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! ūüėõ

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! ūüôā

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 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…