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The Infinite Scroll

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Distractions are a drag, but sometimes, they are a scroll. We have screens in almost every location we look, to provide us with information of some sort, be it advertisements or current event updates. Because of this, we as a society have become strongly attune to screens and involved with the information they hold. This constant attention to screens can most of the time result in hours and hours of our days being lost in the infinite scroll of websites like social media or stock exchanges, you name it.

As a realization of their creations, companies are starting to realize just how distracting their products can be and how hindering they may be in peoples daily lives. As a reaction to this understanding, Microsoft is attempting to help.

Microsoft is planning to release a free update to windows 10 operating systems that will keep the distractions at bay, and hopefully push people back onto track of what they need to get done. This update will be rolled out on Monday April 30th.

The update will involve something called “Focus Assist” which is a feature that enables workers to temporarily suspend notifications and other forms of distractions. An example would be suspension of social media updates and email updates, to keep your state of flow in-check. As a form of control with this function, users will be able to choose specific people or places and have those notifications come through normally, while filtering out all other notifications. Useful for work specific functionalities, or updates that are core to your everyday productivity.

Microsoft has stated that this update was inspired by the continual growth in numbers of office workers becoming distracted or interrupted, resulting in a large amount of task switching during the work hours and a reduction in accomplished tasks per/hour or day.

The update will also be featuring a “Timeline” function that will aim at helping to save time switching back to the important tasks. What this will do is have a easily retrievable list of past documents or unfinished works allowing for easier access and will include the past 30 days works/documents.

With so many applications and products attempting to gain our attention in a day, this may be a necessary path for our tech giants to go down. Google has even began implementing such features into their Gmail technology, allowing for AI to respond to emails and such to save time with automatic responses.

Technology is a great leap but also a large hinderance in some manners of our society, so it is imperative that we find a balance of sorts and not allow our technology to become equal in standing as the blood in our veins.

What do you think about our interaction with technology in our moderns times? Too much or not enough?

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Windows provides what Intel cannot

Big news hits the computer, updates sent out recently for Windows 10 are solving big problems caused by Intel’s patch.

Back on January 2nd, there was an announcement that Intel CPUs were having some serious problems in regards to its security vulnerabilities and that these issues stemmed from features of the CPU that was essential for performance. This issue was named Spectre. However there was another issue Intel users faced, and that was named Meltdown, which was essentially because a patch for Spectre would result in a slowing of the processors. That is exactly what the “solution” did.

Intel noted that the patch did indeed slow down processors, and saw that benchmark results were as significant as a 25%¬† drop in performance. The problems didn’t stop there.

Problems arose in the patch that was supposed to help. The patch resulted in some processors booting more often than they should, and generally without much any warning at all. Last week Intel announced a solution to the reboot issues, but it only affected some older processors.

So, that brings us to the current time. Intel has admitted that it’s latest patch for Spectre was basically worse than the bug it was made to fix. As a response, Windows has realeased an out-of-band patch for Windows 10, Windows 8.1 and Windows 7. This patch will disable the fix for Spectre variant 2. If you are experiencing the problem, you will need to manually download the update, as it is not automatic yet. You can find the link¬†here.

Microsoft’s latest windows program update should stop the rebooting until Intel gets their game together and provides a proper update.

Check out the link and get your computer back in a somewhat working manner, then keep an eye out for the proper patch! It’s amazing how much heat Intel has been accumulating lately. Hopefully the future bodes a different story.

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