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Backups and distributed data

Two rules. (1) Every piece of data you own should have at least one backup, whether you think you need it or not. (2) Every piece of data that you own on a machine that you do not control should be stored encrypted; otherwise you do not own it…

Remember, it's not just the irretrievable data that will be a problem when you lose data. It's also the time lost restoring state that you can recover.

Just read an article about someone who kept their email on a popular webmail site. Their email disappeared without notice, and without being recoverable. 300MB of email.

Busy Day

My day was crazy today. I was up until 5AM this morning with Jamey and Sarah and Jules finishing up a draft of the grant proposal due today. Slept for 2 hours, then came back to give a talk for PSU describing my work to prominent locals, gave a phone job recommendation for a former student, looked at our new hardware for software radio, met with ORSP guy about the proposal, talked to prospectives from a regional college in a roundtable forum, caught up email for the Desktop Dev Conf, revised the proposal, talked to prospective Native American

Cool Piece of Hardware

Check out our SDR wiki. We have version 0 of our high-band software radio, aimed at the 800-900MHz band. Glenn LeBrasseur got it wired today.

I think it looks cool. Fob

MORESUKINE

On Websnark recently there was a pointer to the fascinating Japanese travel diary webcomic MORESUKINE (which it turns out looks something like モレスキネ in Japanese, BTW—thanks much to gwalla on TypeKey for help with this). Highly recommended.

Intel OLS Linux Essay Contest

Just got word that Intel is sponsoring a Linux essay contest for Ottawa Linux Symposium attendees. You can't win if you don't enter. Fob

META: My blog entries end with the FOB smiley

OK, so I have a new convention.

I've been using "cuts" for my blog entries on FOB. I'm told that this will "cut" down my readership, but I'm trying to be courteous and let the reader decide how interested they are before bombarding them with text.

Since the fact that the article has more beyond the cut is not too obvious from the style, I've been using ellipsis right before the cut to indicate a continuation…

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Ping

Ran across this review of the classic children's book The Story About Ping by chance just now. Clearly, there must have been some campaign to mod the review up, as it's the top Spotlight review on Amazon with some 7900 of 8100 readers "finding it helpful". I just found it amusing. Fob

META: Moving FOB Site Content

This will be my last blog meta-post for a while that is not specifically about my blog. All the FOB site discussion should be vectored to the site forum. My apologies for the rash of off-topic content recently—the spammers had me on tilt.

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META: New Drupal, new captchas, new worries

Perhaps I've squashed the spammers at FOB for the moment…

I've upgraded Drupal to the latest released version, 4.6.5, freeing it up from tracking Debian in the process (for better or worse). That permitted me to install the Drupal captcha module, to try to protect against anonymous comment spam.

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META: Spammers hit again

Check out the front page for information on the latest spammer mess at FOB. Sorry anonymous comments are disabled for now; I'm unhappy but clearly need a better strategy before I turn them back on.

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