OK, Google. That’s it.

12 12 2018

That’s it for me and all others.
G+ will be shut down in April 2019.
Goodbye Google+. Welcome on MeWe.

“With the discovery of a new bug, we have decided to expedite the shut-down of all Google+ APIs; this will occur within the next 90 days. In addition, we have also decided to accelerate the sunsetting of consumer Google+ from August 2019 to April 2019”.

All profiles, collections, and communities will be deleted. The work of lots of engaged moderators, content creators, and contributors is downloaded to the landfill or you’ll get a tool which lets you download your work, most likely to Google Drive. And there it sits gathering dust.

Google has long used the phrase “Don’t be evil” as a company slogan, including it in the founder’s letter for its IPO in 2004, and at the top of its Code of Conduct. Alphabet has exchanged that by “Do the right thing” follow the law, act honorably, and treat each other with respect.

Killing Google+ is a contradiction to the their new slogan because it also kills the home of lots of engaged people, members, content creators, and last but not least moderators.

Here’s more about Google’s decision.

Announcing the shutdown for April 2019

You mustn’t go home,
but you can’t stay on Google+.
So don’t wait. Come join us on MeWe.

I think MeWe is the best alternative to continue posting and discussing about technology and other stuff. It feels and works like Google+ and is already the new home for many Google+ refugees. One of the really exciting features is the Community Chat in which members can discuss topics which are not related to specific posts. Another feature – some like it, some don’t- is to use emojis (instead of a single +1 on G+) for crediting or disliking posts or giving any other emojinal response.


JOIN the open group Apple iThings

on the MeWe next-gen social network.

This group is heavy moderated and you won’t find any kind of bullshit, spam, porn, or other off-topic stuff.

How to join …

If you aren’t already on MeWe click on “JOIN the open group Apple iThings” and fill in the required data. You mustn’t use your real name. Confirm your mail address with the mail you get from MeWe. Download the app and search for the open group “Apple iThings”. Join. That’s it.

Thanks for visiting my blog.
Looking forward to meet you on MeWe.

Coconuts and Smartphones

21 01 2019

I took this shot with my iPhone 6s Plus. It shows coconuts in our garden in Khon Kaen, Thailand.

Good to have it, mustn’t buy it.

Coconuts are known for their versatility of uses (in the Malay language, it is pokok seribu guna, “the tree of a thousand uses”), ranging from food to cosmetics. I prefer to just dring the milk and eat the flesh.

Coconut palms are grown in more than 90 countries and territories of the world. Most of the world production is in tropical Asia, with Indonesia, the Philippines, and India collectively accounting for over 72% of the world total.

In some way coconuts are like smartphones which are also near to a thousand use cases, with apps.

Did you know that Apple owns the trademark

“There’s An App For That™️”?

Thanks for dropping by.

Today is Martin Luther King Day

21 01 2019

Really important things in our world are definitely not Apple’s mobile devices.

So today it’s Martin Luther King Day.

He shaped the US landscape as the most prominent leader of the civil rights movement. He was killed by assassin’s bullet in 1968.

“Hate distorts the personality of the hater. The time is always right to do what is right.”

Sadly this is not heard in Syria, Myanmar, The Philippines, and many other countries of the world.

Sometimes less is more

17 01 2019

I took this shot before sunrise with my iPhone 6s Plus without using the flashlight. The only illumination was a normal fluorescent outdoor lighting.

Colocasia is a genus of flowering plants in the family Araceae, native to southeastern Asia and the Indian subcontinent. In the English-speaking world it’s called Elephant Ear.

Here’s the photo I took some seconds later with the iPhone’s flashlight.

The image shows that flashlights are often worthless to use. My camera setting is always Flashlight = Off because in many cases the results are much better when using just the existing illumination.

Thanks for dropping by.