May 20, 2011

me+ME: Varia - Firefox, KompoZer, JavaScript, DSM-5+ICD-11

  The origin of science is the desire to know causes; and the origin of all false science and imposture is in the desire to accept false causes rather than none; or, which is the same thing, in the unwillingness to accept our own ignorance.
   -- William Hazlitt

Here is some varia as indicated in my title - and since I am a little better, on the whole, the last half year than the year before it, I will in one of the next Nederlogs briefly explain what this may be due to.

The quote of today is there because I like it, and because I like Hazlitt, and to remind myself I should extend the Hazlitt-section soon, and the Multatuli-section too. (Otherwise the quote has not much to do with today's subjects, but then it is quite instructive in general.


1. Firefox

The new Firefox in the 4-series is there: 4.01 of that ilk.

In fact, it is here, and downloading and installing is fast and easy, and will contribute to your health and happiness if so far you've used MS IE, which is by and large a piece of commercial horror (it's free, is true, but designed to make it difficult to block ads and make it easy to track its users):
I first mentioned Firefox on the site over 5 years ago, back in the days of 1.50 (in Dutch)
As I have explained several times, Firefox really is the better browser for me: Safer, more pleasant, more intuitive to use, open source, and free, and with lots of fine add ons.

The present version is touted to be "up to six times faster" than the previous one, and whereas I haven't clocked either, it is definitely true that the new one - the 4-series, I suppose - is significantly faster than the previous one.

It also looks a bit slicker too and there are more things changed.

There may be two gotchas:

(1) I tried to install the 4.0 version (the one previous to the one discussed now), and it would not install on my Windows XP Pro. The present one installed easily, though I had to restart the computer.

(2) Some add ons don't work anymore with the new version, or need reinstalling.

Otherwise, I had no problems and things work, and faster than before, which is pleasant.

2. KompoZer and other free software

As I have been saying for some days now, at present I write Nederlog and the opening of the site in KompoZer 08.3b that I really like: It is better than the Frontpage I've used for 10 years and it is free software, and quite well done.

The version I use - after using the last official release 07.1.0 - is the most recent beta version, and it has some quirks one associates with beta versions (which are meant to be mostly done but to need some debugging before turning final release) notably that the cursor keys stop working sometimes.

But nothing I ran into could not be undone with saving, closing and restarting, and the  08.3b has some facilities that are really useful, notably in its site-manager and DOM-inspector.

So actually these days I am running all of my computer except Windows almost only on free software, often open source as well, and generally better than the Windows products they replace - like the MS IE which is much worse than Firefox, and like rather a lot more I may list one of these days, simply because it is really helpful and good, besides being free, like KompoZer, that is all these things.

I have mentioned it before, but here is the site of the
and here is a site that collects links to free software with lots of reviews and useful ideas
3. JavaScript

One of the programming languages I like is JavaScript, that for me has overtaken Squeak and Smalltalk for the most part. I decided to dive into it, and may - modulo my health - soon start using it on parts of the site.

Meanwhile, I bought a bible about it, with some feelings of irony:
This is supposed to be IT and my irony has several sides, two of which are these:

First, it's a loooong time since I bought such a bible for a programming language: This one has 1079 pages, so it really has a biblical size, and I bought it because it turns out not to be easy to get a clear and fairly complete and up to date explanation of what is involved in JavaScript on line, on the internet.

This Definitive Guide is up to data - it even mentions Firefox 4.0 - and indeed seems fairly complete, and has quite a few useful bits of code explaining fine points.

Second, I find it a bit ironical that a programming language, especially JavaScript, which is for programming in webbrowsers for the most part, is not fully and up to date explained on the net (on one place, in one style: There is a lot available on programming in JS of varying quality, often of quite a few years ago), and - it would seem - is in fact still best learned using a fat tome of a book, next to one's computer.

Also, I should say that
this Definitive Guide says on the back that "Previous programming experience is recommended" and that seems to me to be quite true: This does not seem to be the book to learn JavaScript from, but rather the book to have as a general reference.

If you don't know how to program already I fear you'll soon drown in techtalk, that also sometimes - e.g. when discussing what objects in programming are, but then that seems standardly ill explained, also by afficionados of object oriented programming - is not so clear at all, but it does seem useful as a general reference for JavaScript for people who know how to program (in some language, not necessarily in JavaScript), and who want most of the information that applies in one volume, in one style, by one author.

