I recently received an unpleasant warning message after TimeMachine routinely tried to perform a backup:
Time Machine completed a verification of your backups on “matmos”. To improve reliability, Time Machine must create a new backup for you.
Click Start New Backup to create a new backup. This will remove your existing backup history. This could take several hours.
Click Back Up Later to be reminded tomorrow. Time Machine won’t perform backups during this time.
It’s happened to me twice now: CrashPlan stops backing up my files apparently due to a failed software update. I usually don’t know CrashPlan has stopped backing up until I get the weekly email status update. Fortunately, the files that I back up to CrashPlan are not changed often at all, and missing a backup for a couple days isn’t the end of the world.
I’m doing some reorganization of my network shares. My music is saved on the server under its own share, “Music”. In the new scheme, I want the music folder to be located in a subfolder in the share “Multimedia”. This poses a small problem: I have to update iTunes to recognize the new file locations. I’ve got iTunes 10.6.3 on OS X Mountain Lion 10.8.1.
I am currently working on a development project for our office in München. Accessing their internal servers requires connection via VPN (I’m working from Stockholm). I’m using the very handy built-in Cisco IPSEC VPN client in OSX and have had some annoying problems which until today I have not been able to solve. I am documenting these configuration changes so I remember what I did, and hopefully it can also help others out there!
First up on my QNAP: offsite backup of my data in “the cloud”. QNAP’s recommended and integrated cloud backup provider was a bit too expensive for my taste, especially since I plan to backup nearly 1TB of data. After some serious googling I found the perfect candidate: CrashPlan.
My homemade server running Ubuntu started to experience strange hardware issues (random crashing, etc). Over the course of a year I replaced and fiddled with memory, motherboard, and hard drives yet still I had random crashes (would even randomly crash running memtest, so I ruled out a software issue). Since the server was my home NAS, I began to rethink the idea of maintaining unreliable hardware (and throwing money away left and right).
So I finally figured out why my TimeMachine backups were becoming bigger and bigger, 3-4GB backing up every day when I come home from work… It seems that my MySQL database file (
/usr/local/mysql/data/ibdata1) keeps getting larger and larger, unnecessarily, even if I deleted databases, tables, etc. It seems even if I only update a few rows in a table in a small database, the ginormous
idbdata1 file grows and then get marks as a candidate for backup into TimeMachine. Ugh.
How to print from iPhone/iPad (iOS 4.2) via Ubuntu
I just noticed that with the latest 10.6.5 update, Apple at the last minute disabled support for printing from iOS 4.2 devices to shared printers in OSX. Instead of trying to overwrite new drivers with prerelease versions, I thought that there must be someone, somewhere out there who has figured out how to do this using the fine, free tools available to us. I like open standards, open tools, open source.