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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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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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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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VMWare ESXi, Linux, and Sub Interfaces

by on Apr.13, 2009, under Computers, Linux, Work

So I thought it was time to add something useful again to my blog.

Working with something for work, I had to configure a FC4 box with multiple IPs on different subnets, binding them to a sub nterface (eth0:1, eth0:2 and so on)

When we first got everythng on, only the primary IP address were working (bound to eth0 and eth1).  All other interfaces were resolving to the physical ESXi servers MAC address on the switch, which is no good.  After looking around, I found out there wasn’t support for this, everyone was saying to configure a Brige, or NAT everything through the local machine, which would NOT work out in our situation.

So after thinking a bit, I remembered the other issue we had with older OpenBSD 3.8 machines and the native VIC driver which was making the machines randomly crash reporting an unsupported mode.  Well the resolution for that was to shut down the guest, and add in ethernet0.VirtualDev = “e1000” and ethernet1.VirtualDev = “e1000” to the guest-name.vmx file.  So I figured I would try this on the Fc4 machine too, figuring I couldn’t lose anything.  Well, I didn’t lose anything, but I gained a working ssystem, with sub-interfaces!

So for all of those out there with weird networing issues on an ESXi (ESX as well) guests, try changing the network emulation from built-in VIC to intel e1000!

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ATT Fuze Transforming sounds

by on Mar.22, 2009, under Computers, Funny, Mobile

So I am browsing around my Fuze registry, just being bored, and I stumbled upon the registry settings to add/change the open/close sound effects (yea I probably could have googled for it, but its more fun to find it yourself!).

After finding it, thinking back to what I said when my friend Chris got his phone with open/close sound effects, “dude, I so want that, Id make it play the transformers sounds!”

Well, now I have a phone that supports it, and well, I did it!

You will need 2 things. The Zip file, and a registry editor for Windows Mobile phones.

To install:

  • Extract the zip file contents to \Windows on the Phone
  • Import the .reg file
    • or Open the registry to:  HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\HTC\SlidingSound
    • Add a new Key and call it “5”  or whatever the next set of numbers are
    • Click on “5” or the new number you added in
    • Add a new String Value, call it “Default”, and for its Data, type in “Transformers”
    • Add another new String Value, call it “in”, and for the data, type “in_5.wav”
    • Add a final new String Value, call it “out”, and for the data, type “out_5.wav”
  • Finally change to the new sound effect in the Settings > Keyboard Sliding Sound application and test!
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IE7 Security Updates; really secure?

by on Dec.30, 2008, under Computers, Funny, windows

So, we all see them, we install them because we think they are very important, which they are.

Until you stumble accross this, like myself and a friend at work did today.

We were investigating some issues with a server acting wonky (we then realized it was broken into), but in the midst of investingating, we realied there was a c:\windows\ie7\iexplore.exe file, which ran….and looks like ie6.   Aparrently, its the IE6 skin, with the IE7 rendering engine.  Normally IE7 is ran from c:\program files\internet explorer\iexplore.exe.

So, out of curiousity, we did a file search for iexplore.exe….Woah, my friend had 12, and I had 31!

To top it all off, they all have different versions!  So in reality, if you run your windows updates, someone can still use the old version unless you clean them up!

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