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    Creator of TempleOS, Terry Davis, Has Passed Away

    Terrence Andrew Davis, sole creator and developer of TempleOS (née LoseThos), has passed away at age 48. Davis suffered from mental illness — schizophrenia — which had a severe impact on his life. He claimed he created his operating system after having spoken with and receiving instructions from god, and he was a controversial figure, also here on OSNews, for his incomprehensible rants and abrasive style towards OSNews readers and staff. We eventually had to ban him, but our then-editor Kroc Kamen worked with him in 2010 to publish an article about his operating system despite his ban…. I hope he found peace — wherever he may be.

    At 48, likely jumped in front of a train.

  • Lights

    I think the best thing you can do at a restaurant as an aspie is take their feedback surveys and complain about the things that bother you.  For example the radio bothered me because it was too loud.  Most NT’s don’t like the radio loud either but it isn’t a deal breaker for them.

    And my latest halfbakery, basically a tip of the hat to Jeff Raskin, an indicator light for whether an OS is patched, a patch is pending, or it isn’t in the patch pipeline at all and thus insecure and dead in the water.

  • Brain as Computer Revisited

    I think modern psychology has latched on to the brain as computer model of the brain and do their detriment.  It’s an easy thing to fall into.  A computer has an operating system, files, and programs.  As long as everyone has the same operating system, programs will work seamlessly on any computer you try to run them on.  Therapies seem to presuppose this brain uniformity and when one doesn’t have a brain like this they’re left not knowing what to do.  For example some therapies try to strengthen one’s positive voice in their inner monologue.  But what if they don’t have a positive voice to begin with?  Therapies claim to work seamlessly on all brains (at least ones acculturated to western values).  But the brain is messy, there is no operating system/programs/files trifecta.  I know my experience has been just tearing apart the things therapists tell me, clearly seeing them as false.  But for some people believing what makes them feel good is preferable to believing what is factual.  But my brain doesn’t play that way, especially because eventually wishful thinking will bite you in the butt.  There is some understanding in the psychology profession that therapies aren’t supercultural and that’s a good start.  But even within western culture there is such variation from brain to brain.

    I actually think the brain is more organized like a regime.  Depending on where in the world you go there can be many types of regimes.  Democracies, dictatorships, failed states, tribal power sharing arrangements, etc..  sometimes it’s better to work with the patterns of thinking that are already there than try to go full on and try to throw them all out.  Just like it’s not a good idea to forcibly change regimes in the Middle East.

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  • Stop Animations

    I found a good stop animations Chrome extension and I forked it on GitHub adding some improvements.  What I did works best on a PC, it will take more work to get it working right on all platforms.

    Basically trying to engender a happy medium between ad blocking and viewing ads.  The plugin stops animations on web pages so you can actually read the content.  Of course this doesn’t solve the problem of malware coming through advertising networks.  I suspect that’s why most people use ad blockers.  But at least for trusted sites you could turn the ad blocker off and then stop the animations when they got too obtrusive.  The bonus of this plugin is because it takes a screenshot it also stops JavaScript animations like those items that auto scroll.

  • spelling learning tool

    It’s International Ideas Month so I came up with a list of misspelled words color coded to warn of common misspellings.  I did this project almost eleven years ago.  I think I see words differently than most people though (having had cataracts and being on the spectrum).  So it may not be that useful to the average person.  I called it Spelling Therapy.

  • International Ideas Month, An Idea for You

    March is International Ideas Month and I couldn’t help but toot my horn.

    I did the quote on the masthead in memory board.  Memory Board is mainly an alternative communication tool for people on the spectrum but can also be used for learning languages and remembering things.  I have only tested it on Edge (IE in Windows 10) and Chrome, not sure it works on other browsers.

    Click the images to hear the text to speech!

