Monday, June 21, 2010

On Motivation

A very interesting short (10 min) video on motivation with great presentation.

Of course the reason it is interesting is partly because it is counter-intuitive and partly because the rampant implementation of the faulty motivational reward system in the knowledge industry. This also helps explain the motivation behind the Open Source phenomenon. Kind of.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Netconnect on Ubuntu

I had a very good experience with Ubuntu's Lucid Lynx. I was trying to get my Reliance Netconnect USB stick to work on mu Ubuntu laptop. It's much simpler than I initially thought. Even simpler than setting it up on Mac OS or Windows.

Here are the steps:

  1. Put the stick in the USB port
  2. Open System -> Preference -> Network Connections
  3. Click on Mobile Boadband tab
  4. Click Add
  5. On the New Mobile Broadband Connection window, select HUAYWEI TECHNOLOGIES HUAWEI Mobile from the mobile broaband device dropdown (your device name may be different)
  6. Click Forward. Select India from the Country List
  7. Click Forward. Select Reliance from the Provider list (Tata Photon+ and Tata Plug2Surf are also listed there)
  8. Click Forward. Click Done.
  9. Select Reliance Connection in the Mobile Broadband tab and click Edit
  10. In the Edit windows Mobile Broadband tab use:
    • Number: #777
    • Username: <your device's mobile number>
    • Password: <your device's mobile number>
  11. Click Apply
You are done. Now, your Network Connection icon on top right panel will show and entry for Reliance Connection. Click on it to connect.