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Matthew French
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There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.
There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.

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The fuck happened to G+?

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Just got hired to write articles for Geeks Have Landed. First article should be going up some time today but for all #technology #gaming and #generalnerds I suggest you take a peek, it is fairly new but there is already some pretty awesome content.

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ClockworkMod Tether Alpha

Over the last month, I've been working on a new app. Tether Alpha is a USB[2] tether solution for Mac, Windows, and Linux that allows you to use your phone's data connection to get internet access on your desktop or laptop.

ClockworkMod Tether does not require root on your phone and does not require a separate tethering plan. Tether should work with any carrier and phone, and is not blockable or detectable by carriers[1]. To get around the root requirement on your phone, Tether will need to install a virtual network adapter on your computer; so there is a PC side install. [3]

I'm looking for meaningful feedback in the following areas:

1) Did you have problems installing it or getting it working?
2) How is your download and latency once everything is set up?

The UI is pretty rough, the icons, and general app design are not final. I am just looking to make sure the underlying services all work properly.

Download links:

Mac: http://download.clockworkmod.com/test/tether-mac.zip
Linux: http://download.clockworkmod.com/test/tether-linux.tgz [4]
Windows: http://download.clockworkmod.com/test/TetherWindowsSetup.msi

The above links should automatically install the Android portion if you have USB debugging enabled on the phone, but if something goes awry, here's the Android APK:
http://download.clockworkmod.com/test/Tether.apk


I am intentionally not providing any installation instructions, because I feel that if the app can't be set up without installation instructions, I have failed to make it easy enough to use. ;)
So please provide any feedback you may have if you have a hiccup during installation! (The final market released product will have instructions though)

This version will time bomb on January 7th. I'll release new versions before then, so if the app stops working, just check back here.

Thanks all!




[1] It functions as a proxy, and not as a NAT/masquerade solution that other tether solutions use. Though carriers can still check for http user agent string, but I have an idea to work around that. They typically check the TTL for desktop values. All usual carrier data charges and quotas will apply, but you will not need a separate tethering plan.

[2] I'm working on getting Bluetooth working as well.

[3] I wish I could not require a PC side installation, but it is simply not possible if the phone is not rooted.

[4] There is no UI for the Linux interface. Just sudo linux/run.sh after extracting the zip.

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You know you've hit it big when your small-circulation local newspaper uses an online comment you make in the print edition as a letter to the editor. Not 100% happy with the final print edit but when do I get my book deal?

Why is it whenever I brush my teeth the only thing to drink in the refrigerator is Orange Juice?

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Was at my local bookstore today and decided it would be good to share some of the awesome photos that they have just stapled to the book shelves.
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Some greats (13 photos)
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I love it when people are educated on who John Williams is :) http://i.imgur.com/2J3Bw.png
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