Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Linux: Configuring a Dongle (Mobile broadband)

I had some problems connecting to the Internet using a dongle (Huawei) on my old laptop running Linux (SUSE 12.3).  After many hours using various command line instruction found it was quite simple using NetworkManager.
If you have KDE or similar desktop installed, the NetworkManager icon is at the bottom right hand corner (just like Windows).  If it is not installed, use Yast and Install. 

Open the NetworkManager.
On the bottom right hand corner select Manage Connections.
The Add Edit Network connections window will open.
Select the Mobile Broadband Tab.
Add/Edit to go to Edit Network Connection window
  • Enter a connection name
  • Tick Connect Automatically
  • Number: *99#
  • APN: mobitel3g (see below for other Sri Lankan providers)
  • Tick  Allow roaming.
Thats it, OK and OK and back to Network Manager,

Nows the tricky part, or what took me a long time to figure out.  You may be taken to tab that shows info on the Mobile Broad band.  On the left hand tab use the arrow on top.  This will take you to the tab that shows all the Network Connections.  Click once on Enable Mobile Broadband. It may look like it did not get selected.  Just wait a few seconds and the Broadband connection will say initializing connection.

Model:        HP G60 Notebook
OS:             openSUSE 12.3 (x86_64)
Processor: AMD Athlon Dual-Core QL-64
Dongle    :  Micromax  (previously Huawei)

Access Point Names (APN) for Sri Lankan Mobile Broadband Operators 
Access Number

Monday, January 27, 2014

Harley Davidson production in India

Yes, Harley Davidson motor bikes, the all American Icon is now produced in India.

From Company Website
  • Harley-Davidson India commenced operations in August 2009 and appointed the first dealership in July 2010. Since early 2011, Harley-Davidson has been assembling motorcycles in India at its CKD (Completely-Knocked-Down) assembly unit at Bawal in Haryana. India is the second country where  Harley-Davidson has CKD assembly operations outside the US, after Brazil.


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Sunday, January 26, 2014

Penis Length and GDP Growth

This was a research done by Tatu Westling of University of Helsinki in 2011.

To quote

This study has made three contributions.
First, it reveals the somewhat perplexing link between the size of male organ and economic growth.
Second, it provides some rudimentary interpretations which state that macroeconomic growth might be related to populations' risk-taking and/or self-esteem.
Third, for the best of author's knowledge the interplay between sex and macroeconomic outcomes is novel, and has not been discussed in the literature before.
Obviously the proposed `male organ hypothesis' should be tested with more elaborate methods and data. Until then it remains an intriguing statistical artefact.

Sri Lanka, like India and the Philippines had low growth and short penises. Yikes.

Some Interesting Comments
Glad someone took the time to look at the hard data.

Perhaps the engine of economic development is less about bore or stroke and more about total displacement.