Have you ever wondered why items have a different price for different colors and finishes but yet it’s the same product?
I have thought about this probably more than I should but I’m a sucker for colorful things. Mobile phones, tablets, PCs, electronics and yes, that lime green apple peeler. When the choice is there, I prefer to go for the colorful options. But choosing the colorful items means there will always be a higher price to pay. In fact the price goes wayyyyy up.
Why? Is it because they need “special” dye or whatever to make it? Supply and demand?
I’m just tired of paying more money for a colorful color. Since I’m now fed up with crazy color prices, I began to question it. What’s the real answer here? I decided to do some research but I didn’t really find the answer I was looking for.
It seems to be that businesses use different colors as a weapon against consumers. They know that certain colors will always be popular, so they can bring them out whenever they want to make more money. Sad sad sad sad. Maybe it takes different materials and time to make something more special with a color but does it really cost that much more to make that? I don’t know, I don’t really think so but this sure is a nice tool they get to use to their advantage.
Guess I won’t be getting that lime green apple peeler. Oh wait… who am I kidding – of course I will! 🙂
Ads think they are quite sharp; the sad thing is, they are. It’s not that I don’t like advertising – it’s that the advertising isn’t relevant to me. The random pop-ups that appear out of nowhere annoy me the most, and that seems to happen quite often. Pop-ups are flooding our screens and ruining our browser experiences. Nowadays most devices we use are FILLED with ads and pop-ups. Almost every page or app out there has some kind of advertising attached to it. While some ads can be tolerated, there are quite a few out there that are annoying and often may be completely irrelevant to you. It’s very frustrating when you are trying to do something and they pop up, get stuck, slow the computer down, blast your ears with random audio and just plain harass you when you are just trying to browse. You have to do whatever it takes to get rid of them before you can return to what you were doing. As you can see, they do a great job of distracting you from what you were trying to do in the first place. We’ve all been there.
Let’s take ads on a blog or website for example. Chances are if it’s an irrelevant ad, it’s going to be a distraction, or the visitor may not return back to the link. When I looked at my website, I couldn’t believe that I saw some weird wormy ad. I wasn’t given the option to choose… why the hell is that there? No one wants to see some weird wormy like thing on the side of my page. Out of all the options in the world why do I have to have that as a choice? Seriously, these things interrupt train of thought and it’s distracting and disturbing.
Ads have evolved, that’s for sure. I don’t recall ever using the public washroom and all of a sudden there’s some blasting audio coming out of nowhere, just to find out it’s coming from your own pocket. What the…?! I just closed ALL my apps. Why is there strange audio coming from who knows where out of my phone. And why? It’s completely stupid.
What are ads? Not all are bad, but a lot of them can be dangerous. They get pushed into your devices when you browse or download certain apps and programs. If you click on a pop-up ad it could be attaching malware to your devices – without you even knowing it. You really need to be careful what you are clicking on, but sometimes accidental clicking happens.
Most ads are devious, manipulative and try to stalk you by following and invading our privacy while being sneaky about it. Do you find it a bit ridiculous? I do. It’s weird, creepy and strange.
Is there anything we can do about it that’s straightforward and not complicated? Not really. You won’t be able to completely stop getting ads online. However, you can try to prevent unwanted ads by checking over your settings, exercising caution when you browse, and being extra careful when clicking and downloading.
There should be better choices for us when it comes to ads being targeted at us. We can’t do much, but we can try our best when we are given options to choose from.
Here are some tips:
1) If you are using Gmail – open your browser and log into your Gmail account. Click on your name bubble on the top right-hand side. A drop-down menu should appear. Click on “Manage your Google Account”. A new browser window will open. Here you will see that you have lots of options to have better control over your account.
On the left-hand side there are 6 options: Home, Personal Info, Data & Personalization, Security, People & Sharing, and Payments & Subscriptions.
I would go through all of them just to make sure everything is set how you want it and just to confirm that everything is correct. You have the choice(s) to help make your Google account and your experience more useful to you that might help your browsing experiences and security. You might be surprised what you find in there.
2) Turning off pop-ups. For Chrome: On your Chrome browser, click the 3 vertical dots on the top right-hand side. Click Settings, then go down to Advanced – Privacy and Security – click Site Settings. Click Pop-ups and Redirects. Now disable it. You do not need to be signed in to do this.
For Safari: Open your browser. On the top left-hand side click Safari and then click Preferences. Choose Websites and click on Pop-up Windows.
Keep in mind some websites will require you to have pop-ups enabled in order to use their websites or services.
3) Clearing your cache and history – this applies to all web browsers – and might be really annoying to do every time you start and finish browsing. But you should always clear your history and clear the cache.
4) Browse in incognito mode – when browsing in incognito mode, your browser won’t store any data. This is good for keeping your privacy safe. And especially use incognito mode if you are doing banking on the net. It’s important to protect your financial well-being.
Windows/Android users – will an antivirus protect your browsers and devices from bad pop-ups and malware? Yes, there is antivirus software out there that will promise to protect you from malware but for some devices and browsers, it might not always work. You might have to adjust your settings for some browsers and programs. In the long run, it might give you more headaches. I would stick with the built-in Windows Defender for PC and use your common sense when using Android. Don’t be silly and click or install things that don’t make sense or have bad reviews. Don’t take the risk. If the website or app looks strange, chances are it probably is. Compare websites and apps that look professional vs not so professional. If it doesn’t look that great, it probably isn’t. Don’t just click, know what you are clicking. There are WAY TOO MANY tricks on the internet for you to just be clicking – think it through.
