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The tabu digital talk about friends

It's good to keep contact to people we enjoy while it's hard to actually get together in person, given all our daily demands and the distances.

Social media helps to know: they're there.

It still keeps a life line even if we never traded phone numbers or addresses.

We kindof know 'where they live' within Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram, Stayfriends, etc.

We want to know that they are doing well.

What if they don't?

What if there is silence on all channels from one person?

When and after how many unsuccessful contact attempt will you get nerveous?

Or do you even notice if someone stops vibrating in the huge electromagnetic pond of everything digital?

The tabu question hits you at some point in time: 'did anything happen to them?'

Last month I learned that one of my most influencial mentors had passed away, taken by cancer some 18 months ago. For the past several years I was planning on visiting him some day so I 'kept in touch' digitally. When I finally made the time to contact him, his wife presented the grave news.

I failed to tell him that I have always felt friendship by and for him while he was my boss for five years in the US and after.

For the past two weeks or so I am trying to reach another friend who turned silent in all social media profiles. I know she has cancer too. I do not have her address or phone number.

We are losing friends from recent and far away past to illness and other causes of death. It is devestating but natural. 

We are also losing friends to our digital sub culture though, using Facebook accounts as a proxy to something we keep delaying to god knows when.

When the silence in the social media accounts becomes a deafening certainty that we have failed to live WITH people - there won't be second chances.

The Apple row

After buying something north of 12'000 songs, 800+ TV shows, 396 movies on iTunes, 1 iMac, 3 iPods, 4 iPhones, 1 iPad, 1 iHifi which sums up to at least three really good passenger cars worth of Apple products over 15 years - they have the audacity to lock me out of MY content time and time again!


I was 'unlucky' to live in three countries during that time and Apple policies (get this) FORBID to move their content across borders. Anywhoo: trying to obey I accumulated all content pretty much equally across three iTunes accounts from three different countries.

Now, whenever I change accounts on either of my devices (because of travel, local needs of apps updates, etc.) they lock me out of my content for 90 days on that device. In summary: I'm literally NEVER in possession and able to play my shit EVER. 

What a global company!!!

Is there anybody out there who can hack that shit as Apple is officially unwilling and incapable of a smooth, global support of their best and highest spending customers?

If you have a solution: share and drink a lot of beer on my dime!

Plus: you will earn to be called a genius by me. EXCLUSIVELY!

UPDATE 1-Sep 2014:

There is an interesting Apple Support Group (you know, the people who do Apple's job actually fixing their shit but don't get paid by anyone - because Apple decided not to invest in flawless services especially customer service and have users do the job) - that deals with this issue of multiple Apple ID's from different countries, I also contributed with my story:

Here is why I have 4 country IDs and why I'm struggling to "use" them.

I lived in Germany for 5 years and worked in Switzerland at the time. My commuite crossed the Swiss/German border 8 times every day.

Afterwards I lived in France (same region) and crossed the border 4 times but this time (by train) France, Germany, Switzerland).

Every day!

On my commute I want to use my content that I acquired over many years (1200 shows and movies, 12000 songs, 120 books).

While working for the same Swiss based company (it's in Basel, pretty much everybody in that region has the same issue plus other dense European regions) I was transferred to the US for five years and traveled in NAFTA and Central America all the time plus back home frequently, visiting the above mentioned countries in fast intervalls.

After returning I had my constellation 1 back, for the last years I moved to Switzerland and visit my family in Germany every week plus travel to Italy almost every weekend.

"Tough live" one might say - I know how blessed I am.

But what Apple doesn't seem to understand is that increasingly more people will live and move like that or even more complex.

Based on the ToS Apple asks me to own 10+ country IDs but switch them 4-10 times every day - worse even: oly use the content that was purchased in a particular country while crossing the border 4 times within 50 minutes morning commute and only use my US bought content when back on business trips there??!??

Give me a BIG ... break!


Do you use social digital media services?

Ah, ‘like the newspapers’ you say, only more interactive. Good for you.

…or is it?

With the recent hike in digital video distribution by enemies of civilization I’m not so sure anymore.

If your newspaper would print and home-deliver such content to your doorsteps… would you ignore it?

It is unbearable to know that scores of followers of those criminals hit the “like” button in support underneath such video footage.

We are inches away from live coverage of brutal slayings of innocent people, where the ACTION is commanded by the online audience that raise or lower their thumbs.


What are we going to do about it?