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Terms and conditions of use 1. Introduction 1.1 These terms and conditions shall govern your use of our website. 1.2 By using our website, you accept these terms and conditions in full; accordingly, if you disagree with these terms and conditions or any part of these terms and conditions, you must not use our website. 1.3 If you register with our website, submit any material to our website or use any of our website services, we will ask you to expressly agree to these terms and conditions. 1.4 You must be at least 18 years of age to use our website; and by using our website or agreeing to these terms and conditions, you warrant and represent to us that you are at least 18 years of age. 1.5 Our website uses cookies; by using our website or agreeing to these terms and conditions, you consent to our use of cookies. 2. Credit 2.1 This document was created using a template from SEQ Legal (http://www.seqlegal.com). 3. Copyright notice 3.1 Copyright (c) 2014 S.U.Corporation Ltd. T/A Strictly Underground. 3.2 Subject to the express provisions of these terms and conditions: (a) we, together with our licensors, own and control all the copyright and other intellectual property rights in our website and the material on our website; and (b) all the copyright and other intellectual property rights in our website and the material on our website are reserved. 4. Licence to use website 4.1 You may: (a) view pages from our website in a web browser; (b) download pages from our website for caching in a web browser; (c) print pages from our website; (d) stream audio and video files from our website; and (e) use our website, services by means of a web browser, subject to the other provisions of these terms and conditions. 4.2 Except as expressly permitted by Section 4.1 or the other provisions of these terms and conditions, you must not download any material from our website or save any such material to your computer. 4.3 You may only use our website for your own personal use, and you must not use our website for any other purposes. 4.4 Except as expressly permitted by these terms and conditions, you must not edit or otherwise modify any material on our website. 4.5 Unless expressly granted By Strictly Underground and subject only to the use of any provided share connections links provided on the web site and/or by direct written consent, you must not: (a) republish material from our website (including republication on another website); (b) sell, rent or sub-license material from our website; (c) show any material from our website in public; (d) exploit material from our website for a commercial purpose; or (e) redistribute material from our website. 4.6 Notwithstanding Section 4.5, you may redistribute using our provided share links directly and without interference between such links to the destination we provide. Any attempt to redistribute using a means to circumvent such links shall be a breach of copy write and these terms. 4.7 We reserve the right to restrict access to areas of our website, or indeed our whole website, at our discretion; you must not circumvent or bypass, or attempt to circumvent or bypass, any access restriction measures on our website. 5. Acceptable use 5.1 You must not: (a) use our website in any way or take any action that causes, or may cause, damage to the website or impairment of the performance, availability or accessibility of the website; (b) use our website in any way that is unlawful, illegal, fraudulent or harmful, or in connection with any unlawful, illegal, fraudulent or harmful purpose or activity; (c) use our website to copy, store, host, transmit, send, use, publish or distribute any material which consists of (or is linked to) any spyware, computer virus, Trojan horse, worm, keystroke logger, rootkit or other malicious computer software; (d) conduct any systematic or automated data collection activities (including without limitation scraping, data mining, data extraction and data harvesting) on or in relation to our website without our express written consent; (e) access or otherwise interact with our website using any robot, spider or other automated means; (f) violate the directives set out in the robots.txt file for our website; or (g) use data collected from our website for any direct marketing activity (including without limitation email marketing, SMS marketing, telemarketing and direct mailing).] 5.2 You must not use data collected from our website to contact individuals, companies or other persons or entities. 5.3 You must ensure that all the information you supply to us through our website, or in relation to our website, is true, accurate, current, complete and non-misleading. 6. 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Your content: licence 9.1 In these terms and conditions, "your content" means all works and materials (including without limitation text, graphics, images, audio material, video material, audio-visual material, scripts, software and files) that you submit to us or our website for storage or publication on, processing by, or transmission via, our website. 9.2 You grant to us a worldwide, irrevocable, non-exclusive, royalty-free licence to use, reproduce, store, adapt, publish, translate and distribute your content in any existing or future media / reproduce, store and publish your content on and in relation to this website and any successor website / reproduce, store and, with your specific consent, publish your content on and in relation to this website. 9.3 You grant to us the right to sub-license the rights licensed under Section 9.2. 9.4 You grant to us the right to bring an action for infringement of the rights licensed under Section 9.2. 9.5 You hereby waive all your moral rights in your content to the maximum extent permitted by applicable law; and you warrant and represent that all other moral rights in your content have been waived to the maximum extent permitted by applicable law. 9.6 You may edit your content to the extent permitted using the editing functionality made available on our website. 9.7 Without prejudice to our other rights under these terms and conditions, if you breach any provision of these terms and conditions in any way, or if we reasonably suspect that you have breached these terms and conditions in any way, we may delete, unpublish or edit any or all of your content. 10. 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Limitations and exclusions of liability 12.1 Nothing in these terms and conditions will: (a) limit or exclude any liability for death or personal injury resulting from negligence; (b) limit or exclude any liability for fraud or fraudulent misrepresentation; (c) limit any liabilities in any way that is not permitted under applicable law; or (d) exclude any liabilities that may not be excluded under applicable law. 12.2 The limitations and exclusions of liability set out in this Section 12 and elsewhere in these terms and conditions: (a) are subject to Section 12.1; and (b) govern all liabilities arising under these terms and conditions or relating to the subject matter of these terms and conditions, including liabilities arising in contract, in tort (including negligence) and for breach of statutory duty. 12.3 To the extent that our website and the information and services on our website are provided free of charge, we will not be liable for any loss or damage of any nature. 12.4 We will not be liable to you in respect of any losses arising out of any event or events beyond our reasonable control. 12.5 We will not be liable to you in respect of any business losses, including (without limitation) loss of or damage to profits, income, revenue, use, production, anticipated savings, business, contracts, commercial opportunities or goodwill. 12.6 We will not be liable to you in respect of any loss or corruption of any data, database or software. 12.7 We will not be liable to you in respect of any special, indirect or consequential loss or damage. 12.8 You accept that we have an interest in limiting the personal liability of our officers and employees and, having regard to that interest, you acknowledge that we are a limited liability entity; you agree that you will not bring any claim personally against our officers or employees in respect of any losses you suffer in connection with the website or these terms and conditions (this will not, of course, limit or exclude the liability of the limited liability entity itself for the acts and omissions of our officers and employees). 13. Breaches of these terms and conditions 13.1 Without prejudice to our other rights under these terms and conditions, if you breach these terms and conditions in any way, or if we reasonably suspect that you have breached these terms and conditions in any way, we may: (a) send you one or more formal warnings; (b) temporarily suspend your access to our website; (c) permanently prohibit you from accessing our website; (d) block computers using your IP address from accessing our website; (e) contact any or all your internet service providers and request that they block your access to our website; (f) commence legal action against you, whether for breach of contract or otherwise; and/or (g) suspend or delete your account on our website. 13.2 Where we suspend or prohibit or block your access to our website or a part of our website, you must not take any action to circumvent such suspension or prohibition or blocking (including without limitation creating and/or using a different account). 14. 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Entire agreement 18.1 Subject to Section 12.1, these terms and conditions, shall constitute the entire agreement between you and us in relation to your use of our website and shall supersede all previous agreements between you and us in relation to your use of our website. 19. Law and jurisdiction 19.1 These terms and conditions shall be governed by and construed in accordance with English law. 19.2 Any disputes relating to these terms and conditions shall be subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of England. 20. Statutory and regulatory disclosures 21.1 This website is owned and operated by S.U.Corporation Ltd. T/A Strictly Underground 21.2 We are registered in England and Wales under registration number [number], and our registered office is at [address].] 21.3 Our principal place of business is at [address]. 21.4 You can contact us by writing to the business address given above, by using our website contact form, by social media.

