Apple supporting the No on 8 campaign

Apple’s Top Stories page includes this one:

October 24, 2008
No on Prop 8
Apple is publicly opposing Proposition 8 and making a donation of $100,000 to the No on 8 campaign. Apple was among the first California companies to offer equal rights and benefits to our employees’ same-sex partners, and we strongly believe that a person’s fundamental rights — including the right to marry — should not be affected by their sexual orientation. Apple views this as a civil rights issue, rather than just a political issue, and is therefore speaking out publicly against Proposition 8.

Airport commandline utility

If you need to connect to an airport wireless network from the commandline you could check out the little known airport command line utility.

It’s hidden at

You can use –help for help and -I for signal strength and ID info

Countries with unlocked iPhones

Apple have handily posted a table with details about activating iPhone 3G connections in various countries.

From which we can glean that if you’ve got a friend coming from the Czech Republic, Greece, Hong Kong, Italy, Luxembourg, Macau, New Zealand, Russia, Singapore, Slovakia, South Africa, Turkey (with TurkCell), then you can get them to buy you an iPhone that’s not locked to a carrier.

MySQL ‘unknown column’ in ‘on clause’ error

So if your MySQL query is mysteriously giving you an error about an ‘unknown column’ in the ‘on clause’, it’s possibly because in MySQL 5.0.12 the handling of the left join was changed to conform to the SQL standard. Basically it means that because of changes to precedence you’ll probably have to re-order your list of tables in the from statement. Documentation here. Discussion of the problem here.

Steve Jobs still not dead. Again.

Apple’s share price took a 3% dive today after someone posted a bogus report of Steve Jobs suffering a “major heart attack” on the CNN ‘citizen journalist’ iReport site. (“Unedited. Unfiltered”, Untrue!) Anyone else notice similarities between Steve’s purported ECG and the Apple stock price?

Just in case you need to check, you can always check

iTunes to close?

In a news story that threatens to eclipse panicky Wall Street speculation, rumours are spreading that the iTunes store might have to close if a ruling tomorrow by the Copyright Royalty Board increases royalties too much. Or maybe the CRB will get panicky if Steve threatens to throw the big iTunes Store switch…

Of course, Apple really makes its money from selling iPods and iPhones to play content from iTunes, so it might not be as big a problem as people expect 🙂