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Paper Backup (3) User Interface

This is the third and final part of the three part series describing my automatic paper backup system. After the scanner is working and we have a bunch of scripts for scanning and uploading, all that is missing is a nice user interface. That's what this part is about.

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

Paper Backup (2) Automation Scripts

This is the second part of a three part series describing my automatic paper backup system. In this part I explain the different automation scripts used to create a searchable PDF from a scan and upload it to the backup locations.

  1. Automation Scripts ← you are here

The setup is multi user capable. Eg. for my setup, files will be stored in either Kaddi's or my home directory on the NAS and Google Drive.

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

Paper Backup (1) Scanner Setup

I wrote about my Digital Backups before. But this talk by Bdale Garbee raises some good points: what happens when your house burns down? Can you prove you just had bought this Van Gogh right before the incident? What papers would your insurance need? What exactly is insured? And who actually is your insurance? Chances are that the answers to all these questions just have been burned.

So better back up that stuff. Unfortunately a lot of important data still arrives via snail mail on paper. I wanted a simple solution to archive any paper that arrives in a simple way. So I built one.

The whole system consists of a document scanner attached to a Raspberry Pi with a touchscreen and some custom software.

This is the first post of a three part series describing how I build the whole system. Part one explains the basic setup of the Raspberry, the scanner and the SANE scanner software.

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

Digital Backups

Everybody knows you should do backups. Over the years I developed a system that hopefully keeps my digital data secure against loss. I followed two principles during 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 thing roughly looks like this:

All of this is in permanent flux. Paper backup is coming soon (blog post in preparation) and will probably result in the integration of Google Drive somewhere in the grand scheme of things.

Some more details after the jump. I'm also interested in your strategies. What do you back up and where?

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

New Link Blogging

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

For too long this part of my website was laying dormant. However I still like to have a way to share interesting links in a semi automated way. These links are created and curated at various places (my 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 my own aggregator. It's a DokuWiki plugin that uses DokuWiki's feed aggregator SimplePie to fetch the 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 the website here.

The new RSS feed will also try to provide the actual content the links point to by using the readability service. Sometimes that's works great. Sometimes it's a mess and you're better off following the link.

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

So if you're interested in the links I share, either subscribe to the RSS feed or follow me on Twitter.

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

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