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This website is owned and operated by Mark Ryder being the director of S.U.Corporation Ltd. T/A Strictly Underground This privacy policy sets out how Strictly Underground uses and protects any information that you give strictly underground when you use this website. Strictly Underground is committed to ensuring that your privacy is protected. Should we ask you to provide certain information by which you can be identified when using this website, then you can be assured that it will only be used in accordance with this privacy statement. Strictly Underground may change this policy from time to time by updating this page. You should check this page from time to time to ensure that you are happy with any changes. This policy is effective from 23 May 2018. What we collect We may collect the following information: name and job title contact information including email address demographic information such as postcode, preferences and interests other information relevant to customer surveys and/or offers What we do with the information we gather We require this information to understand your needs and provide you with a better service, and in particular for the following reasons: Internal record keeping. We may use the information to improve our products and services. We may periodically send promotional emailsabout new products, special offers or other information which we think you may find interesting using the email address which you have provided. From time to time, we may also use your information to contact you for market research purposes. We may contact you by email, phone, fax or mail. We may use the information to customise the website according to your interests. We are committed to ensuring that your information is secure. In order to prevent unauthorised access or disclosure,we have put in place suitable physical, electronic and managerial procedures to safeguard and secure the information we collect online. How we use cookies A cookie is a small file which asks permission to be placed on your computer's hard drive. Once you agree, the file is added and the cookie helps analyse web traffic or lets you know when you visit a particular site. Cookies allow web applications to respond to you as an individual. The web application can tailor its operations to your needs, likes and dislikes by gathering and remembering information about your preferences. We use traffic log cookies to identify which pages are being used. This helps us analyse data about web page traffic and improve our website in order to tailor it to customer needs. We only use this information for statistical analysis purposes and then the data is removed from the system. Overall, cookies help us provide you with a better website, by enabling us to monitor which pages you find useful and which you do not. A cookie in no way gives us access to your computer or any information about you, other than the data you choose to share with us. You can choose to accept or decline cookies. Most web browsers automatically accept cookies, but you can usually modify your browser setting to decline cookies if you prefer. This may prevent you from taking full advantage of the website. Links to other websites Our website may contain links to other websites of interest. However, once you have used these links to leave our site, you should note that we do not have any control over that other website. Therefore, we cannot be responsible for the protection and privacy of any information which you provide whilst visiting such sites and such sites are not governed by this privacy statement. You should exercise caution and look at the privacy statement applicable to the website in question. Controlling your personal information You may choose to restrict the collection or use of your personal information in the following ways: whenever you are asked to fill in a form on the website, look for the box that you can click to indicate that you do not want the information to be used by anybody for direct marketing purposes if you have previously agreed to us using your personal information for direct marketing purposes, you may change your mind at any time by writing to or emailing us at [email protected] We will not sell, distribute or lease your personal information to third parties unless we have your permission or are required by law to do so. We may use your personal information to send you promotional information about third parties which we think you may find interesting if you tell us that you wish this to happen. You may request details of personal information which we hold about you under the Data Protection Act 1998. A small fee will be payable. If you would like a copy of the information held on you please write to [address]. If you believe that any information we are holding on you is incorrect or incomplete, please write to or email us as soon as possible, at the above address. We will promptly correct any information found to be incorrect.

