Novatel MC990D GSM Modem on Ubuntu

Novatel MC990D is one of the GSM modem on the market (at least here in Indonesia). From the web page, it says that it supported the Linux 2.6 kernel. So without any doubt, I think it will behave  just like other gsm modem I’ve tried before. Just plug it and it will play nicely with usb_modeswitch.

Well … from my latest experience … it is not …

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It’s almost 12pm, while getting ready to go home from my workplace, a message from Hendra pops on the screen …

Hendra UPN: flash on linux dah ada

Darn … at such time. Okay, being curious I decided to stay a little bit longer and start to download the application from the site (you can get it here) and after that run the magic “make” command …

Found a bugs!!!!

FSDefineSound.h:140: error: extra qualification ‘transform::FSDefineSound::’ on member ‘FSDefineSound’
make[1]: *** [FSDefineSound.o] Error 1
make[1]: Leaving directory `/home/void/Desktop/f4l-0.2.1/src/flagStonePort/transform-cxx-bsd/transform’
make: *** [sub-src-flagStonePort-transform-cxx-bsd-transform-make_default] Error 2

Okay, from few posting at (from wich I then realized that this application is already submitted on 2005), I found the solution (please read here).

And this thing is running …

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Next problem is … I don’t even know how to use Macromedia Flash :)) Oh well, at least when someone is asking I know how to answer them … 😀

Network Browsing with Thunar

Last day, I’ve been asked by some worker to show her where are the “My Network Places” in Xubuntu. Having no knowledge about that (since I still using Konqueror whenever I’m in XFCE and feel needed a network browser), I just say … “hmmm, I’ll figure out later. For now just hold on 😀 ” ..

Doing a midnight search, and I found this link :

And it works!!! Cool … I should say thanks for the guy who made it… humm, what was his/her name? Tazix?? Thanks Tazix 😀

PS: Rather lazy for the translation, hope someone else do the translation for this HOWTO …

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Exaile now with equalizer

After some time sticking with KDE, yesterday I try to use xfce for a while, and since I’m tryin to be fully using gtk (and limiting the usage of kde component while playing with xfce), so I begun to install few substitution application, one of them is Exaile, wich somehow said to be the clone of Amarok in gnome/gtk environment …

At first I didn’t expect much, since I realized almost all of the gtk-based music player is not equipped with equalize, but then I was suprized. Exaile now have it’s own equalizer!!! As you may already knew, this was one of the factor why I’m never stick with gnome/xfce for long. But now … wew, now I’m start thinking to migrate …

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Oh, an maybe for you who curious, here are some subtitute application I use:

Aaaahh!!! I give up!!!

Okay, the tension is too high, I just can’t hold it any longer. I want to use Gutsy!!!!!!!

Actually I still want to use this Feisty a little bit longer, but somehow KDE 3.5.8 seems having few disturbing bugs, such like System Settings is always crashed when I try to run it and always failed to safely removing any USB drives I plugged. Small and seems unharming bug but somehow bite me a lot.

Another factors, the Daryna live-cd Toni brought yesterday really-really tease me and sangprabo always push me to upgrade. Ahhhhhhhhh … and so today I do it!!! Not clean installation like what I always did, but this time I do dist-upgrade from sangprabo’s repository (yeah, it just a few meters away from my rooms, with speed up to 4MBps, kwkwkwkw I just like local area network^^).

And so, after few hours (aah, the upgrade process is not as smooth as I thought, must do fix here and fix there, plus three times of reboot and apt-get install -f), I’m able to run this monkey. Cool, few things I noticed that changed is:

  • Font hinting is really really amazing. No more crisp font.
  • System Settings now works
  • The system is now keeping ‘kdesu’ password we’ve entered for a few periods, so we don’t have to re-write password everytime we want to use id
  • Wine, this baby is improved much since her last version
  • Compiz-fusion little bit faster (need more exploration here, but this is my comment for now)
  • And I hope many more …

But fellas, it’s not that this monkey doesn’t have any bugs/defect/uncomplete stuff. Here are some:

  • Compiz-fusion still have little bug with KDE native decorator. It creates a white border on menu and kicker, but not in application window’s border
  • Suspend to RAM is not fully satisfying me. It reset the network interface to default condition every time it wake from suspend
  • Suspend to disk (hibernate) is not working.
  • Related to point 2 and 3, I try to use uspswp and the hibernate problem is solved, but the s2ram command is not found since it was not included anymore in uspswp, darn!

Okay, that’s my report for now … images coming soon … I still have to study for tommorow’s exam. Aaargh!!!^$%^^&*%&%#$%#%^%%

Installing kdesvn 0.14.1 on Feisty

Today i found out that kdesvn has reached it’s 0.14.1 version. Because on feisty the default package was 0.11.1, so I think it’s better for me to upgrade it now … so I download the source from, and start to compile it …

alvonsius@alvonsius-notebook:~/Desktop/kdesvn-0.14.1$ ./configure
bash: ./configure: No such file or directory


soon I realize that the creator of kdesvn is not using configure-make-makeinstall anymore, instead he use cmake for it … aarrghh … okay, after asking here and there I found how to use it, I’m ready to install kdesvn.