Apple users – Yes, it is possible to get malware on your devices. However, the chances are very low. When choosing Apple there is less of a chance for your devices to get infected with malware. Apple has great safety precautions and amazing software to keep you safer on all their devices.
In the meantime, Google says by August 5, 2020, they will block invasive video ads and do a better job of online advertising.
It’s important that we take care of our devices. Are they cheap? No. Expensive – absolutely. Since you can’t stop ads completely, do your best to try and make them less annoying today! Here’s to hoping Google will keep their word and get these ads a little more under control!
Even though it’s called a laptop, should we really be using it on our laps? If you own a laptop, you’ve probably used it on your lap at some point; you might even be even using it on your lap right now as you’re reading this. It seems fine to do so because its name implies that your lap is the perfect place for your computer to sit. We depend on this equipment that we use every day and your lap seems like an ideal spot to keep your laptop for convenience…
But is it worth it?
What really happens when we use our laptops on our laps?
After reading this article you can decide.
Researchers have studied this topic and it’s quite possible that using your laptop on your lap can cause some problems to your health, making this topic worth paying attention to.
Here are the possible issues:
Using a wirelessly connected laptop on your lap can be harmful to the reproductive organs. For men, when your laptop is connected to Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, using a laptop on your lap reduces human sperm motility while also fragmenting sperm DNA. Donors who were exposed to a Wi-Fi wireless connection demonstrated a decrease in sperm mobility while also developing an increase in sperm DNA fragmentation. In addition to decreasing male fertility, laptop use can make it difficult for women to conceive by delaying egg production. For women who are already pregnant, using a laptop on your baby bump can affect the development of the fetus. Some researchers do mention further studies will be required to prove it, which is perfectly fine, but this is enough evidence for me. As far as I’m concerned, that’s a start to something that may come out negatively in the future – there is some truth to the idea. If there’s a chance it’s going to harm my reproductive organs, there is NO WAY I’m taking a chance and you shouldn’t either.
Skin issues: long periods of your laptop sitting on your lap could burn your skin and leave discolouration. This is known as toasted skin syndrome, which is caused by the heat your laptop gives off. The bottom of your laptop can get very hot (especially if you have overheating issues) because it just simply doesn’t breath very well. Laptops are meant to breath underneath a levelled surface and your skin isn’t the place for that. When I used to use my laptop on my lap/legs, I would sometimes notice a red marking once I was finished with it and lifted it up. I didn’t even realize that it was happening at the time. That just isn’t normal in any way. Studies have proved it. A hot laptop on your legs could lead to damage to the skin which could eventually develop into skin cancers. Some laptop users experience overheating issues and their laptop may get very hot; if you are one of these people that experience overheating issues, you definitely don’t want to be putting your laptop on your lap because it puts you at a higher risk for problems to your skin health.
Different forms of pain: Ever experienced upper body pain while using your laptop for a period of time? It’s not possible to maintain proper posture when you use your laptop on your lap. After long periods of usage, you may suffer from back and neck pains, and you might not even know why you’re having them. Bad posture can trigger this.
So now that I’ve broke it down a little bit, let’s think about this for a minute instead of jumping to a conclusion that it’s not really possible. Some say it isn’t a risk, but why take a chance? Your laptop is placed on your lap, it’s filled with radiation, and there are signals from everything that we use, such as microwaves, cellphones and other electronics. Suddenly, using your laptop on your lap doesn’t seem like such a great idea!
Why is it called a laptop if it’s harmful to us? We automatically think it’s okay to use it on our laps just because of the name. I think laptops should be called portable computers, but that’s just my opinion.
In the meantime, I’ve put together a short list of ways you can protect yourself from laptop usage.
To protect your below areas, look into getting a lap desk. It keeps your laptop safe from falling and yourself safe from these problems. It fits easily into your bags and you can take it with you everywhere your laptop goes. This will help to protect you completely! You can also use your tablets on it, as well as a desk for things like art, or writing, making it a 3 in 1. This option is a good one if you don’t have a desk or if you want to sit comfortably on the couch. Why not get one of these?
Protection shield pad: This pad specifically does what it was designed to do! Full protection from radiation and heat and you can sit comfortably on the couch while doing your work.
Unplug your laptop: Using your laptop in battery mode is safer and reduces exposure quite a bit as there won’t be as much electricity.
Use your laptop on a table or desk: this also corrects poor posture.
Stop using Wi-fi: If possible, refrain from using Wi-Fi because it is the issue here. An ethernet cable will be a better option. Most laptops today don’t come with ethernet ports, but you can buy an USB Network Adapter that will plug into your USB port. If you use your laptop for long periods of time, investing in a desktop could benefit you as desktops have ethernet combability. Use your laptop only when necessary.
Watch the time: use your laptop wisely. Plan out what you need to use it for and take breaks in between usage.
We can’t avoid radiation – it’s in everything we use! If this article scared you a bit, I’m sorry. I really want to raise awareness about this topic so we can remain as healthy as possible and we can do as much as we can to stay safe while we do what we gotta do!