Thursday, July 16, 2015

Amazon's Happy Prime Day

The sale was nice, but I did notice some items that were more expensive on the day of the sale. Good Morning America mentioned a site which is useful for tracking prices over time.

See and search for an item. Click the item to see a graph of pricing over time, the lowest price, and the current price. Pretty cool stuff.

Happy shopping!

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Raspberry Pi Backup (geeking out, part 1)

"The Raspberry Pi is a low cost, credit-card sized computer that plugs into a computer monitor or TV, and uses a standard keyboard and mouse."

 At $30 or so, the RPi is especially useful for many, many purposes. It makes a great teaching/learning tool. Anyway, setting the thing up from scratch is normally done on a full-sized computer. Almost all of the references I could find for backups and such also use another computer. And then I ran across exactly what I have been looking for. A script to clone the live, working, SD card to another SD card attached via a card reader.

 Installation works like this:
git clone
cd rpi-clone
cp rpi-clone /usr/local/sbin
 To use the script attach a reader with an SD card inserted.
"fdisk -l" will tell you the name of the card. Mine was /dev/sdb.
So to run the script...
rpi-clone (to learn about options, etc)
Then in my case
rpi-clone sdb -v -f

 It takes an hour or two the first time. After the process completes once it will do an incremental backup and only takes a few minutes.

 Perfection. Thanks BillW!

 Now that I've got a valid backup I can move on to more useful work with the thing.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012


I haven't posted in way too long. First step to fixing that is getting my iPad reconnected to the 'blog. Time to work on that...



Thursday, August 4, 2011

Blogging on the iPad

I saw on TV several months ago where Oprah was giving away iPads, and she loved hers so, and she blogged on hers, and it was the best gadget ever. Uh, yeah right. Either she didn't format her own blogs (well of course not, she has a staff of grunts to do the dirty work) or she was using unreleased software. I searched. Tried the "best" ones. All crap relative to decent PC (win or mac) blogging software. I'm hoping that has changed. If this post looks pretty slick with a rose from my Flickr account integrated, credit Blogsy for leading the blog software pack. Credit Oprah for being an awesome individual who may be able to see into the future a bit more than the average Jo. :)