4. ME/CFS and DSM-5+ICD-11

I wrote about the DSM-5 and the ICD-11 before, last here
and I am afraid that these topics, that both concern the definitions of diseases, one according to the American Psychiatric Association (DSM-5) and one for the World Health Organization (ICD-11), will turn out to be quite important for many ill persons, and notably for those with ME/CFS, especially in the United States, Great Britain, Holland, Denmark and Germany, who soon may find themselves bureaucratically forced to work or socially forced to suicide, for being smeared by psychiatric sadists as 'somatoformers'.

This is one reason to be afraid of these developments. Another reason to be afraid of it is that, like the law, it is both important - these are the terms and definitions on which it very well may be decided that you, yes you, are a malingerer and insane, except that  those who abuse you thus and try to deny you healthcare, medical care, and indeed research into your condition are clever enough to call it euphemestically "somatoform disorder" - but the consequences will be that you will be dealt with and considered as if you insane, and not worth care, nor worth seeing a real medicine, and that your insurance premiums will go to keep a psychiatrist or psychotherapist rich and happy.

By far the best site on the topics of the DSM-5 and ICD-11 is Suzy Chapman's

where you find links to and explanations of the official documents, and quotations from them, and helpful hints and explanations to find out stuff about the subject, and the dangers especially the DSM-5 poses for anybody who will fell ill without being very rich in a country where the DSM may be used by "health-care authorities" - insurances, bureaucrats - to decide that you are not really 'ill' but really mostly 'insane', but by a Newspeak lying name, such as NICE, PACE, or Somatoformer, simply because you worry about your health, and the bureaucratically hired shrink likes to stigmatize and offend the likes of you, because he is that sort of person, gets paid very well for it, and you - a pathetic crazy person believing you are ill while professors Wessely, Sharpe and White's personal income, welfare, and popularity with insurance firms depends on your being declared insane or a malingerer, are just human waste-material fit to be destroyed and driven to death, pardon, a mere unsavoury somatoformer with unsavoury dysfunctional beliefs that you are really ill, and actually fit for social destruction with APA-warrantee:

Who lacks a Politically Correct Appropriate APA-acknowledged disease from 2012 forwards runs the risk that effectively he or she will be considered fit to be dealt with as dissidents are in North Korea and China. And who disagrees with the bureaucratically hired shrink may be sectioned and experimented on, as were Sophia Mirza and Lynne Gilderdale.

P.S. Corrections, if any are necessary, have to be made later.

As an aside a remark on my html-editor: I am very pleased to say this text was written in KompoZer 08.b3 and not in MS Frontpage.

As to ME/CFS (that I prefer to call ME):

1. Anthony Komaroff

Ten discoveries about the biology of CFS (pdf)

3. Hillary Johnson

The Why

4. Consensus (many M.D.s) Canadian Consensus Government Report on ME (pdf)
5. Eleanor Stein

Clinical Guidelines for Psychiatrists (pdf)

6. William Clifford The Ethics of Belief
7. Paul Lutus

Is Psychology a Science?

8. Malcolm Hooper Magical Medicine (pdf)

Short descriptions:

1. Ten reasons why ME/CFS is a real disease by a professor of medicine of Harvard.
2. Long essay by a professor emeritus of medical chemistry about maltreatment of ME.
3. Explanation of what's happening around ME by an investigative journalist.
4. Report to Canadian Government on ME, by many medical experts.
5. Advice to psychiatrist by a psychiatrist who understands ME is an organic disease
6. English mathematical genius on one's responsibilities in the matter of one's beliefs:
   "it is wrong always, everywhere, and for anyone, to believe anything upon insufficient evidence".
7. A space- and computer-scientist takes a look at psychology.
8. Malcolm Hooper puts things together status 2010.

    "Ah me! alas, pain, pain ever, forever!

No change, no pause, no hope! Yet I endure.
I ask the Earth, have not the mountains felt?
I ask yon Heaven, the all-beholding Sun,
Has it not seen? The Sea, in storm or calm,
Heaven's ever-changing Shadow, spread below,
Have its deaf waves not heard my agony?
Ah me! alas, pain, pain ever, forever!
     - (Shelley, "Prometheus Unbound") 

    "It was from this time that I developed my way of judging the Chinese by dividing them into two kinds: one humane and one not. "
     - (Jung Chang)


See also: ME -Documentation and ME - Resources

Maarten Maartensz (M.A. psy, B.A. phi)

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