AnyKeyboard Multimedia Controls released!

I’ve been busy making this little new app that allows you to use multimedia keys on regular keyboards without said multimedia buttons. Basically it emulates the multimedia buttons with hotkeys that are just combinations of buttons/keys found on any keyboard. If you love listening to music, these controls are a must and I can’t imagine using Windows PC without them. Yeah, PC as whole because they also control Windows volume and toggle MUTE. Super useful stuff. And because a lot of keyboards don’t have them, this app steps in and fills that void. I made it for myself so I won’t have to make compromises when picking new keyboard which might not have multimedia buttons and then thought, why not just polish the app, make it all fancy with few extra cool features and release it to you guys. And so, here we are.

Check out its dedicated micro page with more details, screenshot and download links.

I hope you’ll like it 🙂

AnyKeyboard Multimedia Controls micro page:

https://rejzor.wordpress.com/anykeyboard-multimedia-controls/

avast! Antivirus Free receives Ransomware Shield feature!

Even though a lot of people like to take a piss at avast! for privacy related stuff they’ve done in not that distant past, I still consider it as one of best antivirus options. You just have to uncheck data sharing in Privacy settings (except CommunityIQ which is responsible for cloud protection) and you’re good to go.

New addition with avast! Free version 20.5 is gaining of Ransomware Shield. This feature places a barrier between apps and your sensitive files like documents and photos. If an app that isn’t included on the whitelist tries to modify them, it’ll block the action and notify you about it. However, if app on the whitelist tries to modify those files, the action will be allowed.

avast_free_ransomware_shield.png

This way some random EXE downloaded from internet won’t be allowed to modify (encrypt) your photos, but Paint.NET will be allowed. And thanks to huge whitelists maintained by avast! team, the experience is super seamless and painless.

For example, Windows Defender had this feature for many years and even with latest Windows 10 2004 update, it’s still noisy and annoying. It blocked bunch of legit software. At least now it has a less annoying way of allowing the programs to exclusion list. Something you’ll rarely have to deal with avast! when it comes to Ransomware Shield.

I think it’s a nice addition and I welcome it in the free version.

Download:

http://www.avast.com

Firefox Tweaker 2.4.2 released for Firefox 78

With preparation for Firefox 78 release landing really soon, I’ve prepared updated version of Firefox Tweaker that uses new “ui.prefersReducedMotion” parameter to turn off the moronic oversized URL bar introduced with Firefox 75.

This means all the old parameters used till this point are now obsolete. I’ve also removed CSS method from Firefox Tweaker 2.4.2 in favor of this reduced motion thing. Unfortunate downside of Mozilla dicking around so much with this thing is that bunch of tweaks need to be left behind inside prefs.js because it complicates things removing them correctly as means of cleanup. I believe performance penalty for leaving them there is immeasurable. As people are reinstalling systems or Firefox browser and new versions of Firefox Tweaker (after version 2.4) won’t be inserting them anymore, it’ll eventually get purged from systems on its own.

You can clean things up yourself deleting/reverting the following entries in about:config:

  • browser.urlbar.update1
  • toolkit.legacyUserProfileCustomizations.stylesheets

Deleting custom user CSS style sheet:

Use “Open Firefox profile folder” function in the Firefox Tweaker and delete the “chrome” folder which contains “userChrome.css” file

Visit Firefox Tweaker micro page for more details and download:

https://rejzor.wordpress.com/firefox-tweaker/

Features I’m most excited about in iOS 14

As you might have heard already (or not), Apple has released some information on their software and some hardware in their annual WWDC 2020 conference. You can watch their whole presentation here:

There are some interesting things they are bringing this Fall, but I’ll focus on iOS stuff because that’s what I’m most interested in. Some of them were not mentioned in the keynote and were revealed by users who tried the BETA version of upcoming iOS 14.

