Saturday, October 16, 2010

Show Deluge transfer rates in Docky - working helper for Deluge versions 1.2+

I run Docky as my Linux dockmanager and Deluge as my Bittorrent client. After Deluge updated itself to version 1.2, transfer rates stopped showing on my Deluge icon badge in Docky. After some research and hacking I have fixed the helper as well as added some functionality to it - Pause All/Resume All context menu items, stability against Deluge daemon restarts and a display cap of 5kbps or higher on Deluge transfer rates, so I'm not bothered with protocol overhead when there are no active downloads.

The updated helper can be downloaded here:

To install it: go to Docky Settings->Helper->Install and select the downloaded docky_deluge12helper.tar
It might require reopening of Docky Settings window for helper to show up in list. It should be called Deluge v1.2

The helper works with the recent Docky (2.1.0) and Deluge versions 1.2 and higher.

P.S. If bandwidths are still not shown, you might be running Deluge in Classic mode instead of daemon. Close Deluge, install deluge daemon with
sudo apt-get install deluged
and run
deluged - deluge client will recognize it and switch to daemon/client mode. And the helper will be working.

Special thanks to this thread and the author of the original 1.2 helper.

Update: if Docky crashes on install of the helper - this is a known (#587624) bug in older versions of Docky and have been fixed in latest releases. Meanwhile, you can extract the helper manually:

wget -O docky_deluge12helper.tar
sudo tar -C /usr/share/dockmanager -xvf docky_deluge12helper.tar -C /usr/share/dockmanager

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Best 15 Metal covers of pop songs (with originals and videos)

I love metal covers of pop songs. They often make songs more spicy, often even better than the original. They show the metal bands appreciation of the pop singer. They show world's appreciation of the pop singer and his/her songs.

The premise is simple. It must be a metal band, and it must be a pop (soft rock) song.

Here's a collection of my favorites. Sorted alphabetically.

1. Atreyu - You Give Love A Bad Name (Bon Jovi cover)

Original by Bon Jovi:

  1. Atreyu - You Give Love A Bad Name (Bon Jovi cover)
  2. Avantasia - Lay All Your Love On Me (ABBA cover)
  3. Beseech - Gimme Gimme Gimme (ABBA cover)
  4. Children of Bodom - Oops!... I Did It Again (Britney Spears cover)
  5. Cradle of Filth - Temptation (Heaven 17 cover)
  6. Darkseed - I Turn To You (Melanie C cover)
  7. Graveworm - I Need A Hero (Shrek 2 soundtrack cover of Bonnie Tyler)
  8. Graveworm - Losing My Religion (R.E.M cover)
  9. Guano Apes - Big in Japan (Alphaville cover)
  10. Lillasyster - Umbrella (Rihanna cover)
  11. Norther - Smash (Offspring cover)
  12. Norther - The Final Countdown (Europe cover)
  13. Thyrfing - Over The Hills And Far Away (Nightwish cover of Gary Moore)
  14. The Berzerker - All The Things She Said (t.A.T.u. cover)
  15. Yngwie Malmsteen : Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (ABBA cover)
  16. Bonus track