How I Dockerized an Ancient Rails Application

I ran into a problem reviving an old application from a few years ago. I want to install it on my server, but the version of Rails is so old that it won’t run on any sane version of Ruby to develop against. Docker to the rescue…

Electrum vs Multibit: a Bitcoin thin client comparison

I couldn’t find a decent comparison between Electrum and MultiBit, so I downloaded them both, and decided to write my own. They’re both excellent Bitcoin thin clients; and for the average user, the choice likely doesn’t matter. If your Bitcoin client needs are a little beyond basic, keep reading for a showdown of Electrum vs… Continue reading Electrum vs Multibit: a Bitcoin thin client comparison

How to convert videos for the VTech Innotab 3 on Mac and Linux via the terminal

I picked up an Innotab 3 for my son’s 3rd birthday, and one of the selling points for this, aside from being a rugged (hopefully) kid-proof tablet, was that I could encode his favorite movies and put them on there for him. A Google search yielded tons of how-to videos on this subject, but the… Continue reading How to convert videos for the VTech Innotab 3 on Mac and Linux via the terminal

Decimal Hour Display in Task Coach

As a freelancer, it’s imperative that I keep track of my time spent per client. The problem, is that while Task Coach uses hour:minute:second to format effort totals, my invoicing/finance software, GnuCash, uses decimal hours. This makes transferring times from my Task Coach to my invoices a bit onerous. I’ve looked around, and couldn’t find… Continue reading Decimal Hour Display in Task Coach

Saitek Eclipse II Left Control Key Anomaly

I’ve noticed another issue with the Eclipse II – the left control key takes harder pressing to activate.  I surmise this is deliberate – most FPS games require hammering and/or mashing the left control key to fire the primary weapon.  On Linux, where many of my terminal operations and application shortcuts make heavy use of… Continue reading Saitek Eclipse II Left Control Key Anomaly

Saitek Eclipse II Backlight Color Change Button on Linux

The Saitek Eclipse II has an annoying issue under linux: pressing the button to change the keyboard backlight color causes the mouse to act up until the keyboard is unplugged/replugged, resetting the color back to blue. It does this by simulating a key being held down, but not released. I’ve not found a solution to… Continue reading Saitek Eclipse II Backlight Color Change Button on Linux