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A Serious matter for Apple (A Geeky fan boys view)

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Today something very unexpected has changed in me. It’s something I would never have imagined with all that I know about tech and the companies I love, but I considered buying a non Apple product vs Apple.

I am an Apple geek. I have lived breathed and pretty much survived on Apple products since the Lisa II. I’m not new to the Apple way of doing things. I am a passionate defender and promoter of the Apple way and that passion has been Apples foundations thanks to millions of Apple fan boys and geeks like me who continue to promote and push the Apple world for its simplicity, efficiency and reliability.

There is so much more tinkering you need to do in a PC box and yes if you want something very specific you can create something very personal building your own PC but those things should always be left to really geeky geeks. Or those anal types who think that fixing computers is something that makes you seem cool even though they really should not ever need fixing if they were built and designed right in the first place.   I’m not talking about the frankenstein monster of some nutters PC Build.

I’m taking about the other 98% of people being productive with no crashing, no viruses, long term reliability and future proof software updates. Mac beats PC’s hands down every time. Just take it out of the box, switch it on and it just works .All that pain and worry of crashing, missing drivers, viruses, and just poor quality and design are for the PC users who think is normal but these things are rarely if ever to be experienced by a Mac user and that’s what makes Mac’s a really cool computer.

So what this blog about then?

A lot of us Mac geeks that have supported Apple all our lives and constantly getting that positive message about Apple to the not so enlightened are getting more and more disheartened with the ever increasing software hiccup’s and confusion of product lines and their naming systems. The slow upgrade cycles on the Macs is intolerable for pro users.

There is a vey strong feeling of disillusionment. The Macs are not getting the latest chips and the software updates (in general) are becoming bloated and confusing. iTunes is a Frankenstein iOS is never tested before release (it seems).

Apple is becoming more like the confused windows platform and to put petrol on the fire the PC world has been catching up to Apple. Its actually (dare I say it) looking appealing to switch and build a PC rig or a hackingtosh just to get the hardware I need to be productive.

Mac Vs. PC used to be so obvious it was light vs. dark. 

It’s just not good enough for Apple to have allowed their software to become a confusing monster on so many levels of its eco system. Even the iPhones are getting confusing in their myriad of different options and un intuitive and complex filing system and as for iClouds issues?

What happened to simplicity and ‘It Just works’?

Apple is supposed to make it ‘Just work’ and I understand tech is getting more complex but that’s supposed to be Apple thing, make it ‘Just work’.

Things should be instinctive to the user before they have to even think that they actually need to work anything out. That’s what Apple used to do best.

