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Welcome to my little corner of the Internet. I’ve been writing this blog since the early 2000’s and is mainly full of nerdy tutorials on Asterisk, VOIP, Ubuntu, Android Phones and lately RTL-SDR. I’ve just recently migrated from Wordpress to Hugo so you might notice some formatting errors, if so please email me matt@mattgibson.ca.

Use local HTML on new tab in Firefox on ArchLinux in 2022

Recently I set out to customize my Firefox a little bit. I found this awesome Start Page thanks to /r/startpages which you can download here. Upon setting it up, and customizing it I realized the old method of userChrome.js doesn’t seem to work anymore for opening a local HTML file in a new tab. Annoying. After a little research, I’ve figured it out and documented it for anyone else running into this....

November 23, 2022 · 2 min · 342 words · Matt G

Homemade Spaghetti Sauce Recipe

Spaghetti Sauce Ingredients 1 LB 50% Pork / 50% Beef Chuck 3/4 Cup Water 1 Green Pepper Diced 1 Red Pepper Diced 1 Onion Diced 4 Garlic Cloves finely chopped 5 Large Mushrooms Sliced 2 tsp Salt 3 tsp Pepper 3 Tbsp Hot Pepper Flakes (adjust to taste) 1 small can Tomato Paste 1 large can Diced Tomatos 1 large can Crushed Tomatos 4 tsp thyme 3 tsp white sugar 2 tsp instant coffee 2 tsp basil 2 tsp rosemary 1 tsp marjoram 1 tsp oregano 2 bay leaves 2 tbsp cream or milk (optional) Instructions This is a pretty simple recipe and just takes a bit of time to cut up the veggies, then you can grab a beer and wait for it all to reduce together....

September 20, 2022 · 2 min · 273 words · Matt G

Homemade Pizza Recipe on BBQ with Pizza Stone

Pizza Dough Recipe Note, you can just use regular AP or Bread Flour, but it’s better with this combination mentioned below. This assumes you have a stand-mixer. If you’re doing it by hand you’re on your own here buddy. Note, this ain’t gluten friendly! First do this. Combine these ingredients in your mixing bowl. 2.5 Cups Hot Water 1/4 Cup Sugar 3 TSP Instant Yeast Let that sit for approximately 5 minutes, then add in...

June 27, 2022 · 3 min · 599 words · Matt G

Compiling GrapheneOS with Android Auto Support on the Pixel 5A

NOTE, THIS DOESN’T WORK FOR ME :( I was not able to get this to work. Something about compiling the required apps mentioned in the instructions below. Adding the patches worked fine. I compiled source verified install worked on phone. Then I compiled source with patches added, and verified it worked on the phone. As soon as I compiled in the SolidHal apps (PRODUCT_PACKAGES += GmsCore GsfProxy FakeStore FDroid FDroidPrivilegedExtension auroraservices) per the instructions below....

June 26, 2022 · 8 min · 1589 words · Matt G

How to backup your Ubiquiti NVR/CloudKey+ Protect videos remotely to Backblaze B2

Sadly, Ubiquiti offers no way to backup the videos stored on their NVR and Cloudkey appliances. This sucks if you have a fire, or breakin, and the device is stolen or otherwise compromised. Checking various reddit and ubiquiti community posts, it doesn’t look like a proper solution is coming either (been asked for for years!) So, I decided to try and fix this issue myself. Note this takes a LONG TIME to backup if you have continuous recording, or, lots of alerts, so it might not work for you – for example on Starlink, it takes approximately 4 hours for me to backup a single day of alerts from only 6 cameras....

January 25, 2022 · 3 min · 511 words · Matt G