After upgrading my laptop to Ubuntu Hardy Heron, I used the laptop last night to start writing the post about the upgrade when I was watching the Beijing Olympics opening ceremony. The ceremony was spectacular but the frequent commercials were driving me nuts. I wish NBC would have shown the artistic portions commercial free. Continue reading “Using Hardy Heron for the first time”
Since I repeated my feat of installing Ubuntu Feisty Fawn on the second laptop I got from the auction at work, I haven’t bought a wireless PC card for it. For the first laptop, I bought a TRENDnet TEW-441PC Wireless Super G PC Card for $14.99 at Circuit City and it worked flawlessly with Ubuntu. I felt hesitant to buy a different card since it is hard to tell if any other PC cards work just as well. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to get the TRENDnet card locally anymore. Buy online would cost me $29.99 on the Circuit City website and they don’t offer the mail-in rebate that was available for my last purchase. They do offer free shipping for orders over $24. But in the spirit of not wasting all the materials and fuel involved in shipping, I decided to look for another wireless PC card to buy locally. Continue reading “D-Link RangeBooster G PC card works with Ubuntu”
My main purpose of getting the Toshiba Portege 3490CT through an auction at work is to travel to conferences and give presentations. I didn’t want to spend a lot of money on the laptop because I have a Mac mini as the desktop at home and I totally love it. After I installed Ubuntu Linux onto the laptop, everything done on the laptop goes through the Internet. I use a USB flash drive to carry a few files in case there is no Wifi connection but otherwise, I don’t store any files on the laptop. Before I actually went on the road for the first time, I bought a bunch of gears:
- Toshiba replacement battery (eBay $20 + $15 shipping)
- TRENDnet 441PC Wireless PC card ($14.99 after $20 rebates)
- ZeroShock III 12-Inch Notebook Sleeve (eBay $27.99 + $10.95 shipping)
- Targus Ultra Mini Retractable Optical Mouse ($19.99 I think)
- Kensington MicroSaver Portable Notebook Combination Lock ($29.99 I think)
- High Sierra Carry-On Wheeled Business Tote (Macy’s on sale $119.99)
I recently read several articles such as this one about the vulnerability of public wifi hotspots. I have been searching for free wifi security solution for my Linux laptop ever since. The main problem is most free or even paid solutions such as AnchorFree Hotspot Shield are not set up for Linux. I read many discussions about using OpenVPN but it would mean that I set up a computer as a VPN server at home. One of the possible paid solutions that has advertised to support Linux is HotSpotVPN. Is there really no free and home server-less solution out there for Linux?
I have tested my laptop’s Wifi capability off and on for a month around town accessing various hot spots. It has been quite easy to get on the internet so far. But I don’t consider the laptop fully tested until I get to use Wifi for more than several hours.
My chance to test the laptop in the field came this week. On the last two days, I brought my laptop with me to the hotel where my work was holding a conference. The hotel has free Wifi and I successfully got onto the internet using NetworkManager instead of Wifi Radar which I previously raved about in an older post. I guess I didn’t understand how to use NetworkManager a while back. It seems to connect to Wifi much more readily than Wifi Radar. Continue reading “Using the Linux laptop “in the field””