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Ubuntu WiFi drivers on ThinkPad E520s

Recently iLab acquired 18 new computers to expand our lab. To prepare them for use at iLab I installed a fresh copy of Unbuntu 10.10 on them, but the WiFi drivers didn’t work. At first I tried a lot of different methods, I was able to get a break through the second day of troubleshooting. However, because I used a lot of different methods, I sincerely did not know which one installed the driver, whether it was the combination of all the methods, or just one.

After a while, I decided trying each method and restarting after every method, this way I could know exactly which one got it installed. After few hours of using this solution pattern, I was able to grasped the exact method. Among the many methods I tried, were installing Ndiswrapper to enable me install the windows driver, but that didn’t worked, I updated a lot of repos, but it still didn’t help. I extracted different driver files and compiled them, but that didn’t also worked, editing some system files which didn’t as well, in addition to other methods that I attempted. Finally, I got a link that instructed me to simple used the below lines, and whoops that is serving as my key now! It works well and has released me of the stress I encountered with the wireless driver issue: Read the rest of this entry

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Mobile Money in Liberia

Mobile Money is a term that refers to mobile financial services, mobile payment, mobile banking, mobile money transfer and mobile wallet – all of which generally refer to payment services operated under financial regulation and performed from or via a mobile device. The Global System for Mobile Communications (GSM) operators in Liberia, particularly LonestarCell MTN http://www.lonestarcell.com/have begun offering this service, which is quite timely and has its advantages in a country where the economy is growing. At the same time, like the M-Kesh of Mozambique, the uptake of mobile money services in Liberia has been slow to start.One way to start branding and customizing these services in Liberia would be for the GSM operators or Liberia Telecommunications Authority http://lta.gov.lr/ to come up with a unique nomenclature for this service instead of Mobile Money which is the generic name that refers to the technology.

Recently in Nigeria, GlobaCom and UBA has signed an MOU with the Government to launch it’s Mobile Money service which though not yet functional but have named U-Mo .See http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/glo-uba-sign-mou-on-mobile-money-service/97220/ Read the rest of this entry