In case you have a Mac and an HSPDA card...

If you've got an HSPDA card for your Mac, upgrading to Mac OS X 10.4.10 will likely kill it. But here's how to fix it.

...you may no longer have a working card. If you upgraded to Apple's 10.4.10, you may have noticed that your card no longer connects. This happened to me last week. I'm told Apple has created a WWAN update, but I've also heard that it doesn't fix the problem. Anyway, if you want to know how to fix it, go here. Just follow the directions. Trust me: they work.

By the way, if you don't have an HSPDA card, I'd strongly encourage you to get one. Well, only if you travel a lot. At $60 a month, it only makes financial sense if you travel enough that you spend about $60 a month on Wi-Fi. I was finding that I'd log into a hotspot at the airport, and then at my hotel, and then at the airport again, and then at the next hotel, and then again at the airport. The bill was $50, and that was just one trip.

I use a Novatel Merlin XU870 with my MacBook Pro, and it's heaven. Aside from the temporary glitch with Apple's OS X update, it "just works." Not super fast, but fast enough to crank out blog entries from the back of a taxi.

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    Matt Asay is chief operating officer at Canonical, the company behind the Ubuntu Linux operating system. Prior to Canonical, Matt was general manager of the Americas division and vice president of business development at Alfresco, an open-source applications company. Matt brings a decade of in-the-trenches open-source business and legal experience to The Open Road, with an emphasis on emerging open-source business strategies and opportunities. He is a member of the CNET Blog Network and is not an employee of CNET. You can follow Matt on Twitter @mjasay.

     

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