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 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,

You can download my Skype package (h0zza mod) here:

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

<code>LD_LIBRARY_PATH=~/bin/skype-$LD_LIBRARY_PATH ~/bin/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! ūüėõ (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:


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Transmission IP Blocklist…

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.

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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.

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

Lewis Reviews…

[Recognition!] IDE Code Styles :D

It’s always nice to¬†know¬†that real people actually read this blog! ūüėÄ (as I get few comments and thousands of hits! :P)

Mark, over at has added the hozzamedia SeeStyle or SSS Coda 2 theme to his theme list/archive!

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[Recognition!] IDE Code Styles :D

Linux Tar and Symbolic Links…

Some of our programs use symbolic links but some of our new systems don’t support them. Time to tar (archive) and place on a dev server for re-thinking. Ziping or simply downloading will not work (usually) as the symbolic links will break.

In this case tar is our friend! We can use tar to archive and move the files.

To add files to a new archive use:

$ tar cvf archive.tar dirname/

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Linux Tar and Symbolic Links…


Recently, due to Google’s change of heart regarding its “Don’t Be Evil” slogan. I’ve been looking into alternative search engines.

Been using DuckDuckGo (a.k.a. DDG) for a while and really starting to love this beast! Its not the best when it comes to search index size. But if, in that rare occasion it doesn’t have what your looking for, you can always use the !Bang syntax, to search directly on Google (and hundreds of others).

So for example, if you were searching for… “Awesome Cupcakes” and DDG couldn’t find anything relevant, you can just type in “!g Awesome Cupcakes” and it will take you over to an encrypted Google search, same goes for The Pirate Bay (!tpb), Google Images (!gi) and many many more..

They don’t bubble or track (one of the main reasons I’m using them) and they generally provide a better searching experience for someone technical, like myself.

You can either head over to or you can use for EOU. Also checkout their goodies page (or tech goodies) for all the awesome litlle bit you can do with DDG.

If you do want to give DDG a go, don’t forget to change your homepage and default search engine in FireFox, Chrome etc. – It explains how on the home page.

Happy N3rdin.

P.S. DDG supports Tor… Just Sayin.


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…