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F1 Smartphones
with the iPhone on pole

Alan Kay is one of the key people who have shaped the way we are using computers today. He can be seen as the key scientist behind the graphical user interface and the object-oriented programming. Regarding Apple's success the most important thing Steve Jobs overtook from Alan Kay was the belief that

People who are really serious about software should make their own hardware.

Jobs made it to one of the core principles of Apple.

And here's the result.
Again the iPhone beats its competitors.

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Apple Pay
A shopaholic's best friend

If a new technology or service hits the market it shouldn't be accepted without qualification.

Here are my thoughts and reservations not only about Apple Pay but also about electronic payments with smartphones or smart watches in general.

Well, in your everyday life the easiest way to get rid of your bogus money is to pay cash. But carrying cash with you is followed by two risks: loss and mugging. Both may also happen to your password.

So there is a need to innovate and make payments secure and fast with something you always carry with you: eyes and fingers.

Admittedly you also carry your belly with you but after intense scientific researches it turned out that the waist circumference isn't as unique as required.

Apple decided to use the fingerprint as the biometric identifier.

Your fingerprint might be unique but the technique to transform it into bits and later retrieve you as the actor can be buggy according to Murphy's law.

So, what happens if things don't go your way?

If you need support the worst case that can happen, a customer's nightmare, is, that you have more than one partner. Here it's Apple and your bank. Apple will say that they don't have access to your data because the transaction isn't done with real data but with generated tokens. The bank will tell you, that it's not responsible for the technique and it suggests to contact Apple or, that your Axx processor should be repaired.

And what about the lost money?

It's way to complicated to explain the strange redemption of John Doe's or Mr A.N. Onymus' money. Refunds are announced many times, according to legislation. But it seems that there are some unexpected black holes implemented in laws.

For God's sake do not invest in any technique except your pillow (only halfway filled but secure). SMSs are winging it's way to recipients in a jiffy but money still uses the Silk Road on the back of turtles.

Abso-fucking-lutely fuckers, that's what bankers are when returning money or gaming via Investment Fonds, sorry, ASFs, aka Arrant Scoundrels Fonds.

Btw, did you know that ASF is also the official abbreviation for 'African swine fever virus'?

Bankers are responsible for the financial crisis, they dashed people's hopes, force people into poverty, and forward a very special legacy to our children, valuelessness.

So we learn:

Isn't the law - still not adapted to activities in the Internet - a nicely flexible and bendable thing?

If you are a shopaholic or not don't use the ultra-modern techniques. Get rid of your money by paying cash or using the old-fashioned credit card.

Don't trust all the involved techniques and transfers of data over thousands of miles via cables, servers, and through the air. They are not qualified to build up confidence.

I'm an Apple fan and trust in what Tim Cook tells us about privacy. But there should be limits because even Tim and his excellent engineers can't kill all bugs living in Apple's ecosystem. Some bugs are like bacteria, they are resistant. Some others are doing their job on the way to Maiden or other data centers.


New kinds of electronic payment systems are not designed to reduce the costs but to get more personal data and force people to spend money they don't have.

Why going a long way round? The next level of paying is to do it even without any device, just with your fingertip or your eye.

Follow Roman poet Ovid's slogan Nip things in the bud ("Principiis obsta") to prevent the society getting fully electronic instead of improving humanity.

Thanks for reading and
sorry for going ballistic.
Btw, if you ask me "Are you serious?"
my answer is "Nine times out of ten.".


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High Tech, High Risk, High Life

Do you remember TSOP, the short form for The Sound of Philadelphia?

It was a hit single by MFSB (Mother, Father, Sister, Brother) featuring The Three Degrees from the album 'Love is the Message' released in 1974. 'Sweet Philly' was a feeling of being alive and so was the mood of entrepreneurs in Silicon Valley.

TMOSV The Mood of Silicon Valley best represented by the young entrepreneur Steve Jobs, riding a 1966 BMW R60/2 motorcycle.

27 years old, longish hair, often wearing Adidas sneakers, and no black turtleneck pullover, Steve looks like he’s having the time of his life when riding an old fashioned two-wheel mobile device with some outstanding properties, design and durability. Together with his beloved Porsche Design Watch these two mobiles seemed to be templates for his own ideas.

High Tech, High Risk and High Life
in Silicon Valley.

But wait ...

I feel fondly for all riders of BMW R60/2s but what you see in the image doesn't look like Steve ever could be a role model (while riding his beloved horse). This mobile device unconditionally needs these accessories:

1 A fullface or flip-front helmet with chin strap cinched

Well Steve, I already did it for you.

