[Quicky] How to get your Huawei USB modem to work on Ubuntu 10.04

Back in January I exchanged my Huawei USB E1550 modem with that of a friend who works for one of the mobile operators here. Today I went back for mine since he had requested for his. To my surprise, my usb modem was being seen as a data storage instead of a modem on Kubuntu 10.04.
Here’s is the work around I got after fidgeting and getting down to the CLI. Might come in handy for some of you.
If you are running anything later than Ubuntu 10.04, you’d need to install Udev-extras. 

sudo apt-get install udev-extras

That installs the udev-extras for older Ubuntu users. 
Then add a new rule in your /etc to tell your system to view the Huawei USB as a modem instead of a storage device.

gksu gedit /etc/udev/rules.d/15-huawei-e1550.rules

You might want to change “gedit” to Kate if you are running Kubuntu or to the name of your text editor.
In the text window that opens, just copy and paste the following argument

SUBSYSTEM==”usb”,
SYSFS{idProduct}==”1446″,
SYSFS{idVendor}==”12d1″,
RUN+=”/lib/udev/modem-modeswitch –vendor 0x12d1 –product 0x1446 –type option-zerocd”

You might want to open a new terminal window and type in 

lsusb -v 

with your modem slotted to give you the values to input in the above argument in case your model is different from mine.
Click save after pasting the above in the text file. That’s it. From here onwards, your system should see the Huawei USB as a modem instead of a storage device.
Edit
[Quicky] is a new term I’d be using to describe work arounds I discover in my day to day usage of Linux which I believe should help others in case they come across the same issues. Chronicling my findings and solutions is one of the ways I can contribute back to the community.

Opera Mini – Mobile browsing for human beings

There is no gainsaying that more people start their internet sojourn on a mobile phone than on a computer. And in most cases, most of these phones are not the high end, high powered ones. Having a browser that *works* and works well on these devices is thus a crucial factor in getting more people into cyberspace.
Opera Mini is perhaps the only browser that meets and beats the above criteria well. To me, Opera Mini is to mobile phones what Ubuntu is to Linux. I have been using if for the past 7 years and with the release of the 5th version, it sure looks to me the best in the world.
With tabbed browsing, a download manager, password manager, sleek interface, lightning speed, security, different display views, speed dials and more, it sure is the mobile browser for human beings. It is especially vital in not so advanced societies where the infrastructure is just not there to allow for wide scale internet connectivity.
To clarify, all the above features are standard with every Opera Mini download. What actually blows me away about this browser is the fact that is works on the very lowest of phones. All that matters is for your phone to have support for Java and you are good to go. I know there are other browsers out there that are designed for low end phones, but so far, none works flawlessly as Opera Mini.
If you have not done so yet, I urge you to give this marvelous piece of application a try. It sure works on almost any phone out there. If you are also using it, I’d be glad to hear your experience with it. I would also be more than happy to try other mobile browsers that you think are worth trying.

How to access Google Buzz on ‘other’ phones

There are two kinds of phones; there’s smartphones, and then there are other phones. Like me, if you happen to be among the over 2 billion others that use the other kind of phone, then accessing the latest craze in town, aka Google Buzz is out of the question. Well not entirely.
 Thanks to Mobile Geeks, you can now access Google Buzz on your ‘normal’ Java handset. Simply point your mobile browser to https://m.google.com/app/buzz and just ignore the warning that tells you Google Buzz requires Android or iPhone by choosing Continue on unsupported device.
That’s it. Now you can also enjoy Google Buzz in its full mobile glory like those with smartphones. In the unlikely event that you were thinking of  buying a smartphone just to enjoy Buzz, well now you don’t need to any more. I’m currently using it on my Nokia 5130 XpressMusic and it works alright. 
In case you are using any of the two supported phones, please share your experience with us using it on the other phones 🙂
Image courtesy- Mobile Geeks.

