Apple vs Otis, FRAND vs FLOSS

I was pointed at Apple vs Otis in the UK Courts. This is an NPE suing Apple for its non-permitted use of a standards essential patent. The court backs Otis and is now assessing a fair licence agreement. Apple say that if it considers it unfair, they’ll with draw from the UK. There is, of course, a post Brexit dimension to this as the British Courts seek to establish a new market for British lawyers since they can no longer practice in Europe. Here are some more links and notes. Continue reading “Apple vs Otis, FRAND vs FLOSS”

Macports

This page has been written in four parts. It was originally created in April 2011 and driven by my desire to install WINE. It was significantly added to in Oct 2013 when I¬†upgraded to MacOS X 10.6, Snow Leopard. It was at this point that I transferred from Porticus to Pallet. In Dec 2013, I documented the Macports runes for MacOS 10.9 which, of course, breaks Pallet. I have by now written a script to keep my Macports up to date. In June 2014, I returned to WINE and used Macports to install Wineskin and uninstall WINE.¬†This page was further updated in April 2016 as I moved forward from Yosemite to El Capitan. My Mac is now no more, and I have marked this page as deprecated. Continue reading “Macports”

Ipod Touch

I brought this page across from my old blog in June 2013. Much of the content is out of date and relates to my early use. This changed over time and became irrelevant, and so I deleted much of the content in June 2013.

I have finally bought an Ipod Touch. Oct 2008. Since I actually want the music player and the Wifi only doesn’t seem such a constraint, particularly as mobile phones become capable of acting as gateways. I then took it to the States where wireless is a bit/lot more common. (By 2010, I had a Nokia mobile phone which I occasionally used to connect the ipod touch to the internet. Today, of course, I use the phone as a single device and have given the ipod touch away.)

Location Services for the Ipod Touch

A number of the apps need to know where you are and most home hubs do not come configured with this. The ipodtouch uses a service called Skyhook. I originally wrote about this on my old Sun Blog in an article called You’d think I know where I am when at home, and again here, in March 2010 on the BT Home Hub page; I couldn’t find it via Google on the Blog. The How to is on the blog and the BT Home Hub page, where I said,

The Apples use a service called Skyhook, and you submit your details at their submission form. You no longer need to calculate your Lon/Lat as they have a map-app that does this for you. You need to find your MAC address, which with the BT Home Hub is one the Wireless Configuration page.

The need to use both the ipod touch and the hub is why I documented it on the Home Hub page.