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Hi, I'm Iljitsch van Beijnum, network architect and writer. I'm from The Hague. Some of the blog posts here are in Dutch, others are in English. Also see BGPexpert.com.

USB-C dongles, adapters, cables

I'll probably have more to say about some of these later, but here's my list of USB-C adapters, cables and other devices I've collected the past few weeks:

Full article / permalink - posted 2016-11-12

The Touch Bar: why it makes sense

The introduction of the Touch Bar on the new MacBook Pros has kicked off a lot of discussion. How is this better than the function keys? Those are touch typable, unlike the Touch Bar which pretty much requires looking before touching. And how is the Touch Bar better than a touch screen, where you interact with the stuff on the screen directly?

That's missing the point. The Touch Bar isn't a replacement for function keys—in functionality, that is. Nor is it a replacement for a touch screen. It's something completely new!

Full article / permalink - posted 2016-10-31

Some thoughts on USB-C cables

I did it: I ordered a new MacBook Pro.

So now I need a bunch of USB-C dongles and cables. Turns out that there's quite a bit to consider when shopping for USB-C cables. Here are some notes on what I learned.

Full article / permalink - posted 2016-10-30

Thinking about the new MacBook Pro

Unless something extremely unexpected happens, on the 27th, Apple will be announcing new MacBook Pros. These are long overdue, the last update was a year and a half ago. The rumors and leaks point towards the following:

There's a lot of gnashing of teeth about much of this. But not all of it is is necessarily well-founded. Let's have a look at the possible issues that such a machine may have.

Full article / permalink - posted 2016-10-26

BGP training course Halloween edition!

My next BGP training course will be an extra scary Halloween edition on October 31st, 2016. So come for the BGP, and stay for the scary stories. And the candy, of course.

A Halloween costume, or at least some vampire fangs or something, are recommended but not required.

As usual, the venue is the NL-ix offices in The Hague. The course will be in English. Unless everyone who signs up speaks Dutch, then we'll do it in Dutch. In the morning I'll cover the theory and in the afternoon you will be configuring BGP yourself!

Questions about the training course? Send me an email.

No questions? Then sign up over at the NL-ix website.

Permalink - posted 2016-10-02

In an iPhone 7 "space is at a premium" but the iPod shuffle has room for the headphone jack

At the introduction of the iPhone 7, Phil Schiller explained the removal of the 3.5 mm headphone jack as follows:

❝Maintaining an ancient, single-purpose, analog connector doesn't make sense because that space is at a premium.❞

This makes sense at first blush, but then how is it that until a week ago, all iPhones and iPods had a 3.5 mm headphone jack. Every single one of those except for the iPhone 6s and 6s+ is smaller than the iPhone 7. The iPod nano has only 9% of the volume of the iPhone 7+:

But somehow, Apple found room in there for the 3.5 mm jack. Even if there were no room for the jack in the iPhone 7, they could have made the device a few percent bigger to make room. Or at least keep it on the much bigger iPhone 7+.

The simple truth is that Apple solved their problem by making it our problem. Just carry the extra adapter. Or two different headphones, one for the the iPhone and one for everything else (including your Mac). Or use bluetooth and hope you don't run out of power unexpectedly.

Permalink - posted 2016-09-11

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