Saturday, June 27, 2009

Damn Small Linux Auto-start Howto

Tech Blog - Here is a quick howto on setting up auto-start of application during start up on Damn Small Linux, for example you want to have Firefox load and opened to particular page during start up, here is how to do it.

Setting up Auto- Start
- On boot up login as user or root, if as user do "sudo su" on the terminal
- Once on the desktop click on terminal
- On the terminal screen type the following
- cd /home/dsl
- vi .xinitrc
- look for the line that has the word "dillo"
- press letter "i" to start typing replace word "dillo" with /usr/local/bin/firefox
- then replace /usr/share/doc/dsl/getting_started.html with the bookmark file
- press ESC key, then type :wq! to save and exit then your done

Next time you login as user "dsl" Firefox will auto load on the page you have specify.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Installing Damn Small Linux To Hard Disk

Tech Blog - I recently been installing Damn Small Linux on old computer which which will be used as log in terminal, for those of you who doesn't know what Damn Small Linux is, DSL is a small Linux distribution about 50mb in size, DSL let you run Linux off CD/DVD like any live Linux distributions but unlike many live CD's and because of its small size DSL can also be installed and run on USB sticks, DSL has a graphical interface using Fluxbox it comes with many application including media players, web bowsers including Firefox, web server, a spreadsheet and word processor as well as some basic picture editors application for complete list click here, anyway on this post I will be discussing howto install Damn Small Linux on your Hard Disk, since DSL is meant to be run as live CD you will need to prepare your disk using fdisk or cfdisk before you will be able to install Damn Small Linux now lets begin.

Damn Small Linux - Download and burn to CD.

Installation steps

Step 1 - Booting your computer off the CD
- Go to your BIOS and make sure that it is set to boot of CD rom
- Boot From CD - if you are asked
- Once your in DSL (Damn Small Linux)
- Run Terminal ( Right click and select XSHELL you can choose from Transparent, Dark and light, all of them does the same thing)

Step 2 - Installing DSL
- On the terminal type the following
- sudo su
- cfdisk
- On cfdisk menu, delete all partition, highlight then select delete
- Once deleted the old partition, create a new partition one for DSL and one for swap
Sample partition
- 6500mb for /dev/hda1 and make this partition Bootable, by selecting bootable
- 1000mb for /dev/hda2 this is for swap space

- Once partition is created, select /dev/hda2 then select type, type in the number "82" this will set /dev/hda2 as swap partition type
- Once type has been set for swap, select "write" and exit cfdisk
- After exiting cfdisk type the following command to create the swap disk
- mkswap /dev/hda2
- After making the swap, go back to DSL desktop, right click then select Apps > Tools > Install to HD

Step 3- On Installation Screen
- Select to install to hda1 or /dev/hda1
- Choose ext2 when ask whether ext2 or ext3
- When ask to install bootloader either one is ok, grub or lilo doesn't matter
- it will install bootloader to MBR
- When done installing it will ask you to reboot, take out the cd and reboot, then your done installing

Step 4 - Post Installation after Reboot
- Select Vesa driver when asked for driver,
- Select 1028 when ask for resolution
- You can skip DPI question(I did)
- Once your in then your done installing.


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Sunday, June 21, 2009

Huawei E160 and Ubuntu | E160 Linux Howto | Sun Broadband

huawei e160Tech Blog - I have been a subscription of Sun Broadband for couple of months now its a 3g Internet service in the Philippines, anyway with the subscription it came with a SIM and Huawei E160 3g USB modem dongle, the problem is I have couple of laptops that is running Mepis Linux and Ubuntu Linux as you might have known the program that came with the dongle doesn't work on Linux, another problem is that the Huawei E160 modem is quite unique as it act as a mass storage device like a flash disk which also one of the reason that Linux is having problem working with it.

This is a howto on getting the Huawei E160 modem to work on your Ubuntu and Mepis Linux or almost any Linux distribution, with this howto you are expected to have right to "root" priviledges, and you are expected to use the command for majority of this howto, a good undertsanding of shell command and basic scripting will also be very covenient for you int the long run, but is not a requirement lets begin.

What you will need:

libusb(developer) - You will need to make sure that libusb is installed on your Linux system, if your using Ubuntu or Mepis or Linux with Synaptic Package manager you can search and install libusb using it or use "apt-get" alternatively, you might also need to install libc++ in my case when I installed libusb it automatically installed libc++(developer) as dependencies, if your using rpm based Linux distri bution you might can search it using yum or up2date depends which one your using or you might want to download the tarball version or rpm version of it.

usb_modeswitch - You will need to download usb_modeswitch tarball package, this will be used to switch mode of your usb dongle from mass stroage mode to gsm modem mode, for you to connect to your carrier.

usb_modeswitch.conf - You will also need to download usb_modeswitch.conf the latest configuration file for usb_modeswitch.

wvdial - You will need a ppp dialing program that support ppp/chap, so download and install.

