Internet Issues

You would think in 2003 that the Internet would be fast and reliable. Not so much where I live in Sri Lanka. The major and only wired provider Sri Lanka Telecom’s (SLT) ADSL is unusable as I write this.

Around the end of the month the SLT ADSL line starts to suffer. Usually when I change packages it seems to be fine for a few months then my connection seems to drop off constantly.

When I complain 2 guys show up and fiddle with the weather battered and corroded switch-box outside and make it work for a few more weeks.

I gave up a while ago. I’ve been using a Etisalat data dongle as a backup and it seems to be the only option that I have today.

VirtualBox 4.2.x on Ubuntu 12.04

I’m back on Linux, back in trouble as well. Ok so downloading and installing the latest deb file for VirtualBox doesn’t work out of a box.

I found this in the VirtualBox forum. It turns out you need to install these packages first.

sudo apt-get install dkms build-essential linux-headers-generic

Then install the deb file

sudo dpkg -i virtualbox-4.2_4.2.10-84104~Ubuntu~quantal_amd64.deb

I got a LinkedIn request from a guy I know I should know. I have probably worked with him as well. But since he doesn’t have a profile picture I really can’t tell. So I can’t add him.

Please add profile pictures if you want to connect.