Widgets support

Apple announced widgets support that can be added to any page, almost anywhere. They still aren’t full blown widgets like on Android, but more like dynamic tiles from Windows Mobile that can come in various sizes and can be fit into any page, almost anywhere. Apparently you still can’t stick them in the middle of icons so they still kinda align through entire display width, to the left or to the right side of the display, but hey, we’ll finally be able to have them outside of the first page which was dedicated for widgets only till now.

Page hiding

Up till iOS 14, if you didn’t really need some apps, you had to either dump them into a certain folder or certain page just to get them away from your usual apps. In iOS you can simply hide entire pages if you feel like you don’t need apps located on them.

Apps grouping/categories page

Another new thing is the new page located at the end of all the pages which stores all the apps grouped based on their functionality. So all the games will be bunched into one category, all the entertainment apps in another, all the gadgets like calculator and stuff in third one etc. On top you’ll also have Frequently used apps category and “Just added” category where newly installed apps will appear. This panel also include alphabetical listing of all apps so in a way it’s like a launcher on Android, but not quite.

I still have mixed feelings about it and will have to try it myself to really see if it’s useful to me or not. Because even on Android, I was never a fan of app drawer. Especially the grid list was terrible way of finding things quickly. Alphabetical list was always my favorite if I had to use the app drawer. Sliding finger across letters to quickly jump to where app is instead of looking at icons in a grid. Then again I always preferred Huawei’s EMUI and Xiaomi’s MIUI as a phone launcher and those are super similar to how iOS behaves so I kinda felt at home in iOS when moving away from Android.

Technically, you can just have widgets page and this new page with categories and you can hide away ALL the other pages that have apps on them. I’m actually going to try it this way to see how it works for day to day use.

Picture-in-Picture (PiP)

iOS 14 is also bringing more wide PiP support which is petty seamless. You can flick the app to go from full screen mode and then you can move and resize the video popup however you wish. You can even move it outside of the screen where it’ll turn into an arrow on the side of the display. You’ll still hear the audio so you can listen to music or news without watching video. But you can always instantly pull it into view if something interests you during the video. Pretty neat.

Set default browser and e-mail app

One of longest awaited features that is confirmed for iOS 14, but not included in the keynote. And while Android fans are mocking Apple for not including it years ago, it wasn’t that annoying even though I transitioned to iPhone relatively recently (from Android). It was annoyance, but not as big as everyone is making it to be. It’s certainly a nice convenience addition that I welcome.

It’s for now limited to browsers and e-mail clients only, but it’s where you need it the most anyway. Browsers are still limited to use Safari’s rendering engine. Which I’m generally ok with even though I’d like it if browsers could use their own rendering engines so browser developers don’t have to write entirely different browser compared to Android. Which is often a reason why iOS browsers are neglected badly or just don’t exist because developers feel like it’s not even worth their time for some reason…

Smaller Incoming calls and Siri

Not as ground breaking of a change, but a nice addition, they changed incoming calls and Siri pages so they don’t take up entire display anymore. I kinda understand why Apple preferred it whole display so it really catches your attention, but it’s probably more convenient to deal with when it’s not covering entire display. Especially with incoming calls that you can just flick away at the top to dismiss the call without rejecting it.

Back tapping gestures

Another neat addition with iOS 14 are back tapping gestures. You can assign commands to double or triple tap on the back of the phone. And apparently you can even chain Shortcut commands on those tap gestures so you can make iOS launch almost anything using specified gesture. It’s a small feature, but can be hugely convenient as you always have fingers at the back of the phone whether you hold it with one hand or both so you don’t even have to take your hands away to reach physical buttons or virtual buttons on display. You can request Siri this way, launch browser, fire up flash LED or even launch Camera (you need to use Shortcuts to do it as they don’t offer direct Camera selection for some reason). But hey, you can do it and I think it’s pretty neat.

Things I wasn’t so impressed by…

My biggest annoyance is how Europe is treated like a 3rd world region. Sure, I get it that USA is Apple’s primary market and they focus on that the most, but come on, the new Translate app mostly only focuses on few languages and that’s it. Sure, my expectations of Apple supporting Slovenian language are tiny since my country is also tiny and I can see how we aren’t exactly high on Apple’s priority list, but given how big of a company Apple is, they could do better imo. They should at least be on par with Google. Especially since Google is Apple’s main competitor in this segment.

