Internet problems

By | normal | No Comments

Internet problems.. I am using a t-mobile sim card (duplicate sims) on both, Lumia 800 and Nokia N9. Internet access works just fine on Lumia but it is the MeeGo N9 which is having problems.

What works fine:

  1. I am able to successfully connect to Internet using the t-mobile apn on my phone.
  2. Internet works fine in my meego browser. I am online from my google chat account after a few hassles.
  3. The events feed updates itself.

What does not work:

  1. The mail application cannot connect to internet. I keep getting error that can’t connect to server.
  2. My sip account does not connect to internet, reports some kind of network error.
  3. I never received any configuration message telling me to store t-mobile data. The apn is just available.

This behaviour is a bit strange to me. When I connected my N9 to a shared WiFi from Lumia, I see the same problems. While everything seems to be working fine on Lumia, e.g. Google mail.

When I connected my N9 to a shared WiFi from another N9 (my wife’s, which also uses t-mobile, prepaid), everything works just Ok.

Any pointers anyone? I would appreciate any feedback on twitter @aseemshakuntal

(PS: although its too late, but I am going to write a post about Lumia800 vs N9)

Automation – role and responsibility

By | scribble, technick | No Comments

Test Automation and Continous Integration play a major role in Software Engineering. They not only help getting the valuable feedback early, but also provide us the real user experience and maturity of the software quiet early in the phase of actually releasing the product.

IMHO, a well trained human could do mistakes, but a well written script can never make any mistakes.

Linux, new PC and dual boot

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Idea of this post came after I successfully installed linux (Ubuntu 10.10) on a new laptop (HP G62, i5core, Windows 7) which I purchased a few days back and since there were no posts that easily gave this “HOW TO” information about successfully installing linux, this post makes some sense.

The laptops, pre-installed with windows these days come up with 4 primary partitions (which is a limitation any ways) viz.

  • The system partition
  • The C drive
  • The recovery partition
  • The tools (in my case, HP tools)

In this case, as soon as you create a new partition by shrinking one of the volumes, you end up converting your disk to a Dynamic disc and linux at this moment does not support dynamic discs; at least not that I know. If you want to give installation a try at this moment, boot with linux cd and at the time of selecting the partitions, you will the “unallocated space” marked as “unusable” by the linux installer.

The solution to this situation is there on many forums which say:

  • Install linux (ubuntu) as WUBI
    • This has a limitation of allocating only 30 GB to linux
  • Convert your disc to basic disc and then go ahead with installation
    • This has a risk of loosing data and time when you go ahead deleting partitions, re-formatting your drive blah blah blah

For windows haters, the easiest way is to erase the disk and use it entirely for windows, I would have done the same thing, but kept a dual boot system for various reasons.

The solution for a dual boot system is:

  1. Create recovery disc for your system (optional though)
  2. Delete the recovery partition (you might want to use the in-built recovery manager wizard to do so rather than just using the disk management)
  3. Now shrink the volume to the amount of space you want to put in linux
  4. Boot with linux cd
  5. Now, you will see the “free space” available
  6. Create swap partition
  7. Create root fs (i used ext4 partition)
  8. And you are done!

You might want to google about: Dynamic disc, Basic disc, why linux does not support dynamic discs etc…