Linux Playing DVD over Network…

The problem! I’ve got an extraordinary TV/Media Server set-up using XBMCbuntu (more to come on that soon) with a DVD drive, however my main computer in the office (amazing as it is) does not have a disc drive. So watching DVD’s while working (Stargate Atlantis Season 3) is a bit of a pain…

After much research and trial/error using SSHFS to mount the DVD locally, I reverted to VLC, after all its called Video LAN Project for a reason.

After screwing about with the GUI trying to use VLC’s streaming capability. I opted for the terminal approach.

Either on the DVD Server itself or via SSH, run the following command:

vlc -vvv dvdsimple:///dev/sr0 --sout '#standard{access=http,mux=ts,vcodec=x264,dst=:8181}'

and replace “/dev/sr0” with the location of your DVD device, “/dev/sr0” is mine and could work for you as well. Continue reading “Linux Playing DVD over Network…”

Linux Playing DVD over Network…

Sublime Text 2 Word Wrap Problem…

Recently I’ve been using ST2 on my new all-Linux setup, with the SFTP plugin of course…

However, I did come across some issues with certain file types not conforming to the predefined settings for no word wrapping.

Simply changing the ‘line break column number’ (have forgotten the actual variable name and I’m not at a computer ATM) to something large such as “9999”, seems to be an affective work around for now.

Sublime Text 2 Word Wrap Problem…

Conky Resource Dial/Rings…

After CrunchBang 10 opened my eyes to Conky, I’ve been thoroughly invested in making my perfect Conky configuration for my development desktop! 😛

Phase 1: The Dial… It was rather complicated to get a working LUA script to create these dials, but here we go.

LUA is Conky’s, as JS is too HTML. The Conky config just lays things out and includes any external scripts.

And LUA actually makes the dial from some of Conky’s predefined objects.

Conky Dial/RingIn the screen-shot to the left you can see the simple but damn awesome dial in the bottom right.

Just click the image to enlarge! 🙂

Side Note: Please excuse the sickening monstrosity in the image, it is only required for a temporary project involving WINE. – it’s not connected to the internet.

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Conky Resource Dial/Rings…

Linux Review: CrunchBang 10…

I’ve recently made the move to Linux as my main OS, (post soon to come) and so over the last few weeks/months, I’ve been looking into different Linux based OS’s, to replace my Mac+Coda+Transmit workflow.

Now, most of my staff (admin and sales) run on Ubuntu Linux due to it’s simplicity, compatibility and effectiveness out-of-the-box and the Unity GUI is perfect for new comers, even if it is a tad cumbersome and frustrating for Linux veterans.

One of the Linux OS’s I’ve been looking into recently is CrunchBang 10 (a.k.a ‘#!’). Continue reading “Linux Review: CrunchBang 10…”

Linux Review: CrunchBang 10…

Skype 4 on Debain 6 64bit…

Due to some poor planning on behalf of Micro$haft, Skype 4 64bit support (the current version at the time of posting) for Debian 6 64bit and many derivatives such as CrunchBang 10 64bit has been screwed up. Skype should work in Debian 7 64bit and CrunchBang 11 64bit.

After some frustration and terminal-error output-monitoring. I’ve come up with a Skype 4.1.0.10 package that does work on Debian 6 64bit etc.

Using some documentation found on the Skype site and other forums, I’ve built this package by overwriting some files with newer/older/different versions and a few file renames.

You can see my progress and disrepair over at the CrunchBang forums, http://crunchbang.org/forums/viewtopic.php?id=23279.

You can download my Skype package (h0zza mod) here: http://pirateswizardsandpenguins.com/downloads/skype-4.1.0.20_h0zza.tar.gz

Extract the archive to a folder called “bin” in your home directory. e.g. “/home/username/bin/skype-4.1.0.20”. You can then run Skype 4.1.0.20 by entering this, into a terminal.

<code>LD_LIBRARY_PATH=~/bin/skype-4.1.0.20/:$LD_LIBRARY_PATH ~/bin/skype-4.1.0.20/skype</code>

It should work just fine, however only use “user generated” packages (like this one) as a last resort. In my case there was no other option.

As usual, I’m not responsible if your computer die’s, related or unrelated to this package! They call it CrunchBang for a reason! 😛 (It really should be fine, just covering my ass.)

I really wish there was a good alternative to Skype.

Skype 4 on Debain 6 64bit…

Transmission IP Blocklist…

Yet again, adding an IP blocklist to Transmission Bit Torrent Client has become even more obscure.

Currently the only way to add an IP blocklist without using external programs is by manually editing the programs config files. This is possible on all OS’s that Transmission supports, however the file paths I’ll be using in this post are for Linux, other than file locations, everything else should be universal.

The config file can be located at:

~/.config/transmission/settings.json

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Transmission IP Blocklist…

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…