Category: Debian

How to debugging Linux failure to resume from suspend?

June 14th, 2012, 17 Comments

I’m running a computer with a Gigabyte Z68A-D3H-B3 motherboard, and have never been able to get it to properly resume from suspend to RAM in Linux. It has worked fine on the rare occasion I’ve tried it in Windows 7. My somewhat limited usual for debugging aren’t particularly helpful. The system appears to suspend perfectly […]

Shell Scripts For Preschoolers

February 10th, 2012, 5 Comments

It probably comes as no surprise to anybody that Jacob has had a computer since he was 3. Jacob and I built it from spare parts, together. It may come as something of a surprise that it has no graphical interface, and Jacob uses the command line and loves it — and did even before […]

A Proud Dad

March 16th, 2011, 12 Comments

I saw this on my computer screen the other day, and I’ve got to say it really warmed my heart. I’ll explain below if it doesn’t provoke that reaction for you. So here’s why that made me happy. Well for one, it was the first time Jacob had left stuff on my computer that I […]

rdiff-backup, ZFS, and rsync scripts

January 25th, 2011, 17 Comments

rdiff-backup vs. ZFS As I’ve been writing about backups, I’ve gone ahead and run some tests with rdiff-backup. I have been using rdiff-backup personally for many years now — probably since 2002, when I packaged it up for Debian. It’s a nice, stable system, but I always like to look at other options for things […]

Research on deduplicating disk-based and cloud backups

January 20th, 2011, 20 Comments

Yesterday, I wrote about backing up to the cloud. I specifically was looking at cloud backup services. I’ve been looking into various options there, but also various options for disk-based backups. I’d like to have both onsite and offsite backups, so both types of backup are needed. Also, it is useful to think about how […]

Wikis, Amateur Radio, and Debian

January 3rd, 2011, 10 Comments

As I have been getting involved with amateur radio this year, I’ve been taking notes on what I’m learning about certain things: tips from people on rigging up a bicycle antenna to achieve a 40-mile range, setting up packet radio in Linux, etc. I have long run a personal, private wiki where I put such […]

Jacob: 4 Years Old, and Troubleshooting PCs

December 12th, 2010, 2 Comments

Back in April, I wrote about Jacob and I building his first computer together and how it’s running just the Linux command-line interface — no graphics at all. And he loves it. Well, as is often the case with him, his interest in various things waxes and wanes over time. He hadn’t spent much time […]


August 16th, 2010, No Comments

Debconf10 ended a week ago, and I’m only now finding some time to write about it. Funny how it works that way sometimes. Anyhow, the summary of Debconf has to be: this is one amazing conference. Despite being involved with Debian for years, this was my first Debconf. I often go to one conference a […]

A Debconf Thanks

August 11th, 2010, No Comments

There was something at Debconf10 in NYC that I owe a huge thank-you to the entire community for. I was completely surprised at how many people made a point to say hi to me, comment that they liked reading about my blog, and encouraged me to keep posting. It was dozens for sure. I had […]

The Best Place of Ever

August 1st, 2010, 5 Comments

Jacob and Oliver have enjoyed our recent train trip, and our stay, from Kansas to New York City for Debconf. All told, that’s a 40-hour trip, including the layover in Chicago. When we got on the train, in the middle of the night as usual, Jacob couldn’t stop chattering about how “great”, “fun”, and “exciting” […]

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