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.

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…

Ubuntu for Everyone?

Recently, after convulsing one to many times from the constant Windows Woes from some of my friends.

I was asked about Ubuntu 12.04 LTS and would it be right for them, to my horror.

I gave up with the religiously preaching the good holy word of Linux a few years back, as if you’re the reason someone makes the change. Your t3ch-supp0rt ’till the end of yo days.

So when, in the odd occasion I do get asked about Linux/Ubuntu, I’m always truthful and much less pushy – even apprehensive, but for the average office based person or email/internet/light gaming person, Ubuntu truly is amazing.

Really quick, uses the hardware better in most cases and the little touches that power users seem to over look such as the HUD, Workspaces, Window Management etc are such an improvement from the standard Windows workflow.

I think this is just by Ubuntu appreciation moment.

Ubuntu for Everyone?

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…

XFCE/Xubuntu…

Been having a look around the good old xubuntu (Linux Ubuntu using the XFCE window manager), its come along way from XFCE 3. Really love the stuff! If only there was an equivalent to Panics Transmit for linux, xubuntu would be my OS of choice. Just feel more at home on a linux.

Did a little customization on the¬†virtual machine I’m running. Installed gtk2-engines-equinox, then downloaded and extracted the theme Atolm’s archive, paste them in ~/.themes/ and the same download, extract, paste into ~/.icons/ for the AwOken icons. Got the wallpaper from “wallpaper wide”. Played about with some of the transparency settings and of course, the terminal preferences to have the classic, transparent black “000000” background and the green “00FF00” text.

Perhaps going to look into the ClamAV and firewall apps. Maybe get a light weight webserver running with owncloud or something. /Happy_N3rding.

http://wiki.xfce.org/howto/install_new_themes
http://skiesofazel.deviantart.com/art/Atolm-191381339
http://alecive.deviantart.com/art/AwOken-Awesome-Token-1-5-163570862
http://wallpaperswide.com

XFCE/Xubuntu…

Coda 2 by Panic…

Here at hozzamedia we use Coda. A brilliant IDE for coding in PHP, HTML, CSS and JS by Panic. Amazing software (especially when coupled with Transmit [their File Transfer client)).

Panic have now finally released their new IDE Coda 2. With some major program and work-flow improvements, which I wont go into as you can see it all on their webpage for Coda 2.

However, I’ve never been to keen on the default syntax highlighting, and after¬†using¬†a Dreamweaver themed syntax highlighting for so long and feeling¬†traitorous. I’ve built my own syntax¬†colouring¬†theme (in the old Coda 1 called a SeeStyle), called a SSS file.

My theme is based on various themes all over the net, feel free to use. Its easy on the eye and makes coding easier.

Download hozzamedia.sss

Coda 2 by Panic…