5 of some of the most popular Linux powered mobile devices of 2009

Linux, the Open Source OS platform, is making inroads into the mainstream desktop OS market and fast becoming a popular alternative to the big brother Windows. With popular distros like Ubuntu and Fedora leading the charge, the desktop OS market is set to witness some serious change of terrain in the coming years. The popularity of Linux is also in part due to more and more hardware manufacturers shipping their wares with one flavor or the other of it installed. Below are 5 of some of the most popular Linux powered devices of 2009.
The Eee PC is one of the most popular brands in the netbook market. This model, very popular with students is powered by an Intel 900 MHz mobile CPU, a 20GB solid- state flash memory and 1GB memory. It has 54g Wi-Fi(802.11b/g). It comes with lots of Open Source apps including the popular Openoffice productivity suite. It has 3 USB 2.0, VGA output and SD card reader. In short, all the functions  you are used to in a full fledged laptop can be found on this device. In short this Linux powered mobile device is a full fledged laptop in a small body
This model of Archos is quite new but is making waves among multimedia lovers, with some touting it as the Android powered  rival to the Ipod Touch. It spots a cool 250GB of storage capacity, enough to store over 120,000 songs I believe. It has 4.8-inch TFT LCD touchscreen, an 800 x 480 pixel resolution with 16 million colors. For video support, it easily handles MPEG-4, WMV, and M-JPEG; Audio support: MP3, WMA, Protected WMA, WMA pro 5.1, WAV; plug-ins available for further video and audio format support. There is also Wi-Fi (802.11 b/g) connectivity. For browsing the internet, you have Opera preinstalled with Adobe Flash 9 video support. Archos is simply superb and has rightly earned its popularity among media lovers like myself.
The N810 is an upgrade to the other popular N800 internet tablet. It features the popular Mozilla browser for a full Web 2.0 browsing experience compatible with Gizmo, Gtalk and Skype. It spots a 2GB built in memory expandable via miniSD and microSD cards and 128MB DRam. There is also an integrated GPS navigator, a  front facing camera, and slide-out QWERTY keyboard. I used to have the N800 and it really was a wonder gadget. No wonder Nokia leads the way in the mobile market. I hope to get myself this device sometime in the future.
The HP 2133 Mini-Note PC  offersyou all the functionality of a notebook PC in a netbook. It features it  an 8.9-inch scratch-resistant display with a WXGA resolution, a VIA C7-M ULV processor with a speed of  1.0 GHz speed, 800 MHz front-side bus (FSB) and a 128 KB L2 cache. It comes with a 4GB SS flash storage, 512MB of Ram to a maximum of 2GB and 667 MHz speed. For connectivity, you have a 54g wireless LAN that’s fully compatible with 802.11b/g wireless networks and Gigabit Ethernet port (10/100/1000). One of the reasons why I believe this device has been very popular is because of the Suse Linux it comes preinstalled with. Go Linux go!
This model of the popular Acer Aspire One, released today at Amazon, is set to continue with the popularity of the Aspire One. You can choose to have it installed with Android and comes with Integrated Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 950, 1024 MB DDR2 SDRAM Single Channel Memory, 160 GB SATA Hard Drive (5400RPM), Multi-in-1 Digital Media Card Reader, Acer InviLink 802.11b/g Wi-Fi CERTIFIED, Bluetooth 2.1+EDR (Enhanced Data Rate), Integrated Acer Crystal Eye Webcam, Two Built-in Stereo Speakers, 3 – USB 2.0 Ports, 6-cell Li-ion Battery (5800 mAh), 2.79 lbs. | 1.27 kg (system unit only). Though this model is to be released today (28/9/2009), I included it because of the popularity of the Aspire One among netbook users.
These are just five of some of the most popular Linux preinstalled mobile devices available today. Linux is set to make some impact and the abundance of its preinstallation on netbooks is an attestation to this fact. Some people may disagree with me, but all in all, Linux is set to gain more popularity in the coming years.
What other Linux powered devices can you add to the list?

New PC-Zi Mobile Internet Tool runs Ubuntu 9.04

Sharp has launched a new mobile internet tool that runs Ubuntu 9.04. A statement from the press release describes the it as “next-generation Mobile Tool [that] Provides Internet Access and Works as an Electronic Dictionary and e-Book” According to the press release, the device is capable of booting in under 3 seconds and spots a high-resolution, 5-inch touch-screen LCD which enables intuitive touch operation while the full keyboard provides for comfortable text input. Additionally, in business settings, users can create documents, spreadsheets, presentation materials, etc., and edit them stress free.You can read more about this new device running Ubuntu 9.04 here.