Useful Consumer Review

I’m going to the Kongsberg Jazz Festival this weekend, but the schedule on Saturday is the weakest it’s been in years.  So we thought we’d do a micro-hackathon.  And then I needed a laptop with functioning built-in 3G. 

And I needed a new one for work purposes, anyway.  I’d never use it for anything but work.  It’s a work laptop.  Not a Gnus hacking laptop.  Nuh-uh.  So there.

So I got this Lenovo Carbon X1, because it has a trackpoint mouse thing.  I hate trackpads.  I installed Fedora 19 on it, and everything basically worked, except the 3G.  Naturally.

But after duckduckgoing (that verb should be shortened) a bit, I found the cause and the solution.

Apparently, the 3G cell phone thing doesn’t support something called “nbim”:

[larsi@building ~]$ lsusb
Bus 003 Device 002: ID 0bdb:1926 Ericsson Business Mobile Networks BV 

This is fixed by this tiny conf file:

[larsi@building ~]$ cat /etc/modprobe.d/avoid-mbim.conf
options cdc_ncm prefer_mbim=N

Reboot, and then it just worked.

So now I’m installing bzr Emacs and git Gnus, and then I’m ready to go.  Hopefully some Gnus bugs will be closed on Saturday.  If the amount of beer at the hackathong is just right.

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