  • Always Back Up the Photos and Videos on Your Smartphone

    If you take a lot of photos and video on your phone you need to consider the expense of iCloud or Google Drive (depending on whether you have an iPhone or an Android phone).

    iOS (iCloud) gives you 5GB of free space and Android (Google Drive) gives you 15GB (but will store lower quality versions of your pictures not to count against your 15GB [probably not good enough for poster prints]).  If you need more space you’ll have to cough up a monthly fee.  Last I checked it’s under $5/month for either.

    For iOS users enable iCloud backup (make sure to select pictures).

    For Android users, turn on Backup and Sync.

    This is a must do if you take a lot of photos and videos with your phone.  My littlest sister lost her vacation photos when the iOS 9 upgrade bricked her phone and my mom lost photos and videos of her visit with my grandma when her toddler nephew accidentally deleted them.  Unfortunately this discipline isn’t being taught at the cell phone store or through the mass media.  It’s kind of like always having smoke detectors with charged batteries in your house.  Not something people think about much but crucial nonetheless.

    BONUS TIP: If you don’t need poster prints of your photos or 4K versions of your video you can use Google’s Backup and Sync with iOS or Android for free.

  • brain as computer


    “He saw himself as a scientific materialist; he believes that metaphor—the brain as a computer—has done more to increase the number of atheists than anything by Darwin.”

    This is a quote from a schizophrenic programmer who wrote his own sixteen color operating system called TempleOS.  The whole article is very interesting but I’m mainly focusing on this brain as computer analogy and how it causes us to see ourselves differently.  Being a Computer Science graduate I gravitated towards seeing my brain as a computer so much so that when I had a psychotic break one of the things I wanted to have them do is run my brain through the old-school DOS Scandisk to look for bad sectors (the Scandisk from the Windows 95/98 days, the one that would run on the boot after the computer failed to shut down properly).  More recently I’ve talked about sandboxing relationships that meant a lot to me which I didn’t do when I was in my early 20’s (much to my chagrin because I am still not over them).  Sandboxing is when you run a process cordoned off from the rest of the computer’s resources so it can’t crash or manipulate the rest of the system.

    The metaphor of the brain as a computer when internalized subconsciously is incredibly materialistic, leaving out the soul or supernatural agents.  It breeds scientism and pragmatism.  Things are framed as inputs, processing, and outputs.  This is one reason millennials (who often exhibit this metaphor) absolutely can’t metabolize hypocrisy.  Because they see clearly the inputs, the outputs, and the disconnect between the two.  Output and outworking are what are paramount, existence precedes essence.

    One in four of us millennials has a mental illness and in this regard we see religion as a software patch attempting to fix a hardware problem (as if brain chemicals could be put correctly merely by force of will).  We see religion like an annoying friend trying to photo bomb every picture we take.  It inserts itself into places it has no business being like how one can “pray” the mental illness or gay or whatever away.  By design it’s the one thing, the only thing, the most important thing.  Just follow these spiritual disciplines and things will improve and if they don’t improve you’re not doing it right, it’s your fault.  A lot of time people will judge you based on whether your life compiles.  If they see any fatal errors in you (not living up to what they expect of you) they’ll simply ignore or scorn you.

    Then you have apps like Shazam and SoundHound.  Suddenly we can consult an app to see who what we hear is coming from.  God’s voice can’t be Shzam’d and it makes taking instructions from a deity just seem more and more ridiculous.

  • Internet Fame

    One of my posts on disability and the church from Intercision got on Cindy’s blog, I guess it’s a prominent Christian blog.  She even writes some for Sojourners and The Huffington Post.  I found her through the OneWheaton.  I’m grateful for the minor internet fame but wish the things I actually put work into got famous like my weather graph site.  Back in 1999 I made a JavaScript engine that did all kinds of fancy search things (like letting you search by keyword reference [for example typing ebay Pokemon would search eBay for Pokemon products]).  Firefox has that functionality now though you have to set up the engines manually.  This engine also popped multiple windows for queries when you separated terms by comma.  This was back before Google where people routinely searched many engines for things (because engines had different strengths).  Also the engine I made had an ActiveDesktop component so you could dock it as a widget on your Windows 98 or 2000 computer.  This search engine I made was never popular at all.