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» Shutting down Linux with plink from Windows

Recently, I setup a VMWare ESXi 5.5 server which runs a few VMs in my homelab. Attached to this ESXi host is an APC BackUPS 1300 UPS unit. In case of a power outage, my goal was to have one of the Windows VMs trigger a shutdown to the ESXi host, while also safely shutting down each VM in sequence.

Read on for more details on how I did it…

» 8-bit AOKP Unicorn Wallie

Just a lil' something I whipped up that I felt had to be shared. Hoping others may enjoy it. Special thanks to +Tha Phlash for the original logo source!

» 8-bit Android Arcade Bootanimation

Android allows for custom boot animations if you're running a ROM that's rooted. I've created an 8-bit, old-school arcade inspired animation which attempts to bring back some nostalgia :)

» RetroLCD widget (for UCCW) - Bring that nostalgic look to your Android home screen

After coming across the awesome LCD style from z3u5, I set forth to create a similar setup on my Android phone. I ran into difficulty when trying to duplicate z3u5’ exact configuration, as there were quite a few apps required, wallpaper cropping/resizing, etc..

I figured that creating a single widget which held all of the info that I wanted to display was my best choice, as it would also be easy to re-setup after flashing a fresh ROM.

» PCB Series for Theme Chooser ROMs

A clean, detail-focused, and awesome (if I may say so) theme for Android ROMs that support system themes. Printed circuit board patterns adorn many of the system elements in a subtle form.

» Holo theme for Conky (Linux System Monitor)

Conky is a free, light-weight system monitor for X that can display a wealth of information from Linux. Unfortunately (to some) it is a bit tedious to configure as it's based on a resource/text file. I do really like having it on my desktop though, so that didn't stop me.

After spending more time than I probably should have, I came up with this (based on this):

» TSF Shell versions of PCB Themes

TSF Shell is a premium launcher app for Android. It features super fluid animations and many features. Since I use it, I've also created versions of my PCB Themes.

» Write up about AOKP.co on Android Police

This is quite awesome. Jeremiah Rice wrote up a review on the new AOKP.co homepage that I designed and coded. I wasn't expecting such an article to pop up, but it was a pleasure to read.

Check it out here »AOKP's New Homepage Has More Swagger Than A Drunken Unicorn: Android Police

» Force refresh of MP3 tags in HTC Sense Music on Android

After recently getting my new HTC Desire, which is an absolute dream to use, I started copying over my fave audio tracks. I noticed that the HTC Sense UI Music player renders album art quite nicely, and when the phone is locked, overlays the current playing song with art. I then set forth editing and downloading art for all of the tunes that I was copying, using Mp3tag v2.46. It works great, albeit tediously, with the exception that once you disconnect the phone and Android remounts the SD Card, the Music app is not updated…

» Cool down your Acer EasyStore H340 Windows Home Server

I have recently “relocated” to a new office where sunlight seems to beam in constantly during the latter half of the day. My H340 Home Server was running quite hot because of this, and I had found some tips that helped to decrease the temperature by almost 20C! Acer’s Home Server has suffered this problem as many users have noted, however you can’t really blame them because the box is a Micro-iTX implementation with 4 hard drives squished into a very neat (and small) cube design.