And same goes for Apple Maps. When I can’t do something with HereWeGo maps (which is rare) I resort to checking Apple Maps since I don’t use anything from Google anymore. But it just seems like all the cool functionality is only dropped in for US users and the rest of us just get very cut down and basic maps functionality and it’s quite disappointing to a point I never even think of going to Apple Maps as my first navigation or maps selection.

They really need to step up the game for European region if they want to excite more users to grab iPhone instead of countless Android offerings.

What are you excited about in iOS 14 that I maybe haven’t mentioned here but is a cool feature or function? Let me know 🙂

Epic Games Store unjustly blocking ProtonMail

Recently I got attention to another case of metric ton of bullshit, yet again by Epic Games. All of a sudden they’ve decided NO ONE can use Epic Games Store using ProtonMail. If you happened to register with it weeks or months ago, you can still ahve it, but if you want to migrate your account from data hoarding GMail to ProtonMail and change your e-mail address in Epic Games Store to ProtonMail address, you simply can’t.

The response to user who wanted to change his old e-mail to ProtonMail on Epic Games Store.

For internal security reasons, we can’t change your email to an email with the domain you requested. Please provide us with another email address.

I understand your concern about changing the email to the same domain, however, our system does not accept that type of domain anymore. I will gladly change it to a different email but it has to be a different type of domain.

For internal security reasons, we can’t change your email to an email with the domain you requested. As player support we are unable to accommodate your request as they do not fulfil our security measures.

Original post by user on Reddit:

Epic, you can just quit your sorry ass bullshit excuses of “security reasons”. Somehow ProtonMail, a service with most rigorous encryption and security that prevents tampering or external access is not secure enough, but GMail which is combed by Google’s scan bots for user data is somehow perfectly secure. Yeah, fucking sure.

This blanket banning of whole e-mail provider domains is ridiculous and needs to stop. Deviant Art pulled same bullshit sometime ago if I remember correctly. And they all pull this shit because they are lazy and incompetent. And they can afford pulling stunts like this because it’s a smaller provider. They can’t pull this shit with gmail.com because whole world would whoop their ass for it. But they know ProtonMail userbase is too small to cause a bit enough outrage. Well, lets make sure we make a big outrage over fuckers screwing up with privacy.

Post about it all over the interwebs and share with other users. Especially if they are ProtonMail users or they plan on using it. Or just if you want people to be able to use any e-mail and not have whole domains of providers banned. Because such behavior is ridiculous and inexcusable.

When you want to BUY music, but music industry is like, NOPE…

I’ve heard a song in some Samsung QLED TV demo that caught my attention with the vocals. Tried figuring it out with SoundHound few times but always failed because of other sound effects included in the demo. But at some point it managed to recognize it. I was thrilled. The song is performed by Antoinette Halliday & Louise Dowd, called “My Symmetry”. Found out on Youtube tons of people came looking for it because of the same Samsung demo. And because I like supporting musicians I really like I didn’t go looking for a free download, I searched for “louise dowd my symmetry buy mp3”. Bunch of Youtube hits and Amazon among them. Ok. Click buy on American Amazon and it was $0.99. Want to confirm it and Amazon starts whining about my credit card not being a valid payment system. Same credit card I use to buy from Amazon all the time.  I thought, ok, must be some dumb regional thing. Then I go to Amazon Germany which usually works and the song was 1.29€. And I thought, fine, it’s more expensive but I’m willing to pay because I really like it. Same fucking thing. Not valid payment method. And I want an MP3 so I can freely listen to it wherever the fuck I want, be it phone, PC or my car. No bullshit subscriptions like iTunes or whatever. But nope, can’t legally obtain it. Music industry can go fuck itself. No wonder I roll my eyes real hard every time I hear music execs whine how piracy is killing their business. Bitch, I wanted to BUY music and you refused to take my money. So, who’s the idiot here? Now I’m most likely just rip it from Youtube or something coz I can’t seem to find it with any other source. Slow clap music industry, slow fucking clap.

