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Hi, I'm Iljitsch van Beijnum, writer, freelance network engineer and PhD student. I'm from The Hague. Some of the blog posts here are in Dutch, others are in English. See BGPexpert.com for just work-related posts.

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

Watertoren Pompstationweg

Watertoren Pompstationweg

Image link - posted 2016-09-02

Internationaal Vuurwerkfestival Scheveningen 2016

Internationaal Vuurwerkfestival Scheveningen 2016

Image link - posted 2016-08-15

Server down

If you tried to visit one of my websites yesterday or earlier today (5 and 6 august 2016), like muada.com, bgpexpert.com or skatekalender.com, the site didn't load. That was because my hosting company was doing maintenance so the server had to be shut down. The maintenance took a lot longer than expected, hence the significant downtime.

If you tried to send me mail on friday and you got an error, please try sending it again.

My apologies for the inconvenience.

Permalink - posted 2016-08-06

Haagse Royal Skate Night

Haagse Royal Skate Night

Image link - posted 2016-07-15

Hue white ambiance dims all the way to 1%!

I got my Philips Hue starter kit two or three years ago. For those of you who have been living under a rock: Hue is a lighting system. The original Hue lights are power-efficient LED lights that can display a large range of colors: deep red, blue and purple as well as not-so-deep green and all the colors in between, which includes both cool and warm white light. There's a phone app to control the color and brightness of the lights. Unfortunately, the minimum brightness of the colored Hue lights is 5%, which is still relatively bright. This is especially annoying when you tell the lights to come on or go off slowly. The jump from off to minimum or minimum to off is somewhat jarring.

Full article / permalink - posted 2016-07-14

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