Ripe n Raw Organics
Django’s inspiration for organics was his mum, who farms organically near Coffs Harbour on NSW’s mid north coast. Django started Ripe n Raw Organics with his mate Paul Ward back in 2003 as a market stall at West End’s Davies Park Market. As the humble market stall grew and grew the natural progression was to move into home deliveries, which we started running out of our garage. Sarah jumped aboard the Ripe n Raw train in the early days of the West End Market, and as the attraction between her and Django grew, her place in the Ripe n Raw family was secured. Sarah now looks after accounts, admin, design and business development, while Django manages sourcing the best quality products and runs business operations and development.
What We Do. We are an organic food home delivery business based in Archerfield, Queensland, Australia. We have been supplying fresh organic fruit, vegetables, meat and groceries to Brisbane, Gold Coast and Ipswich areas since 2003. During this time we’ve developed smooth supply lines and close relationships with our organic farmers and organic distributors to maximise the speed and freshness of supply from the organic farmers paddock to your kitchen. How We Do It.
Each week we’re up at the crack of dawn sourcing fresh organic produce from our local certified organic farms in the Brisbane & Lockyer Valleys area and our certified organic distributors in Brisbane. We collect fresh produce from our suppliers, pack and deliver orders on Thursdays and Fridays. Why We Do It. We believe that the ease of online grocery shopping combined with the convenience of having your organic food home delivered is a fantastic way to spread the great benefits of organic food through the community. Our main focus is on customer happiness, as we measure the success of our business by the satisfaction of our customers.
Microsoft lost its antitrust suit almost two decades ago. What would be different if it had won?
It’s been 20 years since the U.S. Department of Justice and 20 state attorneys general sued Microsoft for violating federal antitrust laws. The government argued that Microsoft illegally protected its Windows monopoly and used it to try to kill competitors to Internet Explorer, notably Netscape. Microsoft was the world’s most influential technology company, with Windows essentially a monopoly in operating systems, Microsoft Office a monopoly in productivity suites and Internet Explorer a top browser. Today, of course, the tech world is a very different place, with Google, Facebook and others wielding more power than Microsoft, with Windows overshadowed by mobile operating systems and with Microsoft’s browsers mere also-rans.
Although the government was right to go after Microsoft for its anticompetitive actions, the state of the internet wouldn’t be all that different than it is today if Microsoft had won the case. It forced Microsoft to let people easily use other browsers than Internet Explorer. There’s another oddball claim that Blumenthal and Wu make, that Netflix might not exist if Microsoft had won the antitrust suit. Netflix began in 1998 as a DVD rental service, and its competition was Blockbuster, not Microsoft. Microsoft had a mobile operating system before Apple and Google, but it was pitifully bad.
Microsoft’s attempts to make it in the mobile market have been dismal failures despite the billions of dollars spent. Although Microsoft was a powerful company back in the late 1980s and 1990s, the internet was far more powerful. The internet would have remained far more powerful even if Microsoft had won the suit and Internet Explorer retained top market share. It remains more powerful than any one company, even one as dominant as Microsoft was 20 years ago.
Guitar virtuoso Eddie Bush keeps on rockin’ and teachin’
Eddie Bush is an old-fashioned rock ‘n’ roller. Bush worked at music stores such as Purple Music on James Island, Big Al’s Record Barn and Manifest. Many more would follow, under the name the Eddie Bush Group, One Flew South, Eddie Bush and The Mayhem and, simply, Eddie Bush. Bush will celebrate the new release with a free concert 6-9 p.m. Nov. 20 at the Charleston Music Hall.
The show will put Bush just where he likes to be: behind his beloved guitar belting out original tunes with his appealing, raspy, tenor voice. Bush’s sound is big and bold, and his guitar playing is straight-ahead and as good as it gets. He caught the attention of Eric Johnson, who asked Bush to open for him on tour. In no position to refuse, Bush strapped on his signature Dillion guitar and did his thing. The acoustic stuff certainly was rewarding to play, but it didn’t always show off Bush’s range and fantastic abilities with the electric guitar.
Then the economy tanked, the band floundered and Bush was back on his own. At the urging of his wife Carolyn, Bush took on his first students, and once he was committed he was all in. So Bush might be the most accomplished local rocker the younger generation has never heard of.