Archive for August, 2008

Super cool post about hacking airport wifi

Posted in Other Site Stuff with tags , on August 12, 2008 by rdubz

I Stumbled across this post about getting wifi for free at airports.  It may not be perfect… but if you’ve ever experienced an “Unexpected Layover” for one reason or another, this may save your life.  Read, and enjoy, and thanks to Felix for letting us know his discoveries!

sudo !! and !! in general

Posted in LINUX! with tags , , on August 10, 2008 by rdubz

I’ve been using linux or BSD in some form or another since I was a kid… at least trying it out… I like a challenge.   I’ve just started using it mainly in the last couple of years or so…. and I’ve switched all but one of my machines to linux, and haven’t dual-booted back to windows in over 6 months.  I like it that way.  Wine can run most of the stuff I need anyways, and I have a Xbox 360 for games.

As long as I’ve been running these forms… I did not know about “sudo !!” and “!!” in command line.  Often you go through typing some HUGE line of code, or feeding in some command to run mplayer, remotely, while linking through japan for some reason.. just to see if you can… and you get “you do not have sufficient privileges!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! IDIOT!!!!!!!!”

Or something to that effect… well instead of going to the front of the command again, just type sudo !!.

!! repeats the last command you typed in, and sudo !! does it with a bit o’ SUDO action… so enjoy if you didn’t know already… and if you did… why didn’t I get the memo?

For the love of god…..

Posted in Rants with tags , on August 10, 2008 by rdubz

Well… this can be my first rave post… love it… leave it… This needs to be said.  THEY ARE BRINGING BACK 90210?  I’m watching Tommy Boy on tv right now (great movie by the way… one of my personal favorites), and I just saw a commercial for the New and Improved 90210?  After “Dylan’s” wild career of Fifth element, and… a parody appearence on the simpsons, I’m sure these guys have all but spent their lost fortunes on drugs, booze and geriatric products left, right, and center.  Ok, I’m not as mad about it now that I’ve calmed down a bit… but Why the FUCK would they bring this back… LEAVE THE DEAD ALONE!!!!!!!!  Anybody got any comments on this?  Do you think they really need to bring back this show?  Are the writers of the world that tapped for material, or that pissed off that they don’t make enough money, that they had to bring back this idea???

“Housekeeping…. you want mint for pillow?”

Ubuntu Hardy on the Vye S41 (Kohjinsha SR8…Ithink)

Posted in LINUX!, Reviews and whatnot with tags , , , , , on August 8, 2008 by rdubz

So here’s a good topic to get into on the geekery, UMPCs.  I really like these small form factor laptops.  So much I’ve got 2!  Of course I’m paying them off, but I like the idea of being able to bring a computer with me everywhere.

I’ve had a computer since I was 13.  Thanks to one of my parental units working at one of the local universities, we were able to get a 386SX20 back in the day.  I don’t remember much about it, but I remember playing block out, and something called BEAST.  IT WAS A BEAST.

Fast forward to the present.  I’m slightly pasty from spending many years in my cave, sitting in front of a computer.  I go through what I like call “cable withdrawl” if I am not able to see a computer screen.  Sure, I might be over-exagurating a bit, but you know where I’m coming from.

Enter the Vye S41.  For the full specs, check out http://www.umpcportal.com but in basics:

  • Intel 800mhz Stealey
  • 1gb of Ram (Upgradable to 2GB)
  • 80gb HD (I got a prototype with 100g)
  • 7″ screen with touchscreen and 1024×600 resolution.
  • A lot of cool buttons around the bezel.
  • Built in DVD/RW (very few if any other umpcs have this option)

I was a little worried at firs that the processor would hurt this machine.  800mhz doesn’t seem like much when I’ve got a 3ghz X2 desktop, and a Flybook V5 with a 1.2 Core Duo (more on that machine later).  The machine ships with Vista Home Premium, and as we all know, Vista is a resource Pig.  It does work with vista, albeit it boots a little slow, but I didn’t do too much with it as I’m not a windows guy lately.  So I fired up the first Ubuntu 8.04 cd I could find (and thank the lord for the built in dvd drive on this one.  A lot of reviews I’ve read ask the question: “Why use a dvd drive on a machine that is supposed to be mobile?”, Well I think its been REALLY convenient so far, and I’ve burned a CDR and it worked really well)

Upon boot I was pleased to see that wireless was detected, resolution was correct, keyboard was good (although I set it to US, whereas this machine has a UK keyboard).  Also, It had detected the touchscreen and though it didn’t work well, and was terribly calibrated, it worked.  I’ve not been so lucky with Ubuntu on the Flybook.

First I read up on the touchscreen calibration.  Ubuntuforums had a thread going at:

http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=517816&highlight=kohjinsha

And Vye’s are just rebranded Kohjinsha for the western world.  So after reading that, I’ve got a fully functioning touch screen, with a few slight issue, but I’m using beta drivers from Penmount.  I’ve always got to have the newest thing, and from what I’ve read, the touchscreen would be a little better with Gutsy or Feisty Ubuntu, but I like hardy…. so there,

Now of course, there’s no sense plugging a UMPC into ethernet unless you need to do a big transfer or some jazz, so I started to notice that the wireless was SHIT.  I’ve got a 2 bedroom apartment, and even sitting in the same room as the router, I was connecting at 1mb/s.  So reading more granted salvation at ubuntu forums.  Turns out the Vye uses an RT73 USB based wifi chipset.  Ubuntu drivers are crap for this apparently, and I came across serialm0nkeys drivers.  Following a thred on Ubuntu about installing those, and I am back up and running.  Perfect wifi connection anywhere in the apt.