EDIT:

Finally managed to find a site that actually allowed me to spend money. Insane how much effort was required. If anyone wants to check it out…

Antoinette Halliday – My Symmetry @ JunoDownload

I bought myself a robot vacuum cleaner for 45€ on AliExpress and I’m super impressed

I was browsing AliExpress the other day for some stuff and I came across a deal that was almost impossible to resist. I didn’t actually need it, but curiosity got me. Was always fascinated over robot cleaners, but was never willing to drop 500€ or more on it just to try it out. Because it was discounted from some 600€ down to just 45€, I said, what the hell, even if I throw it away after 1 year or even less it’s not gonna be a huge loss at this price.

Midea, what is this brand?

It’s from company called “Midea” (model is MR06) and after some searching, I found out Midea actually isn’t some no name Chinese brand you can only find on AliExpress, but a huge Chinese robotics company that acquired famous German robotics manufacturer KUKA not long ago (if you’ve seen orange robotic arms in factory tours, those are all KUKA robots).

The robot

Unboxing experience was quite similar to iRobot, big box, robot is about the same size as all the iRobot units and is actually designed better by not having stupid shiny black plastic chassis. I absolutely hate that on iRobot because it scratches super fast and then looks ugly as hell. Also because almost all iRobot units are black, they are fingerprint and dust magnets. Nothing worse than dirty looking device that’s suppose to keep your place clean… This Midea robot is matte white except the top cover is shiny white plastic. It has two side brushes (you get 2 pairs in the box) that sweep dirt inwards toward the belly brush (single brush, dual brush system is patented by iRobot so no one else can use it but them) and also has turbine that creates actual suction and air passes through a dust bin with washable plastic pre-filter and what looks like HEPA filter (you get 1 extra spare in the box). It’s probably just EPA, but hey, better than micro filter either way. Unit feels super robust and chunky and really well built. Has an IR sensor I think on top just like iRobot and uses M-SLAM collision system (collision switches) to detect walls and obstacles which also has a rubber lip so it doesn’t always slam into furniture with plastic and also has sensors below to detect stairs or other edges to prevent falling down. Access to NiMH battery is easy with 2 screws so I’ll be able to replace it easily when it wears out. It comes with charging station and it has EU and UK adapters (I got both even though you were suppose to pick one during ordering) in the box and you can charge the robot with the station or by directly connecting it to adapter.

Summary of contents:

  • 1x robot
  • 1x docking charging station
  • 2 pairs of side sweeping brushes
  • 2x EPA/HEPA filter (1x inside robot, 1x extra)
  • 1x EU plug adapter
  • 1x UK plug adapter
  • 1x remote control (2x AAA bateries, not included)
  • 1x large cleaning brush (another small one is attached to dust bin)
  • User manual in several European languages and English one is well written

Control

You can fire it up with single button on the robot or by using included remote control with more controls. It’s a bit chunky but does the job. It has very basic scheduling that can’t be set on per day basics, but you set it in delay and it repeats that cycle every day. If it’s 17:00 in the afternoon and you set 1 hour schedule, it’ll fire up at 18:00 and repeat this cycle every day at 18:00 from then on. It’s a bit weird, but when you understand the manual and try it out, it’s fairly simple and kinda makes sense. You set a delay when to start and when it starts, it fires up 24 hour internal timer that then sends it to clean every day at the same time.

Remote has few other controls like 4 different cleaning modes ranging from random motion to parallel motion cleaning, spot cleaning and return to docking station button.

Oh and the robot is talking about things it’s doing in pretty well spoken English. It says cleaning, confirmations of schedules, when cleaning is completed it says “Cleaning completed” etc. Pretty nice.

