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Nails Sept 2015

I played extensively with gradients (ombre) this time around. I think I need to find some China Glaze, a lot of the nail polishes were very dilute, so I had to go back and dab more on to fix the gradient.

I also used a nail polish pen to draw summer / water themed decals on top of the background gradient colors. I’m most proud of the one with the conch shell, though you can’t see the colors too well in this picture.

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No USB MTP/PTP menu? Just dial *#0808# to enable USB Storage Connection Mass Storage Mode — Android 4.4.4 (Samsung Tmobile Galaxy Note 4), Ubuntu 14.04, Windows 8

Wow. Just wow. I spent three or four days just trying to get my phone to show up on my computer, and even rooted my phone. I tried everything — booting into windows and installing kies, mucking around with “mtp-detect” and “adb devices” and more on ubuntu, editing rules files.

Everyone kept saying “enable USB debugging” or “install mtpfs” or “sudo vi /lib/udev/rules.d/69-libmtp.rules ”  or “it doesn’t work on usb 3.0 ports” (I have a lenovo thinkpad x1, gen 2). Worse was the “just go to Settings > Storage >click three dots in top right > USB connection mode > Select MTP”

In the end, all I had to do was dial *#0808# to get at a menu that was completely, utterly hidden on my phone. I’ll say it again,

Just dial *#0808#

And select “MTP”

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and now, when my USB is plugged into the laptop, I actually get the “select MTP/PTP” menu.

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Solution found on http://forums.androidcentral.com/sprint-galaxy-nexus/171377-phone-won-t-show-up-my-computer-when-plugged-via-usb-3.html#post4628041

Prithiviraj Thambiras, thank you so, so much.

Proof

Screenshot from 2015-09-10 01:46:29

Setup Notes:

Phone, T-Mobile Galaxy Note 4 SM-N910T LTE on Android 4.4.4 KitKat

OS, Ubuntu 14.04 and Windows 8

Before Fix:

My phone showed up as a ttyACM0 device under dmesg | tail:

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With no “…” under storage:

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Harvard MindEx conference, this Saturday, 9/12 @ Sander’s Theatre

I’m helping with a conference this weekend (it’s free and at harvard saturday) with a pretty sweet speaker lineup, and has lots of topics on mental health, which i thought some of you might be interested in.

Please join us for an event focused on the brain and mind research: the MindEx conference, on Sept 12, at Sanders Theatre at Harvard. And join us on Sept 13 at Kendall Square for PG-Palooza – a hands-on, brains-on labs day!

Full agenda here: http://mindfirstfoundation.org/mindex2015/agenda/

The event is free, and more details are included below.

the keynotes are

9:25 am Dr. Martine Rothblatt
What I Learned from Being Labeled Mentally Ill and My Views on Some Challenges Facing Cyberconscious Minds

2:00 pm Dr. George Church,
The Current State of Personal Genomics

Other speakers include Ed Boyden, Co-Director of MIT Center for Neurobiological Engineering; and, Dr. Jordan Smoller, Professor of Psychiatry at HMS, whose research focuses on identifying genetic determinants of childhood and adult psychiatric disorders.

Restarting Cinnamon after freeze without losing session information

Whoo! For some reason, cinnamon freezes extremely often (multiple times a day) on my desktop, and I had been resorting to “ctrl-alt-f1” to get to a terminal and running “killall cinnamon-session”, which brings me back to login screen. Fortunately, there is a better solution, aka “ctrl-alt-esc”.

Here’s the relevant excerpt from the Cinnamon blog (http://segfault.linuxmint.com/2015/06/cinnamon-2-6/):

Desktop freezes

In case of a freeze or if you need to restart Cinnamon for any reason, you can now do so via a keyboard shortcut. The default key combination is Ctrl+Alt+Escape. Pressing this combination of keys restarts nemo and cinnamon-settings-daemon in case they had crashed, and launches a brand new instance of the Cinnamon desktop. Unlike Ctrl+Alt+Backspace which terminates your session and brings you back to the login screen, Ctrl+Alt+Escape simply restarts Cinnamon itself, which means your session is exactly as it was, you don’t lose any work and all your windows and applications remain open.

 

hack4fem: hack for feminism (conference & hackathon) logo

hack4femlogo hack4femlogoI made a logo for a new project I am starting up. It’s a mashup of a bunch of openclipart files, It combines the feminist logo (fist inside Venus sign) with STEM (wrench for mechanical engineering / hands-on, lightning for electrical engineering, then on the nails, a graph for mathematics, beaker for science, and “</>” for coding). The logo expresses my desire to combine my STEM skills with my feminist / activist passions. I refuse to choose between activism and advancing my technical prowess.

hack4femlogoHere is the SVG sourcehack4femlogo, which I release back into the public domain.

If you’re interested in helping organize the first hack4fem conference, email me! 🙂 It’s set for Nov. 7th & 8th (Sat. and Sun.), 2015, in Boston, MA.