Author Archives: João Morais

2010 The Year in Review

Usually people tend to do a retrospective on the past year and set new goals for the new year at the beginning of the year.
In order to counteract this trend and taking advantage that today is my birthday, I’ll do this today.

2010 was a nice year, on a personal level it was quite ok ’cause I managed to acomplish most of my 2009 main goals:

1st. Buy house in Lisbon
2nd. Attend PHP Summer School
3rd. Attend Sapo Codebits and develop a fully working project in the 48 hours programming contest
4th. Finish my Master Thesis

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Asus Eee PC 1201N – Ram Upgrade

Since I bought this netbook that I’ve been looking forward to upgrade it’s ram. As you may know, this netbook has two slots, which by default are fulfilled with 2GB (1024+1024) or 3GB (1024+2048), unfortunately in Portugal only the first combination is being sold.

After reading a couple of reviews of other people that wanted to perform the same upgrade as me, from 2GB into 4GB, I’ve finally decided to bet on Kingston, and I bought the KVR800D2S6K2/2G modules.

Now you may be wondering why I didn’t bought 8GB instead of 4GB since the netbook supports them, the reason is plain simple: in my humble opinion they are way too expensive!

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How to setup Asus Eee PC 1201N Wireless Card on Ubuntu 9.10?

The first thing you need to know it’s that although the PCI output shows a Realtek 8171 wireless adapter, in reality it is a Realtek RTL8191SE!

With this in mind you only need to download this file which was referenced in this thread on post #134 and execute the commands below. Make sure to remove the NDISWrapper driver before doing this if you have already installed and set it up.

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Asus Eee PC 1201N Silver

Last Friday 15th was my birthday and as a present I bought the brand new Asus Eee PC 1201N Silver to replace my old Acer Aspire 2003 WLMi. It’s been a while since I met this notebook, unfortunately new gadgets tend to take some time to be commercialized in Portugal, and this one wasn’t different, although it isn’t quite new in other countries, here it’s only available since middle December 2009 and it’s not yet available in big stores.

For those of you who don’t know anything about this netbook yet, below is the list of specs that are commercialized in Portugal (in other countries there are differences in Memory and Storage specs).

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First online hotel booking service experience

Now that 2009 is gone, I can write a review about my first online hotel booking service experience.

Until last December 12, I had never used such services. So I chose to do a search for online booking agencies, which gathered the following conditions: Had several customers reviews, seemed to be reliable and the best relation between cost/quality.

After this I chose Hotelopia, an online booking agency who aims to help you find and reserve the right hotel at the right price, from a wide range of good quality accommodation.

Thanks to Hotelopia I’ve spent my New Years Eve in Albufeira, in a nice and cheap resort without the common problems of trying to find an apartment for rent in this time of year for a short time period.

Certainly the next time that I will need this type of services I’ll use Hotelopia again.

How to use NTLM authentication with NuSOAP?

For a couple of weeks I’ve been implementing Webservices to feed resources on a SugarCRM project that I’m working on. As you may know SugarCRM provides NuSOAP, which is a SOAP Toolkit for PHP that brings some extra functionalities to SOAP implementation provided by PHP.

Today I had to use NTLM authentication method, unfortunately it isn’t supported by NuSOAP yet, but I’ve found that if you combine cURL with NuSOAP you can get through without a problem.

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