Cleaning

After setting all up I fired it up and it moved about my room and the motion logic is pretty decent. I’ve seen basic robots several years ago that cost like 4x as much that were just moving all over the place like headless chicken, missed bunch of dirt and then failed to return back to base even though it was 3m away in its visible sight. This one moved pretty nicely along walls once it found them and when it hit thin obstacles or corners it tried to rotate around and not just turning away. While it was cleaning I jammed it with my foot against table and it was making funny noises for few seconds until it said something about obstacles/getting stuck and turned off. Good to know it won’t burst into flames trying to move while being stuck and has a safety feature that just shuts it off entirely. Checked the dust bin after it returned to base and there was quite some dust and dirt particles in it and I’ve cleaned half of the room with a cordless vacuum just before delivery of robot happened.

Cleaning is done by side brushes sweeping dirt towards center of the robot where central brush is picking up dirt and throwing it into the dust bin. It also has a turbine that creates suction effect so it’s not like those crappy robots that just brush the dust into the bin, this one actually vacuums. I don’t know how strong it is, but the effect is there and the air flow on the exhaust part of the robot was fairly strong so it has to be helping the brushes to some degree for sure.

Noise

I was also quite surprised by how quiet it is. You can certainly hear it working, but the loudest part are motion motors for main wheels that have slightly whiny noise, the suction turbine is quite tame and not really annoying at all. It was cleaning while I was listening to music and the suction noise sort of became background noise of the room so I only really heard wheel motors. Also very impressive.

Final thoughts

I’m still shocked I got a proper full featured robot that doesn’t really look that much different than robots that cost 500€ and more. I was skeptical when buying, thinking it’s a scam of some sort, but the more I was inspecting the unit, the more shocked I was what an amazing deal I got here. It looks good, it’s built well, comes with enough spare parts to work for quite a while, battery access is simple and most importantly it seems to clean well too.

This is basically 0 minute impression and not exactly a full fledged review since it only did one cleaning run and I’ll have to use it for longer to see how it really works over time, but so far shockingly impressed. I mean, for freaking 45€ with free shipping! And because it shipped from warehouse from Spain, I had no customs or extra taxes. For 45 €. FOURTY FIVE EUROS! You can hardly get a good cordless handheld vacuum cleaner for this money and here I have a proper robot. Unreal experience this. If you have any questions, let me know and I’ll try to answer them if anyone is interested in this unit and managed to find it at similar insane price.

UPDATE 2020-07-15

Been using this robot for more than 1 month now and I’m even more impressed than in the beginning. And a bit scared for the future. Coz if this one dies one day, which one to buy then?

There is no way I’m gonna buy a robot with single side brush seeing how much wider scope dual brushes have in sweeping dust and dirt into middle of robot where it picks it all up. Dust bins on others, even iRobot look really cheap and clumsy to clean where this MR06 has amazing bin. You can take it out and when open you have easy access to any part so cleaning it is super easy.

Navigation is spectacular given it’s only using bumper switches and IR for navigation. It always seems to follow the same routine for scheduled cleaning. It either begins the cleaning by circling the entire room twice around the edges and then goes zig zag through entire room surface. Or in reverse order, starting with zig zag pattern and then finishing with around the edges path. There are other manual modes, but this seems to be the default for scheduled cleaning.

And with navigation, there is cleaning. And that is amazing as well. I don’t have any carpets (used to have one tiny and it actually cleaned it really well), just laminate flooring and even if I clean the filter and checking it after next cleaning and dust bin will have bunch of stuff in it. I used to vacuum the room with a cordless vacuum cleaner every day and sometimes even more times a day and it always looked clean “on the surface”. But after first few cleanings with the robot there was unusual dust and debris as well as few tiny dead bugs that I’ve never seen in the cordless one. Then I watched it how it’s cleaning and noticed it’s dual side brushes actually sweep super deep underneath the furniture. A furniture that’s just few millimeters above floor. Apparently it swept all this crap from underneath the furniture and packed it into the dust bin. There is no way I’d ever get under there with ANY vacuum cleaner, be it corded or cordless. But these side brushes did it as they are positioned super low coming from underneath the robot. Impressive.

