13th January 2016

I covered the petition about Apple potentially doing away with the traditional headphone jack recently, but a new BBC article entitled The 19th Century plug that’s still being used sheds some light on just how old the technology is. Now, I am not saying that just because something is old it should be left behind, but the article does offer an interesting history on a technology that has outlasted most others.

Few things in life are more British than the poor quality of our railways and the excuses train companies come up with to explain failures. Southeastern Trains, however, has excelled itself by blaming ‘strong sunshine’ for problems! “Services were disrupted because of the angle of the sun in Lewisham, south-east London, train operator Southeastern said. It apologised and tweeted: “We had severe congestion through Lewisham due to dispatching issues as a result of strong sunlight.””

I held back on the story earlier in the week that suggested Apple was making a tool to make it easier for people to move to Android. As it happens, this was a good move because Apple has now denied doing something so useful for customers. From re/code– “There is no truth to this rumor,” an Apple representative told Re/code. “We are entirely focused on switching users from Android to iPhone, and that is going great.”

No doubt you love your wedding photos and with very good reason, but this selection is truly astonishing. They really are beautiful, but there is a little bit of me that find them a touch over the top. Is it just me?

I seem to mention Lego more than I mean to, but I could not resist this life-sized caravan which is 100% made from the little plastic bricks, all 215,158 of them. Remarkable.

The Christoph Laimer Tourbillon is the world’s first 3D-printed watch. Every single part has been printed and it really does work on its own which is an incredible achievement. Admittedly, it is huge, but I do wonder if this is one of the first examples of the potential that 3D-printing will offer in the future. It could change everything.

“Today, the cries of mankind are answered. The online connectivity of the world will begin a long-awaited transformative path towards an internet free of unnecessary convolution, free of evil, tyrannical cross-browser incompatibility—free of Internet Explorer®. As we celebrate the deprecation of the worst web browser in history, let us remember the software that managed to burn holes in even the best web code without fail. Internet Explorer® has proven to be the bane of web developers everywhere and has taught us all a valuable lesson: even a landscape as magnificent as the world wide web can be marred and tarnished with seemingly no hope of repair. Today, hope has finally arrived. Let us embrace it, cherish it, and never take it for granted. For a world without Internet Explorer® is a world of infinite possibility.”
The above text comes from a Kickstarter offering which is merely a screen print rejoicing the loss of Internet Explorer. It sounds silly and at the time of writing it is far from reaching it’s goal, but I for one am glad Internet Explorer is going. It’s easily the worst web browser ever made.

Most of us may think that North Korea is a little odd, but any article that offers more detail is always one to read, and How ‘Crazy’ Are the North Koreans? over at the NYT is no exception. “I probably shouldn’t say this, but I take my hat off to the North Koreans. They have played their cards extremely well. Despite this episodic outrage, they have managed to become a full-fledged small nuclear power with a growing and increasingly sophisticated arsenal. Moreover, even as they have moved down the nuclear path, they have maintained fairly normal political, economic and other relations with many countries from China to Ethiopia. In effect, a large number of countries have tacitly accepted North Korea as a nuclear weapons state.”

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