Archive for November, 2009

Android on XV6900 | Android on HTC Vogue

Tuesday, November 24th, 2009

So, you’ve though about trying android on your HTC and you’re worried you’ll destory it. No worries this is a non-evasive hack and works really, really well on my phone.

First empty a micro sd card, then visit and download the following files.
2) system-date.img

Extract all files in to your sd cards root directory. Then you will also need to copy over the image file and rename it system.img

You are basically all set at this point, put the msd card in your phone and open file explorer. Choose to run haret.exe it will ask if you want to use settings.txt and click run.

The screen will get the tux penguin in the upper left as android loads.

Your buttons are basically setup as follows:

top button, normally for turning on and off the screen is for unlocking the phone and opening menus within the phone.

camera button, this is the back button within android, if you want to close a screen hold it for around three seconds and release to be returned to the home screen.

Green Button, this is the same as it was before trying android, it will pull up the dialing pad, and contacts or it will answer a call.

Red Button, this is the end button basically. When on a call it ends your call. Other than that when you press it at your home screen it will lock your phone and turn off the screen. Tap the top button twice to wake and unlock.

From there it’s a crap shoot, I’ve gotten tons of stuff to work just by installing it via marketplace.

As a side note, I’m a verizon customer and all of my included features work fine through them.

android rocks

Tuesday, November 24th, 2009

Just put android on my xv6900 and I can’t say enough good things about it more later

Quickbooks 2007 XP Install Problem | QB 2007 XP Windows Installer Popup

Wednesday, November 18th, 2009

So today I was trying to re-install quickbooks 2007 on a clients machine and kept running in to trouble.

I’d run through the setup and instead of begining to install it would popup the windows installer with generic information on how to use the windows installer. I tried removing and re-installing .net 1.1 and 2.0 then the .net 1.1 service pack 1 with no avail. Finally I clicked through the disk and found the quickbooks.msi file upon double clicking it instantly quick books 2007 started to intall.

Go windows you suck!

Godaddy Hosting | Hosting Services | Webservers | Godaddy Webserver

Monday, November 16th, 2009


So recently, well over the weekend I had to deal with a clients content that is hosted with Well maybe I’m just spoiled with having two of my own dedicated servers with With them I can configure my websites any way I want; I can also connect via ssh, ftp, telnet and so many other ways that yes I have been spoiled.

Well each time I’ve had to update the site with godaddy I’ve yelled out loud about how much I hate godaddy’s hosting. The php connection string for this client is some ridiculous remote server, then when I setup the ssh access of course it didn’t work nor did the ftp access. Oh did I mention I use linux, so the godaddy web access didn’t work either. Cross Browser Compatibility is something I deal with as a web devloper “nerd” but they don’t bother.

So here is how you work with godaddy as a linux user. First open VirtualBox and start one of your many testing windows environments, then open up your godaddy account download all files and save them to your local machine. Step two, go to and signup for a shared hosting account or a fullserver. Notice I’m not sending you to my referrer id, I’d just prefer that everyone use them.

Well if that isn’t an option then continue to download upload stuff through a virtual box as their site isn’t cross browser compatible. The other thing that doesn’t work with godaddy is .htaccess overrides along with so many other .htaccess tricks.

So when you need to password protect a folder on go daddy, click on the folder on the left in file manager then click on permissions->advanced and you can set this up.

I’m done for now, I’ll complain about godaddy hosting more later. Oh, and I don’t want to bad-mouth godaddy for domain name registration, in this arena they rule the world but their hosting is so restrictive it’s terrible.

PHP Even or Odd | PHP Tutorial | PHP Script

Thursday, November 12th, 2009

Here is a great way of determining if a value is even or odd, often times I use this function to color a table of data on every other line old school like the green and white line feed paper of my youth.

if( $i&1 ){ even } else{ odd }
or in a fun one liner like i’ve used it many times

$screen_file .= ( $i&1 ? “\t

\n” : “\t

\n” );

Install otf font ubuntu | Ubuntu Install Fonts HowTo

Wednesday, November 11th, 2009

So it used to be a very difficult task to install fonts in ubuntu, but in the newest release Ubuntu 9.10 I’ve noticed a new little feature that if you right click on the font you want to add and preview it in font viewer; font viewer then has the option to install the font.

Patrick Financial Group | Financial Planning in and around Livingston County Michigan

Monday, November 9th, 2009

Today we are launching another client site. It’s a beautiful redesign of

Please feel free to take a look when you get a sec, your source for 401k rollovers, tax planning, estate planning, elder care planning, life insurance, long term health care, business investment, profit sharing, defined contributions and so much more.

Convert video to flv file using FFMPEG

Wednesday, November 4th, 2009

So I’m sick of looking this command up everytime I want to use it, so when I need to create an flv for the web here are the steps:
1) Open file in Kino and edit it down to length I want
2) Export an mpeg from Kino
3) Open a terminal window and type ffmpeg -i filename -acodec libfaac -ab 128k -ac 2 -vcodec libx264 -vpre hq -crf 22 -threads 0 outputname.flv

Karmic Koala – Ubuntu 9.10 – Blue Video Problem

Wednesday, November 4th, 2009

So, there is an interesting configuration problem on first upgrade or install of Karmic Koala the latest offering from Ubuntu.

It’s a very easy fix, as the hue setting in totem is set to the extreme left causing all video players to render with a blue hue. To correct open totem movie player click on Edit -> Preferences -> Display and then slide the hue slider to the middle.

Ubuntu 9.10 – Labyrinth Mindmapping Utility ImportError line 45

Wednesday, November 4th, 2009

So, if you are like me you’ve been watching the countdown on for the release of Karmic Koala Ubuntu 9.10 and have upgraded/installed as soon as you could.

Well for those of us that I consider pioneers, I say it’s time to fix some bugs. The first I’ve had problems with is the labyrinth python problem.

To fix:
sudo vim /usr/bin/labyrinth
change line 40 from “/usr/lib/python2.x/… to “/usr/lib/python2.6/dist-packages/labyrinth”
in Vim i = insert or edit mode
then escacpe :wq will exit edit mode and write the file changes followed by exiting.
Then you simply need to apt-get install python-numeric