Seeing how this robot is so amazing, I’m wondering if those costing 6x more can even be any better. And in what way. I could use 3 times a day schedule, morning, mid day and evening because there’s a lot of dust because of computer, but that would really be the only thing I miss. Instead mid day schedule is done automatically and I fire it up manually in morning and evening. I can’t think of a single other thing I’d want with the robot. Remote activation with phone? Maybeeeee? But if you have good scheduling, it’s frankly not really needed.

When time will arrive and I hope it won’t be soon, I’ll be looking at Midea robots again. This thing is freaking amazing and it totally hooked me into robotic cleaners. So convenient and thorough I only use the cordless one now to clean everything above floor where robot can’t clean 🙂

How to fix Tomb Raider – Anniversary “Unable to load profile” error

If you’re one of those people who play games over long periods of time (huge game backlogs and stuff 😛 ) and you reinstall Windows or games in between, but want to continue using old save files, sometimes problems happen. I remember Need for Speed: Carbon having such problem where save file had to be from your created profile, otherwise it refused to load it (which is dumb design, but oh well). And Tomb Raider Anniversary is joining that party. Been a while when I decided to play Tomb Raider franchise through and ended up at Anniversary. Loaded it up today and it refused to load the profile with error “Unable to load profile”. Looked up online and only found bunch of people complaining over same thing with no fix. So I figured it out myself.

Here’s how to fix it…

Start the game, get the error, dismiss it and create new profile with different name than your old one. Just call it “NEW”.

Go to game’s profiles folder:

C:\Users\YOUR_USERNAME\Documents\Eidos\Tomb Raider – Anniversary\

Look for your old profile, open the folder and just copy ALL the file from your old profile into folder “NEW” (overwrite all files) which is the newly created profile we just created few moments ago. Rename your old profile folder to “OLD” so you’ll know for the next time which is which.

Now go back into game and load the “NEW” profile. The game should load it up without any errors.

Enjoy 🙂

Firefox Tweaker and dealing with Firefox 77 URL bar

Mozilla annoyed all of us with introduction of idiotic new oversized URL bar in Firefox 75 browser. But we found a “browser.urlbar.update1” switch for it in about:config and while stupid, it was a matter of flipping a switch and puff, that dumb shit was gone. I even made Firefox Tweaker for this very purpose so even most clueless users who just want browser work their way can do it easily. Fast forward to Firefox 77 release and Mozilla in all their wisdom (or lack of it) decided to kill the “browser.urlbar.update1” switch and now we are stuck with that oversized, twitching annoying fuckery of an URL bar they introduced. Guess what’s the new method of disabling that annoying URL bar? You need to learn to code fucking CSS. And flip ANOTHER switch in about:config because custom userChrome.css are disabled by default. This is the kind of shit that made me stop donating to Mozilla months ago. I’m not gonna support an organization that keeps on throwing such fuck you shit at users without giving us simple and clear way of controlling it through god damn settings. No one asked for this dumbass new URL bar, they cooked it in their dumb thick skulls because all they fucking do is sit in front of telemetry stats like absolute morons and cook up shit based on that. And results are dumb shit like this new URL bar. I’ve seen their MO long ago how they literally don’t give a shit what users say or complain about and it’s yet again obvious if you look at the Firefox subreddit. Bunch of fanboys extinguishing the rage of annoyed users. Telemetry is Mozilla’s holy grail and they’ll do everything based on that.

And even if I’d somehow believe an oversized URL bar is a must, because it somehow brings attention to users (I don’t know, I’m already clicking on it, I don’t need fucking more attention from it), do it fucking properly at least. Instead of doing cheap increase in size, how about keeping the size we had before and use GLOW effect around the URL bar. You know, a fucking soft, semi transparent glow that doesn’t just cover other elements and looks like someone who just started coding threw it in. The glow would look professional and pleasant to the eyes. It could also be displayed gradually instead of instant popup in size like current URL bar does. Or just make the edge double the thickness in a shade of blue and leave it at fucking that, not adding 8 fucking pixels on every side of it. Not to mention getting rid of fucking oversized URL bar can only be done now by clicking into webpage area of the browser. Clicking anywhere on tabs, empty tabs section, toolbar or bookmarks bar doesn’t get rid of it.

