Recipes

Installing CyanogenMod 10.1 on an HTC One V (CDMA) phone

September 15th, 2013 by Geoffrey Hing | 4 Comments

My weekend project was installing CyanogenMod 10.1 on an HTC One V phone that I got from my housemate. The phone is made for Virgin Mobile, which uses a CDMA network. The codename I’ve seen for the phone is primoc, though I don’t quite understand how the naming convention works.  The process took me about […]


Offline map tiles in QGIS

November 17th, 2012 by Geoffrey Hing | 9 Comments

I was invited to run a station at a DiscoTech event sponsored by the Detroit Digital Justice Coalition (DDJC). DiscoTechs are community technology fairs, and are a really great model for sharing tech knowledge within and across communities. The DDJC has released a zine with stories and bootstrap practices so other groups can run their […]


Installing numpy into a virtualenv

December 6th, 2011 by Geoffrey Hing | No Comments

I ran into some problems installing numpy in a virtualenv on Ubuntu 10.10.  I’m not sure what the root cause of the problem was, but my environment is a little weird in that I have a number of different python versions installed and virtualenvs using different versuons of python.  The setup for numpy wasn’t finding […]


Global hotkeys for VLC

July 19th, 2010 by Geoffrey Hing | No Comments

For reporting, I often need to fill in my notes with a recording I made of an interview.  This means I need global hotkeys so I can start/stop the player while I’m in my word processor or note-taking program (tomboy or zotero). VLC has native support for global hotkeys, but for whatever reason, I couldn’t […]


Seasoned Pretzels

April 13th, 2010 by Geoffrey Hing | 1 Comment

From mom. 2 bags pretzels 1t. seasoning salt 1 t. onion powder 1t. ground mustard 1t. paprika 1t. garlic powder 1t. lemon pepper 1t. dill weed 1t. homemade worchestershire sauce (from the garden of vegan) 1/4 – 1t. cayenne pepper 1 C olive oil Mix all ingredients together pour over pretzels and stir.  Put in […]


Importing relationships into CiviCRM

December 1st, 2009 by Geoffrey Hing | 4 Comments

As part of my work at the Center for Research Libraries, I am investigating different Constituent Resource Management (CRM) systems.  One of the options is CiviCRM, a popular FLOSS CRM.  As CRL is, in large part, a membership organization, I wanted to see if it was possible to represent the basic information that we keep […]


Backing up and verifying files in Mac OS

March 3rd, 2009 by Geoffrey Hing | No Comments

There are some interesting backup tools for system backups (Time Machine) but I want to just be able to copy and verify a directory (and its children).  I’ve heard that the commercial product Retrospect provides copy and verify functionality, but I’m cheap. This is the method that I used.  I’d be interested on hearing feedback […]


hfs+ on linux

February 27th, 2009 by Geoffrey Hing | No Comments

I got a new MacBook from work and need to migrate files from my old Dell notebook running Xubuntu Linux.  Luckily, I had recovered a drive from a bricked machine that was donated to pages that I could use to transfer the files. I don’t like the Fat32 file system, so I formatted the external […]


multiple thunderbird profiles at once

November 12th, 2008 by Geoffrey Hing | No Comments

I kept getting logjammed checking my personal e-mail at work, so I made separate profiles in Thunderbird for each.  However, every once in a while, I want to open both at once to monitor incoming e-mail from both my personal and work accounts.  In order to do this, you need to provide the -no-remote switch […]


finding downloaded flash video in firefox on linux

November 11th, 2008 by Geoffrey Hing | No Comments

ghing@silvertongue:~/.mozilla/firefox/imtysl65.default/Cache$ ls -lh `find . -size +1M | file -f – | grep Flash | awk -F ‘:’ ‘{ printf “%s “, $1; }’`