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AT&T Quicksilver, Linux, and service

by on Mar.15, 2010, under Computers, Linux, Mobile

Here is the problem.  I am out at lunch with my EeePC, have my USB adapter, and can tether with my cell phone. Except, for some reason, ATT hates when I tether, and drops my traffic.  On top of that, I cannot seem to pass data and voice at the same time, like ATT suggests I can. (I think its when you use MediaNET to tether).

So, I have to either use another phone to talk, and mine to tether, vice versa or whatever. Except I ssh in…and my connection drops.  Damn you ATT for filtering…But wait, we have a work offered PCMCIA card with a SIM to connect, but the Eee has no PCMCIA

In comes the AT&T Quicksilver connect, a USB enabled card to connect with the SIM. Because fedora works with like everything off the bat, I plug in…and…the whole system freezes.  WTH?!?

So after some investigating, it appears that this card is somewhat supported by most distros, and that ModemManager, tries to be the cool application, and take over the device….and fails horribly.

So more investigation, I find a nice website which seems to fix all my needs.  http://www.pharscape.org/Quicksilver.html?d=&jn78eb9aff=2

They offer a driver, a program to handle the ‘virtual cd’, and even software to connect. Fortunately, Fedora 12 offers the first two natively, just noting to connect with, so in come hsolink and hsoconnect!

So basically, you remove ModemManager, and install hsolink and hsoconnect, and you are home free, well almost.

There is some drawbacks to doing this, but for now, at least I can connect!

So lets hop to it!

Removing ModemManager:   rpm -e –nodeps ModemManager

This may not work for everyone, but in my use, on my EeePC, it is not needed for anything else.  I can still tether with my cell, as that shows up as eth1.

Next, installing hsolink and hsoconnect.  I would advice getting these from their normal website, however I do have local copies just in case.  [ hsolink-1.0.118.tar.gz | hsoconnect-1.2.19.tar.gz ]

Extract, and install!

wget http://files.loclhst.com/eee/hsolink-1.0.118.tar.gz
tar xzvf hsolink-1.0.118.tar.gz
cd hsolink-1.0.118
make && make install
chmod +s `which hsolinkcontrol`

wget http://files.loclhst.com/eee/hsoconnect-1.2.19.tar.gz
cd hsoconnect-1.2.19
make install

Now, when you plug in the Quicksilver, the system should not lock up, and if you go to Applications>Internet>HSOconnect 1.2, you should get an application to connect.

Next, you need to configure the username/password. The list of common usernames/passwords can be found here.

Within HSOconnect, click on Profile>Edit Connection, and change the values as needed.  For ATT/Cingular, the common will be:

Password: Cingular1

Now try and connect, if all goes well, you should be online with your ATT Quicksilver USB device!

Now the drawbacks:

– NetworkMananger does not see the interface, so you cannot use the build in vpn/network settings (I use the vpnc client manually in this case)

– tsclient does not seem to think there is a network connection, so instead I have been using rdesktop manually.

– The connection seems to be very picky.  I am am in the Red bars (1-2 bars) I cant seem to do much other then chat and web browse.

– SSH takes a long time to connect, even at full strength

If I find any fixes or better workarounds, I will post them, in the mean time, this should keep those who need internet access online for long enough time to work, or whatever it is you kids do these days on the interwebs.

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by on Feb.22, 2010, under Funny, General, Life

So I just signed up.

Being a geek, you know, I want to meet other geeks, and to be honest, I havent had much luck at all. \

So anyways, I signed up for this “geek” site, they are basically for all “geeks.”  Sports, computers, sci-fi, just to name a few. Sounds fine, and dandy.

Sounds good over the rest of the ‘dating’ sites.  But there are some bad things that are annoying me.

Lets break it down.

+1 catering to geeks.

+1 making it geek

-type neutral.

-1 Interface

-1 Contact us.

-5 About us.

-1 page/content Layout

-1 contact

Alright im just going to stop there.

So one, the interface. I somehow toggled the “you cant view my hometown” option, and now i am “dan from ,illinois” and i cant figure out how to change it.

the “contact us” page (i was going to ask how to flip that bit) was asking me for my name, email and if i was already a member (i am signed in, DUH)

the layout of everything sucks. its like web 1.0 days, and they repeat the same functions over and over.

contact sucks.   everyone, and i mean everyone always sends a welcome email, gk2gk didnt even say “hi”

and heres the kicker, i saw this after i signed up and crap–the about us page.  Yaknow, I cant even describe it. visit the link [http://www.gk2gk.com/about/] and watch the video for yourself.

