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How to install a Smart Bro 3G USB modem on Ubuntu 12.04

December 23, 2012

I’m currently in the Philippines and staying at my grandpa’s place to spend Christmas and New Year. He doesn’t have internet here so the first thing I did when I arrived was to look for a 3G USB Modem.

I went to the closest shopping mall and saw a Smart store (one of the carriers here) and asked for one. It costs P995 (around $25) and comes with 5 days unlimited use.

The USB device …

How to get unlimited free trial Wi-Fi connections by spoofing your MAC address on Ubuntu 12.04

December 9, 2012

You’ve probably seen those Wi-Fi hotspots already that offer free trial connections for 20, 30, or 60 minutes before. The way they track your device is usually by its MAC address, so if you can change its MAC address you can keep getting free trial connections.

I’m at a McDonald’s in Hong Kong right now and the only Wi-Fi connection that works for me only offers 20 minutes free trial. Back when I was using …

Easily change proxy configurations in Google Chrome with the Proxy Switchy! extension

September 18, 2012

Lately, I’ve been finding myself needing to change my proxy configuration quite a bit and started to get annoyed with all the steps I had to do.

The reason I needed to change my settings so much is that I needed to SSH Tunnel to my Rackspace Server in the US so I could use services such as Pandora and Hulu, which don’t allow streaming if they detect non-US IP addresses (I’m currently in …

Share your computer’s Internet connection with Connectify

February 13, 2012

I ran into a couple situations a few days ago where I needed to be able to share my computer’s Internet connection with my other devices. The hostel where I’m currently staying does not have Wi-Fi. They have a wired connection so I can still get Internet by plugging in the cable to my netbook’s RJ45 port. However, my Android phone/tablet and Kindle don’t have such a port.

I wanted to be able to share …