The Crazy June of 2016

This post is a rare departure from the usual IT stuff…

Wow, what a crazy month June 2016 was, and I’m not just talking about Brexit.

1) Record Month for Pageviews

Not sure how this happened. The stats for Cosonok’s IT Blog had seemed to be in decline since a monthly peak pageviews of 55’444 in June 2013, and had dipped as low as 27’226 in November 2015, then all of a sudden they’ve rocketed to a record 58’768 this month - wow! Thanks very much to everyone who’s viewed the blog.

Image: Record 58’768 June 2016 pageviews

PS I should point out that I really don’t make money from the blog, it’s more of a beer money thing (and not even that really, perhaps £30 a month.)

2) Car Upgrade

I upgraded my car this month, but this isn’t what I wanted to share. If you’ve got a diesel, check out this site:

My car is the Audi A3 MK3 2.0 TDI 184 PS (181 bhp), and on the standard settings the Chip Express box puts it up to a really nice 220 PS (217 bhp), and makes the car more economical too!

Image: Chip Express Diesel Tuning Audi A3 MK3 2.0 TDI 184 PS

Also, if you buy the cheap supermarket diesel - like I do - check out this:

The car feels like a hot hatch (it’s a Quattro too, so none of that annoying front wheel drive scrabbling for grip), and can still do 60+ mpg on a good day - awesome!

3) Brexit

These views are my own and keeping them very brief too…

Unexpectedly, 52% of people in the UK voted to leave the EU. 52% might not seem like much of a margin, still, the side campaigning to keep the status-quo should have the upper hand in any referendum (people like safety and security), so for the non-status-quo side to win, is a fair win in my book. Also, I wonder how many of those 48% who voted to remain were reluctant remainers (like the UK’s potential next Prime Minister “Mother” Theresa May.)

There’s a great saying from a French proverb - “the more things change, the more they stay the same”. And an English phrase “Don’t cry over spilt milk”. Make of those as you will.

I’m going to be optimistic* and look positively on this; it could very well turn out to be a good thing for both the UK and the EU - and the whole World in general - in the long run, and I sincerely hope this is so.

*No point being pessimistic and negative

“There is no way to happiness - happiness is the way” - The Buddha