Archive for January, 2009

A simple way to add lights to your Spykee / Rovio?

January 16, 2009 1 comment

I’ve had an interesting idea for mounting lighting on my Spykee…

The problem is not how to fit a light, but how to control it by turning it on and off when you need to. So I came up with this idea:

Basically, it’s a motion-sensitive, battery-powered night light. You’re supposed to mount it in places like cupboards, so that when you open the door, the light comes on.

However – in this case, the motion will be provided by the environment around the Spykee, as it moves. Hopefully, I can stick a couple of these on the front, and although it’s dark when I connect, as soon as it starts driving, the lights should come on.

I have one at home already, so I’ll give it a go this weekend and provide feedback on whether it works. Definitely no warranty invalidation with this one.

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Spykee Control working through Checkpoint SecureRemote Firewall

January 12, 2009 Leave a comment

Finally – I can control my Spykee from my work laptop!

Network Settings

For anyone who hasn’t already guessed, Spykee is a hash of poorly-written software that needs some tweaking to get working.

And, after two weeks (admittedly not spend solidly on the problem), I found that the problem was, as expected, my Checkpoint SecureRemote client.

To fix the problem:

Network Settings
  • Disconnect from your VPN
  • Stop the SecureRemote Client in the taskbar
  • Go into Network Properties for whichever interface you’re using for LAN/WAN, hit Properties, Networking, and then untick Check Point SecurRemote.

Yep – you actually have to completely unbind the firewall from your network adapter to get it working! Jeez!

While I’m on the subject, I tried remotely controlling the Spykee from Paris to London. Peformance… isn’t too bad. I am tapping the keys a step at a time, and often it’ll do a complete 180 when I press ‘left’ for a single tap, but it’s.. well.. navigable enough. As I say – not great, but just about worth the discounted £100 I paid at Amazon.

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Unlocking the T-Mobile Web’n’Walk Huawei E220 modem dongle

January 1, 2009 Leave a comment

Hope all those keywords in the title got your attention.

Anyway – this is something I’ve wanted to do for a while,  as T-Mobile refused to provide an unlock code, even for a fee (although I’ve heard of others obtaining them). Although there are paid unlocking services out there, I didn’t want to install executables from a dodgy site, providing a questionable service, onto my own computer.

So – I used the manual unlock guide provided here. It’s simple, it’s good, and it works. In short, all you’re doing is:

  • Updating the dongle firmware to a known version
  • Using a diagnostic tool to download a section of the dongle’s firmware
  • Searching that download for the legitimate unlock code, which is stored in the dongle, in cleartext at a particular location
  • Using a standard, legitimate unlock tool to enter that code, and unlock the dongle.

And it works… I’ve inserted my Vodafone SIM, and am typing this blog on it right now.

So – now I can use this dongle with a local pre-pay SIM if I’m in another country for an extended period, rather than paying a UK operator’s roaming charges. Of course, my longer-term goal is to rip out the innards from the Dongle, and install them in my Acer Aspire One, making it an “always-on” Netbook.


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