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Remote backends for incremental Linux backup software

One of the Arch wiki maintainers thought it was "useless bloat" to add information about which remote backends are supported by various Linux backup programs on the Arch wiki, and reverted my contribution. Well, I don't think so, as I did the research because I needed to know. I don't want it to be lost,…

The Case of the Secret Compartment in the plain-text file

Hidden data somewhere in a big opaque file? Nobody would be surprised. But hiding in a very short plain-text file? It sounds impossible until you use Amazon's AWS tools: % echo hello > hello % aws s3 cp hello s3://indiecomp-test/hello > out % cat out upload: ./hello to s3://indiecomp-test/hello Seems all very straightforward, right? The…

In praise of commons-based development

Let's say you run into an operating system bug on a Friday afternoon. You post it on a user forum. You ask around on IRC, and you find somebody who can reproduce your problem on a different system architecture. (Ha, I'm not crazy!) You investigate a bit, but nothing obvious shows up. Monday morning, you…

Thesis: What blockchain is for

Last night I went to a blockchain meetup. Some presenter in particular enthused about applying blockchain to a problem where using it has no advantage whatsoever. Like almost everybody else these days I'm tempted to say. No wonder many dismiss blockchain as a complete fad. That got me thinking. What is the general pattern where…

Indie Tech Rocks

You didn't know? In which case I have just the website for you: indietech.rocks On this site, we collect products that don't screw you, the user. Eventually this will include all sorts of things, from social networking tools to toaster ovens. While there are plenty of lists for, say, open-software software, or privacy-protecting technologies, as…