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Sunday July 20, 2008
12:42 PM

On OS's and user friendliness

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So I just got this USB 3G device, a modem that's supposed to connect me to the World when I am out here on the Tuscan hills. Of course it came with Windows drivers and I don't have a Windows machine, so I plugged it on the Mac and hoped it worked, as usually happens... no dice. You need a driver. Then I tried to install the linux driver that Vodafone gently provides on the (linux) EEE... but I was missing some libraries, and I couldn't get it to run. Grrr... yet an other case of Linux being unfriendly to recent hardware I guessed!

Then finally "en de'sespoir de cause", I just plugged the device into the darn machine... and low and behold... it Just Worked (tm)! The EEE comes with a piece of software that recognizes my modem, brings up a nice popup and connects me to the rest of the World, from that remote, DSL (and phone!)-deprived area on the Apuan Alps. Yay for Linux! Friendlier than the Mac (and even Windows needs some additional piece of software to be installed I think).

Sorry Pudge...

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