November 4, 2009

Acer Aspire One and the Huawei E220 3G Modem

Filed under: Uncategorized — kenjun @ 4:49 pm

Setting up the Acer Aspire One (running Linpus) to use the Huawei E220 3G modem is actually surprisingly easy.

First, make sure you’ve updated your System. Then run the Mobile Partner application.

For Vodafone customers, the APN details are here:

Full details on the Acer Aspire One and the Huawei E220 3G Modem can be found here:


Acer Aspire One Live Update problem

Filed under: Uncategorized — kenjun @ 2:04 pm

Recently had problems with the Acer Aspire One Live Update procedure.

It claims to receive data but doesn’t. Acer is forwarding and other locations to a content delivery network, probably to cope with the additional traffic from all the new AA1 owners who found an AA1 under the tree.

The actual problem is that Live Update requests a file list from the old server but gets a server response that the document location has changed instead, which it fails to interpret.

Solution is simply to run a two line sed script. If unsure how, right click anywhere on the Aspire One control panel, select Terminal and paste in the first two lines beginning with “sudo sed” here:

September 11, 2009

Kenjun blog sponsored by Abraxor…

Filed under: Uncategorized — kenjun @ 10:46 am
Kenjun blog sponsored by Abraxor

Kenjun blog sponsored by Abraxor

Many thanks to Digital agency Abraxor who are sponsoring posts to this blog.

July 8, 2009

Firefox – Waiting for Google

Filed under: Uncategorized — kenjun @ 7:48 am

Getting a (very long) “Waiting for” message in your status bar when doing a Google search in Firefox?

A few suggestions on how to resolve:
1. In your address bar, type “about:config” and hit enter
Under Preference Name: look for Keyword.url
double click keyword.url and paste:

2. For Mac users:
Disable IPv6 in both Firefox and Mac network preferences:
a) Mac: System Preferences > Network > (Connection – e.g Airport) > Advanced > TCP/IP > Configure IPv6 -> Off

b) Firefox: type “about:config” in address bar. Filter with ipv6. Double-click network.dns.disableIPv6 so that Value -> true.

Restart your Mac.

May 17, 2009

Making sense of Microsoft Word numbered headings

Filed under: Uncategorized — kenjun @ 3:34 pm

Microsoft Word’s numbering is ridiculously convoluted. Badly thought out and with too many options it’s a classic case of an archaelogical software dig – i.e. ancient features buried as newer layers of software are built on top.

Fortunately, this article strikes a path through the forest of options to clear up the opaque topic of numbered headings:

April 20, 2009

Microsoft: The not-so-good…

Filed under: Uncategorized — kenjun @ 1:40 pm

Eloquent summary of Microsoft software problems:

April 14, 2009

QNAP NAS – Why garbage characters are displayed in OS X telnet…

Filed under: Uncategorized — kenjun @ 3:59 pm

A very informative article on why, due to a small QNAP bug, occasionally odd characters are displayed when you telnet or SSH using a Mac terminal…

March 20, 2009

Using multiple backup drives with Time Machine

Filed under: Uncategorized — kenjun @ 11:58 am

A guide to Using multiple backup drives with Time Machine:

March 16, 2009

mod_rewrite on the QNAP

Filed under: Uncategorized — kenjun @ 5:12 pm

Instructions for manually installing mod_rewrite on the QNAP:

How to show your hidden files (dot files) in Finder

Filed under: Uncategorized — kenjun @ 3:59 pm

To show all files (including hidden files) in Finder, type this in the Terminal (Applications/Utilities/):
defaults write AppleShowAllFiles YES

To revert back to not showing hidden files:
defaults write AppleShowAllFiles NO

…and relaunch Finder.

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