It’s literally like they put zero fucking thought into it and just smacked it into a fucking stable channel and 2 versions later enforced it by hardcoding it to a point you need to write a fucking custom CSS to override it. And then I’m the annoying one for complaining over it. Do your fucking job properly and no one will be angry and shit you implement will actually function and look nice. Not be this butt ugly half ass implementation that looks like something I’d only dare to release as “prototype”. Yet it’s here in a stable final version.

Deep inhale. I’ve released Firefox Tweaker 2.4 today which now has to fucking shuffle userChrome.css around in order to override this god damn new URL bar. It’s a hack and it will suck if you’re already using tweaks in userChrome.css, but at least I managed to hack this shit so you can turn off the damn thing with just ONE checkbox. Just imagine if Mozilla gave users that one fucking checkbox to control it in settings. Instead, some fucking randoms on interwebs have to make hacks to fix their fuckups. Year 2020 really is a fucking gem and we’re only half way into it…

Go to Firefox Tweaker micropage to grab version 2.4:

https://rejzor.wordpress.com/firefox-tweaker/

Corporate virtue signaling is such massive cringe

It’s not really a new thing, but it’s been grinding my gears for quite a while. You know how after every social incident, all the corporations that give so much fuck about our well being start virtue signaling campaigns by painting their avatars in LGBT rainbow colors, making them black and white to be compassionate with black communities and all other similar bullshit?

Like, you’re a fucking giant corporation whose sole existence is making money through exploiting of low wage workers of all races and genders to make even more money and here you are screaming how much you give a fuck about everyone. Just shut up. Just shut up all of you. You disgust me.

They especially disgust me when they scream how much they care about one’s voice and well being, yet the exact same corporation keeps on silencing people. You know, like Google is silencing and censoring results for China because that sweet sweet Chinese cash is just too hard to resist. Fuck those Chinese people standing against oppressive regime. We’re with black people now. You’ll just have to wait for your turn… Or Amazon being all loud how they are donating 10 million dollars to some black community organizations. Meanwhile they were (and still are) treating their employees like shit and forcing them to work during a pandemic in garbage conditions with inadequate protection. I’m sure a lot of them are also black people. Where was your solidarity and care for that? Oh, it just matters now because some high profile incident took place and all of a sudden everyone fucking cares.

No one gives a shit if some faceless corporation stands in support with LGBT people or with black people or with disabled people or with fucking gingers. NO ONE FUCKING CARES. As a company, you’re EXPECTED to behave in a way that’s not racist, bigoted or exploitative. And no fancy avatar or colorful (or black and white) image will change that if your actions don’t reflect what you’re preaching. No one expects or demands you to virtue signal this bullshit (except social justice idiots who attack and harass companies that don’t peddle to this bullshit). What we do expect is that you don’t censor people’s voices if you’re a social platform or that you don’t reject black people because they are black or you don’t hide results from your search engine because a big and influential regime is demanding that from you or that you don’t exploit people for low wages in shitty conditions. No amount of rainbow avatars and black background images will ever change that.

So, stop kidding yourself that your virtue signaling fucking matters. And I can’t believe people are so shallow and clueless that they applaud this when corporations do it. As far as I’m concerned, it’s disgusting and hypocritical. Do what you preach and don’t be two faced assholes by default and no one will give a shit if your avatar is not in rainbow colors. All this shit is EXPECTED from by you by default. And if it’s not, we’ll call you out on it. Until then, shut your fucking mouth and stop virtue signaling all over the fucking social media. But I guess they all doubt their behavior so they need to artificially reinforce it by painting shit on social media. Sad and pathetic.