Oh yea, and one last note, firefox kept warning me about unencrypted content on the site.  Id be very weary entering in any financial transactions with them.

I am removing my account from there ASAP

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Firefox 3.6 Tab Navigation

by on Jan.31, 2010, under Computers

If you have taken the plunge and upgraded to Firefox 3.6, you may notice that spawning tabs acts a little differently now.

It you middle click, or right click>open in new tab, you will notice the tab will no longer spawn at the end, but next to the current working tab.

Since I live on tabs, this is weird for me, since its not the normal behavior.

Well I found out how to change it back!

Open firefox to the about:config page, locate browser.tabs.insertRelatedAfterCurrent and set it to false.

That’s it!

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moving servers ftl

by on Sep.16, 2009, under Computers, Linux

drdelaney@ganondorf ~ $ uptime
20:28:35 up  1:14,  1 user,  load average: 0.01, 0.03, 0.08


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One Year!

by on Sep.15, 2009, under Computers, Linux

Its real this time!  one year!

top – 15:05:05 up 367 days, 20:27,  4 users,  load average: 0.00, 0.00, 0.00

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Eff *buntu!

by on Aug.30, 2009, under General

Yea, thats right, I am saying it.  F YOU *BUNTU!!

Really, its not the OS I hate, its not fully the distro (I do hate some things about debian based systems but thats something else).

My problem is with the *buntu zealots.  “z0MG I jUSt insTALLed (u|myth|eee|ku|whatever)buntu ANd It IS awESOME!!!111oneone”


This and that and everything about hating windows. All-in-all, they keep saying this is for *buntu.  They dont mention its compatible with Fedora, or gentoo, or hell, even debian (*buntus are based on debian!!!).  No, the guides online are specific to to *buntu….

So, I present to you, my quick and dirty php script that converts *buntu based guides into generic linux non-specific based guides.  All by changing the things specific to debian based systems, and adding info for other common package managers.

So here is the original link, that has the “*buntu specific” crap:  http://www.brighthub.com/computing/linux/articles/8729.aspx

And here it is, passed through my script:  http://loclhst.com/ubuntu2linux.php?url=http://www.brighthub.com/computing/linux/articles/8729.aspx

So its still in a alpha state, but you know what?  it works.

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eeePC Touchscreen!

by on Jul.18, 2009, under Computers, fun, Linux, Mobile

So as some of you may know already, I bought an eeePC, for fun and to mess around with.  Well my latest fun with it was adding a touchscreen, and adding internal bluetooth!

Well, I purchased the Hoda Technology 8.9″ Solderless Easy and Fun TouchKit Touch Screen Kit, which came with a touchscreen, the controller board (with added USB hub) and the wires to connect it solderlessly to a internal USB header (I had one as I do not have a built-in cam, though even if you do, you can still use this!)

— The following pictures and more are available in my gallery —

Below is a quick guide on what I did to add in the touchscreen:

Included parts in the touchscreen kit

Here is the contents from the kit, included a dual pen/stylus!

Netbook taken apart Netbook taken apart

First I took apart my machine following the many guides to make sure I did not break anything I shouldn’t.

Finding a smooth path for wires

Next I tried to find the best path for the wires to go, without making new holes or pinching the wires.

JST SR04 and JST SR05 Connectors JST SR Jack removed Correct pinout for JST SR04 Connection

Whoops, the included wire to go from the controller to the motherboard is too short for where I am placing the controller.  Time to make a mod to the mod!  I had to very carefully take apart the JST SR04 jack and swap it with a longer wire.  Good thing they provided all the needed parts. Note the correct pin layout to make sure its recognized (the included cable had the pinout backwards!)

USR bluetooth adapter

Next, the bluetooth adapter.  The kit also had two JST SR05 to USB connector. After removing the plastic housing to my already small bluetooth adapter, I could easily fit it inside the case. Now I have all 3 external USB adapters free again, and nothing to forget or lose. Now I can tether to my cell and still look cool!

Touchscreen Controller and USB Hub

A Better view of the touchscreen controller.


Fitting the touchscreen.  This was a PITA to get correctly centered, but I got it eventually.