Step to making your Huawei E160 connect on you Linux systems

Step 1 - Plugin the Huawei E160 modem and After downloading you will need to extract the package and install.

$ tar -xjvf usb_modeswitch-0.9.7.tar.bz2
$ cd usb_modesswitch-0.9.7

Now to install, you can do

$ gcc -l usb -o usb_modeswitch usb_modeswitch.c
$ cp usb_modeswitch /usr/local/bin/usb_modeswitch

or install using ( this one works for me as well)

$ make install

Step 2 - Now that you have installed usb_modeswitch its time to configure it, first we copy the usb_modeswitch.conf file we downloaded

$ cp usb_modeswitch.conf /etc/

then we need to edit usb_modeswitch.conf using a text editor, look for "Huawei E220" then edit it to make it look like the text or screenshot below

# Huawei E220 (aka “Vodafone EasyBox II”, aka “T-Mobile wnw Box Micro”)
# Huawei E270
# Huawei E870
# and probably most other Huawei devices (just adapt product ID)
# Two options: 1. removal of “usb-storage” 2. the special control
# message found by Miroslav Bobovsky
# Contributor: Hans Kurent, Denis Sutter

DefaultVendor= 0×12d1;
DefaultProduct= 0×1003

# choose one of these:


After configuring that save then run usb_modeswitch

$ usb_modeswitch

Then your done with usb_modeswitch

Step 3 - I you haven't install wvdial you need to install it now then run wvdialconf if you have configured usb_modeswitch correctly and run usb_modeswitch wvdial will be able to detect your Huawei E160 modem.

$ wvdialconf

After running the above command, you will need to edit /etc/wvdial.conf make sure it look like the screenshot below, put ";" on username and password if its supposed to be blank as wvdial doesn't allow blank username and password.

huawei e160 modem

Once changes hav been made just save the file and then run wvdial.

$ wvdial

If configured properly it should start to connect like the screenshot below

3g modem

NOTE: During the waiting for prompt part, be patient as it is establishing connection, once it says its connected try to ping

e160 3g modem

Then your done, the configuration for the wvdial is for Sun broadband, if your using other provider service, you will need to change it to your providers details.

NOTE: Everytime you unplugged and plug your Huawei E160 Modem you will need to run "usb_modeswitch" before running "wvdial", I suggest creating a bash/sh connection script something like the one below, just hit ctrl+c to disconnect.

sleep 30

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Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Samsung PS63P76FDX Review

Tech Blog - Samsung has introduced a massive display plasma television with 63 inches which is mostly intended for movie lovers. Samsung PS63P76FDX Plasma Display is integrated with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. This massive display helps the users to display unmatchable picture quality with excellent clarity and sharpness. The resolution is capable of offering superior image quality with very finesse details. When compared with other latest model plasma televisions, the features integrated in this model are simply the best.

A total of 15,000:1 is the contrast ratio offered in this model, which is capable of offering excellent picture quality along with very rich color tones. Another important factor that one has to look after in this model is screen brightness, where the brightness level offered in the screen is 1,000 Cd/m2, which helps in rendering the optimum quality images. In order to enhance the image quality few other screen features integrated in this model are Picture in Picture (PIP), 4-line digital comb filter and 3D motion Adaptive technology. Viewers always like to enjoy comfortable viewing of the pictures and a note of fulfilling that, this model offers 175 degree viewing angle.

Integrated analogue and Free View tuner are the other screen features available in this HD Ready television. 3 HDMI inputs, SCART, VGA input, audio line-out, audio digital output, S-video, analog coaxial connection, etc are the other bunch of connectivity features that one gets from this 63 inch plasma television. A really good audio output signals are enjoyed through 30watts output power. With the help of VGA interface, the users can also use this television as PC monitor. Incorporated with all these amazing features, the television weighs around 70kg and has a dimension of 1528mm x 1001mm x 88mm.

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Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Archos Android Smartphone Review

Tech Blog - Due to the greatest advancement of the technology, the manufacturers have started to integrate new technique each and every day to attract their potential customers. To fulfil, the need of the customers, the mobile phone manufacturers have started to introduce new and amazingly featured mobile phones in order to fulfil the need of the customers. On that part, Archos Android Smart phone is a really good and best mobile model integrated with ocean of functions and utilities.

This is absolutely a super phone, which is now available in the market, where the users can get everything they need in their palm. The designs of these Android mobile phones are amazing, which definitely puts the users at ease in handling the mobile phone. It has been called as ultra-thin Internet Media Tablet. The screen size is really an amazing one, where this is the first time, where the users are given a chance to use such a broad displayed mobile phone. It comes with 5 inch display which offers very clear and sharp display along with really high resolution.

