Fedora 8, Fedora 9, HP6626us laptop wireless setup


Hers the steps l took to get the broadcom bcm43xx wireless network card working under Fedora 9 (sulphur) on my HP dv6626us AMD Turion64 based laptop.


[root@localhost ~]# yum install bcm43xx-fwcutter
Loaded plugins: refresh-packagekit
Setting up Install Process
Parsing package install arguments
Package bcm43xx-fwcutter-006-4.fc9.x86_64 already installed and latest version
Nothing to do


Download firmware

wget http://downloads.openwrt.org/source…80.53.0.tar.bz2


[root@localhost steve]# cd broadcom-wl-
[root@localhost broadcom-wl-]# ls
kmod  libbcmcrypto.so  nas  WHERE_FROM  wl


[root@localhost broadcom-wl-]# cd kmod
[root@localhost kmod]# ls
wl_apsta_mimo.o  wl_apsta.o
[root@localhost kmod]# bcm43xx-fwcutter -w /lib/firmware wl_apsta.o
*** WARNING ***
This file contains new version4
firmware. v4 firmware is _not_ supported by
the driver in mainline kernels. For v4 firmware
you need latest bcm43xx development version
(wireless-dev kernel tree). If you don’t know what
this warning is about, use a 3.xx.xx.xx driver version
instead to extract the firmware.

filename   :  wl_apsta.o
version    :
MD5        :  9207bc565c2fc9fa1591f6c7911d3fc0
microcodes :  4 5 11 13
pcms       :  4 5

… and so on………………
extracting bcm43xx_initval25.fw …
[root@localhost kmod]#

Now , reboot your laptop

Silverlight via Open Source

I use and work on Silverlight 2 development using Microsoft Visual Studio 2008. Heres an interesting development l just found out about callled Moonlight, which is geared towards being an open source implementation for unix/linux. Cant wait to try this on my linux distro Fedora. Heres the website link: http://go-mono.com/moonlight/

Another interesting development to watch is: eyeOS – web based operating system – see: http://eyeos.org/en/

Prison Break!

The new season 2 hour first episode on Fox12 which was aired Monday September 1st did not disappoint me. I’m so glad Dr. Sara Tancredi is back (oops did l spoil it for anyone who hasnt yet seen the episode). Theodore “T-Bag” Bagwell keeps up with the gross stuff and mean vendata streak. Cant wait for Season 3 on BlueRay – l bet re-watching the entire season in High-Definition will be awesome!

So how many break-outs do you think Michael Scofield (Wentworth Miller)  has to do to achieve his normal life? I doubt even if he succeeds in taking down the ‘Company’. See the official website at: http://www.fox.com/prisonbreak/

Latest Spam/Fraud Letter

Just got the below fraud letter in my email in-box yesterday,
note the IP addresses.
Please feel free to investigate/track down these guys..

from toip39-bus.srvr.bell.ca ([])
(HELO smtp.bellnexxia.net) ([])
X-Originating-IP: []
X-Originating-IP: []
From: The Halen Foundation <annchaulk@nf.sympatico.ca>
Reply-To: m_halenfoundunit1@hotmail.com

You won £950,000.00GBP from our online Halen Foundation Yearly
promotion Incorporation held on 14th of July 2008.
Your Email Address came out as our lucky winner when a computer Ballot
selection was carried out in our July Edition, contact Event Manager to
file for your claims.
Contact Person.
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E-mail: m_halenfoundunit1@hotmail.com
contact him with your details
Rose Cavalini
Organization: The Halen Foundation

Reportviewer control

Here is a code snippet l got working which enables you to render using Visual Basic .Net an SSRS (Sql Server Report Services) Report to Adobe Acrobat PDF format or Microsoft Excel XLS file.

Public Sub RenderReportTOExcel(ByVal inReportFileName As String, ByVal inReportName As String)   ‘7/14/2008 SM

        ‘converts SSRS report to microsoft excel/acrobat pdf file

        Dim objReportViewer As New FrmWithReportViewer
                ‘Dim strFormat As String = “PDF”
        Dim strFormat As String = “Excel”
        Dim strDeviceInfo As String = String.Empty
        Dim myURLAccessParams As System.Collections.Specialized.NameValueCollection = Nothing
        Dim reportStream As System.IO.Stream = Nothing
        Dim strMimeType As String = String.Empty
        Dim strFileNameExtension As String = String.Empty

        Dim file_name As String = “d:test001.xls”
        objReportViewer.Text = inReportName

        OFD.FileName = “exportfile.xls”
        file_name = OFD.FileName

        Dim raw As System.IO.FileStream = New System.IO.FileStream(file_name, IO.FileMode.Create)
        Dim buffer(1024) As Byte
        Dim read As Integer = -1
        Dim intCount As Integer = 1


        With objReportViewer.ReportViewer
            .ProcessingMode = Microsoft.Reporting.WinForms.ProcessingMode.Remote
            .ServerReport.ReportServerUrl = New Uri(My.Settings.ReportServerURL)
            .ServerReport.ReportPath = My.Settings.ReportPath + inReportFileName
            reportStream = .ServerReport.Render(strFormat, strDeviceInfo, myURLAccessParams, strMimeType, strFileNameExtension)

            lblMessage.Text = “Working…”
            read = reportStream.Read(buffer, 0, buffer.Length)

            While (read > 0)
                raw.Write(buffer, 0, read)
                read = reportStream.Read(buffer, 0, buffer.Length)
                intCount += 1
            End While

            lblMessage.Text = “Completed.”

        End With

        raw = Nothing
        reportStream = Nothing

    End Sub