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Home server step 2: install Arch Linux

Okay, the test passed and the drive works fine. Now I'm largely following the Arch Linux instructions. Let's create a single root partition: > fdisk /dev/sda ... and put an ext4 filesystem on it: > mkfs.ext4 /dev/sda1 Oops, what is this: an error message says "/dev/sda1 is apparently in use by the system" and mkfs…

Home server step 1: assemble and test hardware

I got two brand-new 2TB drives for a RAID1 data partition. It will hold all the stuff that I don't want to lose. For the root partition, I'm reusing a 400G drive that I own already. I'm downloading the most recent Arch Linux download from here. I'm using bit torrent, because big downloads are expensive…

Rebuilding my home server with Indie Box

My wife and I have run a server at home pretty much continuously since we came to California in 1995. I remember carrying stacks of Slackware floppy disks home from work: whatever code was needed, I downloaded it at work to a 1.44M floppy disk, and installed it when I got home. Lots of driver…

Idea for how to secure my digital assets

Here's an outline for how this problem could be solved. Note that this is only about "archived", "backed-up" versions of the data, not production use. E.g. to edit my family pictures, I continue to have them on my PC. And to log into a website, I continue to use a local password manager. This is…

Further thoughts on how to secure my digital assets

Further thoughts on this problem. It appears that my different digital assets should be managed using different protection levels. Examples: I don't want my family photos to be publicly accessible. But if a few are, or even if all of them are, that's a much smaller problem than if the login information for all of…