Privoxy on Android (with EC2 VPN)

This week’s challenge was getting a certificate-based VPN running on an Android phone, and getting all web traffic through the filtering proxy Privoxy, to both scrub some of the ads from content, and obscure the IP address and location of the phone (and usage from the carrier). In my quest to forever banish ads and other unwanted content from all of …

Execute process only when away

As an improvement of streaming motion detection video to the cloud, it’d be great to do this only when I’m away. A simple bash script installed as a cron job can ping a cell phone every couple minutes, and if successful, make sure the motion process isn’t running. If the phone is unreachable, the process is started. This is contingent …

3D printing a charging cradle for a Sony Xperia Z

This is a recap of a term project of sorts in Solidworks class last spring. We had to pick something to design (printing it was optional). My latest smart phone is a Sony Xperia Z, a cheap enough out-of-pocket expense to replace a cracked Nexus 4. The new phone is water-resistant, but I found pulling the cover off the charging …