eXtensions - Thursday 22 December 2016
Cassandra: Cables or Dongles; Adapters and a new Store for Apple Users in Siam
By Graham K. Rogers
One of the disks I am playing with is an older WD My Book Studio. I also have a gorgeous LaCie, Poulson-designed disk. Both of these use Firewire 800 and we moved on from that a while back, although I bought an adapter so they worked with the 2013 MacBook Pro. With the latest Mac, I now have to add and adapter to the adapter. It occurs to me that the problem with USB-C is not the dongles (as everyone seems to insist) but the lack of cables.
In Siam Paragon, I checked in IT City but there were only connectors for the iPhone there, although the same USB-C flash drives I bought a couple of weeks ago were there. Downstairs in iStudio the staff were attentive, unlike the last time I went in, but I had forgotten I was wearing the AirPods (they fit so nicely) and I am not sure if all the staff had seen these. I made straight for the section with Apple adapters and checked the price of the USB-C to USB device (390 baht) so I bought one and headed for the door.
An hour or so later, I went to the new Siam Discovery Center and entered through the bridge from Siam Center on the 3rd floor. I had come in this way at the weekend and spent some time looking for Withings health products - these work with Apple's HealthKit on the iPhone - but they were nowhere to be found. A little further in, I spent time looking at the Lomo cameras.
As someone who uses film, I am tempted to experiment, although the last time I bought film from Lomo (a couple of years back) it showed evidence of having gone through an airport scanner somewhere. In will stick to the Kodak film I buy in Thaniya Plaza.
One of the staff was keen to show me the app they had set up on a Mac mini, which shows temperature, humidity and other data. When I asked if it worked with Apple's HomeKit, there was a deer-in-headlights look. I showed him the HomeKit app with the device I have set up and he was none the wiser. HealthKit, HomeKit? Any mention I make of these major investments by Apple is met by a blank stare.
There was a good section dedicated to Apple accessories, with the adapters, Apple Watch bands, keyboards and other useful items. This is fairly close to the door. The USB-C adapters were down at the bottom, so I had to kneel down to see: barcodes only. A member of staff pulled them all out. The one at the back of the rack has the price (390 baht).
This store is well-placed to catch a lot of those who visit the new shopping center, and also a lot of through traffic, walking from Paragon, Siam Center and on to BACC and Mahboonkrong.
Graham K. Rogers teaches at the Faculty of Engineering, Mahidol University in Thailand. He wrote in the Bangkok Post, Database supplement on IT subjects. For the last seven years of Database he wrote a column on Apple and Macs. He is now continuing that in the Bangkok Post supplement, Life. He can be followed on Twitter (@extensions_th)
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