Apple TV Plus is included in my Apple One Premier Plan and, as such, I am technically paying for it. Product placement is an effective marketing weapon, whereas viewers, the products used by actors can influence us.
I recall seeking the Sony Ericsson smartphone when I saw James Bond using it. It must be remarkable if Mr Bond uses it, obviously 😝
However, after watching this video by WSJ, Apple has taken product placement to the next level. WSJ journalist has reviewed 74 episodes on Apple TV Plus streaming service and found over 704 placements of Apple products (imagine having…
Since the iPhone X (2017), I have used a sleeve to protect my iPhone. I landed on the sleeve after numerous frustrations with using a case and a screen protector.
If you can imagine, after waiting all year for the rumoured iPhone X, I placed the order for the iPhone and an expensive Apple leather case to protect it. However, the most important part of the iPhone is left unprotected, that being the screen. Why Apple does not make a screen protector is beyond my imagination.
However, you may recall the frustration of actually installing a screen protector. There are…
I am peculiar in certain ways. One of which is that I choose to spend my free time browsing the following websites (not an exhaustive list):
A beautiful, well-designed website is a delight. It’s like visiting a thoughtfully decorated home or a museum.
This list is ever-changing but now, just aimlessly browsing these websites is calming. Perhaps, this is a consequence of continuous frequent lockdowns.
Originally published at https://merecivilian.com on September 12, 2021.
YouTube is one of those Google services that is best in class and the alternatives are not even close to the quality of content that is available and it’s ubiquity is unmatched. I am a YouTube Premium subscriber, and it’s well worth it (if those ads annoy you)
Recently, MacStories launched an upgrade to their Club MacStories membership. This announcement sparked a discussion on the Mac Power Users forums. As of publication of this post, there are over 50 responses to this discussion.
It has been common practice for tech centric websites (TechCrunch, SixColors Ars Technica etc) to offer a membership program, where members receive additional perks and to show their support for the website and writer. I see no problem with this business model. Frankly, establishing varying streams of revenue apart from advertising is a net positive for any business.
Personally, I find it disruptive to open…
However, it indeed is very much in beta and the following are notable:
Today, was a tough day for my son and me. For me, it was one of those days where I started work at 7am and didn’t finish until 7pm. I rarely have such days where my work is so demanding. Usually, on Fridays, I finish at midday. Not today. I had several setbacks with my client work, but eventually, I ended the day with meaning progress towards desired finalising client work.
Being starving, I smashed the chicken stir-fry in black bean sauce that my wife made. Washed it down with a glass of red wine. I, still, was restless.
“A luxury, once sampled and/or enjoyed, becomes a necessity”
I spent the first eighteen years of my life in a remote part of this beautiful planet of ours. Remote in the sense that I was isolated from the western world, surrounded by the Pacific Ocean and protected by the natural forest. Looking back, a lot of my happy memories are from that phase of my life.
Today, I think of the little luxuries I have now that we take for granted:
I attempt to stay away from politics because it is not great for my mental health.
While browsing twitter, I came across this:
At first glance, I actually found it amusing, but soon I discovered that the jokes is on me, or more so, the jokes on us. The images coming out of Afghanistan are disheartening.
I am in no position to objectively comment on the situation in Afghanistan. However, there are two facts that are loud and clear:
One does have moments when one’s wondering mind spends one’s energy into understanding circumstances that are beyond one’s control.
Let’s consider the broad issue of software development from a mere civilian’s perspective. Lately, I felt the software I use is not getting much love and attention from its makers. It’s not that the software is not getting updates, it’s more that those updates are predominately quality of life improvements or otherwise known as bug fixes.
Allow me to illustrate with the following two examples:
The above apps are mature, polished, well regarded and best in their respective…