... yeah, seems pretty shitty, doesn't it? And don't they collect data from your computer too? Well, no.
Basically, it applies to content hosted on a Microsoft server, not your local PC.  Feel free to call me a Microsoft shill for this post, but I'm someone who believes in journalistic integrity and standards and could barely stand all these clickbait articles being pushed around here and people blindly accepting them like the truth. Hopefully this helps with some concerns people have over 10, but still. If you decide to upgrade, wait until October; 10 is not quite ready for primetime just yet.  
Cross-posted from a thread I posted under Operating Systems and Software on LinusTechTips

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How long will I be staying here?

Since I left the fandom, this is a question I've been asked multiple times. "How long will I be staying here?" This is a question I've been asking myself too.   If I had to make a rough estimate, I'll be here until around November - January. After then, I'll be gone. Just another former member of this site (and the fandom for that matter). And just what is the point in staying here for that long if I no longer enjoy the show this forum is built around? It's because I have friends here, and I am not ready to say goodbye to them just yet. If I do end up leaving earlier, though, I'll leave my contact information up on my profile if you wish to reach me after I left.   You may have noticed my activity here has gone down already. This'll only continue to go down further as time goes on. Time passes, people move... like a river's flow, it never ends.   And, please. Do not spam me with "DARING PLS COME BACK" messages after I do. That shit won't fly with me.

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How to: Make a phone stand using PCI brackets

So you built a PC, you removed two or so PCI brackets to install all your PCIe-based components and you need somewhere to put your phone when at the desk that doesn't take up a whole lotta room on the mousepad or is out of the way or whatever. So, just throw away those PCI brackets, right? NOPE! Turn them into a phone stand!
Take a PCI bracket or two Bend them to about a 45° angle If you're using more than one bracket (I recommend this if you have a 5.2" or larger phone) secure them together with duct tape. Put your phone on it

Congrats! You just got a free phone stand!   Pics of the completed product:
With phone
Without phone

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Me leaving the fandom: what it means

It means I've left the fandom. That's basically all there is to it. I'm not interested in MLP anymore, so what need is there for me to be in a fandom about something I'm not interested in?   Although if Pokémon is an indication of anything I may or may not get back into it 5 years from now........ naaaaaaaaaaaah. That won't happen! I'm going to regret saying that later...   As a side note, yes, Pokémon does have a bit to do with it. Not a whole lot, though.

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In the wake of the Windows 10 privacy scare...

Anyone remember these guys?     They make 90% of their revenue off of... y'know, selling your personal information for ads. They're not the world's largest ad broker for no reason. They've also been confirmed to read your email in Gmail to display "relevant" ads based on a few key words in said email, track your Google Chrome activity, have poor COPPA compliance, keep any deleted emails from your Gmail account, have ties with the CIA and NSA, among other things. Next to Facebook they have one of the worst privacy records in the computing world.   Or how about these guys?

They record everything you say to Siri and store it in a server. Everything.   Or how about Facebook? They have exceptionally poor privacy controls and - you guessed it - sell your personal information for ad revenue. I don't believe I need to go on about how terrible Facebook is like I did with Google, so I'll leave it at this.   And you might be asking, "What is the point of this?" My point is that Microsoft is not the only one invading your privacy, contrary to what the circlejerk says. And don't think you're safe from it because you're on Windows 7 - Windows 7 is included too. If you really care about privacy, just use Linux. Otherwise, keep using Windows or OS X or whatever. Also, keep in mind that the information that Microsoft collects and what they do with it has not been confirmed yet, unlike the cases of Google, Apple and Facebook. Don't jump to any conclusions. Go against the circlejerk!

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How to: edit OEM information in the Windows registry

So today via /r/pcmasterrace I learned that you can edit OEM information in the Windows registry and make it say silly things, like this.     Want to know how to do that? Good! Because I'll tell you how.   But first, a warning. This involves editing the Windows registry. Do not do more than what I tell you to do or things might break. In fact, you should back up your registry first by going to File > Export in regedit, just to be safe. Again, do not edit the Windows registry if you don't know what you're doing. Also, this guide assumes that you built your PC and have no pre-existing OEM information; I would not recommend doing this on a pre-built system.   Now with that out of the way, go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\OEMInformation. You will see that it just has a (Default) key. DO NOT touch it! Now, right-click on it and select New > String Value. Name it Logo, and point it to a 120x120 bitmap file on your PC (e.g. C:\Users\<username>\Pictures\logo.bmp). Click okay. Congrats, you set your OEM logo! Now how about the other values? Okay.   Manufacturer
Model
SupportHours
SupportPhone
SupportURL   Those are the names of the remaining strings. Put whatever you want in those, preferably silly things (e.g. SupportURL points to downloadmoreram.com). And there, now you can join us cool kids and have silly OEM information in your PC!

