Scale

The Fairphone[O] is a super-cool device which conscientiously sources its parts to avoid human exploitation and conflict minerals. But apparently this social consciousness in the supply chain cannot scale.

Which is really sad. Because the company’s inability to source enough material to even approach the public interest and demand suggests no other business should follow their practice – they will be in competition with Fairphone for what is clearly a very limited supply.

The first release was met with disappointment everywhere not in Europe—the product would not be sold elsewhere. When planning version 2 there was talk about a non-EU release. But at release Fairphone said not this time, but next time.

#FP3 is in pre-order, releasing ‘soon’. Fairphone will not be selling this one outside Europe either.

So a good idea runs aground on the reef of reality; despite massive demand, particularly in North America, the economies of scale invert.

Thank you Ameh Emeke Jnr!

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Trying to work behind the reverse proxy means using the /etc/hosts file to short-circuit DNS to get to the correct domain on the correct IP address before updating the reverse proxy server.

But all my sites have lived on SSL/TLS for years, and all used 301 redirects to teach browsers to never ask the non-encrypted schema, only the encrypted one. The servers behind the reverse proxy do not have the certificates, so the browser refuses to connect with them. Continue reading “Thank you Ameh Emeke Jnr!”

Transient issues

This migration is introducing weird errors where there never used to be an error. Suddenly my personal cloud is balking at files larger than 1MB? it is set up for 2GB files. aaaagh!