No Internet Explorer in EU with Windows 7

Giving a harsh reply to the anti-trust by European Union, Microsoft has decided that it will not provide any browser in Windows 7.

Suppliers can still provide customers with IE 8 or other browsers like Firefox, Chrome or Opera installed. But Microsoft will not bundle Internet Explorer in their original package. So get a copy of Windows 7 in EU from stores and see if the below scenario matches yours…

Imagine booting up freshly installed Windows 7 operating system, just to find that there’s no browser to get online. What the heck?? You run to a friend to get on his system running Linux, XP, Vista or Mac OSX. Just to tell the reason you dont have ay browser. You need to download it from his computer. You get the browser in your flash drive get back home and then get installing the latest drivers. Not much of time wasted for me, because I don’t live in the European Union. But those who live, will definitely curse either EU or Microsoft or both.

Automating Internet Connections For wvdial In Linux

This is with reference to the post Internet via GPRS in Linux. But it can be used for any Internet connection that uses wvdial.

First use the command

lsusb

In my case the output was

Bus 003 Device 005: ID 0421:0802 Nokia Mobile Phones

Then run

sudo /sbin/modprobe usbserial product=0x0421 vendor=0x0802 <–replace 0421 and 0802 with your product and vendor id

Now create a file /etc/udev/rules.d/autointernet.rules using

sudo gedit /etc/udev/rules.d/autointernet.rules

OR

sudo kwrite /etc/udev/rules.d/autointernet.rules

Enter or copy the following text into the file

ATTRS{idVendor}==”0421″,ATTRS{idProduct}==”0802″,RUN+=”/sbin/modprobe usbserial product=0x0421 vendor=0x0802″,SYMLINK+=”netdevice” #<–replace 0421 and 0802 with your product and vendor id

ACTION==”add”,SUBSYSTEM==”tty”,kernel==”ttyUSB0″,ATTRS{idVendor}==”0421″,ATTRS{idProduct}==”0802″,RUN+=”/usr/bin/connect_internet” #<– In my case kernel==”ttyUSB”0 was kernel==”ttyACM0″ as my modem used ACM0 for connection to internet

ACTION==”remove”,SUBSYSTEM==”usb”,kernel==”ttyUSB0″,RUN+=”/usr/bin/show_status” #<– In my case kernel==”ttyUSB”0 was kernel==”ttyACM0″ as my modem used ACM0 for connection to internet

Next create a file to initiate the internet connection in /usr/bin/connect_internet using:

sudo gedit /usr/bin/connect_internet

OR

sudo kwrite /usr/bin/connect_internet

Enter the follwing text in it:

#!/bin/bash
/usr/bin/wvdial &
/usr/bin/show_status con &

Create another file to display the status of the internet connection in /usr/bin/show_status using:

sudo gedit /usr/bin/show_status

OR

sudo kwrite /usr/bin/show_status

Enter following text in it:

#!/bin/bash
user=terminator; #<—specify your user name here

if[$# -eq 0];
then
DISPLAY=:0 su $user -c ‘notify-send -u critical “Internet Disconnected”‘;
else
while true;
do
if[[-n $(/sbin/ifconfig ppp0 2>&1 | grep “inet addr”)]];
then
Display=:0 su $user -c ‘notify-send “Internet Connected”‘;
exit 0;
fi
sleep 1;
done
fi

Next use follwing two commands:

sudo chmod +x /usr/bin/connect_internet
sudo chmod +x /usr/bin/show_status

You may need to install the notify-send utility in package libnotify to display the status of your internet connection.
To install use following command in Ubuntu:

sudo apt-get install libnotify-bin

Some distributions have the package installed.

Next time when you want to connect Internet just plug your device to the computer.

Internet via GPRS in Linux

Its possible to access internet in Linux via GPRS even if you don’t have drivers for your Cellphone. Thats all the magic of Linux Kernel.