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Hey you!

Want a free Dota 2 loading screen for pre-ordering Final Fantasy Type-0 HD? Good, shut up, because that is exactly what Square-Enix is offering for pre-ordering the PC version!     And yes, this is legitimately a pre-order bonus for Final Fantasy Type-0 HD on Steam.   Stop pre-ordering games. This should not be okay. This should never be okay.

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Changes to be made

So, I have an internship with Attleboro Schools now. Cool. However, this means I must make some changes to my lifestyle.   The biggest one, perhaps, is that I can no longer stay up past 12:30AM eastern time. I have to get up early in the morning now. I intend to keep this up, even on weekdays I don't have to work (weekends are fine), so I can get used to this schedule.   Second one is that I won't have as much time for chat or streams or whatever. I am also still a college student. Wednesday is when I'll have the least amount of time for that, as I have to get up at 7 for work, and then after that's done spend a few hours at home and then go to college until 9:15PM.   Third is... well, there really isn't a third one. Half-Life 3 joke goes here.   So yeah. Stuff.

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Super Mario RPG Expedition

Hello there, dear reader! ...............okay, that sounded creepy, let me try that again.   Hello there! I've decided that, to help me get doing things, I will be streaming Super Mario RPG on my Twitch.tv every day from Saturday on until I beat the game, Culex included. The superboss, if you don't know who that is. So, be there, it'll be... great and... um... stuff and... things. But yeah, be there.

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A Mourning Industry

From Twitter.   Microsoft:   Larry Hryb: https://twitter.com/majornelson/status/620401919429771264
Phil Spencer: https://twitter.com/XboxP3/status/620448674972196864
Aaron Greenberg: https://twitter.com/aarongreenberg/status/620468176023715840
Ken Lobb: https://twitter.com/RealKLobb/status/620385557105917952
Phil Harrison: https://twitter.com/MrPhilHarrison/status/620532386934226944   Sony:   Shuhei Yoshida: https://twitter.com/yosp/status/620388345969971200 (Translation: "He has given a great contribution to the development of the gaming industry. I will pray for Iwata's soul.")
PlayStation: https://twitter.com/PlayStation/status/620412765849546752
Adam Boyes: https://twitter.com/amboyes/status/620392007567978496   Game Freak:   Junichi Masuda: https://twitter.com/Junichi_Masuda/status/620396563240628225 (Translation: "He was a man who understood Pokémon, and a great leader. When I visited the other day, he was well. I will pray for his soul from the bottom of my heart.")   PC:   Nvidia: https://twitter.com/nvidia/status/620716706051153920
AMD: https://twitter.com/AMD/status/620715251923841024
Razer: https://twitter.com/Razer/status/620397458716098560
Min-Liang Tan (Razer): https://twitter.com/minliangtan/status/620404417326526465   Nintendo:   Nintendo of America: https://twitter.com/NintendoAmerica/status/620486822494343168
Nintendo of Europe: (Same as Nintendo of America)   Others:   John Romero (Romero Games): https://twitter.com/romero/status/620469738838355968
Markus Persson (Mojang): https://twitter.com/notch/status/620500706483675137
Ubisoft: https://twitter.com/Ubisoft/status/620575845539815424
Yosshinori Ono (Capcom): https://twitter.com/Yoshi_OnoChin/status/620556707328978944
Peter Moore: (EA): https://twitter.com/petermooreEA/status/620387849179787264   (Not Twitter, but: Obituary by Rob Fahey for GamesIndustry.biz: http://www.gamesindustry.biz/articles/2015-07-13-obituary-satoru-iwata (also includes more industry reactions))   (Further industry reactions can be found here: https://www.reddit.com/r/nintendo/comments/3d59t0/video_game_industry_reactions_to_satoru_iwatas/ )   Just goes to show the impact Satoru Iwata had on the gaming industry when the entire industry is mourning his passing. Of course, this is just a small selection of tweets posted by industry officials and official accounts across the gaming industry, but this should give an idea of just how influential Satoru Iwata was during his lifetime.   May he rest well.

