Set up Verizon USB720 BroadbandAccess card on OpenSuse 11

Just wanted to share the settings I used to get it working (because discussion boards are full of things that don’t work, and most people are jerks who never share that they got something working).

Using KNetworkManager (haven’t gotten it working using if-up)

Click on KNetworkManager icon (it’s the one that looks like a globe) in the taskbar. Go to “New connection…” and select ttyUSBX from the submenu (X may be 0, or something higher if you have a USB-RS232 converter like I do). Then, enter these settings:

Number: #777
Username: YOURVERIZONNUMBER@vzw3g.com
Password: vzw

Baud Rate: 230400
Data bits: 8
Parity: None
Stop bits: 1
Send delay: 0

Make sure “no authorization” is checked. Also, in the last screen, you might want to check “auto connect”.

Similar settings should work with Sprint’s usb card, which is pretty much identical.

Install Flash Plugin in Linux x86_64

Download the .tar.gz plugin (even if you’re using an .rpm-based distribution), untar and:

nspluginwrapper -i libflashplayer.so

You don’t have to copy the file first or anything. If that command doesn’t work, install nspluginwrapper, but any self-respecting x86_64 distro will install that plugin by default for your browser.

Type runes on your Mac

I finally got around to making a Mac OS X keyboard to let you type Futhorc. I don’t know why I waited until just now (probably because it’s not important?), but it was really easy since they even have a program to automatically generate Mac OS X keyboard layouts, rather than typing the needed xml by hand. This is directly equivalent to the one I made for Linux, and by extension to the only Windows one I could find (see page).

Here’s my page on typing runes on your computer. It’s good whether you’re a Windows baby, a Mac fag or a Linux ass. It’s also avail under my code > type runes on your computer.

Mac OS X vs. My Keyboard

I like Mac OS X and all, but there’s just one thing that really bugs me about the Mac – Apple’s contempt for the keyboard. I wanted to know if any of you out there know the answer to these problems:

  • In Windows or Linux, you can hit the end key to go to the end of the line you’re typing or the home to get to the beginning. This neither works on my mac laptop nor my mac mini with a pc-keyboard.
  • On any other OS, you can hit the tab key while editing a form and the tab not only goes to the text fields, it goes to radio buttons, select boxes, etc. But on Mac, these are skipped right over. Why?! Can I change this? It doesn’t matter what browser I use; I could use the same browser on all platforms with the same problem only on Mac.

These issues waste more time for me than even writing this blog! The keyboard is so fast and I want to bypass Mac’s Mouse-ocracy. As a programmer, these things are particularly frustrating!