Monthly Archives: March 2020

I switched browser to Brave

I don’t do sponsored stuff. I do recommend stuff I like though.

I found a new web browser that looked interesting called Brave Browser a while ago and decided to give it a try (links at bottom).

My main browsers used to be Chrome and Safari. Since about 2-3 weeks back I switched to Brave as my main browser.

The positives
For me these are the main reasons why I chose Brave:
– to get rid of ads (works great)
– earn Basic Attention Tokens aka BAT (you have to opt in)
– block tracking software from sites

Also, if you are a content creator, you can get tipped in BAT by other people who like your content and have BAT. To do this you will need to sign up for Brave Rewards Creators. It’s fairly easy. I did it for this site.
You don’t have to switch to Brave Browser to sign up for Brave Rewards Creators if you do not want to.

It was easy to export bookmarks and the like to Brave from Chrome. Since Brave is built on Chromium most of the extensions for Chrome work in Brave as well.

The negatives
The only negative thing with Brave, for me, is that syncing between devices is not presently an available feature. This is not a big issue for me. It is however a feature that Brave is aware of, and they are working to add it to Brave browser.

Some things that Brave has to say of their browser:

The vast bulk of websites and ads include software that tries to to identify you. They want to track your every move across the web. Brave blocks all this, allowing you to browse freely.

Brave loads major news sites up to six times faster than Chrome, Safari and Firefox on mobile and desktop.

Turn on Brave Rewards to earn frequent flier-like tokens for viewing privacy-respecting ads. You can set the number of ads you see per hour. Currently you can support your favorite web creators with your tokens, but soon you’ll be able to spend tokens on premium content, gift cards, and more.

… you can donate tokens to your favorite websites.

Get Brave here
To get started, you can use my referral link and download Brave from there.
If you do not want to support me by using my referral link you can just go to https://brave.com/ and download it from there instead.

“Well, that might sound good in theory, but it doesn’t work in practice.”

Sometimes, when you try to make an argument in a discussion, someone might say something like “Well, that might sound good in theory, but it doesn’t work in practice.”

Let us consider that for a moment. What do they mean when they say something like that? If it actually sounds good in theory, why are they so fast to say it won’t work in reality?

In “Philosophy: Who Needs It” (chapter 2, Philosophical Detection), Ayn Rand, explores on this:

“This may be good in theory, but it doesn’t work in practice.” What is a theory? It is a set of abstract principles purporting to be either a correct description of reality or a set of guidelines for man’s actions. Correspondence to reality is the standard of value by which one estimates a theory. If a theory is inapplicable to reality, by what standard can it be estimated as “good”? If one were to accept that notion, it would mean: a. that the activity of man’s mind is unrelated to reality; b. that the purpose of thinking is neither to acquire knowledge nor to guide man’s actions. (The purpose of that catch phrase is to invalidate man’s conceptual faculty.)

Coronavirus Strategy

Not all strategies to handle the coronavirus are equal. The Hammer and the Dance explains important stuff that everyone should be aware of. Plenty of the details in the article could be debated, but I think that the core message is correct. We need to act fast and hard, so that we can contain the spread and return to normal life as soon as possible, without needlessly killing off a lot of people.

Elliot Temple wrote a summary:

Absolutely don’t give up and intentionally let everyone get the disease. And we don’t need total lockdown for 18+ months to wait for a vaccine, either. Instead, we must immediately do roughly 4-6 weeks of lockdown to get the disease under control (every day counts against an exponential pandemic). Once it stops spreading exponentially, we can manage it using testing and contact tracing, and ongoing mild and cost-effective lockdown measures while awaiting a vaccine. Any time spent on half-measures right now is condemning people to die and hurting the economy without solving the main problem. If we don’t get this right, the hospital system will be overwhelmed and millions will die as hospitals turn them away. We’re already on course for disaster, in a matter of days, if we don’t make this policy change.

I agree with Elliot.

Wash your hands more

An effective way to protect oneself (and others) from getting infected by the coronavirus is to have good hand washing routines. It might sound silly, but this is an easy way to lower the risks by a lot.

This article is good, in my opinion, and explains good routines.
Read it. It’s good info.

From article:

People think hand washing is silly and basic, and they don’t do it often enough or thoroughly enough.

I had no immune system for months after my bone marrow transplant. Here’s how I avoided viral illness, and how you can, too. It’s easier than you think.

I followed three basic rules.
1. Constant, thorough hand washing and hand sanitizing.
2. Constant, thorough cleaning and sanitizing of surfaces that I touched.
3. Completely avoiding primary vectors of transmission.

Disclaimer: I am not a medical expert nor do I have medical training. What I post regarding the coronavirus is what I believe is good information to be aware of.