Monday, November 30, 2015

Does Christmas Lights Slow Down Your Wi-Fi’s Speed?

Though there are a number of probable reasons from an electrical and electronic engineers’ perspective, but can Christmas lights actually slow down your home Wi-Fi’s speed?

By: Ringo Bones 

At the time of writing, America’s right-leaning Evangelicals has yet to call this latest study as a conspiracy by the telecommunications industry to launch a “war against Christmas”, but a lot of people find it disconcerting that the most de rigueur indicator of the Yuletide Season – Christmas lights or as the Brits call them fairy lights – can actually slow down the speed of your home Wi-Fi. Worse still, quite a number of us now use broadband technology to stay connected with our loved ones through the internet and the Yuletide Season is one of the peak seasons of the year for such activities and a Wi-Fi slowdown is the last thing we need. 

In a recent research study results released by watchdog Ofcom, Christmas tree lights    / fairy lights can actually slow down your Wi-Fi’s data transfer speed and the results were in conjunction with the new app that they recently released that can check the “health” of your home broadband. The app samples Wi-Fi’s wireless signals to see if the data is flowing uninterrupted from routers to smart-phones and tablets. The app is released alongside research results, which suggests Wi-Fi in six million homes and offices participating in the Ofcom study were not running as fast as it should. 

According to the study, what causes the slowdown is the interference caused by the solid state power supplies used in modern electronics that are not transformer isolated from mains which forms the power supplies of most modern LED based Christmas lights / fairy lights that also power the electronics that makes them blink and the “singing chip”. Radio frequency emissions from baby monitors and microwave ovens can also significantly slow down Wi-Fi data transfer speeds said Ofcom in a statement. 

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Did Jesus Christ Went To Britain?

Even though it is often referred to his “lost years”, did Jesus Christ traveled to Britain during when he was 12 to 30 years of age?

By: Ringo Bones

Though the evidence may be only hagiographical, but certain non-canonical accounts of early Christianity purportedly claimed that Jesus Christ indeed traveled to Britain during the time when he was between the ages of 12 to 30, which was often referred to as “the lost years of Jesus Christ”. But is this mere hagiography or this historicism can be proven with contemporary archaeology.
When what is now the State of Israel was under Roman occupation a little over 2,000 years ago, Nazareth is not a mere backwater town, guilds of various trades traveled there to sell their goods and services and some of them were purportedly to come as far away as the then Roman Empire occupied Britain. Although Jesus was probably already a practicing carpenter by the time when he was 12 years old, he probably supplemented his income by delving into the most traded items of the time – namely metals trading.

Jesus’ great uncle at the time – which canonical texts cite to as Joseph of Arimathea was a well-known bronze trader and was probably has contact with tin traders from Cornwall, England. Although the historicism of this anecdote is somewhat flimsy, legend has it that Jesus Christ indeed travelled to Cornwall and even Glastonbury to “haggle” with the tin traders there in order to get a good price for tin. And by the way, 2,000 years ago, Cornwall and Glastonbury are well-known tin mining towns.

The historicism behind Jesus Christ visiting Britain was first written down by William of Malmesbury – a well-known 12th Century English historian and used to head the Glastonbury Abbey. William of Malmesbury even wrote down that Jesus Christ learned esoteric healing arts from the Druids of Glastonbury at the time.

Is there any actual evidence that Jesus Christ went to Britain? Well, many mainstram historians cite William of Malmesbury’s account as just a means of gaining donations for the local abbey and thus often dismissed a mere hagiographical whimsy. Hagiographical whimsy or not, the legend that Jesus Christ may have visited Britain during his “lost years” was probably the historicism used by King Henry VIII to established his “self-styled” Church of England in 1534.    

Was Jesus Christ A Communist?

Even though “conservative right-wingers” may balk at the idea, but did the historical figure named Jesus Christ ever harbored Marxist-Leninist-socialist tendencies?

By: Ringo Bones

Growing up in the 1980s, I first suspected that the reason behind the “CIA sanctioned” assassination of the El Salvador Archbishop Oscar Romero back in March 24, 1980 was because he “had turned commie. But given the prevailing staunchly anti-communist environment of the capitalist West at that time, how could “conservative-right-wingers” and “strict observant Christians” like the then US President Ronald Reagan never voiced out that Jesus Christ might be communist?

Well, to the headache of the then leader of the Catholic Church – Pope John Paul II – the rise of what is so-called “Liberation Theology” where Christian charity is somewhat indistinguishably merged with Marxist-Leninist-Socialism for the benefit of the needy was often white-washed by the press and only those with I.Q.s approaching Carl Sagan at the time could figure out that Jesus Christ was an outright communist, or at least laid the groundwork of communism almost 2,000 years before Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels. The question now is why the then Republican Senator Joseph McCarthy and then FBI head J. Edgar Hoover even included Jesus Christ in their communist blacklist back in the 1950s? Does this mean at that time in the capitalist West that Jesus – like Islam in the Arab world for the past 70 years – is “hands off” when it comes to government censorship?

Well, when it all comes down to it, helping the least of your brothers – whether Marx and Engels style or in the name of Jesus Christ – can be a contentious issue in the eyes of secular humanist intellectuals who probably aid the least of their brothers out of sheer mercy alone. It seems that the debate whether for all intents and purposes Jesus Christ was a communist – or is the true founder of communism - will not die out anytime soon.