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A "HOWTO" guide describing the accomplishment of some (usually technical) task.

HOWTO: Fix missing Google Calendars on Android

I created a new Google Calendar calendar for myself using my browser recently. A couple of days ago, I noticed it wasn't showing up on Android. After a bunch of false starts, I figured it out. If you go to Calendars To Display in the Android Calendar settings, the new calendar will not appear…until you click the Calendars To Sync button at the bottom. The new calendar appears there, and when selected is automatically chosen in Calendars To Display as well. No idea why syncing with new calendars is not the default, nor why the weird, utterly non-standard UI for selecting calendars to sync. Ugh. Fob


HOWTO: EVE Online on Debian with Wine

I tried to get EVE Online, an epic-scale space MMO, running on PlayOnLinux. However, this didn't ever work for me. So I decided to go for a direct Wine install.

For the most part, the recipe to get EVE running directly on Wine is given by an article on the EVElopedia wiki. However, there are some additional things I found necessary to get it running on my Haswell graphics box running Debian Jesse. Properly, this post should be an edit to EVElopedia, but since I still have only a free trial account, I'm not allowed to edit there. (I get why, but you might be missing out on some great info, EVElopedia.) So I'll record my additions here, and maybe move things later…


HOWTO: Embedding a font in a Linux Inkscape SVG document

I wanted to embed a font in an Inkscape SVG document I created in Debian Linux and was about to email to someone today. With a lot of help from the web I figured out one way to do it. Here's how…


HOWTO: Sealing bottles with heat shrink tubing

This isn't a complicated thing, but it's kind of an involved story, and I have pictures, so what the heck.

I've been infusing gin for a while now, and sealing the bottles with electrical tape. It actually looks OK, but I've thought I could do better. The photo essay described above shows my process for sealing the bottles with heat shrink tubing. I thought about writing a long and complicated blog post describing the process, but I think the pictures make it pretty obvious. Here's a few extra notes…


HOWTO: List the installed files on your Debian system

I am trying to clean up a laptop to give back to Keith Packard, who graciously loaned it to me years ago. I'd like to remove most of the files that weren't part of the Debian installation on the laptop. The first step in this process is figuring out what files are owned by a Debian package. This script seems to do the trick… [Because of a Drupal bug I have to put some text here if I want the first line of the script to come out right, since I'm trying to split the post here and the whitespace gets eaten. Sorry.]


HOWTO: Infuse Gin In 36 Hours

Herein, I describe all my "secrets" of infusing off-the-shelf vodka to make gin in 36 hours…


HOWTO: Installing NuttX on the STM32F4 Discovery board (using Debian Linux)

Last night I installed the NuttX RTOS on a new STM32F4 Discovery board I bought at Mauser a couple of days ago for $15. Of course, I was working from Debian Linux. This would not have been possible without extensive help from the Interwebs. I used too many different references to list most of them here. Instead, I'm just going to tell you how I would do it if I had it to do over. Got to give something back, y'know. Here goes…


Notes on HTC One / Google Voice / T-Mobile configuration

Every time I need to set up Google Voice on my HTC One with T-Mobile service, I get it a little wrong. I think I finally have it, though. The process turns out to be very fragile.

  • When I install Google Voice, I get a failure message trying to set up T-Mobile call forwarding. This is normal and expected.

  • I first need to turn off the wireless on my phone. (Thanks ebaychuck!) This really does seem to matter.


Notes on configuring late-model Toyota car stereo Bluetooth

My wife has a 2011 Toyota Corolla, with a car stereo with built-in Bluetooth support. Oddly, I'd like it to work with all of my family's random Bluetooth devices. Some of these devices are smartphones; a few are just audio players. Unfortunately, the monkey or team of monkeys that designed the firmware for Toyota's fine piece of stereo equipment seems to have built an odd chimera that is almost impossible to configure for Bluetooth without extensive experimentation. This post is the notes resulting from that experimentation…


The Netrunner's Guide To Social Engineering

The attached paper describes optimal play for the Netrunner card Social Engineering. Netrunner is a Collectible Card Game that has been out of print for around 10 years. Remarkably, there is still an active community of people playing the game and creating new cards.



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