Method 1

  • Connect the mobile via USB cable.
  • Open terminal and type su to become root.
  • It will ask for the root password, type in there.
  • Then use the command

    wvdialconf /etc/wvdial.conf

    Your phone will be detected as Modem

  • Then using a Text Editor open wvdial.conf using commands

    kwrite /etc/wvdial.conf (for KDE)

    gedit /etc/wvdial.conf (for GNOME)

    When we issued command in point 4, it showed the address of your phone that in which USB port it has been connected. note it down from there.
    “Modem = /dev/***”

  • When Text Editor opens the file, erase everything and paste the following code

    [Dialer Defaults]
    Modem = /dev/ttyUSB0 # <– Replace it with the reading you got
    Phone = *99#
    Username = aa
    Password = bbc
    Baud = 230400
    Init1 = ATZ
    Init2 = ATQ0 V1 E1 S0=0 &C1 &D2 +FCLASS=0
    ISDN = 0
    Modem Type = Analog Modem
    Carrier Check = No

  • This will configure your mobile phone as a modem

    To dial the internet connection, type

    wvdial

    If everything goes fine it would say that connected successfully.
    Press Ctrl+C to disconnect.


Method 2

  • Open Terminal and type the command

    lsusb

    Bus 001 Device 004: ID 0421:0445 Nokia Mobile Phones

  • Then use command

    /sbin/modprobe usbserial vendor=0x(vid) product=0x(pid)

    Ex in my case for above output

    /sbin/modprobe usbserial vendor=0×421 product=0×445

  • Then using a Text Editor open wvdial.conf using commands

    kwrite /etc/wvdial.conf (for KDE)

    gedit /etc/wvdial.conf (for GNOME)

  • Paste following contents in the file

    [Dialer Defaults]
    Init1 = ATZ
    Init2 = ATQ0 V1 E1 S0=0 &C1 &D2 +FCLASS=0
    Modem Type = USB Modem
    ISDN = 0
    New PPPD = yes
    Phone = *99#
    Modem = /dev/ttyACM0
    Username = b
    Password = a
    Baud = 460800

  • This will configure your mobile phone as a modem

    To dial the internet connection, type

    wvdial

    If everything goes fine it would say that connected successfully.
    Press Ctrl+C to disconnect.

Firefox 3

Firefox 3
Codenamed Gran Paradiso, Firefox 3 was released on 17 June 2008. It saw a record of 8.9 million downloads within 24 hours after its release. Powered by the Gecko 1.9 Engine, Firefox 3 uses less system resources and renders pages faster. It is the best browser available till date, with over 15,000 improvements as stated by Mozilla. Firefox 3 behaves as a native application depending on your operating system, unlike Firefox 2, which had same interface for all OS.

The startup time of Firefox 3 has been considerably reduced. The performance remains consistent even if large number of tabs are opened. Switching tabs is faster than previous versions. Firefox 3 is a very stable browser allowing you to use it for hours without failure. The memory leaks present in previous Firefox releases have been resolved. Firefox 3 relies on Google for malicious sites that can harm your system, or suspected forgery and phishing sites. Inclusion of Extended Validation Secure Sockets Layer certificate support (EV SSL) adds another dimension to security provided by Firefox 3. It shows a green button when you visit a website with an EV SSL certificate, this enables checking of site owner’s ID, connection encryption.

Another feature of firefox is that it asks if it should save recent tabs for next session, an improvement over the previous versions that asked if it should close all the tabs. Before the RSS icon and after the URL is the new Star icon which on clicking once stores the page’s URL as a bookmark, on clicking twice you may store the bookmark in a new or existing folder.

The improved zoom in enlarges the whole page not just the text. A complete rearrangement of layout, controls, buttons, CSS design elements as well as images expressed in percentages scales takes place. The Add-ons manager has been improved with the integrated ability to browse, search, install extensions and themes from within the add-ons manager itself. The download manager can now resume pending or paused downloads, tell which site a particular download came from and show download statistics in the status bar. The password manager doesn’t pop-up, it just displays a ‘remember password’ notification at the top of the page.

The offline support feature enables offline access to your online content and web applications. This allows you to make changes offline and when you go online again, Firefox 3 synchronize any changes made. For those pressed by bandwidth limit like me who has a 1 GB download limit, there is an option to block pictures, which consume the largest bandwidth. It is also possible to block Java and JavaScript. Blocking JavaScript is a bad option though as it reduces functionality of many websites. But you may safely block Java, and enable it as and when required.

The best is that Firefox 3 is available in 45 different languages. There are several addons in Firefox to increase your productivity. Being an internet junkie, the one I keep an eye on frequently tracks my internet usage time. Other one shows the coding of the website etc. For more list of Addons to spice up your surfing, keep visiting this blog.

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