Backporting new code to Debian packages

I like Linux distros packaging systems, especially Debian’s. It makes it trivial to install, remove and change to different versions of programs. The only problem is that sometimes there is a delay in packaging the latest version of an app.

Never fear though, if you are willing to do a little bit of work . . . → Read More: Backporting new code to Debian packages

Virgin Media are petty scumbags

For a few days now I’ve been working (a few minutes at a time) on writing a post about how to monitor your bandwidth usage using munin by directly querying your cable-modem. Today however, when I checked my nice munin graph I found it had stopped working at about 8AM. Some further diagnostic procedures . . . → Read More: Virgin Media are petty scumbags

I need an idiot-proof shell

After decades of never losing any significant data, last night I deleted my Video dir for the second time in six months, along with my Music this time. Fortunately I had learned my lesson and had a complete backup this time. The first time I lost a large amount of non-critical videos I had . . . → Read More: I need an idiot-proof shell

Moving from svn to git

I’ve spent most of the evening trying to figure out how to use git. For a long time I’ve wanted to have the repositories for some of my personal projects available on the web. For a time I was allowing external access to my apache internal apache server, but I’m wary about that because . . . → Read More: Moving from svn to git

Offsite backup Catch-22

Over the past couple of days I’ve been setting up a secure offsite backup for my home machines. Dreamhost started offering 50GB of space for backups for free to their customers, this is vastly superior to the “send an archive to gmail every now and then” method I was using before.

I decided to . . . → Read More: Offsite backup Catch-22