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This summer is proving to be particularly lightning-prone around this area. About two weeks ago (July 14), a lightning strike set fire to an empty house near my home. This afternoon, between around 17:10 and 17:25, lightning was striking left and right every few seconds. The two photos you see here were taken at 17:18. As a result, the internet connection at my apartment complex was down for about an hour and a half (and subsequently this website was not accessible at the time), and a small village near the city experienced a power outage.
Just as the lightning started to subside, we were met with heavy downpour for about 15 minutes. The rain eventually subsided about half an hour later, but not before filling the then-empty company pond and creating pockets of water on the road around the city. What a strange weather to be had for the last day of July.
The Lightning to 3.5mm headphone jack adapter bundled with iPhone 7
Given that iPhone's predecessor is iPod the digital music player, the listening experience is still a big part of the device for many people. So the removal of the 3.5mm headphone jack was bound to be controversial, despite the fact that Apple has provided many options to mitigate the inconvenience.
EarPods from iPhone 5 (left) and iPhone 7 (right), with the adapter at the far right
Primarily, the EarPod earphones bundled with iPhone 7 use Lightning connector, giving you at least one native solution. Along with that is a Lightning to 3.5mm headphone jack adapter that you can use with any other regular earphones and headphones. Because Lightning port is fully digital, the both the adapter and the earphones have DAC modules inside to provide analog audio output. Unless you must charge the phone at the same time, you're not worse off than before as long as the adapter works as intended.
On a side note, providing both a DAC-equipped earphone and an adapter resulted in sacrificing the plastic case for the earphones, likely because of costs. The case is now simply a throwaway paper packaging.
Wearing my all-inclusive belt bag on my waist
Nearly a decade ago, you would have seen me wearing all sorts of gadgets around my waist, as evidenced by this television broadcast. The problem with this was clearly illustrated in that video - it takes a bit of time to put them all on the belt, however useful they may be.
I haven't let go of the carry-them-all attitude, but things have worked in my favour. A lot of the gadgets I had to carry separately were now integrated into a single device (smartphone). That meant less stuff to carry, and I was able to reduce the number of pouches and bags on the belt over the years. I ended up with a phone and an external battery each in a holster, and a bag that held adapters, cables, and other miscellany.
iPhone 6S Plus and external battery are easily accessible
But then large iPhones came along. When I put it on my belt, it occupied a sizable area of my waist. This got me thinking: since the phone is thin enough, maybe I could put it in a belt bag that can store other stuff with it. And this is how I now just have this one bag hanging from my waist.
As you can see here, my iPhone 6S Plus and the slim external battery fit nicely into the front pockets of the bag. They're accessible by opening up the flap usually held in place with a hook-and-loop fastener. I also have a paper clip there in case I need to change the SIM card or poke a reset button.
Of course, there's a lot more hiding behind. Let's take a look at the rear compartment.