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.

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])! ūüėÄ

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…

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…

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…

Agriculture in the City…

As many of you may know, hozzamedia works¬†closely¬†with a few safety and health organisations. And¬†paradoxically,¬†recently due to the extraordinarily¬†huge work load, I can quite firmly deduce my health has suffered… ūüėõ

But when your cooped up in doors for days on end with no sun or outside influence, how can you stay healthy and work as a coffee guzzling, dark loving, flickering-screen, programming junky?

The answer is simply maintaining a healthy environment, with a few small, seemingly obvious tricks.

  1. Ventilation РOpen the Damn windows and put on a jumper.
  2. Cook – Spend some time and make your own food.
  3. Plants…

The first two are simple enough but the third may as well be Goa’uld technology¬†to me and others the-same.

Continue reading “Agriculture in the City…”

Agriculture in the City…

Lewis Reviews…

A very good and loved friend of hozzamedia (even since the early days). Has finally moved his talents of App Reviewing and Media over to the amazing world of Blogging!

Go check him out as we love Lewis and his content is genuinely bloody interesting! Well worth the read.

http://lewispainter.co.uk/

Some of my favourite articles at the time of writing this:

Lewis Reviews…

Terminal Boredom…

Just a quick note for boredom and Linux Terminal (I SSH to mine of course):

if($you == BORED) echo 'screw with linux terminal';

I would suggest you try out:

  • Lynx – a terminal website browser
  • cmatrix – terminal matrix thingy
  • greed – a kinda terminal puzzle game
  • moon-buggy – a terminal platform game
  • nethack – a full-on hard core (really need to be a massive n3rd to play it, I only lasted 10mins before I gave up) cave exploration game

To install any of them just use the classic:
sudo apt-get install APP_NAME
*replace APP-NAME with the program you want.

Terminal Boredom…