Notes from the Library

Fri, 21 Jun 2013

How-to: Erase Old Hard Disks | engadget

Replacing both my HDDs this week. I don't think it's worth the time to erase my encrypted partitions but I wanted to erase my unencrypted Windows partitions, and it's great to know that shred can target individual partitions.

Sat, 05 Jan 2013

I just installed redshift; this is so comfortable, and so much better than constantly fiddling my screen brightness up and down (which only worked on my laptop, anyway).

Tue, 25 Dec 2012

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… including a handy USB access extension cable behind the desk. While it has better performance than the NSLU2 it is less reliable when torrenting, often locking up for a minute or so. If my SSH session survives this lock up then I can see the upload and download rates drop to zero when it comes back and then slowly creep back up. The moral is that it can only handle so many active torrents. Apparently to do with the USB and ethernet being on the same bus.

Fri, 09 Nov 2012

Joey Hess' setup

Dial-up Internet going through a SheevaPlug all running off solar power in a remote mountain cabin.

I am excited to have started using the new git-annex assistant, written by Joey, as of yesterday evening. I received an external HDD for my birthday tomorrow and this means I don't want to manage my git-annex repository completely manually anymore. I've taught git-annex where I want stuff to be stored and it's keeping it in the right places for me.

My laptop's hard drive is no longer in danger of running out of space, which is great.

Mon, 14 May 2012

Received this when logging into to check my e-mail just now as motd:

Please consider using the MetaArray 'ma.sdf.org' as one of your login host

The MetaArray has …

  • 7 processing cores more than this host does
  • 6 gigabytes more RAM than this host does
  • 4.5 TB of storage of which 100 GB is available to you.
  • screen, tmux, cron, mysql/sql, web and email are currently available.

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