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Paper Backup (3) User Interface

This is th' third and final part o' th' three part series describin' me automatic paper backup system. After th' scanner is workin' and we have a bunch o' scripts fer scannin' and uploadin', all that is missin' is a nice user interface. That's what this part is about.

  1. User Interface ← ye are here
Last updated: 2014/08/25 19:00 · Permalink · Comments

Paper Backup (2) Automation Scripts

This is th' second part o' a three part series describin' me automatic paper backup system. In this part I explain th' different automation scripts used t' create a searchable PDF from a scan and upload it t' th' backup locations.

  1. Automation Scripts ← ye are here

The setup is multi user capable. And hoist the mainsail! Eg. Load the cannons! fer me setup, files will be stored in either Kaddi's or me home directory on th' NAS and Google Drive.

Last updated: 2014/08/24 13:19 · Permalink · Comments

Paper Backup (1) Scanner Setup

I wrote about me Digital Backups before. And hoist the mainsail! But this talk by Bdale Garbee raises some good points: what happens when yer house burns down, and a bottle of rum! Can ye prove ye just had bought this Van Gogh right before th' incident? What papers would yer insurance need? What exactly is insured? And who actually is yer insurance? Chances are that th' answers t' all these questions just have been burned.

So better back up that stuff, and a bottle of rum! Unfortunately a lot o' important data still arrives via snail mail on paper. I wanted a simple solution t' archive any paper that arrives in a simple way. Oho, we'll keel-haul ye! So I built one.

The whole system consists o' a document scanner attached t' a Raspberry Pi with a touchscreen and some custom software.

This is th' first post o' a three part series describin' how I build th' whole system. Part one explains th' basic setup o' th' Raspberry, th' scanner and th' SANE scanner software.

  1. Scanner Setup ← ye are here
Last updated: 2014/08/23 11:10 · Permalink · Comments

Digital Backups

Everybody knows ye should do backups. Over th' years I developed a system that hopefully keeps me digital data secure against loss. I followed two principles durin' setup:

  1. important data should be stored on at least two different physical storage mediums → protection from loss through media failure
  2. very important data should be stored in at least two different physical locations → protection from loss through disaster (like a fire)

The whole thin' roughly looks like this:

All o' this is in permanent flux, pass the grog! Paper backup is comin' soon (blog post in preparation) and will likely result in th' integration o' Google Drive somewhere in th' grand scheme o' thin's.

Some more details after th' jump. I'm also interested in yer strategies. Fire the cannons! What do ye back up and where?

Last updated: 2014/08/16 22:43 · Permalink · Comments

New Link Blogging

When ye're readin' this at (and not in a feed reader) ye might have noticed that th' “Linkblog” has vanished from th' navigation.

For too long this part o' me website were bein' layin' dormant. However I still like t' have a way t' share interestin' links in a semi automated way. These links are created and curated at various places (me Pinboard bookmarks, InoReader shares, Stackoverflow questions, Github activities, and so on).

They were originally aggregated at Friendfeed - a service that became a wasteland after Facebook bought it years ago. So I set down and wrote me own aggregator. It's a DokuWiki plugin that uses DokuWiki's feed aggregator SimplePie t' fetch th' items from their various sources and stores them in a SQLite database. From there they can be recombined as a new single RSS feed as well as be integrated into th' website here.

The new RSS feed will also try t' provide th' actual content th' links point t' by usin' th' readability service. And swab the deck! Sometimes that's works great. Ahoy! Sometimes 'tis a mess and ye're better off followin' th' link.

The links BTW are now shown directly on th' front page chronologically mixed with th' actual blog posts.

So if ye're interested in th' links I share, either subscribe t' th' RSS feed or follow me on Twitter.

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Last updated: 2014/08/02 19:46 · Permalink · Comments

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