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Chopped Liver – Hi Ho Silver Monday

January 17, 2011

Every cloud has a silver lining.

Who cares? I'll drink it either way.

Every silver lining has a dark cloud.

Today is Blue Monday – the unhappiest day of the year.

Today is Monday – start of another great week.

Half Empty.

Half Full.

Bad News

Good News.

It was heart-breaking to hear the story of the little girl who was born into tragedy – on the day the Twin Towers came crashing down. And died in tragedy – shot by a “crazed madman” in Arizona. All she left us with was an innocent, youthful smiling face.

And what did her parents do? They rejoiced in being able to donate her vital organs to needy recipients. To date she has saved the lives of two others. And what did her father say? He said he would love to meet the recipients of his daughter’s organs and give them a big hug.

And what about the world’s most famous liver transplantee? Steve Jobs. Mr Apple. I have used his example as a standard-bearer for liver recipients everywhere – and my own impending transplant. So imagine my feelings today when it is announced that he is taking some serious time out of the business to concentrate on his health – obviously some setback encountered there – as the share price fell dramatically with the news. If you are CEO of one of the largest companies in the world you don’t make announcements like that just for the hell of it.

But I shouldn’t feel so bad. The guy had/has cancer. Every situation is different. Nothing to do with me.

Blue Monday? Well, when you work from home, see your family every day, and await a call to receive a new liver every day, you don’t worry about the colour of your Monday. I’ve enjoyed my Monday and tomorrow is my Ruby Tuesday.

Tomorrow, however, I may discuss one of my pet bugbears – that concerning the combo responsible for the classic disco hit, Blue Monday.

Now there… are 3…. steps to… carry a donor card – ooh, wap wap!
Just follow steps

Chopped Liver – Everlasting Love?

August 5, 2010

Early readers of this blog will know of my love affair with Apple iPhone. Best invention since sliced bread an’ all that. I had thought then that this love affair would be unconditional. But now I’m not so sure.

In fact I think Mr. Jobs may be more interested in making money for Apple than in keeping me happy. Perish the thought I know, but here’s the facts.

In the 3 years since the iPhone was launched with the iPhone 3G, there has been a major upgrade to 3GS and more recently to the iPhone 4. All major upgrades to software and firmware, and in the case of the latter, hardware too. There have also been numerous software upgrades to iTunes too.

In that time, I secured my treasured iPhone 3G on a (admittedly stoopid – but that’s another story) long term contract. However, as the iPhone evolved and iTunes too, the upgrades have been designed to improve the latest versions – but not the original 3G. You with me?

What has happened, in fact, is that the upgrades, when applied to the 3G have served to slow down the straining 3G while not offerring the full package of new features.

So how has this affected poor old me? Well, my iPhone now no longer automatically plays on the car stereo – it’s hit and miss – sometimes I have to power down and re-boot the phone for it to work. When I select basic features like my Contacts, it takes an age for it to load up – I am left staring at a blank white screen for … oh at least 5 seconds. Generally, things that used to be slick are now sludgy – and I expect this trend to continue with each upgrade until I am forced to upgrade to the next generation – which, will probably cost a lot more – in short, Apple have provided the mass consumer with the greatest toy in the market, and now that we have fallen in love with it, they are making their big dollars out of us.

Rats – and I thought they were merely providing a service. I’m off for a slice of toast.

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