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Getting a Kindle to connect to "eduroam"

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I'll start this with the following warning;

 

This is nasty. It might destroy your Kindle permanantly (although I think it's unlikely). It involves fiddling around with some fairly low level stuff. Don't do it. If you don't understand some of the terms I have used in this post, then definitely don't do this.

 

That said;

 

You need to install the jailbreak and usbnetwork hacks for the Kindle. They are available from http://www.mobileread.com/forums/showthread.php?t=88004

 

Then you need to go somewhere where there is no "eduroam" available and create your OWN wireless network called eduroam (see, I told you it's nasty) using a WPA-PSK key. My Android phone came in pretty handy for this as I was able to create a temporary Wifi hotspot using the tether functionality.

 

Associate your Kindle to the temporary hotspot. Then turn off the hotspot. You will be very unpopular if you run a hotspot called eduroam and my colleagues in the networking team find out

 

Follow the instructions at http://frakira.fi.muni.cz/~antos/2010/12/15/kindle-and-eduroam/. You can get the CA certificate from http://www.terena.org/activities/tcs/repository/AddTrust_External_CA_Root.pem. Use the following for your wpa_config.sh script;

 

Again, you need to customise this script. If you don't understand what to change, you shouldn't be doing this.


#!/bin/sh

sleep 6

id="`wpa_cli list_networks | grep eduroam | cut -f1 | sed -n '1p'`"

exec="`wpa_cli << EOF
set_network $id ssid \"eduroam\"
set_network $id scan_ssid 1
set_network $id key_mgmt WPA-EAP
set_network $id pairwise TKIP
set_network $id group TKIP
set_network $id eap PEAP
set_network $id identity \"username@sheffield.ac.uk\"
set_network $id password \"PASSWORD\"
set_network $id phase1 \"peaplabel=0\"
set_network $id phase2 \"auth=MSCHAPV2\"
set_network $id ca_cert \"where-ever-you-put-the-CA-certificate\"
enable_network $id
quit
EOF
`"
echo $exec
#!/usr/bin/perl

 

Restart your Kindle and hope for the best.

Written by beezly

May 12th, 2011 at 2:12 pm

Posted in eduroam,kindle,wifi

Getting a Kindle to connect to "eduroam"

without comments

I'll start this with the following warning;

 

This is nasty. It might destroy your Kindle permanantly (although I think it's unlikely). It involves fiddling around with some fairly low level stuff. Don't do it. If you don't understand some of the terms I have used in this post, then definitely don't do this.

 

That said;

 

You need to install the jailbreak and usbnetwork hacks for the Kindle. They are available from http://www.mobileread.com/forums/showthread.php?t=88004

 

Then you need to go somewhere where there is no "eduroam" available and create your OWN wireless network called eduroam (see, I told you it's nasty) using a WPA-PSK key. My Android phone came in pretty handy for this as I was able to create a temporary Wifi hotspot using the tether functionality.

 

Associate your Kindle to the temporary hotspot. Then turn off the hotspot. You will be very unpopular if you run a hotspot called eduroam and my colleagues in the networking team find out

 

Follow the instructions at http://frakira.fi.muni.cz/~antos/2010/12/15/kindle-and-eduroam/. You can get the CA certificate from http://www.terena.org/activities/tcs/repository/AddTrust_External_CA_Root.pem. Use the following for your wpa_config.sh script;

 

Again, you need to customise this script. If you don't understand what to change, you shouldn't be doing this.


#!/bin/sh

sleep 6

id="`wpa_cli list_networks | grep eduroam | cut -f1 | sed -n '1p'`"

exec="`wpa_cli << EOF
set_network $id ssid \"eduroam\"
set_network $id scan_ssid 1
set_network $id key_mgmt WPA-EAP
set_network $id pairwise TKIP
set_network $id group TKIP
set_network $id eap PEAP
set_network $id identity \"username@sheffield.ac.uk\"
set_network $id password \"PASSWORD\"
set_network $id phase1 \"peaplabel=0\"
set_network $id phase2 \"auth=MSCHAPV2\"
set_network $id ca_cert \"where-ever-you-put-the-CA-certificate\"
enable_network $id
quit
EOF
`"
echo $exec
#!/usr/bin/perl

 

Restart your Kindle and hope for the best.

