has been annoyingly sluggish ever since. Pinging Google sites via command-line shows heavy packet losses. I use the same browsers in Linux (Chrome & Firefox), and the same browsers in Windows. Still, performance of all Google (and related) sites is very poor in Linux (but OK in case of Windows) due to an arcane reason that is still now clear to me. Even (innocuously) normal sites with Google ads take 4-5 refreshes to load properly. And don’t forget almost no site (ok, except some only-HTML stone-age sites still lurking around) in the world today are devoid of those nasty Google ads.
So until I solve the mystery, Google will keep me frustrated in Linux.
So you just bought yourself a swanky new BSNL EV-DO broadband Internet device. It works happily on your Windows, fine, as they provide a Windows-friendly CD along with the device that installs the required software and drivers easily. But what about if you want to use your EV-DO in Linux, if you have it? Due to lack of official Linux support, setting up EV-DO in Linux can be quite tricky, but here is how to do it easily, without much fuss.
Linux comes in many flavors (from different vendors), like Ubuntu, openSuSE, Mandriva, Fedora, Mint. If you have one of these, or any modern Linux distro, proceed as follows.
In Linux, plug in the USB modem device. Now check if device nodes for it are created in your /dev folder. Usually, they are like /dev/ttyUSB0, /dev/ttyUSB1, /dev/usb/ttyUSB0, and so on. In most cases, this step should automatically happen. If it doesn’t, then you’ll have to manually create the device nodes for your USB modem by inserting its module in the kernel. To do it:
Check for the device ID of the USB modem. You do this using the following command. Run the command first with the modem unplugged, and then with modem plugged in. Compare the output in both the cases; whichever new entry appears in the list is of your modem.
Within the output that you get, your modem (in most cases a ZTE device), will be listed something like:
Bus 002 Device 004: ID 19d2:fffe ZTE Corporation
Bus 002 Device 004: ID 19d2:fffe
Now using this device ID, you’ll create its device nodes by using this command:
Saw this today as “Quote of the day” on my office’s notice board.
The best way to succeed in life is to act on the advice we give to others.
That’s 100% right, Mr. Anonymous. Very well said.
So, that was about the quote.
I recently got an Internet connection at my place, in Gurgaon; it’s a BSNL EV-DO based connection. Quite happy with it for now.
Got rid of 1185 spam comments today. Had to go through each one of them to spot out genuine ones stuck there.
Today, finally, Microsoft certifications lost my trust. On doing MCTS and MCP, all by myself, I felt very proud. But on looking around in the office, I found out that anybody can clear these certifications given they have proper dumps for that. Now that really hurt me.