Necromancy.

“Take two on my rapping debut…”

The goal from years ago… was to ‘sudo reboot‘ this old but beloved achieve – Update the style, scope of content, all with a swanky new domain. However – only managing to half-heartedly start the process and get utterly distracted (bewildered) by; life, work, games (yes, AFK!) and sailing…

Originally spawning as hmBlog (blog.hozzamedia.com) it quickly morphed into it’s own thing – separate from work – over-time brimming full of bits & bobs (foos and bars) and even becoming somewhat popular at one point (at least by my standards)… We’re moving on considerably from there with a new word-focused style and a new lease on life. Continue reading “Necromancy.”

Necromancy.

The Vivid Change…

More and more of the posts on this site are becoming less technical and after 5 years hmBlog has become its own thing.

Same code nerding goodness, a smudge more reviews and a dash more fun. ☃

Pirates of loot. Wallets, watches, luggage, and other gear.
Wizards of amazement. Inspiration, creativity and adventure.
Penguins of technology. Our overloads. (also Linux and code)

☠, ⚛ &

The Vivid Change…

Bits, Bytes and WTFs…

Written on 2012-06-18.

I think its important to understand the little things. An understanding of the small parts of the whole give a greater understanding of the entirety. I’m quite surprised at just how difficult it was to find the information and how poorly it is presented. So… for my future self and whoever else wishes to read. Here is all the information I have gathered and put together in a way that like-minded people can grasp. Continue reading “Bits, Bytes and WTFs…”

Bits, Bytes and WTFs…

Story Time!

All my life I’ve never been into reading books, hated it. Boring slow and inefficient method of data transfer… this is probably because I was crap at reading, really slow. I mean, r,e,a,l,l,y  s,l,o,w. Just comes with the territory I suppose.

Even though I never really considered it “reading”, I was always researching online, planning out new things, learning new stuff. The only reason I could stand this, was because most of the information was short form and to the point so it didn’t matter if I was painfully slow at reading it. It didn’t feel like I was wasting my time with a made up story…

Over the last couple of years, I found an appreciation for storybooks. Mainly because it’s one of the only things that can actually put me to sleep at night, and there are so many things to learn from a well crafted story, you just need to find the right ones, and then the time to actually read them. Continue reading “Story Time!”

Story Time!

Just keep swimming, just keep swimming…

I’ve always been obsessed with acquiring more knowledge, teaching myself everything and anything that might be relevant.

In the early days, this meant maths, programming and sales. Nowadays it’s self-improvement, people management, business optimization and finances. All of this content is normally online, however recently I’ve been getting into physical story books as well.

Although this seems all well and good, when you read all day for a living, it can be a strain to spend the personal time have reading articles and documentation to improve and then finishing the day reading the next couple chapters of a fictional escape…

That’s way too much reading for a healthy lifestyle! So I’ll tell you guys a few tricks I use to keep up with it all.

P.S. This and the next few articles were written by the new found dictation feature on my MacBook pro (double tap fn [function])! 😀

Just keep swimming, just keep swimming…

Read more, without reading…

Most of my online reading content comes from forums, stack exchange, code documentation, Q&A sites and of course blogs, such as life hacker. Most of this kind of information is not time critical, but in my experience trying to bookmark the links and read it later never works… and different website layouts, adverts etc can be a pain.

Boom, Instapaper!

It’s an online service that doesn’t just collect the websites you want to read later but also intelligently strips out the content from the crazy websites for easy reading. They have an iPhone app, web interface, API etc. Really easy to use, saves your location, social buttons, reading time estimation, with auto scrolling see you can even catch up with one hand while riding the London Tube. Continue reading “Read more, without reading…”

Read more, without reading…

Stream movies to iPad…

All my movies are stored on my telly-computer, in the front room, and sometimes I just want to watch them in bed on the iPad, or even download them to the iPad for watching while out and about. The proper way to do this is to convert all the movies to a format supported by the iPad such as MP4 and then use iTunes to download them onto the iPad, but that’s not the fun way.

Tada! We now have VLC for iPad! 😀

VLC has been an amazing media player for years, It’ll play nearly any video/music format and it’s now available for iPad (and iPhone) for FREE!

Since the new VLC app lets you download or stream a movie from a web-link, all we need is a web-server running on the computer with the movies, in my case Stevie the TV. That’s normally a hassle but as we don’t need anything fancy we can use a tiny web-server like Boa. Simple and easy.

I’ve got all my movies saved in “/home/user/Videos/Movies” (well technically “~/Videos” is a symbolic link to a mounted 3TiB HDD, but that’s a story for another day) and once we have the Boa web-server up-and-running we can point our VLC app at the video(s) we want to stream or download over the local network.

I’ve made a quick and easy Boa config file to get the job done, but first we need to install Boa. On Linux, in terminal execute:

sudo apt-get install boa

Continue reading “Stream movies to iPad…”

Stream movies to iPad…

Bose AE2W Follow-up Review…

I’ve been using the Bose AE2W Wireless Bluetooth headphones for a while now. I’m truly amazed at their quality (sound and make), their comfort and useability.

There’s a more detailed review over at Bose AE2W, this post is just to confirm my early review. These things are amazing and I would recommend them to anyone.

However have found that the built-in mic can pick up the sound of the wind when on the phone and that the omni-button for play/pause etc. is less than easy to press, it has a dull push which makes it hard to double-click quickly to change songs.

Even when considering these two short-falls, they are still the best headphones I’ve ever used. The battery life is very long-lasting, takes days of music to require a recharge!

Bose AE2W Follow-up Review…

ownCloud Failed to create lock file in Linux…

ownCloud is an amazing piece of code! – but that’s a post for another time

However, when using the Linux local sync client, you may come accross an error along the lines of “Failed to create a lock file”, there are many posts arround that suggest to simple remove a particular file add all will be dandy…

In Linux, you can remove this file via terminal using:

rm ~/.local/share/data/ownCloud/lock
ownCloud Failed to create lock file in Linux…

Bose AE2W Review…

The first half of this post is about my other contenders for a suitable headphone, if you want to skip that, you can jump straight to the winning Bose AE2W review below.

Recently I decided I needed some good headphones, I’m currently using the iPhone 5 default headphones for around 4-5 hours a day and their half in-ear approach, while good for short periods, is not comfortable in the long run and the sound quality is nothing to write home about.

I was looking to spend a decent amount of money on some really nice headphones that will work well while out-and-about, while in the office and stand the test of time. My maximum budget was around £300 ($450).

After the basic Googling (using the verb Googling to reference DuckDuckGo) I found the Sennheiser Momentum (http://en-uk.sennheiser.com/on-ear-headphone-momentum-stereo), Sennheiser’s first mobile/life-style designed headphones. I have used Sennheiser’s headphone before and while many of the older models are amazing they are certifiably not mobile or built for general use (a.k.a life-style design). Continue reading “Bose AE2W Review…”

Bose AE2W Review…