Archive for May, 2007

Tracking GPRS Internet Usage

The problem using Internet Data Plan Package is you have to control yourself to avoid over-quota. I’m using Mac OS X Tiger, Sony Ericsson M600i with Indosat 3G Package for internet connection. Monthly charge is Rp 130,000 (promo rate) for 1 GB.

I can check usage in the symbian phone by opening Connection Manager, find GPRS Modem entry (usually created by PC Suite Software), and check its total connection log. How about using computer software to track it? I’ve crawl so many websites to find freeware for Windows or for Mac with empy hand. One day, Benny gave me a reference to download  SurplusMeter for Mac.

It measures your download and upload in PPP port in very handy way. Install and forget. SurplusMeter Agent will run in background even you quit the main program. You can input your monthly quota in the program so it will display usage status compared to the quota, reset the usage on specified monthly date, pause the counter for your own reason, etc. Let this program as your GPRS data usage counter and the best thing is it’s FREE under GNU GPL.

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My Rating: 6/10

Pirates of the CaribbeanPirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End is a 2007 adventure film, the third in the Pirates of the Caribbean films following The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003) and Dead Man’s Chest (2006). At World’s End is helmed by Gore Verbinski, director of the previous films, and the cast includes returnees Johnny Depp, Orlando Bloom, Keira Knightley, Bill Nighy, Geoffrey Rush, Jack Davenport, Tom Hollander and Naomie Harris. Chow Yun-Fat makes his first appearance in the franchise as Sao Feng, one of the film’s antagonists, as does Keith Richards as Jack Sparrow’s father. (from Wiki)

All my watching Pirates movies ends with a intermittent fall-asleep. That means the films were so boring and to long for me (and for most audience). Well, I’ll not recommend this film to anyone.

Movie Review: Next

My Rating: 7 of 10

Next MovieLas Vegas showroom magician Cris Johnson has a secret which is a gift and a curse which torments him: he can see a few minutes into the future. Sick of the examinations he underwent as a child and the interest of the government and medical establishment in his power, he lies low under an assumed name in Vegas, performing cheap tricks and living off small-time gambling “winnings.” But when a terrorist group threatens to detonate a nuclear device in Los Angeles, government agent Callie Ferris must use all her wiles to capture Cris and convince him to help her stop the cataclysm. (from Yahoo Movie)

Played by Nicholas Cage, this film offers great joy of watching. Somehow the plot ends with not-satisfactory twist. If I didn’t watch the ending I could have given this movie a higher score.

I’ve just found a way for MacBook OS X to recognize my SonyEricsson M600i as USB Flash Drive.

Maybe because there are a lot of users of M600i who also use Mac OS X, so we have to try solution and help each other since no official driver available to download, neither from Apple nor SonyEricsson. One thing is to have the phone as GPRS/3G modem dial-up, this was solved several weeks ago. Now this USB mount drive has been solved. Hope in the next release (Leopard) iSync can detect my phone.

Back to the topic, here is the procedure to have your M600i act as USB drive:
1. Download kext file from Magnus Blog. (M600USBFileEnabler.zip)
2. Extract the file to anywhere
3. Close all running applications (this is a must since you have to restart computer later)
4. Run the installation file extracted from zip
5. Follow the step in the installer (basically you just hit the next button)
6. Upon completion, it will ask you to restart computer.
7. After restarting, change your M600i USB setting from “Phone Mode” to “File Transfer”
8. Plug data cable from phone to computer
9. Pray that your Mac will detect a new storage and mount it. (it works for me!)

FYI, I’m using Mac OS X Tiger 10.4.9 and SonyEricsson M600i (firmware R4C01). Lower version of Mac OS X and lower firmware should be working to according to the site. Great work for Magnus, bravo!