Installing VMware Server 2.0.2 with Linux Kernel 2.6.31-*-rt Ubuntu Studio 10.04

March 8th, 2011 by Geoffrey Hing | 1 Comment

I’m working on a virtualized environment to run scalable instances of the Public Mapping Project app. While the project offers an EC2 AMI, my boss wanted to run this on our own hardware, so we’re going to use VMware.  To develop the instance images, I wanted to install VMware Server 2.0.2-203138 on my notebook which […]


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 […]


howto make a quarter sheet daily planner from an ical file in linux

October 10th, 2008 by Geoffrey Hing | No Comments

Update: Photos of my planner! Mine is on the left, next to a moleskin to give you an idea of the relative size.  Below is what each day looks like. I use Sandy for most of my calendaring, but don’t have a PDA or mobile phone with a convenient calendar app (and can’t afford one).  […]


Liveblogging from Linuxfest

October 10th, 2008 by Geoffrey Hing | No Comments

Linuxfest 2008 web page. In the first talk the presenter said that he felt the greatest contribution of Linux was that it was the great equalizer and that it was responsible for the generation of skilled IT workers in India, China, and other parts of the world that are emerging as producing a lot of […]


Xubuntu Gutsy Gibbon on Dell Latitude D810

October 2nd, 2008 by Geoffrey Hing | No Comments

I got Rich’s old notebook from work and installed Xubuntu 7.10 (Gutsy Gibbon) see update below on it. I’m tracking issues I’m having with the distro/platform here. Spell Checking in OpenOffice Writer – FIXED After having this machine for a while, I just noticed this issue.  I followed some instructions I found here and tried […]


fixing sound in debian

September 22nd, 2008 by Geoffrey Hing | No Comments

I’m running debian lenny/sid with  kernel 2.6.26-1 on my workstation and for a while, my audio hasn’t been working in most applications (I was most annoyed by the lack of sound in flash), though it has been working in amarok.  I was getting error messages like this when trying to do audio playback.  These particular […]


Fixing annoying behavior in various Linux desktop appss

September 15th, 2008 by Geoffrey Hing | No Comments

I finally got off my butt and fixed a few things that had been driving me nuts with the settings on my workstation. Weird KDE copy/select behavior First, I use KDE, and the copy and paste behavior was driving me nuts.  If I copied text in an application with ctrl-c and then selected text with […]


disabling tap-to-click on synaptic touchpad in ubuntu

March 11th, 2008 by Geoffrey Hing | No Comments

I was leant a Dell Latitude D810 that has a Synaptics touchpad.  Eventually, I had to admit that the tap-to-click setting was a little to sensitive and kind of annoying (most frequently, I accidently clicked things in my bookmarks toolbar in Firefox).  I found that I could disable the tap-to-click feature by adding the line: […]


Linux cheatsheet

March 11th, 2008 by Geoffrey Hing | No Comments

Search and Replace in Multiple Files perl -pi -w -e ‘s/search/replace/g;’ *.php Source: How to do a search and replace over multiple files Compare two strings (when one of them is a subprocess) diff


linuxing the imac

December 3rd, 2007 by Geoffrey Hing | No Comments

There’s an old imac under the table at bz’s house that’s gathering dust and I was going to try to put Linux on it. I’ve had a good experience with xubuntu running well on older hardware and having good, easy-to-use features (and it’s debian based), so I’m going to try that and document my experience […]