A dark hand pressed against a glass

In today's world computers are developing at an astonishing pace. Tesla and Google are developing self-driving cars, for instance. Are robots going to develop a soul at some point? This is the second post in this series. Make sure you have read the first post before reading this one any further. 🤖

Last week, I covered qualia, dualism and two identity theories. Today, we have two materialisms on the plate: eliminativism and reductionism. Leaving the emergent materialism for the last post of the series. (more…)

A blue eye

You are walking down the street looking in front of you and suddenly, someone says hi to you. You turn your head and see your friend. How did that happen? Why didn't you see him when you were walking before he caught your attention? These things happen to people, because we are hardwired to ignore most of the things around us. 😮

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A picture of Xiaomi WiFi router

About a year ago I was in a tricky situation. I had just moved to a new flat that had a modern fiber-optic connection meaning that instead of connecting my router to a phone socket, there was an ethernet port on the wall. This meant, of course, that I had to go shopping for a new router after I was told by my internet provider that they don’t sell such routers, because “you can connect your computer to the ethernet port directly”…  🤦‍♂️ Like I would only have one device I wanted to connect to the internet. 🤣 (more…)

An open dictionary with the word focus in focus

After taking a course in lexicography, I found it astonishing that there was people who didn’t quite understand the difference between a dictionary and an encyclopaedia. Even more disturbing is that I have seen a great many scientific papers in which dictionaries have been used as though they had encyclopaedia like knowledge. 😥

Luckily, the distinction is quite easy.🙂 (more…)

A street with light trails from cars at night

Load testing a Django based application with jMeter is a tricky thing to do since Django requires a CSRF (Cross-Site Request Forgery) token to be present on every POST request (unless you have disabled it, of course).  This tutorial helps you to hit the ground running with your Django tests, as I have prepared a ready made test file for you. 🤓 (more…)

Pokemon Go open on a phone with the picture of a Charizard

EDIT: Read a more up-to-date list of future evolutions here.

The second generation Pokémon are arriving on Pokémon Go. We have already seen the baby forms added to the game. Like some of us might remember, some of the old 1st generation Pokémon will have new evolutions in the 2nd generation.😮 This means that while you are out there hunting for Pokémon, there are some you should keep on hording because you will soon be able to evolve them to completely new 2nd generation Pokémon.

I built up the following table of old Pokémon that will get a new evolution with an estimated amount of candy they will need to evolve. 🤓

New evolutions

Old Pokémon Candies to evolve 2nd gen Pokémon
Zubat -> Golbat
100 🍬
Crobat
Eevee
25 🍬
Espeon and Umbreon
Slowpoke
50 🍬
Slowking
Onix
50 🍬
Steelix
Horsea -> Seadra
100 🍬
Kingdra
Porygon
50 🍬
Porygon 2
Chansey
50 🍬
Blissey
Scyther
50 🍬
Scizor
Oddish -> Gloom
100 🍬
Bellossom
Poliwag -> Poliwhirl
100🍬
Politoed

So remember to keep these Pokémon in mind when walking out there! If you want to make the catching process a bit easier, you should check out the Pokémon Go Plus gear.

Happy catching! ☺️

Dice with letters instead of numbers

The question that fascinates us all, at least at some point in life, is how we learn our native language. Who came up with the first language? Is it possible to fail in learning your native language? 🤔 Well, first of all, I am going to shed some light into the uniqueness of human language. (more…)

Ethernet cables of different colors

📡 Wi-Fi or cable seems to be connected properly, but you just can't get online. Or maybe Windows even recognizes the issue and shows an exclamation mark ⚠️ close to the Wi-Fi icon but troubleshooting doesn’t do the trick. The first time I ran into this issue was a decade ago on Windows XP. Lately I have experienced the same problem multiple times on Windows 10. And I am not the only one. Even my dad called me the other day with the same issue. Luckily, the solution is simple. 😊

Manual solution

1) Press Win+R buttons simultaneously on your keyboard. This will open Windows' run dialog.

2) Type cmd and hit enter. This will show you a terminal window. Don't be scared of the black window, though.

3) In the terminal type ipconfig /release and hit enter. This will release IP addresses on all network interfaces. Some of them might fail, but don't be alarmed.

4) Now, write ipconfig /renew and hit enter. This will renew your local IP. Once the command is finished, you'll be connected to the internet.

Automatic solution

Sometimes, when this problem starts to occur, you might run into it every time you boot your computer. That's why I made a nice automatic script to solve the problem that you can download and place on your desktop. Double-clicking on it will do automatically the very same procedure described above. The only thing you have to do is to sit back and enjoy the show. 😎

 

Hopefully this fixed your network issues. ☺️