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OpenPeak Firmware v30301

Latest Release: 21st August 2018

Download: Version 30301 – (136MB) MD5

This software is not supported or endorsed by OpenPeak or O2. Use at your own risk.

Towards the end of April 2012, something rather unprecedented happened over on the Joggler Forums. It appeared that we were being linked to by O2 themselves as the point of contact after they discontinued their support for the device. After some negotiation, the forum was provided with a ‘sunset’ build of the OpenPeak OS for the OpenFrame 1, on which the Joggler is based.

It’s rare that a company bows out from a device so graciously, effectively opening up the platform to enthusiasts to continue developing and supporting. They could have locked the device down, but they chose not to, and they deserve recognition for that.

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NVMe Drive in a MacBook Pro

It turns out that putting an NVMe drive into a MacBook Pro to replace the proprietary Apple blade is possible these days. Since macOS High Sierra, NVMe support has been officially included with the IONVMeFamily kernel extension and v10.13 also updated the EFI firmware of most of Apple’s current systems to include boot support for these drives. Thank you very much, Apple!

That doesn’t mean you can just fling an NVMe SSD in to replace your standard drive, though. You do need an adapter, but luckily these are relatively inexpensive. I plumped for this Sintech one because it mentioned Samsung 950 PRO support. It’s simply a physical converter; there are no electronics on it of any kind, which I thought was pretty interesting. It would appear that the socket on the logic board is simply a miniaturised PCIe expansion slot. The proprietary Apple SSD (manufactured by Samsung in all of the cases I’ve seen) actually shows itself as a SATA device on the PCI bus, so there must be some SATA conversion happening on the blade itself, because that’s not how the Samsung 970 EVO blade shows up. I’ll get to that in a tick.

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Amazon Fire TV Licence Error

I recently picked up an Amazon Fire TV Stick; seeing as I have a Prime account, it seemed like a reasonable plan to make the most of it. However, I hit upon a problem pretty much immediately. After successfully registering, I first noticed that there was no sign of the BBC iPlayer app. Then I realised that any film or TV show I tried to watch would fail miserably with a deeply unhelpful ‘LICENSE_ERROR’ message.

I contacted Amazon and received a canned response describing something that wasn’t quite my issue, but reassured me that other people had reported it, they were working on it, but they couldn’t give me an estimated time for fixing it. Great. I know when a company is kindly telling me not to hold my breath for help.

Solution

This evening, the penny dropped. All of the prices for paid content were being shown in dollars instead of pounds sterling. Obviously something about my account was being American and I was being blocked from the US content when I tried to play it. If you’re also having this issue, head over to this link:

With any luck you should see a box just under the Amazon banner telling you that your Kindle account can be moved over to amazon.co.uk from amazon.com. Now, I had no idea that I had an amazon.com Kindle account; I don’t own a Kindle and it’s not obvious that the Kindle store and the Prime system are tied together. But it would appear that they are.

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