For people who want to use their HSDPA connection from the command line in Ubuntu – Perhaps you have a server you want to use it on, or perhaps you want to do it from the command line for the craic – This is for you.
There are 3 files involved “/etc/ppp/peers/provider”, “/etc/chatscripts/pap” and “/etc/ppp/chap-secrets”.
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Three block sending email using SMTP (TCP port 25) unless it is through their own server. Unfortunately I have found that with emails of more than a few kilobytes in size their SMTP server has a habit of dropping the connection. To work around this you can send to an SMTP server that listens on a different port. One way of doing this is through secure SMTP. If you have a Gmail account you can send email through Google’s server using your login credentials. Just bear in mind that Google’s server may rewrite the “reply to” address of the email to be your Gmail address, so be careful if trying to use this with another email address.
See http://mail.google.com/support/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=77689 for more info on configuring Outlook to use Gmail’s SMTP server.
I read an article recently that suggested using a saucepan as a mobile broadband booster and it peeked my interest enough to give it a try. In case I needed to use my Novatel X950D express card with another machine I had already purchased a Novatel XUA-1 USB to Express Card 36 adapter. This, therefore, gave me a way of placing the modem in the middle of a saucepan, which would be nigh on impossible were the modem in it’s rightful express card slot in the laptop.
Unfortunately, however, due to a production issue at the plant my XUA-1 came wired as “bus powered”, which effectively means it tells the operating system it only has 100ma of power available even though that isn’t true. Subsequently the OS – be it Windows or Linux – won’t then allow the X950D to work in conjunction with the XUA-1.
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