12th Celtic Weekend – Merelbeke

12th Celtic Weekend

Shameless advertisement for the upcoming 12th Celtic Weekend organised by the Flemish Caledonian Pipes & Drums – Clan MacKenzie, the pipeband where I play.

Friday november 6 2009
19:00 Official Opening
20:00 Flemish Caledonian Pipes and Drums
20:45 Kenny Nairn @ your request – Scottish folk

Saturday november 7 2009
11:00 Flemish Caledonian Pipes and Drums with Kenny Nairn
12:30 Haggis Amuses
12:45 Kenny Nairn @ your request – Scottish folk
14:00 Flemish Caledonian Pipes and Drums
15:15 Dance demonstration Folk and Country
16:30 Flemish Caledonian Pipes and Drums
17:45 Performance Country & Western with Irish influences
19:00 Flemish Caledonian Pipes and Drums
20:00 Ballathum XL – Irish folk
21:00 Flemish Caledonian Pipes and Drums
22:00 Ballathum XL – Irish folk

Sunday november 8 november 2009
11:00 Flemish Caledonian Pipes and Drums with Kenny Nairn
11.30 Royal Harmony “De Toekomst Sint Niklaas” – first part
12:15 Haggis Amuses
12:30 Royal Harmony “De Toekomst Sint Niklaas” – second part
13.15 Kenny Nairn @ your request – Scottish folk
14:00 Flemish Caledonian Pipes and Drums
15:00 Irish dance by Dancestudio Kim
16:00 Flemish Caledonian Pipes and Drums
17:00 Irish dance by Dancestudio Kim
18:00 Finale

The place to be? Kloosterstraat 20 in Merelbeke (Belgium, ofcourse)


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Using an Alcatel X200 under Linux

I recently purchased an Alcatel Onetouch X200 3G USB modem, to be able to use internet on various locations where there is no wired or wifi available. Works fine under Windows/Mac OS X, bit more of a hassle under Linux.

Here are some hints on how to get it to work:

  • You need to install usb-modeswitch to switch the card from it’s builtin usb-storage mode to the USBModem mode. Configuration is done in /etc/usb_modeswitch.conf
  • Use /dev/ttyUSB2. The other two ports that your modem will give don’t really work well.
  • Also, use atleast kernel 2.6.31. Earlier ones might not work.
  • Disable PIN authentication on your SIMcard! This one thing was what kept it from working decently – I tried tons of things, and when I disabled the PIN, it worked nearly instantaneously.
    The command to do PIN auth is AT+CPIN=1111 (changing 1111 by your actual PIN), but when issuing this command the modem accepts it, but very often freaks out afterwards. Weird.
    You can find a nice list of GSM modem AT codes on gsm-modem.de.

Thats about it!