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Incremental backups with rsnapshot


Published on 12/22/2012 08:58
By Marek Sapota
In software
Tags: linux backup

I’ve been putting this away for a very long time but it turns out that backups don’t have to be hard. With just a few lines of configuration you can get fast, incremental backups of your system.

Set‐up

I will assume that the backup drive is mounted …

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Installing Gentoo on an encrypted partition


Published on 10/07/2012 09:09
By Marek Sapota
In software
Tags: cryptsetup luks gentoo

I have meant to do this for a long time but never really got around it. Finally today I decided to go for it and try to install Gentoo on a LUKS encrypted partition.

Set‐up basics

  • Unencrypted boot partition on a flash drive.
  • Root partition protected with a key …
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Tor


Published on 10/05/2012 18:07
By Marek Sapota
In software
Tags: tor anonymity

Several years ago I found out about the Tor project — an anonymity network that can keep your on‐line actions from prying eyes. Unfortunately back then it was almost unusable. Long connection delays meant you could get a coffee between the time you clicked a link and the page actually …

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SwiftKey 3 keyboard for Android


Published on 09/29/2012 19:51
By Marek Sapota
In software
Tags: android swiftkey keyboard

Google is celebrating 25 billion Play store downloads and giving great deals on some of the apps — you can get the SwiftKey 3 keyboard for just $1. I must say that after two days of using this keyboard I found it incredibly convenient — unlike the standard ICS keyboard this one …

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Linode is awesome!


Published on 09/21/2012 22:08
By Marek Sapota
In software
Tags: linode hosting

I have recently moved my Linode hosted VPS to another data centre. With Linode you do that by submitting a support ticket with the move request — Linode staff then prepares your move and you can go through with it at your convenience simply by clicking a button in Linode Manager …

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Terms of Service; Didn’t Read


Published on 09/04/2012 16:36
By Marek Sapota
In software
Tags: tos

How many times have you clicked that you have read and understood the terms of service without actually reading them? The terms are usually long and hard to understand but now there is an initiative to provide short summaries of ToS for most popular services. You can check it out …

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Web browsers and cache revalidation


Published on 08/17/2012 14:15
By Marek Sapota
In software
Tags: software web caching

Browser caching is essential if you want your web page to load quickly. Google Developers has a good article showing a basic caching set-up. If that article satisfied your needs you do not have to read further. I was not satisfied though, not by this article and not by many …

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html5shiv


Published on 08/11/2012 15:02
By Marek Sapota
In software
Tags: IE html5 css

html5shiv is a JavaScript library that allows legacy Internet Explorer (versions 6 to 9) to recognise and properly style HTML5 semantic elements, such as <article> or <aside>. I haven’t really bothered with supporting IE on my websites and frankly they looked terrible in IE because the HTML5 semantic elements …

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Shade 2.0rc4 release


Published on 08/08/2012 20:10
By Marek Sapota
In software
Tags: shade release candidate

I’ve released a fourth release candidate for Shade 2.0. This release fixes some issues in the storage utility that prohibited it from working properly with some storage devices. In particular Android phones should work without problems now.

You can get the newest release candidate from Github.

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