OMAP3440 processor is integrated in this model and it works with Google’s Android operating system. Video recording, TiVo-like video recording and a digital TV are some of the other options that is available in this model. It has a large storage space with a capacity of 500GB. Talking about its other features, this phone offers wireless network connectivity supporting 3.5G standard. The downloading transfer rate of this model is 7.2MBps, where the user can experience PC-like web browsing experience.

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Friday, June 05, 2009

Asus EEE PC T91 Netbook

Tech Blog - The design of the laptops is highly changing based on the user’s interest. On that part Asus EEE PC T91 Netbook, is a new model that is available in the market, making the users feel at ease in handling the model. Also there are various other impeccable qualities are embedded in this model. This device is designed with a display of 8.9 inch which is definitely a heart stealer.

Discussing about the features, this is a convertible netbook and it is embedded with touch sensitive screen. The special of this model is its display, which can be easily turned according to the users wish like; it can be folded on the keyboard by facing the screen upward. The resolution of the screen is 1024 x 600 pixels and it can also be called as mini netbook. Talking about the features of this model it has been powered by Intel Atom Z250 processor which comes with a reasonable speed of 1.3GHz.

Windows XP is the operating system, which is used in this model helps to enhance its performance. 1GB DDR2 RAM and 32GB solid state drive is integrated in this model. Discussing about the networking features it supports WiFi, Bluetooth and also it supports 3G and higher networking technologies. Apart from all these, it has GPS, TV Tuner, 2USB ports and memory card reader for MMC, SD and SDHC. Also it has VGA output, 0.3 Mega pixel cameras. With these entire features, it is simple, stylish, trendy and handy computing device.

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Thursday, June 04, 2009

Google Squared Live

Tech Blog - Google squared is now live. so far I find the interface is way much better than Wolfram Alpha actually almost the entire thing is way better than Wolfram Alpha, it understand query better and from what I can see right now it pull and organize data in much wider source than Wolfram Alpha does, you can almost type anything on the search box and something related to the subject will come up, so far I think this is amazing I suggest you check out Google squared I'm pretty sure will find it usefull.

What is Google Square:
Google Squared takes a category and creates a starter 'square' of information, automatically fetching and organizing facts from across the web.

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Wednesday, June 03, 2009

Sony DSLR Alpha A300K Digital Camera Review

Tech Blog - Each and every individual in this world is bonded with best amenities for them to excel themselves in their life. For some photography seems to be a passion and for those who fall under these category, the all new Sony DSLR Alpha A300K Digital Camera stands as a great partner for their life. When this is compared with other models from Sony, it consists of really outstanding features which one can enjoy.

Discussing about it features; the image resolution that is integrated in this model is 10.2 mega pixels, which greatly offers the best and stunning clarity to the images that are captured. This is an advanced make from normal SLR camera and it offers digital clarity. So based on this feature, it has been named as DSLR camera. This is designed with the dimension of 130.8mm x 98.5mm x 74.7mm and it comes with a weight of 582 grams. Also, the 2.7 inch LCD screen comes with 2 way tilt adjustment option which helps the users to comfortably capture the images.

The total screen resolution offered in this model is 230000 pixels. Other options included in this model are BIONZ image processing engine, Dynamic Range Optimiser, Steadyshot image Stabilisation technique, DT 18-70mm f3.5 Zoom lens, a multi-connector AV and USB cable, a rechargeable battery with a battery charger, a shoulder strap, a body cap, a software CD-ROM and an instruction manual are the few valuable features to mention.

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Tuesday, June 02, 2009

Humminbird PiranhaMax 220 Fishfinder Review

Tech Blog - This is an easy to use satellite navigation system with cute design and attractive features. The design of the model is highly sophisticated making the users to feel at ease in using the device. Cute and simply designed Humminbird PiranhaMax 220 Fishfinder, definitely attracts all the users. It comes with easy installation and other operational features. The display of this satellite navigation is much lengthy when compared with other model GPS system. The display size of the system is 4 inch and the resolution of the screen is 240 x160 degree, which is capable of offering unmatchable picture clarity.

Humminbird PiranhaMax 220 Fishfinder is integrated with best backlight features with 3 levels of brightness adjustments. This enables the users to view the route with crystal clear clarity which helps for really smooth ride. It comes with 11.1 x 15.6 x 8.3 cm dimension, helping to locate the device more comfortably in car or in any other vehicle. This is also best suitable for pedestrian use and it is capable of sending the beams with a depth of about 600 to 800 feet. Other additional features offered in this model are Swivel mount, One-Touch control, transducer, product manual and much more.

This is best suitable for underwater navigation and offers an excellent performance in the shallow water. Also it is capable of providing regular alerts which help in determining fishes, depth range and bottom texture. The device is very tough and it has a waterproof body helping the users to use it anywhere of their choice.

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