Written by beezly

May 12th, 2011 at 2:12 pm

Posted in eduroam,kindle,wifi

I went on holiday

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I went on holiday on my motorbike to Valor in Spain and then back up via Valencia, through Toulouse and Cernay in France, then through Luxembourg to Zeebrugge in Belgium.

 

Here's some video of me riding over El Puerto de la Ragua in the Sierra Nevada.

 

In total I did around 2800 miles in 11 days.

Written by beezly

May 4th, 2011 at 3:21 pm

Posted in Uncategorized

I went on holiday

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I went on holiday on my motorbike to Valor in Spain and then back up via Valencia, through Toulouse and Cernay in France, then through Luxembourg to Zeebrugge in Belgium.

 

Here's some video of me riding over El Puerto de la Ragua in the Sierra Nevada.

 

In total I did around 2800 miles in 11 days.

Written by beezly

May 4th, 2011 at 3:21 pm

Posted in Uncategorized

I love it when a plan (almost) comes together

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Last weekend a number of colleagues and I did some fairly major upheaval of the uSpace setup, most of which should be fairly unnoticeable to our customers with the exception that it will now hopefully be a bit more reliable! There were two main four main components to this work:

  1. Upgrade the uSpace software from 4.0.14 to 4.5.5. This brings us up to date with the manufacturers current release, which gives us a number of benefits, including the ability to properly cluster the front end web servers (the servers that people actually connect to when you click on uSpace in MUSE or go to http://uspace.shef.ac.uk/).
  2. Enable clustering across a pair of web servers, rather than the single web server we had before. This means if we need to update or restart the webservers, we should be able to minimise the unavailability of the uSpace service.
  3. Move the uSpace software from physical to virtual servers running on VMware. This makes it easy for us to scale and manage the service.
  4. Move the uSpace binary content (eg, Word Documents) out of the database and into a filesystem. Again, this is a technical measure which makes it easier to manage the service.

The upgrade process had been thoroughly tested before it was started, but like the best laid schemes of mice and men, it went a bit wrong whilst we upgrading the live system. This required a slight alteration to the upgrade process which hadn't been planned. It all worked out OK in the end.

There were a couple of User Interface bugs which slipped through QA unnoticed and these were corrected yesterday afternoon and yesterday evening. There was also a problem with some uploaded documents not appearing correclty in uSpace. Unfortunately, these documents will have to be uploaded again, but I believe the numbers are very small.

Written by beezly

March 1st, 2011 at 1:08 pm

Posted in cics,upgrade,uspace

I love it when a plan (almost) comes together

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Last weekend a number of colleagues and I did some fairly major upheaval of the uSpace setup, most of which should be fairly unnoticeable to our customers with the exception that it will now hopefully be a bit more reliable! There were two main four main components to this work:

  1. Upgrade the uSpace software from 4.0.14 to 4.5.5. This brings us up to date with the manufacturers current release, which gives us a number of benefits, including the ability to properly cluster the front end web servers (the servers that people actually connect to when you click on uSpace in MUSE or go to http://uspace.shef.ac.uk/).
  2. Enable clustering across a pair of web servers, rather than the single web server we had before. This means if we need to update or restart the webservers, we should be able to minimise the unavailability of the uSpace service.
  3. Move the uSpace software from physical to virtual servers running on VMware. This makes it easy for us to scale and manage the service.
  4. Move the uSpace binary content (eg, Word Documents) out of the database and into a filesystem. Again, this is a technical measure which makes it easier to manage the service.