Below are some condition we need before compiling the source:

First, make sure you have cmake installed on your system .. sudo apt-get install cmake

Second, make sure you have subversion development packages on your system … sudo apt-get install subversion-dev

Third, make sure you have libsvnqt-dev on your system (usable for the compilation, not for running the application, soon I’ll explain why) … sudo apt-get install libsvnqt-dev

Fourth, make sure you have removed old kdesvn from your system … sudo apt-get remove kdesvn kdesvn-kio-plugins

Okay, let’s bake something

alvonsius@alvonsius-notebook:~/Desktop/kdesvn-0.14.1$ cmake .

alvonsius@alvonsius-notebook:~/Desktop/kdesvn-0.14.1$ make

alvonsius@alvonsius-notebook:~/Desktop/kdesvn-0.14.1$ sudo make install

Finish … try to run, then it complain that it can’t found … damn, so now this thing is using instead of …. @#$%$#^%$&^%*^%&%$

Little tricky … just copy from kdesvn-0.14.1/lib into /usr/lib/

sudo cp kdesvn-0.14.1/lib/* /usr/lib/

And so I go then ….

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Melawan Arus

Hari ini …
Seharusnya hari ini menjadi hari yang ditunggu-tunggu, Ubuntu 7.10 sudah rilis, tinggal sedot dan tinggal pakai …
Tetapi ketika hati ini ingin menekan tombol “Full Upgrade” jadi kepikiran …
Ini Feisty udah capek-capek dipermak abis hingga menjadi bagus begini (thanks to all artists and developer out there), malah mau langsung dibuang diganti ama yang baru …
Pusing pusing pusing …

Chatting ama kosha …
(11:31:38 PM) Alvonsius Albert: kosh …
(11:31:45 PM) Alvonsius Albert: menurutmu sebaiknya upgrade atau tidak ya
(11:32:04 PM) Kosha: :))
(11:32:11 PM) Kosha: menurut gw nih?
(11:32:17 PM) Alvonsius Albert: iye
(11:32:24 PM) Kosha: ngga
(11:32:34 PM) Kosha: emang perlu yah tiap ada rilis baru upgrade gitu?
(11:32:40 PM) Alvonsius Albert: kekekeke
(11:32:46 PM) Alvonsius Albert: pemikiran yang sama :))
(11:32:49 PM) Kosha: kecuali lu developer
(11:32:52 PM) Kosha:: tester…

Baiklah Feistyku … diriku tidak akan begitu saja membuang dirimu …
Biarlah di tengah malam ini … ketika orang-orang lain mengupgrade Feisty-nya …
Diriku malah … upgrade ke KDE 3.5.8 … and still using feisty …

(Recipe)KDE Tangoish Desktop

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Hi ma!!! Look at my KDE now!!! Today, I would like to share my recipe for making my desktop like this. Look a little bit like gnome+tango icons, but full of KDE flavor ^^. Humm, why I don’t use compiz and stuff like that?? Well, like what I’ve said to Toni … the greater the application, the greedier they became. So, since my notebook will get slow if I used compiz too much, let use this “not-so-woobly” style for now …

Okay, these are what you need: (credit goes to all author of them)
– Icons = KDEmod Tango Icons (
– Window Decoration = Plastik
– Kicker Background = Kickers Package no.6 (
– Color Scheme = eyeOS (
– Wallpaper = eyeOS (
– Style = QtCurve, glass preset (

Just install and use them from the System Settings. If you like, just do some mix and match from those recipe and post them ^^

[Just Added] : You may consider using Comix Cursor (

Feisty Came Too Late

Phew … after 4 months, and 2 moths before gutsy released, I finally installed Feisty Fawn on my notebook. Why I did this?? Because last time I update my Edgy, the X-server won’t start after hibernation and suspend, and after doing some search here and there I found some solution using uswsusp but….. it only run on Feisty!!!!! darn …

Okay, Friday afternoon, the operation begun … backup some configuration files … and after few hours (yes, I spent those time for reinstalling all application, and yes again, I return to KDE) my baby finally could walk properly.

Suspend and hibernate runs perfectly using uswsusp, sound and videos played well, little tweak from my previous blog about viewing on LCD viewer, and last is compiz-fusion runs!!! …. huhuhu … Feisty is really cute!!!!

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And today I found an annoying bug. Konqueror can’t browse my office windows networks!! Search here and there found the answer on

Just add these line on /etc/samba/smb.conf

os level = 200
preferred master = True
domain master = True
wins support = Yes
local master = Yes

and restart samba … yess!!!!!

Oh …one more. I found a tool that could replace knetworkmanager (wich somehow buggy on my KDE), called KWireless Tools Pro. Go check it out on

Oh, will this feisty baby only last for two months?? King Gutsy is crawling in the back of my neck …. brrrrr

Edubuntu @ SMU 3 Jogja

Last week (yeah I know it’s already “basi” ^^), Kosha-Hendra(Hellsing_Bolt)-Me were introducing Edubuntu to some high school students at SMU 3 Jogjakarta. The presentation started at 2pm and last until … humm, I don’t know (since at 3pm I was leaving for another appointment … sorry guys), and Kosha and Hendra act as a speaker (hehehe, it was decided 5 minutes before the presentation wakakak).

First Kosha introduced Linux to the students using the presentation material created by Muhammad Ichsan (thanks bro, it’s really help), then a few demos about Ubuntu (actually Kubuntu) and Beryl for ultimate eyecandy for the students. And then Hendra start talking about Edubuntu, what it is, what application on it and much more. Actually the presentation was quite sucessfull, coz I heard from Kosha that the folks at SMU 3 were preety enjoyed and interested into linux. Well, and this made us think … should the Feisty party be held on high school? On my point of view, we must started to introduce the world of open source to younger generation (not just at university) and giving them the spirit as a developer, not just a consumer of technology. Arrgh, it may be too much as a dream, but why not?? Well for now, just enjoy the photos …

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