One week trial with ZTE MF100 USB Modem

Estonian mobile operators are massively producing ads for various media channels to gain rapid growth in mobile data and internet market. All three operators have their “very best” data plans with “the best prices” and with “the fastest speeds available”. Their message is that if you’re not using mobile internet, you are one lost soul.

Although I’m a loyal client for the biggest and the most expensive firm, their mobile data plans sucks in a big time. Though I use mobile data on my phone on quite average level, cost for service is way too much. So for the experiment I took the second best choice and grabbed myself fresh Mint from the Elisa.

Mint is a data plan with different levels of data speeds and prices. Starting from 6.5 eur/month and speed up to 1 Mbit/s seems to be reasonable enough. With only one major restriction – user shouldn’t go over 1GB data traffic during the trial period – convinced me to sign punch of papers and I was ready to go.

Installation and setup was quick, after connecting the modem and next-next-next clicking process, modem did find the needed signal in a seconds and let me connect to it. But there are some steps I would like to test while I’m back home:

ZTE MF100 USB Modem

  • Is it possible to find signal without an external antenna in a old house with 50cm thick walls in a middle of the deep forest – Update – no, internal antenna is weak, comparable to average cell phone. Update no.2 – this device does not support external antenna either.
  • Is it possible to share the internet to other computers as well
  • what is the real amount of daily traffic in a normal use

I should be able to answer to those question after week. If any case I should be unhappy with the service, I’m still able to return it without any cost.

Elgg Blank, clean and minimal theme for Elgg

Open source networking platform Elgg has been used in CET for some time now, probably since version 1.1. Several successful projects are still running on it and future plans are promising. Although for most of the project Elgg is providing stabile platform for prototyping, one of the live-sites running on Elgg has over 1500 registered users and as a platform it has proven its strengths.

For my own personal reasons I’ve been working on usable (and visually clean) Elgg theme that could be use as a starting point for developing a new theme. Elgg Blank is clean theme for Elgg 1.7.2, tested on Firefox 3.5 and latest Safari. Doing my best to test it on IE 8.

Elgg Blank theme, sneak preview

Do not hesitate to give any feedback on it. Checkoutl the latest Elgg Blank from here.

Blue River seestyle for Coda

While working with super-duper piece of software Coda, I felt that its native look could be a little more personalised. As a result small collection of .sseestyle themes (codename Blue River) has been born. You are free to download, use and modify it from here: Blue River seestyle for Coda 0.1.

As I’m mostly working on CSS, HTML and PHP files, only those three modes are included in the package. For the installation open the Preferences menu in Coda, click on the Colors tab and import preferred files.

Blue River 0.1 seestyle