We recently received two Vodafone HSDPA cards. Under Mandriva 2007, getting them to work is quite trivial. Insert the card, run Mandriva Control Center->Network & Internet->Set up a new network interface.

It finds the card:


Enter the PIN for the SIM card:


Choose whichever non-Unlisted network it finds:


The provider is unlisted at present. I guess I should submit a patch or file a bug report with the provider details …


Set the access point name, “Internet” for Vodacom:


Set some options:


If you choose to start the connection on the next screen, you will be connected:


Another nice feature in 2007.0 is VPN support, and the ability to associate VPN connections to a network connection. So, if I had configured my OpenVPN connection first, I would have been offered to associate it to the 3G/HSDPA connection during setup, and bringing the 3G HSDPA connection up (via ifup or the Mandriva net_applet) would start the VPN connection too. Really convenient.

Check this article on the BBC….
Jeans that can control your ipod. Mental.

I’ll be impressed when I can control my laptop via bluetooth through my kort brooke….

Well well well, we never thought we would see the day. Here is our comrade, dangerboy making, what has to be said, a lekker pot of coffee….


The thing is… how long will it take him to make another pot?

After a long battle with Vodacom on Saturday, I eventually ended up upgrading my contract with a new Sony Ericsson V600i

Sony V600i

This phone can do all the usual nonsense… Camera, Contacts, Calendar …. Blah, Blah, Blah. But what really interests me is the 3G via bluetooth capabilities… on Linux.
The phone comes allready setup with VodaphoneLive and Vodacom 3G, so all you need to ensure is that the service provider has activated everything on your SIM. Once that is done, the rest is easy.

I use kppp because it works. Feel free to fight and battle with any other ppp interface, but I am only going to explain how to set it up with kppp.

Bluetooth Settings
Firstly, get the MAC address of your bluetooth device by executing the following:

$ hcitool scan
Scanning …
00:12:EE:5E:C1:B6 V600i

Now you need to associate this mac address to an rfcomm device. Edit the file:


Until it looks as follows:

rfcomm0 {
bind yes;
device 00:12:ee:5e:c1:b6;
channel 1;
comment “Sony V600i”;

Edit the file: /etc/bluetooth/hcid.conf to look as follows

options {
autoinit yes;
security user;
pairing multi;
pin_helper /usr/lib/kdebluetooth/kbluepin;

Then restart bluetooth services. You will now have the device /dev/rfcomm0 linked to your bluetooth interface of you phone.

PPP Settings
kppp is relatively easy to setup and the real trick is the modem init strings and the number that is required to dial to access 3G.

Once kppp is opened, select modems from the tab at the top and click new.
Give the device a name and select the device /dev/rfcomm0. It is also a good idea to increase the speed of the device to the maximum.
Then select the modem tab at the top and select modem commands. The only thing that you need to modify here is the init strings, and they are as follows:

AT V1E0S0=0&D2&C1

Once all entered and saved, select the accounts tab in the kppp configuration and select new. Here you must give the account a name and a number to dial. The number you need to dial is dependent on where your 3G connection is located in the data accounts list on the phone. For example, my connection is named Vodacom and is second on the list, there for the number I have to dial is:


If its first on the list then it would end 1#.

Select PAP as the authentication method. Then save all the settings. Before hitting connect, you need to add a character for the user and another character for the password. It is not required for access, but kppp cries if you dont have it in there. I entered a space for both.

Now, once you hit connect, your phone will ask you to allow/deny access. Then once allowed it will ask you to add the device (pairing) with a pin. Once entered, you are then challenged for the pin on the computer. When the devices are paired the phone will then be instructed connect to the 3G network. Upon successful connection you will have a kppp icon in your task bar and you will then be connected via your bluetooth interface.

There appears to be a HUGE bug with this phone’s pairing abilities. For everytime you wish to connect, you need to remove the computer that you are connecting with from the devices list on the phone. I will see what I can find out from SE.

Default gateways - ensure that you do not have a default gateway setup prior to connecting. If you do you will need to remove it and use the one given by the ppp connection.

Firewalls - Make sure your firewall is setup to use the interface.

Special thanks to Ranger who help setup the original kppp connection using GPRS & Bluetooth with the nokia 6600. He will shortly be adding a post detailing how he did that…

Any comments, problems, tips or info, then leave a comment.

We do stuff.
It looks to me like they have all the right credentials to work in our environment…

Anyone have any good ideas for geeky new years resolutions?
I.E. - I promise to keep up to date with documentation this coming year….

Heh - Good news for anyone wanting to delay their resolutions for as long as possible - New Year Delayed…

Ok. The blog is up and it is now time to make it look decent. There are two ways of achieving this goal.

1 - Save ourselves the hard work and pillage someone else’s theme….
2 - Get the more creative amongst us to spend lots of time building fancy style sheets and then probably just criticize it anyway….

Here is a page of themes to get started with, but there are practically millions.
Here is a pretty good theme link for consideration.

Let the theme wars begin…