April 09, 2006

A couple of weeks ago, after failing to find a good backup solution for Mac OS X that supported versioning (i.e., some type of incremental backup), encryption, and the ability to backup over the Internet (through SFTP, SSH, etc.),1 I opted to take a different approach, at least in the interim.

I found quite a few programs that could do two of the three things listed above, but it seemed only one, Amanda, could do all three. The problem with Amanda though, is that running it on Mac OS X looks to be a bit shakier than I would like and probably more work than it's worth. Though it's likely something I'll setup in the future when I have more time to fart around with it, right now I don't want to have to think about my data.

Enter SuperDuper! Stupid name, great software.

I still haven't picked up a 1TB+ datastore (as it stands I'm pretty set on the Infrant ReadyNas NV, a device that came out just recently) and probably won't until I feel that their prices are commensurate with the insanely low cost of storage right now.

That said, I ended up purchasing an external 250GB USB 2.02 drive, partitioned and formatted it using Apple's Disk Utility (100GB to mirror my notebook and the rest to play around with), bought SuperDuper!, setup a daily schedule to "smart"-mirror my notebook to the "backup" partition, and that was that. Done. I haven't touched it since, save a couple of times just to make sure that it was firing up as scheduled.

Because I'm doing this locally and not shooting my bits into the ether, the fact that SuperDuper! doesn't support any type of encryption is really a moot point, at least for the time being.

  1. As I've talked about here many times before, I backup all of my really important stuff on various shell servers and local media using a combination of shell scripts, rsync, and cron, but now that Dreamhost gives me 80GB(!) of storage, I wouldn't mind mirroring (for the most part) my main machine there.   

  2. SuperDuper! can make the drive bootable, but unfortunately, PowerPC-based notebooks can't boot from USB 2.0 devices. However, Intel-based Macs do support this feature and as soon as Apple fixes their myriad problems, I'll be first in line to buy one.   


April 09, 2006
iAlertU. "...the remote-controlled motion-sensitive alarm system for the MacBook Pro." You have to watch the video. I'm totally hooking this up when I get a MacBook Pro.

Quicksilver and the Timer Action plugin

April 08, 2006

Has anyone been able to get the Timer Action plugin working with the latest version of Quicksilver (β48)? I've tried every version of the Timer Action and PyObjc Support plugins, and in every combination, but can't seem to make the Timer's associated actions "actionable." If you've come up with a solution, pray tell -- either drop me an e-mail or leave me an audio comment. Thanks.

UPDATE: Quicksilver chirped at me this morning (12 hours after I initially posted this) to let me know that a new version of PyObjc Support was available; this solved the problem.

I'm not a Cylon

April 08, 2006

My girlfriend is convinced that I'm a Cylon (possible spoiler alert) because I "never sleep." I assure you, I am not (or am I?). On a related note, and to reiterate the well-known(?), Battlestar Galactica is an absolutely brilliant sci-fi series. Despite what most of you probably assume, I usually can't get into this fictional genre (at least not like I could when I was younger), but this show has me hooked, perhaps because much of the underlying premise somewhat parallels how I view the world and where I think technology will ultimately lead the human race.

Tab Mix Plus

April 06, 2006
I've traded in SessionSaver for Tab Mix Plus, which has all the right options and features. As I've been saying for years, I'll never understand why these things aren't built into the browser itself (ala Opera).

Apple releases Boot Camp

April 05, 2006
Apple releases Boot Camp. "Once you've completed Boot Camp, simply hold down the option key at startup to choose between Mac OS X and Windows. After starting up, your Mac runs Windows completely natively. Simply restart to come back to Mac." Holy shit!

The Gators have won the NCAA Championship!!!

April 03, 2006
Gators are NCAA Champions!!!

They were unstoppable. Absolutely unstoppable. Way to go guys! Sure, get the football title two years before I start there and the basketball title three years after I leave, but hey, I'm not complaining. All you sophomores better stick around so that we can win it again next year!

Goodbye my lover

April 02, 2006

A couple of months ago I heard this song and it knocked me on my ass. In fact, I actually contacted the first love of my life and implored her to give it a listen. Read the lyrics, sure, but you have to hear it (no registration needed; I'm kind of confused as to why more people aren't using the free Rhapsody service to link to songs in their weblogs).

Did I disappoint you or let you down?
Should I be feeling guilty or let the judges frown?
'Cause I saw the end before we'd begun,
Yes I saw you were blinded and I knew I had won.
So I took what's mine by eternal right.
Took your soul out into the night.
It may be over but it won't stop there,
I am here for you if you'd only care.
You touched my heart you touched my soul.
You changed my life and all my goals.
And love is blind and that I knew when,
My heart was blinded by you.
I've kissed your lips and held your hand.
Shared your dreams and shared your bed.
I know you well, I know your smell.
I've been addicted to you.

Goodbye my lover.
Goodbye my friend.
You have been the one.
You have been the one for me.

I am a dreamer and when I wake,
You can't break my spirit - it's my dreams you take.
And as you move on, remember me,
Remember us and all we used to be
I've seen you cry, I've seen you smile.
I've watched you sleeping for a while.
I'd be the father of your child.
I'd spend a lifetime with you.
I know your fears and you know mine.
We've had our doubts but now we're fine,
And I love you, I swear that's true.
I cannot live without you.

Goodbye my lover.
Goodbye my friend.
You have been the one.
You have been the one for me.

And I still hold your hand in mine.
In mine when I'm asleep.
And I will bare my soul in time,
When I'm kneeling at your feet.

Goodbye my lover.
Goodbye my friend.
You have been the one.
You have been the one for me.

I'm so hollow, baby, I'm so hollow.
I'm so, I'm so, I'm so hollow.
I'm so hollow, baby, I'm so hollow.
I'm so, I'm so, I'm so hollow.

James Blunt's "Goodbye My Lover"