2 A true, padded motorcycle riding jacket
3 Long pants or, better yet, armored riding pants
4 Over-the-ankle boots because the ankle has many delicate bones
5 Full-fingered riding gloves

Well, in 1966 the world (and Steve) didn't even know anything about a smartphone or an Apple Watch. But today I strongly recommend not to use any of Apple's mobiles while riding your iron horse.

Keep it in mind.
Your family needs you.

More about a modern source of death ...

Image Credit
Charles O’Rear
National Geographic Magazine
modified by Th Unterstenhoefer

Thanks for stopping by.


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iPhone's Camera
A shining example for silent innovation

I took this shot with my iPhone 6S Plus in Ban Dong Pong, a small village near Khon Kaen, Thailand, where I retired last year. It shows an ISUZU truck for carrying rice harvesting machines (or Apple's iCar to keep project Titan top secret?).

The problem with too much megapixels

The iPhone 6S and 6S Plus came with 12-megapixel rear-facing cameras, a major improvement over the 8-megapixel cameras from recent years.

Images now pack 50% more pixels than before so you can see more details, and you also get 50% more "focus pixels" than in the previous iPhones for faster auto-focus.

Cameras with more megapixels usually sacrifice image quality in certain ways. Normally when you pack so many pixels so close together, it creates artifacts called "crosstalk": inaccurate colors and noise in your images.

Apple's team worked on new techniques to maintain image quality and size despite the extra megapixels, including a technology called deep-trench isolation, which separates photo diodes and helps to maintain accurate, precise colors.

Thanks for reading.


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Find me if you can

These screenshots were taken at nearly the same time in the same room. Both devices, the Microsoft Surface Pro 4 and the iPhone SE, were just a feet apart.

Well, advantage Apple and Mr. Right TomTom.

Admittedly my home is in a part of the world which isn't the hub of the universe. But Microsoft's HERE map has the bottom quality when compared to Google's and Apple's maps.

Unfortunately, as a fan of Apple's products I must say in all fairness that Google's maps are still better than Apple's maps when it comes to not so prominent areas.

Thanks for reading.


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Next Generation

Sometimes a picture is worth a thousand words. Most probably you look at the image with a chuckle. That was intended while creating this collage. But it should also rise some questions.

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a mental disorder of the neurodevelopmental type. It is characterized by problems paying attention, excessive activity, or difficulty controlling behavior which is not appropriate for a person's age.

Definitely not the right way to solve the problem is to separate the normal people from the addicts like the city of Chongqing in China reportedly did when setting up the country's first sidewalk for 'mobile phone addicts', with a lane specifically dedicated to those glued to their screens.

Do we really need a constant information radiation?

Do you know that mobiles can be powered off? Regarding the usage in cars it can save lives.

Chris Anderson's take ...

“My kids accuse me and my wife of being fascists and overly concerned about tech, and they say that none of their friends have the same rules… That’s because we have seen the dangers of technology firsthand. I’ve seen it in myself, I don’t want to see that happen to my kids.”

If you are an Apple enthusiast as well as a proud mother or father think twice what the right time for your kids is to make one of these awesome Cupertino Machines a daily companion.

Mobile devices are on the way to take control of our daily life in a way that we listen to the device and more often forget those humans around us.

Thanks for smiling.


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Steve Ballmer
and one of his important misjudgements

He wasn't the CEO Microsoft needed in the transition phase from desktops to mobiles. Today Microsoft suffers from an embarrassing <1% worldwide marketshare with their Windows 10 mobile (smart) phones. In my opinion the concept of one OS for every kind of device is wrong. Unacceptable compromises are the necessary consequence.

But Steve was a cool entertainer and one of the most colorful figures in the Silicon Valley.

Thanks Steve for some great moments.

See the video "... laughing at iPhone" and more on:

Well Steve, hindsight is always 20/20.

Thanks for dropping by.


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I feel good

Well, I'm not working on Windows phones.

Come on Microsoft, we like competition.

You did and still do a brilliant job in other tech areas and I'm sure you are able to transform your phones into smart phones as well.


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Well done.

The iPhone is a shining example for the success of consistent further development. As we can see, people like GOOD devices not semi-innovative eye catchers.

The first iPhone and iPad were shining examples of high level innovation, ocean boiling kind of devices, whereas follow-ups could be described with the words of Apple's leader Tim Cook:

Some people see innovation as change, but we have never really seen it like that. It’s making things better.

People who think Apple lost its ability to innovate should anticipate that innovation takes time. It's a PROCESS not a BANG (literally speaking when thinking about Samsung's Note 7 disaster).

Oh, I forgot to say that your works are not only good but eye catchers as well. Sorry, Sir Jonathan.

Thanks for dropping by.

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