Posts Tagged ‘apple’

Watermelon and apple juice

June 13, 2016

watermelon and apple juice

Very refreshing on a hot day, watermelon and apple juice, at Miyu Coffee Shop.

Watermelon and apple juice

June 11, 2016


Watermelon and apple juice at Miyu Coffee Shop.

Watermelon, apple, plus a lemon. Add a couple of ice cubes, no more. 

A refreshing drink on a hot day.

Apple screws its acolytes … yet again

January 12, 2016

Apple is about to rip off over every one of its customers. Yet again.

high end headphones 3.5mm gold-plated jack

high end headphones 3.5mm gold-plated jack

Apple likes to project a lovely cuddly trendy image.

The reality is different.

Their products are of shoddy construction.

Phones and tablets now lag behind Android devices.

Products are sourced from Chinese sweatshops, where the conditions are so bad, every worker has to sign a contract they will not commit suicide, the top of buildings are surrounded by fencing to stop the workers throwing themselves off the roof.

Android devices, be they phones or tablets, have a standard usb port. This means cables and chargers are interchangeable between devices. Indeed it is not even necessary to supply a charger, assume the customer has a charger, or will buy one. This reduces waste, reduces cost, reduces shipping costs.

Not though Apple. Apple has its own proprietary non-standard connector for tablets and phones, not only that, there is no commonality between earlier and later devices.  And if rumours are to be believed, Apple are to move away from the industry standard 3.5mm headphone socket.

headphone jacks 3.5mm and 6.35mm

headphone jacks 3.5mm and 6.35mm

telephone operators

telephone operators

1/4 inch gold-plated stereo headphone jack

1/4 inch gold-plated stereo headphone jack

The 1/4 inch jack (6.35mm) has a long history. It was used by Bell, Post Office to connect calls.  Look at old films, where you will see the operator connecting calls.

It has a long history. Maybe as far back as 1878.

With the advent of stereo, an extra ring was added.

For the transistor radio, the 1/4 jack was too big, the 3.5mm jack was introduced.  It was then used in the Sony Walkman, CD players, phones and tablets.

High end audio still uses the 1/4 inch jack for amplifiers,  CD decks, tape decks. Guitars use the 1/4 inch jack to plug into amplifiers and sound decks.

High end headphones, for example  open Sennheiser headphones,  use a gold-plated  3.5mm jack, which fits into a 1/4 inch jack.

Standardisation leads to interoperatability, reduces waste. But not if you are Apple.

Apple is showing its usual contempt for it acolytes by doing away with the 3.5mm jack, forcing to either buy an expensive inferior Apple product, or waste money on an expensive adapter to use existing kit.

If Apple acolytes are stupid enough to be ripped off yet again by Apple, forcing them to ditch their existing headphones, or now have two pairs for different devices, it will lead to a growing mountain of electronic waste.

According to the United Nations, up to 90% of the world’s electronic waste is illegally traded or dumped each year. We need to bring more care and attention to this growing issue — not aggravate it through reckless, profit-driven decisions that will deliver countless perfectly usable items straight to the landfill.

But what does Apple care about the environment? It does not care about the toxic materials used in the manufacture of its devices, harming people and planet.

This has not surprisingly caused growing outrage.

But it does not stop there. Apple makes it nigh impossible to repair their phones even going so far to use non-standard screws.

And if all this was not bad enough, they dodge tax.

So why do Apple do this? It is not technological innovation. It is greed, pure and simple, yet another opportunity to screw the consumer.

The approach taken by FairPhone is the opposite end of the spectrum to Apple. Better working conditions, conflict free materials, phone of modular construction enabling easy repair. And they do not supply either cable or charger, assuming you already have. The main criticism of their latest phone, FairPhone II, delivery of which has been delayed until at least February, is that it is somewhat dated for the high price.

In terms of performance and price, it would be hard pushed to beat OnePlus Two and OnePlus X.

Please sign the petition calling upon Apple not to jack in the 3.5mm headphone jack.

Apple censors Drone War‏s

November 8, 2012
What Apple does not want you to see on your iPhone

What Apple does not want you to see on your iPhone

If I write a software package for Windows, it can be on a website, anyone can download, share, pass to their friends.

If I write software to run on an Apple device, an iPhone or an iPad, it has to be approved by Apple, can only be downloaded from the Apple store.

There is some sense in this. Apple can check that it runs ok, that it does not run amok. But there is also a danger, that Apple, and only Apple, decides what runs on the device you have bought. This puts Apple in a position of power over the user, a position of power which Apple can and does abuse.

Apple, which has received over $9 million in Pentagon contracts in recent years, has rejected from its App Store, and therefore from all iPhones, a simple informative application.

Drones+ is an application that shows no depictions of the carnage of war and reveals no secret information. It simply adds a location to a map every time a drone strike is reported in the media and added to a database maintained by the Bureau of Investigative Journalism based in the UK.

Drone wars continue because the US and British public is largely unaware what is being done in their name with their money. Drone+ is useful in mapping where the drone strikes have taken place.

The people in Pakistan and Afghanistan and elsewhere living under the drones can’t ignore what’s being done to them. Neither should we, as it’s done with our money and in our names.

A recent study by Stanford and NYU found that drones traumatize innocent populations, who have no way of knowing how to protect themselves from drone strikes. Further, only 2% of victims of these strikes are high-level targets. The drones kill civilian men, women, and children, are being used to target rescuers, schools and funerals, and create significant anti-U.S. hostility — exactly as the Pakistani and Afghan governments have said they do.

Drones are used in a double tap. Carry out a drone strike, wait until rescuers turn up, then strike again. This is exactly the same technique used by terrorists. A bomb goes off, wait until rescuers arrive on the scene, then detonate a second bomb.

Please ask friends and colleagues to tell Apple to stop censoring the internet.

One more reason not to buy Apple devices.

Drones are not only fired and controlled from US bases, they are also fired and controlled from RAF Waddington in Lincolnshire.

One of the first acts of the re-elected Barack Obama was to order drone strikes on Yemen.

Roasted parsnip and apple soup

September 2, 2010
roasted parsnip and apple soup

roasted parsnip and apple soup


roasted parsnips
salt and/or cracked pepper
dash of cream
water or vegetable stock


Add ingredients to pot of boiling water (or preferably vegetable stock). Bring to the boil and simmer. For that extra zing, you may wish to add a little cracked black pepper. Add salt to taste, also a dash of cream.

Serve piping hot with a little sprig of greenery.

Many thanks to a chef at Petwood who kindly supplied the recipe for this delicious soup.

Also see

Grocer and Grain rootsy vegetable soup

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