Duplicity Backup Script

I’ve started using duplicity combined with Amazon’s S3 to backup this server. Duplicity is an amazing application that makes backups simple. Some of the features I like best about duplicity are: it encrypts the data, compresses it, splits it into manageable chunks, does incremental backups, and can backup to a variety of destinations. When you restore your data it takes care of applying the incremental backups to produce the final files....

August 7, 2010 · John

Kernel 2.6.34, Xorg 1.8 and video-intel 2.12.0 Issues

For quite a long time Intel has been the shining light of open source video drivers on Linux. Even though Intel integrated video doesn’t have the highest performance it was what you needed to have for full 3D support, and fancy splash screens when booting with (plymouth). By no means were the drivers ever perfect but they actually worked for the majority of people. That is until Kernel 2.6.34, Xorg 1....

August 1, 2010 · John

Yubikey Auto Lock in Gnome

I recently purchased a Yubikey from Yubico. What got me to buy it was the discount they’re offering to Security Now! listeners. So far I’m liking it quite a bit and have been looking to use it any way I can. One of the uses I found was to have the presence of they Yubikey unlock and lock Gnome Screen Saver. Toward the end of the forum thread there is a very nice set of udev rules that work perfect for me and are very clean....

July 25, 2010 · John

Niw Markdown Editor

For the past three weeks I’ve been working on an editor for working with plain text files and making it easy to add markdown syntax to them. My main goal is to make it easier to format the large number of ebooks I have. Almost all of them are plain text files. It’s a python project using PyQt4 and I’m hosting it on Launchpad. here is the project page and you can find some screen shots here....

August 30, 2009 · John

niwmarkdowneditor screen shots

August 30, 2009 · John

Repair Corrupt Cybook File System on Linux

I unplugged my Cybook from the computer without first unmounting the volume. It was still in the process of deleting a few files. When I turned it on the files showed in the library but were unable to be viewed. After I plugged the Cybook back into the computer the file system was mounted as read only and dmesg spit out a large number of IO errors. The Cybook’s file system was damaged....

February 22, 2009 · John