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Clonezilla as disk imager

I was always using partimage to make backups of the hard disks of workstations. When trying to restore one the other day, it just started giving CRC errors. After recreating the image and running a simulated restore, it gave CRC errors again. So, apparently, it's not incidental. It must be due to the experimental NTFS support. So, I set out to find a new tool. And that's how I found Clonezilla, which gives me a very good first impression. Read More »

Gentoo update: Portage configuration confusion

During the first gentoo update session for this machine, I didn't get very far. I already mentioned the problem I had with e2fsprogs, but this was not the first or the last problem that I had. Read More »

Tracking /etc/ updates with Git

During my recent Gentoo update session, I was once again confronted with the inconvenience of not having my /etc/ directory under version management. This time, I thought I had the ideal SCM for this job: Git. Read More »

Lost my Sysop rights in the 15Monkeys wikis

I am constantly bugged by spammers in my 15 Monkeys wiki farm[1, 2], but I wasn't allowed to protect the victim pages anymore. So, I wondered where my Sysop rights had gone. Read More »

ImageMagick can convert PDF to anything

I encountered one of those scans which was shared as a single-page PDF. I don't want it that way, because I want to include it in a web page. I want a simple bitmap image. ImageMagick comes to the rescue: Read More »

smbmnt user needs to own the mountpoint if you want to mount rw

I just found out that it's impossible on my system to mount /mnt/smb-docs as user bigsmoke, even with the following fstab: Read More »

Google AdSense + Postbank’s name registration rules = $0.0

In November I had expected my second AdSense payment. Simply, because they told me I would get it. But, I didn't. Read More »

Untangling WordPress’ core files from your local customizations

Since version 2.6, WordPress can be installed in its own directory, separate from your customizations and everthing. Needless to say, this makes upgrading a whole lot easier. Read More »

Gentoo update: e2fsprogs blocks e2fsprogs

Yesterday evening, I dropped by at Wiebe's with my laptop to start updating our Gentoo systems together. I hadn't updated this machine since first installing it in spring last year, so I expected quite a few problems. The first blockage that we both had to solve was caused by e2fsprogs. Read More »

Ultra Cheap dual Eizo monitor setup

As people who know me know, I passionately hate TFT screens, for reasons not relevant right now. It is unfortunate that marketing has caused the superior type of monitor, the CRT, to disappear. Read More »