I installed VLC, and am able to play Divx movies and TV with 0 lag, no issues there, and the speakers are actually pretty loud for their size.  Surfing is no problem at all, I’m writing the blog post on it was we speak.  Which brings us to typing on the small keyboard.

As mentioned I’ve had a Flybook V5 for about 6 months before owning this Vye.  So I’m getting used to typing on small keyboards.  The vye is a little more tactile than the Flybook, which is nice.  It does come with a UK layout as mentioned, which does take a little more getting used to than usual.  BUt once you’ve got it figured out, and you can remember which keyboard is which (two small keyboards doesn’t make this easy) than you should be typing at least 75% of your regular speed in no time.

I’m running some of the Compiz eye candy that comes with Linux… obviously not overkill, as with a small screen, whats the point of filling it with crap… but the cube, and opacity stuff I use works just fine.  Word processing and office work is fine in linux, haven’t tried on windows yet….

In short, I’m quite happy with this Vye as a personal PC for travel and day to day stuff.  It’s not a gaming machine by any means, but I don’t need one.  The burner makes it easy to burn dvds on the road, so if I go to the cottage, I’m never without something to watch if the days or nights are rainy.  I think photographers would be happy with this machine.  Take a wedding for example, you could have all your photos on your pc (with the built in SD/Memory Stick and compact flash, sort through the good, burn to cd and have your entire session complete before you even leave for the day.  Not bad.  I’ll of course keep those interested posted with anything else I come across, and how this thing performs in day to day life.  But right now…. I LIKE IT…. I’m also a dealer for Vye and Flybook, so if you’re interested, drop me a line or leave me a comment.

My first real Linux Conversion….!

Posted in LINUX!, Uncategorized on August 6, 2008 by rdubz

It’s wednesday, gorgeous outside, and I just got back from the dentist (one of the things in life I hate the most).  I’ve got a buddy coming over today, who wanted me to fix his computer.  He’s a typical computer user… no master, but he’s got a grip on what he needs to do… and I’m always on-call of course ;).

So when he mentioned the issue with virii, etc… I said, why not try Linux?  I showed him my current setup on my desktop machine, with all the eyecandy Compiz has to offer.  The cube was first, then the Atlantis plugin with the fish inside.  I don’t use animations on my windows, cuz they usually run like crap, so I just showed some basic compiz… and he loved the idea… then I started in on the topic of virii and how you’d have to be in rough shape to crash you ubuntu system with an actual virus.  I’m re-doing my Flybook V5 with linux now… it was time for an re-do… and I’m workin on a “user friendly” touchscreen method to get it working…

My buddy will be here shortly, so I’ll let you know how it goes!

MY review of the Dlink DIR-655 Extreme

Posted in Reviews and whatnot with tags , , on August 5, 2008 by rdubz

Did I spell that right?  Or is it Xtreme?  Well, either way, I REALLLLY like this router.

Routers are routers are routers… I haven’t really had a LOT of them in my time, but I’ve always had a lot of computers, and have gone through about 4 or 5 different wireless ones in my time… and one wired, but let’s not even get into that.  I’ve had Linksys, Dlink and Boutiful routers in my day… Started with linksys, and then went to Dlink when I moved out and couldn’t take my linksys with me.  I had a Dlink DIR-524 when I lived in the philippines, so when I moved out of my parents place in Canada, I bought the same thing.  It got the job done over there, and in my one bedroom apartment before, never caused any issues…

Then came the move to Apt #2… the concrete lair as I like to refer to it (actually, that JUST came to me now).  The little one antenna router was no match for the concrete walls, and extra space here, and I started getting some gigabit NICS so I thought it was time to upgrade.  In steps the 655.

To start, it really looks cool.  Glossy white with blue lights… super cool in my opinion.. very MAC esque… though I’ve never owned one.  Dlink has come a long way since the 524 let me tell you.  In the box, I got the router, a stand to keep it vertical, if that floats your boat… ethernet cable, power cord, and the cds and small quickstart guide.  The router had some plastic sticky crap covering the back, telling me to make sure I put the CD in my system before doing ANYTHING.

I run linux, so this is not going to work for me.  Standard setup works for people who have used a router before and know what they’re doing.  I didn’t try the setup features, but it looks like they’ve really come a long way with idiot-proofing routers these days too!

Performance is sweet, I had an issue with the older router and my RT73 based card in my Vye (Kohjinsha), packet loss and the sort, but that has cleared up.  My 802.11B bridge hooked into the bedroom works really well also, no speed issues there, streaming videos and music without an issue.

I haven’t tried any gigabit to gigabit transfers yet, but I’ll keep you posted on that, and how else this goes as I use it more… I really only got it on Friday.

Enjoy