D-LINK DIR-300 Serial Port and SD mod

The latest progress of my freeBSD port for CNS21XX and ThinkLink Hot-e was three weeks ago. The CNS21XX network driver and Hot-e network driver was completed. I haven’t touched anything since then because I had to work on weekends at the office. This weekend, I could have continued coding, but I don’t feel like coding, so I did a hardware project: adding serial port and SD card slot to my D-LINK DIR-300 that I bought April last year.

This is not a difficult project, I already added SD/MMC card to my WRT54GL about 2,5 years ago. The difference is that there isn’t much guide about the hardware part (which GPIO pins to solder), and the software part (how to activate the drivers). So here is a short guide to anyone who needs it. Note that I already installed OpenWRT Kamikaze using the guide from: OpenWRT site.
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Optimizing Asus EEE 900A

I just got back from my vacation around Thailand, so I will start to update things (Wii homebrew, Symbian apps, blogs, etc) again. Well, may be starting next week, I have a dental surgery this weekend and may need to rest. Anyway, this time I want to post about optimizing EEE 900A.

My wife was happy with her Asus EEE 701, but she would like something better with the same size. We sold the old Asus 701 to my brother, and she bought Asus EEE 900A. Compared to EE PC 701, the EEE PC 900A has a faster processor (Intel Atom 1.6 ghz vs the 900 Mhz EEE), more memory (1 gb vs 512 mb), bigger disk space (16 gb vs 4 gb), higher resolution (1024 x 600 vs 840×400), and better graphic processors (Intel GMA 950 vs Intel GMA 900). The only problem is the 16 GB SSD is much slower than the EEE 701 4 GB SSD. You can really feel it when running almost any applications, especially the firefox browser.

My wife uses Windows XP on the new Asus. After reading several blog posts and many forums, the conclusion is: to make everything faster, try to reduce the number of disk access. Here is how to reduce the disk access in Windows XP:

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EEE PC 900

One of our friend bought an EEE PC 900, it has 4 GB + 16 GB SSD. The seller didn’t told us that the 16 GB SSD was very slow (I should have read this). I found out about his when she tried to install many programs in the 4 gb SSD, and is was full. Using some steps that i found on the Internet, I tried moving her Windows installation to the 16 GB SSD. And the result is: the Windows is very slow.

I found some other guides to speed up Windows on the 16 GB partition. I didn’t try all of the suggestions (too many steps), so I finally gave up because the speed improvement is not so much in my case. Finally I just moved the Windows back to the 4 GB SSD, and then reinstalling some seldom used software to the 16 GB partition.

P990i Stylus Stuck

Sony Ericsson P990 Stylus It had been several months since my Sony Ericsson P990 stylus got stuck inside the casing. I was a little bit annoyed, since I can’t put a new stylus in it, but didn’t care too much because most of the time I just use my hand to select the menu, and use the keyboard to enter text.

When I bought a Torx T6 screw driver to replace MacBook Pro’s hard drive, I realized that the same screwdriver can be used to open P990i casing. So, I opened the casing, and I can pull out the old stylus. The stylus was stuck in a spring mechanism which I guess used to prevent the stylus from falling to easily.

You can look the disassembly pictures at
my photo album.

One thing that may not be clear from the instructions on the Internet is this: To open the part that covers the front camera: pull it upward (that is toward the upper side of the phone).

Useful Thai Sites in English

I just moved to Chiang Mai Thailand last month, and I really need a lot of information about this city, but the problem is that most stuff are written in Thai. Here are some English Language sites that I find useful (especially Chiang Mai related):

Don’t forget, Nokia Maps has a map of Chiang Mai for free. You can read more about it here

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Internet Connection in Bali

As an Indonesian person, I have to admit that this is my first time going to Bali. I have gone to some other island in Indonesia, and even abroad, but this is my first time to Bali. Everybody knows that Bali is beautiful, and everything is quite cheap, so I won’t talk about it.

Instead, I will talk about information tecnology (IT) in Bali, specifically about Internet access and mobile stuff. Internet Access is quite easy to get, four stars and five stars hotels provides Internet access over WIFI, and sometimes I can find it at dining places. You can also access the Internet through GPRS or thorough 3G data connection with your cellphone. Starter pack for GSM is very cheap, but the internet access cost is quite expensive (25 rupiah/kb, or about 2.8 USD/megabyte, at current rate).
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