Creating a video CD (VCD) from a YouTube video

January 6th, 2011 by Geoffrey Hing | 1 Comment

As a Christmas gift for my father, I transferred a YouTube video of a public service announcement that he remembered fondly from his childhood to optical media so he could watch it on the television instead of on the computer. There were some unique sets of constraints that made this an interesting project. First, I […]

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 […]

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 […]

Core technologies/concepts for community organizing

February 17th, 2009 by Geoffrey Hing | No Comments

Last summer at the AMC, I presented a session about Web 2.0 and social movements.  Because I inherited the session from someone else, I kept the session proposer’s rubric of introducing technologies/services by name  (Twitter, Jott, so that people would be able to link the name/buzz with an idea of what it could do.  […]