Apple needs to streamline their entire product line and its naming systems, which don’t work anymore. We just want a cohesive set of MacBook’s, Mini’s, and Mac Pro’s. All with the latest fasted chips in. I don’t want to wait 3 years for an upgrade on a Pro machine… that’s not even funny.

Get the dam software working and strip out the bloat. Make it simple. If need be, have two options on the iPhone 1)simple and 2)advanced because there’s too much to navigate and stuff is buried in deep and its confusing.  Build in obvious intuitive navigation so we can find what we are looking for.

Get Siri to be your Genius so we can ask Her/Him  how to do/find something on the iPhone and it can tell us and show it simply with a small animated gif .

Think of all the time and money you will save with all these Apple users currently needing to visit an Apple store for info Siri could provide.

Why is this mess happening?

I know people will blame Tim Cook (maybe there is some truth to this) I’m not blaming him I like his way for doing things as a person and he is not Steve (we all have to accept that) .

Tim seems to be a logistics person, more like a company man who is good at growth and such. He is doing a great job growing Apple but you can only stretch an elastic band so far before it breaks. This I feel is part of the problem. Tim is opening new markets for growth and Apple is being stretched beyond what it can cope with.

The core of Apple is to
1) make great things
2) make those things great.
I know what i just did there but I doubt Tim would disagree with the point I’m making.

If the Apple brains (which is its core) are spending more and more time tweaking Apple for new markets like India and China then they are not focused on the 2) make those things great.

This polishing of the great things Apple makes is paramount to keeping the halo effect. Releasing new products that don’t work as expected or crash or don’t get hardware updates in a timely manor is taking the polish off Apples sparkle.

It seems (to me) that Apple spending a lot of time trying to fulfil market growth by making what they already have translate in a different market segment on the planet. On paper this is good for the bottom line but it feels like short thinking for quick profits now. if Apple loses their Halo then they are just another tech company and the phone and computer business is becoming comparable as others catch up.

Everything needs to be perfect and its no longer the case and while Apple continues to be slow on hardware upgrades and pushes out buggy software updates the competition is catching up very fast and Apple no longer looks like the cutting edge poster boy/girl we love and cherish.

I think this is the issue at Apple. Taking the core brains at Apple off innovation and perfection just to re work old for a new territory rather than fixing polishing and advancing the simplicity of what they already have. Resources moved to department working on tweaking everything for new markets seem to me to be whats happening. I don’t know this but it sure looks like the focus is all about new markets to me.

Add to this that they really are trying to add new things to wow us and what you end up with is a very over stretched talent pool in the brains and talent department at Apple.

Tim continues to look at growth as the business model but buggy software and slow upgrades with the late hardware improvement will allow the competition to overtake . What then?

The halo will be lost and that market share based on expansion will disappear in a puff of smoke as some new competitors product over takes a stagnant iPhone or Apple computer.

Mass market People are flaky and not loyal to very much in retail but your true Pro users and long time Apple fan boys/girls are very loyal but we are also stretched.

The grass roots are fed up. Well I certainly am and I just want that polish brought back to everything including the hardware upgrade cycle. I want a really Pro computer from Apple which is way past due now. I find it unacceptable to be left waiting once again this time for 3 years.

Apple needs to take a really hard look at what they are doing and streamline it all while putting in place a stronger team working to deadlines for the halo effect. My personal feeling is that Apple (since Steve left us all) is a bit like a team of lost but extremely talented people they are in the fog when it comes to being focused on what is most important with too many opinions about what should be done. I see Tim doing an amazing job on the growth and expansion as well are global unity but if you spread the butter on the toast too thin you won’t taste the butter at all. The core (products and software) out the door has to be perfect.

Apple feels like a internal company trying to keep it all together at the min and not quite doing it well enough for us high bar fan boys, granted they are untouchable and still beyond reproach in their fields but when you have had the cream why settle for milk and thats why the fan boys are fizzing because we know just how good Apple truly is and its not been like that for the ‘it just works’ mantra for some time.

I think my big fear is that I can see it changing if Apple delays getting a grip on quality and simplicity and keeping the core Pro users on side.

Apple needs to sort out iTunes, iCloud, the updates, streamline and update the product lines before the true supporters start saying get a xx as its just as good and cheaper and more flexible (something PC users have always used in their arguments in the past).

No i have not bought a competitors box. It makes me angry Apple put me in this position to think about doing so but I’m too loyal so I’m throwing my dummy out the pram with this blog while I wait for the new Mac Pro.

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