That made my day.
That made my day.
This past Tuesday I was “let go” from Magna, the company where I worked for well over a decade. Upper management’s move came out of nowhere, and a number of my now former colleagues did not see the change coming either. It was really hard to experience, it’s not something I’ve ever been through before, and I’ve no interest in experiencing it again.
I’ve got good things to say about my time at Magna. I value my time and work there. I will miss the people. I will especially miss my team.
After Tuesday’s kick in the gut I took Wednesday off to let things settle emotionally. Thursday I kicked off the job hunt.
My plan as of now on prjorgensen.com is to write about the job hunt, what I’m doing for it, and what kinds of things I should have planned for while I was gainfully employed. Looking at this change as an opportunity I will also catch up on my InfoSec and IT reading backlog, so you’ll likely see write-ups. I’ll dig into privacy issues, politics and IT, and other topics as I’m moved to write.
My personal plans and journey you will find over on Harmony Pirate.
Once I was able to get it to work in Windows, it was time to get it working in Ubuntu.
The USB ID for the MC7750 is 114F:68A2. It is also listed in Windows as “Gobi 4000 HS-USB Modem”.
Ubuntu didn’t recognize the 4G modem out of the box. I found a driver here. Here is more information. This modem wasn’t in there, but I went ahead and modified the source to add in the USB ID. Here are my diffs:
Save these to the folder where you downloaded the driver. Then
tar xvf v3.2_1740_kernel-3.0.directIP.tar cd v3.2_1740_kernel-3.0.directIP patch -p0 < ../sierra.patch patch -p0 < ../sierra_net.patch make sudo make install
and then reboot.
Success! Or sort of. It showed up as registered on Verizon. I could see the signal strength. Finding the right settings for NetworkManager is the next step.
There are three options for the number:
#777 *99# *99***3# *99***4#
The username should be the [email protected] and the password is vzw.
I’m still working on this. It isn’t dialing, but I’m having a hard time finding the right combination.
Several of the above are from my Widescreen Firefox post (signified by a *). The others are primarily for security & privacy (signified by a !) or convenience (signified by a ^).
Since I’m away from my main machine I might have missed an extension, but t These are the mainstays of my Firefox experience.
In the Customize Toolbar dialog I enable “Use Small Icons” and remove the search bar, the home button, and the bookmarks button.
There are more customizations, but this is enough for now. I will post additional tweaks to this later.
The other todo is coming up with a good mechanism for distributing the various add-ons’ configurations to other systems. Dropbox may be the obvious solution, but check back here for updates.
Has this been helpful to you? What are your must have extensions or tweaks to Firefox? I didn’t even get into my about:config adjustments. Those will be updated here, too.
To do this I edited
as root with my favourite editor. I added the following line at the end:
tmpfs /tmp tmpfs defaults,noatime 0 0 tmpfs /var/tmp tmpfs defaults,noatime 0 0
You can reboot at this point and you’re all set. You could manually mount this but it could cause problems with your system.
UPDATE: Ubuntu and Lotus Notes for Linux don’t like mounting /tmp as nosuid and noexec.
Let me know if you do this and how it works for you.
In short, open a new tab and type
Search for backspace. Double click on “browser.backspace_action” and change the value to 0.
Anyway, one of the things I’m trying to do is make my various systems as keyboard consistent as possible. Mrxvt doesn’t support keyboard copy and paste out of the box. I found a post that details how to set it up.
This tip makes use of my newest favorite CLI tool: xclip. Here’s how.
On Ubuntu 12.04, install xclip:
sudo apt-get install xclip
Then using your favorite editor edit (or create) the file
Add the following lines at the end of your file:
Mrxvt.macro.Ctrl+Shift+v: Paste CLIPBOARD Mrxvt.macro.Ctrl+Shift+c: Exec !/usr/bin/xclip -o | /usr/bin/xclip -selection clipboard
Save the file and restart your Mrxvt.
Let me know if this works for you. If you get this working under rxvt or urxvt, let me know!
This hybrid sleep is pretty great. I put the laptop to sleep normally, either by command or closing the lid while unplugged from power. After 15 minutes by default the laptop will go into hibernation, saving battery power.
Some comments on the original post have mentioned there could be a risk if you have a traditional hard drive versus SSD. This could indeed cause an issue if your laptop is moving (in a bad, under an arm, etc.) while it transitions into hibernation mode. Use at your own risk.
Also, you must have a swap partition of sufficient size. If you followed the default at install you’re probably safe. If you opted for no swap (a mistake in my opinion) this will not work.
Here are the steps, paraphrased from WebUPD8.org:
From the CLI, execute:
sudo pm-is-supported --suspend-hybrid && echo "hybrid suspend is supported" || echo "your system doesn't support hybrid suspend"
Depending on how the command returns you can proceed.
You need to create a file as root called
Here’s what you need to put in it:
# Always use suspend_hybrid instead of suspend if [ "$METHOD" = "suspend" ]; then METHOD=suspend_hybrid fi # time in seconds until hibernate (suspend to disk) occurs; 900 means 15 minutes # Edit this value to your preferred delay PM_HIBERNATE_DELAY=900
And that’s it! If your laptop doesn’t support hibernation at all this will not work.
Some folks in the comments thread mentioned a risk of overheating, but I’m skeptical that there is any real concern there.
Let me know how it goes for you!
It’s not perfect. Pidgin’s MeanWhile doesn’t handle logged in users properly.
To fix that on Ubuntu, go here, and download the package for your install – 32-bit or 64-bit. Then execute
sudo dpkg -i libmeanwhile1-1.0.2-3*
… and restart Pidgin. You may need to hold or lock the libmeanwhile package from an update.
There’s an outstanding issue about file transfers that still requires a solution.