stuff about backup and then a slightly less boring weekend recap

I’ve been pretty quiet over the weekend due to a necessary maintenance project: system backup for my ageing and increasingly fussy old desktop machine. (I’m writing this on an old Powerbook.)

I’ve backed up my critical bits onto external drives before, but we recently got great price on a mammoth network drive and I’ve been backing up through a gizmo by Linksys called a NSLU2. This process has not been without its hiccups, but I’m getting the task done. And I should be- the stupid thing has been constantly writing to the drive for over two days straight. (I’m backing up over 100GB in one go.)
I suffered a kernel panic about twelve hours into the backup. That was pretty uncool. Also, in the excitement of configuration, choosing a backup application with the right features, and getting things going, I failed to consider the data speed. I’m doing this crap over an Airport wireless network. That is, not Airport Extreme, so my file transfer speed isn’t really at what I’d call ‘its full potential.’ I should be doing this backup over ethernet, but in my hasty quest to get this project off my to-do list, I didn’t think at all about where I could have been saving myself significant time. I’m pretty sure we’ve got a cable long enough to string between the two rooms (the router and network drive are not in the office), but that is now for another project, another time. I’m nearly through with the massive backup and only another kernel panic would get me to stop this thing now. (Feel free to knock on some wood for me.)

So, this weekend I felt pretty smart for configuring the NSLU2 in a (unsupported) Mac environment, testing several backup applications before choosing the one for the job, and recovering progress after the dreaded kernel panic. I do not feel particularly smart for doing this over the slowest and flakiest network connection configuration in the house. Duh. Argh. * sigh * Sometimes I’m a really dumb smart kid.

Anyway, the rest of the weekend was good. Saw “Hot Fuzz” at the cinema. Very entertaining. If you like the guys behind “Shaun of the Dead” you’ll love “Hot Fuzz.”
I also cooked and took some food porn photos that I’ll be sharing soon. And I started sketching out my next painting on a canvas. I’ve been really low on energy over the past few days, but hoping that it passes. Looks like I avoided the cold that everyone at work had, but I still feel a bit drained. I think it’s more of a mild depression rather than some sort of cold anyway. Trying to write, read, paint, and cook my way through it. It’s not easy when all you want to do is sleep, but I’m giving it my best effort and enjoying some really tasty food in the process.

If my backup finishes tonight – and it should – then I’ll probably get the food pictures up tomorrow. It’s been mostly food and sketches on my flickr page recently but I haven’t been out and about with my camera in awhile. As spring seems to be unfolding early here, I plan on going for some camera-toting walks soon. The daffodils are already up- it’s been a very mild winter.

That’s it for now.

One thought on “stuff about backup and then a slightly less boring weekend recap”

  1. I don’t think we’ll be seeing any daffodils anytime soon. It’s been snowing since Friday night. Wish I was there.;)

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