The upgrade process had been thoroughly tested before it was started, but like the best laid schemes of mice and men, it went a bit wrong whilst we upgrading the live system. This required a slight alteration to the upgrade process which hadn't been planned. It all worked out OK in the end.

There were a couple of User Interface bugs which slipped through QA unnoticed and these were corrected yesterday afternoon and yesterday evening. There was also a problem with some uploaded documents not appearing correclty in uSpace. Unfortunately, these documents will have to be uploaded again, but I believe the numbers are very small.

Written by beezly

March 1st, 2011 at 1:08 pm

Posted in cics,upgrade,uspace

How to make me look like this…

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When something is broken and you need help here are some key things that I need to know:

 

  1. What were you doing and when were you doing it? Ideally, a step-by-step list in chronological order of what actions you performed. Include things like commands you typed, URLs used, buttons clicked and widgets twizzled. I almost definitely need any usernames you used, but I will almost never need you password, so please don't send it!
  2. What were you expecting to happen?
  3. What actually happened? Make sure you include any error messages. Screenshots are OK if it's a graphical application, but if the error message is just in plain text, just send the text.
  4. When did it last work correctly? This morning? Last week? Never?

 

If I get all that information up front then I'll look as happy as this.

Written by beezly

December 14th, 2010 at 4:50 pm

Posted in andrew,happy,help,support

Andrew Beresford’s Blog 2010-12-14 16:50:40

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Photo on 2010-11-05 at 11.39.jpg

When something is broken and you need help here are some key things that I need to know:

 

  1. What were you doing and when were you doing it? Ideally, a step-by-step list in chronological order of what actions you performed. Include things like commands you typed, URLs used, buttons clicked and widgets twizzled. I almost definitely need any usernames you used, but I will almost never need you password, so please don't send it!
  2. What were you expecting to happen?
  3. What actually happened? Make sure you include any error messages. Screenshots are OK if it's a graphical application, but if the error message is just in plain text, just send the text.
  4. When did it last work correctly? This morning? Last week? Never?

 

If I get all that information up front then I'll look as happy as this.

Written by beezly

December 14th, 2010 at 4:50 pm

Posted in andrew,happy,help,support

How to make me look like this…

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Photo on 2010-11-05 at 11.39.jpg

When something is broken and you need help here are some key things that I need to know:

 

  1. What were you doing and when were you doing it? Ideally, a step-by-step list in chronological order of what actions you performed. Include things like commands you typed, URLs used, buttons clicked and widgets twizzled. I almost definitely need any usernames you used, but I will almost never need you password, so please don't send it!
  2. What were you expecting to happen?
  3. What actually happened? Make sure you include any error messages. Screenshots are OK if it's a graphical application, but if the error message is just in plain text, just send the text.
  4. When did it last work correctly? This morning? Last week? Never?

 

If I get all that information up front then I'll look as happy as this.

Written by beezly

December 14th, 2010 at 4:50 pm

Posted in andrew,happy,help,support

I’ve been away

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Now that I've finished doing stuff towards Oxjam Huddersfield, I've had a bit more spare time on my hands so I took a long weekend to go and visit some friends in France and Germany. Two of my friends live in Freiburg on the edge of the Black Forest so it was a great opportunity to take some pictures.

 

We went for a walk around a research arboretum and I managed to get a couple of good shots. At lower altitudes the leaves were amazing colours but if you went higher up they had already dropped from most of the trees.

 

We went to Burg Hohenzollern, the ancestral castle of the Hohenzollern family who became German Emperors. My german is non-existant, so my friend, who works as a translator and intepreter was translating for me. The tour guide kept having to ask people to keep quite though, so my friend was giving me the concise version as we moved between rooms in the castle. I don't think the tour guide was particularly annoyed at my friend translating for me me, more by the people who seemed to just be having a casual chat whilst he was trying to give his tour. I can certainly understand that. If it was my job, I wouldn't want to ed up with a sore throat from having to talk over people.

Written by beezly

November 8th, 2010 at 1:12 pm

Posted in Uncategorized