06/27/11

Yes 4G AppleUSBCDCECMData error/issue Mac OS X

If you are using a recent Apple with a default install of Mac OS X version 10.6.6 or higher, and have problems getting OS X to detect your Yes 4G Go USB dongle despite plugging/unplugging your dongle 5000 times – this may be of some use.

1) Open Terminal
2) Remove your USB dongle
3) Insert your USB dongle
4) In Terminal, type “sudo dmesg” (enter your password when asked)
5) Try to spot this in the jumbled mess of text

AppleUSBCDCECMData: start – Find CDC driver for ECM data interface failed

If you see this, fear not, you just need a newer version of the Yes 4G connect drivers for OS X 10.6.6 and above – you can grab them here.

Note: This “fix” is only for OS X devices that install from a 10.6.6 DVD by DEFAULT. In general, this would mean early 2011 (or later) Macbook Air/Pro. Installing this updated driver probably won’t kill your machine if you are using an earlier version of OS X, but it probably won’t fix your problem either. I hold no responsibility for your OS X device going up in flames and/or growing a pair of legs and running off into the sunset.

UPDATE: The latest drivers from the YTL site “should” work fine. There is no reason to use the drivers listed on this page anymore (unless you like using outdated drivers).

04/11/11

Yes 4G & Best Effort – Convenient Coincidence or Shrewd Master Plan?

Here’s some food for thought at 5:42AM on a random Monday morning.

Our good folk in MCMC/SKMM have been so kind to “protect” us recently with the “requirement” that Internet connections sold should be able to reach 80% of the subscribed line speed. What this means to the random subscriber is that if he/she signed up for a 10Mbps Internet connection from Telekom Malaysia, in theory, TM MUST provide him/her with at least 8Mbps (80% of 10Mbps) throughput on average. TM just increases priority to popular speedtest sites and hosts their own speedtest server on their own network to work around this “recommendation” from MCMC… but that’s besides the point!!! Moving on!!!

Now, YTL’s Yes 4G is sold with no actual subscribed bandwidth. So, how does this 80% requirement work with Yes 4G? Did the guys at YTL sit down, think up a storm, and come up with this absolutely brilliant idea… or was it absolute pure random coincidence that they are conveniently in the Twilight Zone that isn’t quite within the broad umbrella covered by one of the newest MCMC/SKMM “requirements”?

11/18/10

YTL Yes 4G “Leaked” Pricing Info

OK, maybe it isn’t leaked… but anyway, I’m sure everyone has seen the camera phone picture posted online by now. Since the info didn’t come from me, and that information is now public record… time for me to break it down for everyone. According to the image:

9 sen = 3MB or 1 min voice or 1 SMS (A quick flashback to my Twitter guesstimate of their pricing some time back…)

At the current pricing, 20GB would equate to RM600 (3 sen/MB)… I was off by RM200 🙁

Well, I was honestly hoping they wouldn’t go forward with the current pricing structure, but I guess they’ve decided they know best. No amount of using the term 4G (despite the fact that they are not a 4G network) is going to help them gain customers when they are FAR from the cheapest network. The mobility and speed could be attractive, but when it comes at those prices… well, good luck. As far as I’m concerned, I wouldn’t even think twice about using them as my main telco, let alone ISP.

Stop being idiots and spending millions on marketing. Improve your network, improve your pricing. It may be a stretch to say that YTL seems as retarded as TM announcing caps for UNIFI upon launch (it’s still going to happen, stop trying to kid yourselves), but it’s a very small stretch. Pricing like this is essentially shooting yourself in the foot… with a Barrett M82 rifle… multiple times (not theoretically possible since your foot would have disintegrated after 1 shot)… while resting your chin on the shoulder stalk. Hey guys over at YTL, you should have a chat with the TM people over at UNIFI about their data caps… you might actually learn something (unlike the TM guys who are still going to impose retarded caps). The difference between TM and YTL is that TM has a monopoly, and will most likely continue to have a monopoly for many years to come despite leaking $$$ out of their asses for the past 20 years (and still random people in TM get paychecks that look like the GDP of small nations).

Comparisons paint this picture:

  • YTL is significantly cheaper… at 500MB
  • YTL is slightly more expensive… at 3GB
  • YTL is retarded at anything more

To break it down, if you plan on using YTL with anything more advanced than a WAP phone circa 2001, don’t bother. YTL will tear you a new asshole (possibly even 2). Their 5x the speed of 3G (which is essentially only about 2x the speed of 3.5G (actually less because Maxis isn’t perfect either)) will only serve to make you consume more data faster over an extended period. Assuming I do test their product, rest assured that if current pricing does not change I would only recommend it to people if they communicate in morse code… and I sure as hell won’t be using their product anytime after the trial period expires.

I hoped that YTL would actually have come up with something not entirely subpar given the time they took to implement their network… Well, I leave you with a quote:

Hope is the first step on the road to disappointment.