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"The death of the PC has not been greatly exaggerated"

https://t.co/RCKcUaC5Fc Only focuses on OEM sales, ignores that individual part sales are at an all-time high Overly simplifies the issue, even going as far as bullshitting you by saying that Google desktop edition returns mobile sites when it, in fact, does not Tries to get us to believe that businesses are replacing computers with mobile devices, which is totally efficient Acts like everyone - and I mean everyone - buys a new PC as often as Apple adds a new button to their phone or something Says that businesses will be hesitant to upgrade to Windows 10, even though 41% of businesses have stated that they will upgrade to Windows 10 after a few months, to give it time to stabilize Ignores the need for typing things like documents, running virtual machines or making videos (let alone applications for your smartphone or tablet) completely
 
This article as a whole has been greatly exaggerated.

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The Flag of the Commonwealth shall not be changed

So during the big Confederate Flag debate, the Boston Globe published an article stating that the flag of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, the state name and motto and city names should be changed because it might offend the Native American tribes here.   I'm sorry, but no. Let us keep things the same. The Wompanoag on the flag represents the Wompanoag tribe, who helped the first European settlers of Massachusetts adapt to the land and helped prepare the first Thanksgiving, ergo, it's part of our history. The state name refers to the Massachusett tribe, who helped publish the first Bible in America and one of their own, Crispus Attucks, was a victim of the 1770 Boston Massacre. Town names also pay tribute to local tribes that helped settlers there. The state motto, Ense petit placidam sub libertate quietem (By the sword we seek peace, but only peace under liberty), was written by Algernon Sidney in 1659, a soldier-statesman who was an opponent of then-king Charles II and later executed for treason. He later became a martyr for the Whig party, which, in America, was succeeded by the Republican party. As far as anyone's concerned, though, the sword can go.
 
And I fail to see how changing these things would do a service to the Native American tribes of New England. If anything, it will further erase them from history. They have a major cultural and historical significance here in Massachusetts, and letting them be forgotten is not something we will do. Our history as not only a state, but a country, is bloody and dark. Hiding it because people might be sensitive is not something we should do. This is our history, and even though it may be dark at times, we are damn proud of it!

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A great day for LGBTs in America

The Supreme Court of the United States has ruled same-sex marriage legal across all 50 states in a close 5-4 decision, with the outcome being "Yes". The United States is now the 25th country worldwide with marriage equality.   We in Massachusetts already legally recognized same-sex marriage, the first state to do so all the way back in 2004. Now same-sex couples across America get the same legal recognition and protection under the law and the right to marry the person they love. Truly, a great day for LGBTs in America.

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Let's talk about tornadoes in Massachusetts

Massachusetts is thousands of miles away from tornado alley. You wouldn't think the state would be under the threat for tornadoes, would you?   Well... no. We're still threatened by tornadoes each year. A state-wide (excluding Berkshire County) tornado watch, like what happened yesterday, is an uncommon occurrence, though.   Tornadoes in MA are rare, and those that do happen are minor, causing under $50k in property damage on average. Severe tornadoes, like what happened in Worcester in 1953, Springfield in 2011 and Revere in 2014 are rare.   According to the Tornado History Project, 162 tornadoes have hit Massachusetts between 1951 and 2014 (this number can now be brought up to 163 between 1951 and 2015), a rate of 3 tornadoes per year. Worcester County has been the hardest-hit, with 42 recorded tornadoes since 1950. The county I live in, Bristol County, meanwhile, has only 13 recorded tornadoes since 1950. The one that struck Revere, meanwhile, was the first in at least 64 years for Suffolk County. The one that struck Wrentham yesterday was the 11th in Norfolk County.   As for how deadly they are, just over 100 people have been killed by tornadoes in Massachusetts since 1950, while nearly 1600 others have suffered tornado-related injuries.   The four most devastating tornadoes to hit Massachusetts are: Great Worcester (6/9/1953; 94 deaths, 1288 injured; F-4) West Stockbridge (8/28/1973; 4 deaths, 40 injured; F-4) Great Barrington (5/29/1995; 3 deaths, 24 injuries; F-4) Springfield (6/1/2011; 3 deaths, 200 injuries; EF-3)
 
And now you know. Just because we're thousands of miles away from tornado alley doesn't automatically make us immune. That being said, most tornadoes to have hit the state spawn in western MA, where the land is flatter. Eastern MA is more hilly, which is something tornadoes don't like.

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