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Monthly Archives: June 2017

USB Tethering From CyanogenMod Android to Ubuntu Trusty 14.04

My laptop could not connect to the hotel’s WiFi but my mobile phone could. So I went into my phone settings, selected “…More”, selected “Tethering & portable hotspot”, and enabled “USB tethering”. This was while my phone was configured to be in “charge only” mode on USB.

My phone was attached to my Ubuntu computer by USB cable. And if I clicked on the Network Manager applet on my start bar (using Xubuntu) it showed me the option of “Ethernet Network (my phone model)” but it was greyed out. So Ubuntu had detected the phone had tethering turned on but wasn’t able to connect to it.

Automatic Option

Click on the Network Manager applet. At the bottom of the menu choose “Edit”.

Press “Add” to add a network connection.

Choose a connection type of “Ethernet” from the drop-down and press the “Create…” button.

Give the connection a name, e.g. “Tethering My Phone USB”. Select your USB interface from the drop down list of “Device MAC address” on the “Ethernet” tab (which is opened by default).

Choose “Save…” and the tethered network should automatically begin to work.

Manual Option (if all else fails)

The solution was to open a terminal and run:

$ sudo ifconfig usb0 up
$ sudo dhclient usb0

Now I had an IP address assigned to my usb0 interface and a default route.

How to Cruise Control a 2017 Renault (Reno)

Can’t quite seem to figure out how to operate the cruise control on a 2017 Renault (Reno) car? Yeah, I couldn’t figure it out, either. The button placement isn’t remotely intuitive.

The switch you want is just below the gear stick.

The rocker switch for cruise control for a Reno is just below the gear stick

The rocker switch for cruise control for a Reno is just below the gear stick

You want to push this button away from the gear stick. This will enable cruise control on the car. If you push the button in the other direction (towards the gear stick) you will turn on “speed limiting” mode. Don’t do this.

Push the button down away from the gear stick into cruise control mode

Push the button down away from the gear stick into cruise control mode

On the dash board, between the two meters, the display should inform you that it is in cruise control mode.

The display will inform you that you are in cruise control mode, and a green cruise control icon will light

The display will inform you that you are in cruise control mode, and a green cruise control icon will light

(Note if that green icon is lit in orange instead then you’ve turned on speed limiting mode by accident. Try rocking the cruise control switch in the other direction.)

Now you can set the cruise control speed by pressing the + button on the steering wheel. You can cancel cruise control by pressing the O button on the steering wheel. You can restore your last set speed by pressing the R button on the steering wheel. Finally, while driving on cruise control, you can use the +/- buttons to increase/decrease your speed slightly.

+ sets the speed, O cancels cruise, R restores the last set speed, and +/- change speed slightly

+ sets the speed, O cancels cruise, R restores the last set speed, and +/- change speed slightly