Turn Camera on in BIOS Linux dmesg

After putting everything back togeather, I had to first turn the “camera” port on in the BIOS, then Fedora recognized the controller and USB devices on boot!

Now, even though I am running Fedora 11, which has support for just about every product under the sun, I still had to install drivers for the controllers, which was easier done then said.

First, I had to make a generic Xorg config, as Fedora does not make one now (its made on the fly)

[root@localhost ~]# Xorg -configure :1
~~ some output from Xorg ~~
Your xorg.conf file is /root/xorg.conf.new

To test the server, run 'X -config /root/xorg.conf.new'
[root@localhost ~]# mv xorg.conf.new /etc/X11/xorg.conf 

Second I had to download and install the latest (2.06.2905 [beta]) drivers from the website [Local Copy of Drivers].

Then extract, and run the setup utility:

[root@localhost ~]# cd /tmp/
[root@localhost tmp]# tar xzvf ~drdelaney/Download/eGalaxTouch-2.06.2905-32b-k26.tar.gz
eGalaxTouch32/Guide/How to rebuild kernel.pdf
eGalaxTouch32/Guide/How to build module.pdf
eGalaxTouch32/Guide/Driver Guide.pdf
[root@localhost tmp]# cd eGalaxTouch32/
[root@localhost eGalaxTouch32]# sh ./setup.sh 

(*) Linux driver installer for eGalax Touch controller 

(I) Check user permission: root, you are the supervisor.
(I) Begin to setup the eGalax Touch driver.
(I) Found and removed previous eGalax Touch driver.
(I) Extract eGalax Touch driver archive to /usr/local/eGalaxTouch32.
(I) Create eGalaxTouch utility shortcut in /usr/bin.
(I) Create TKCal tool shortcut in /usr/bin.
(I) Check X window version: 1.6.x
(I) Copy X module: x16/egalax_drv.so to /usr/lib/xorg/modules/input.

(Q) Which interface controller do you use?
(I) [1] RS232 [2] PS/2 [3] USB : 3
(I) Using interface: USB
(I) Found a HID compliant touch controller.

(I) Found X configuration file: /etc/X11/xorg.conf.
(I) Removed touch configuration from /etc/X11/xorg.conf.
(I) Add touch configuration into /etc/X11/xorg.conf.

(I) Please reboot the system for some changes to take effect.
(I) After booting, type "eGalaxTouch" to do calibration.

eGalaxTouch Utility

After rebooting,  running eGalaxTouch, and calibrating, I had full touchscreen support!

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touch my eee

by on Jul.14, 2009, under Computers, Linux, Mobile

Coming soon, a touchscreen for my eeePC!  http://spedr.com/5h0ci

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Renaming files in CVS – and keeping the history

by on May.31, 2009, under Code, Computers, CVS, Linux

So I am working on a personal project, and decided to rename the file.  Now, I know from experiance that you cannot rename a file in cvs, and keep its commit history, but I decided to see if someone found a way.  Well, someone did, partially… http://www.eyrie.org/~eagle/notes/cvs/renaming-files.html

He shows the way I used to do it, mv local file, cvs delete old file, cvs add new file, commit changes. – This deletes the cvs commit history

He also mentions about modifying the raw RCS file and renaming that, but apparently, cvs doesnt like that since cvs itself isnt aware of any changes.

So I tried a mixture of them, heres my process:

  • Find the raw RCS file:  cat CVS/Root CVS/Repository – in my case, /cvs/projects
  • Copy that file somewhere: cp /cvs/projects/currentfile.sh,v /tmp
  • Rename the file in the current checked out sources:  mv currentfile.sh newfile.sh
  • Delete, Re-add, and commit changes: cvs delete currentfile.sh; cvs add newfile.sh; cvs commit currentfile.sh newfile.sh
  • Move the Attic’ed file from cvs: mv /cvs/projects/Attic/currentfile.sh,v /tmp/ currentfikle.sh,v-Attic
  • Copy the old RCS file to the new name: cp /tmp/currentfile.sh,v /cvs/projects/newfile.sh,v
  • Re-cvs up: cvs up

Now you have a renamed file in CVS, that CVS is aware of, and keeping your old history!

Please comment if you find this helpful or if you have any other information to add!

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by on May.12, 2009, under Uncategorized

You know you’re a nerd when you fix your belt with cable ties…And it works.

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