The modem showed up the day before yesterday.Â I cracked open the box yesterday and got it running in short order.Â I purchased a Hawking PCI Modem, model HM92P.Â Unlike the mentions it gets on the web, it doesn’t come with Linux drivers.Â Bummer!Â I was running short on time so I bopped over to http://Linuxant.com and purchased their modem driver.Â I suspect that I could have gotten the modem working without it, but I was running short on time and patience.Â I’m $20 in the hole, but the modem and computer works great.
Grandma is currently a NetZero subscriber for her Windows ME machine that we’re retiring.Â NetZero doesn’t offer a Linux dial-up option so I signed Grandma up for http://copper.net.Â Only $9.95 per month.Â Easy setup too.Â Modem stuff is done.
I transferred over the Thunderbird email directories and got that working under Ubuntu.Â Trivial since I’ve done this many times.Â Grandma’s almost ready to go live … except …
… except … that I was awoken last night with a thought.Â Grandma’s old printer, which I don’t have here, feeds from a parallel port.Â Â Her new computer doesn’t have a parallel port.Â Only USB ports.Â Dag nabbit!Â No good deed goes unpunished.
So now, I have a decision to make: (1) new printer or (2) print server.Â I’m not sure which will be cheaper and with less hassles?