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February 2, 2009

Introduction; the World’s First Fully Open Netbook

Filed under: EeePC, Linux — Tags: , , , — Michael Pobega @ 8:49 AM

The netbook market has become watered down with so many competitors trying to cash in on the new craze, including but not limited to netbooks from companies such as Asus, Acer, Dell, MSI Wind, and Sony. Finally though, one company has decided to release a fully open netbook for those of us who love open stuff. Lemote’s 8.9 inch YeeLoong netbook doesn’t look fantastic by any means, and it sports a processor barely half as powerful as it’s competitors, but it’s definitely a step in the right direction.

The information given on Lemote’s site is very limited, but from what I can tell the YeeLong netbook won’t sport internal wireless or an internal webcam or any of that jazz (though they do offer a USB wifi “extension”, whatever that means), but it will have a competitive price. If the price is cheap enough perhaps I’ll buy one just to support open hardware

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February 1, 2009

Tunneling a connection through SSH

Filed under: Dorm Life, Linux — Tags: , , , — Michael Pobega @ 2:23 PM

So I finally arrived at school, only to find that my college has decided to block IRC on the campus wifi. Weirdly enough, they allow AIM/MSN/Jabber/Skype/Ekiga/etc traffic, but not IRC. According to the IT department “IRC is commonly used to spread viruses”. I’m not sure how valid that is, but it didn’t stop me from trying to connect to my usual IRC networks.

Luckily all they did was block the common (6000~7000) IRC ports, which meant that I could still get on any networks that offered alternate ports. But for those odd servers that don’t offer any ports outside of the 6000~7000 range, there is another way to get around this block using an SSH tunnel and a program called tsocks, a program made to simplify the use of a SOCKS proxy connection. After installing tsocks find tsocks.conf and make sure everything else is commented out but:

server = 127.0.0.1
# Server type defaults to 4 so we need to specify it as 5 for this one
server_type = 5
# The port defaults to 1080 but I’ve stated it here for clarity
server_port = 1025

Now when you connect to your SSH server, you use the -D flag followed by the port in your tsocks.conf. For example, if you were using my configuration you would run ssh -D 1025 servername

Another use for this is to achieve wired connection speeds with a wireless connection – you can tunnel wget through tsocks and increase your download speed (considering your SSH server is on the local network)

Have fun and happy chatting!

January 20, 2009

Fleeting thoughts

Filed under: My Life — Michael Pobega @ 9:22 PM

I’m glad to finally be leaving for school. Spending my life on this island has been such a drag; not that there isn’t anything to do, because I assure you, there is — but because I’ve grown tired of seeing the same people day in and day out. It’s the same people, the same teachers, the same restaurants, the same drama (that isn’t to say that I enjoy drama, because I don’t), and it’s become repetitive.

Hopefully the new start at SUNY IT will work out. I just need a new environment.

January 13, 2009

Finally upgraded my Eee PC 900 – Eee PC 901

Filed under: EeePC — Tags: , — Michael Pobega @ 6:08 PM

I finally got the chance to buy a new Eee PC before leaving for college (to be exact, it arrived six days before I leave) and it’s great. Besides the processor being more powerful, I get three to five hours of battery life and my operating system is extremely responsive.

The video card is also an upgraded Intel card (though it doesn’t make that much of a difference, really) which helps a small bit when it comes to gaming.

The best part of the Eee 901 is the improved build quality; the hardware feels a lot nicer and less prone to breakage, which I experienced pretty often with my Eee PC 900.

December 31, 2008

New Kernel (2.6.27.9) Upgrade on my Eee

Filed under: EeePC, Linux — Tags: , , , — Michael Pobega @ 4:32 PM

So I upgraded my kernel from my very outdated 2.6.25-* kernel to 2.6.27.9, and I have to say I’m impressed.

I ditched my old MadWiFi drivers (contrib) for fully free and open source ath5k modules (built right into the kernel!), as well as having my ethernet built in (non-modular) and an improvement in boot time (under 2 seconds, but still)

I’ll be posting up a .deb and .config when I get around to it, I need to fix a little bit more (the webcam doesn’t work out of the box, I’m probably going to need to compile that into the kernel too).

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