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”

Dynamic Styles in HTML

I was working with Stylish and came across and article that <DIV> tags should be avoided. Stylish uses IDs and CLASSes to change the look & feel Why avoid these elements? A second thought is how can one use buttons to change the look and feel of a page by applying different styles? Do you still need javascript? Here are my notes … Continue reading “Dynamic Styles in HTML”

Clashing Cameras and video conferencing.

I have had Zoom fail to connect to the camera on my PC over the last couple of days. Zoom say to make sure that other camera using applications have detached. I used [ctrl][alt][del] to start the task manager and noticed that Teams was still running. So I used the end task button and the camera came on. I launched the teams app and discovered in the setting panel, the switch i.e. checkbox that keeps it running when the call ends. This was on; now its off and it seems to be behaving.

Event Monitoring

My recent problem with the Raspberry Pi is an event monitoring and notification problem. It’s one, that over my career, I have spent a lot of time considering, but today, I only have one server. I don’t think I need or want to afford something like Zabbix, which comes with a series of event monitors and reporting and dashboard functionality. I have however adopted the habit of attempting to dovetail with host OS’s logging and reporting schemes. At the moment, I have written two event monitors which report to the desk top. Can I do better? Here are my notes. Continue reading “Event Monitoring”

Instant Ink

I have finally succumbed. I have subscribed to HP Instant Ink. What’s not to love? Ink arrives, you run out, you replace the cartridge, rinse and repeat. The good news, it doesn’t start until you insert an instant ink cartridge, the bad news, they won’t report on your usage until after you subscribe and the fee is usage based. The ultra low usage is also very small so I didn’t use it. Let’s hope I have got it right. Continue reading “Instant Ink”