Archive for December, 2009

Letting it go …

December 28, 2009

Well, I know I haven’t had this blog up for long (about a year or so). But, it was meant to be temporary. So, it is time to let it go.

I now have my main site up and running at http://www.michaelburns.name. Please visit there for all future blog entries and articles. I will be moving some of the information available here to there. For example, andLinux released 2.0 earlier this year. I will be adding an article detailing how I installed and configured it.

Thank you to those who have visited and commented on the posts here. But, as I said, check my main site as I will continue to post items of interest to me, specifically, programming and politics, the logical and the illogical.

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Backup script for Linux …

December 19, 2009

There are many ways to back up the important files one has on their system, from bloated software programs to simple scripts. In most cases, a simple script is sufficient. With that in mind, I searched for a simple script and found the following:

Automating backups with tar

I have modified the original script to accomplish the following:

  • Allow the user to “force” the creation of a full backup by specifying full on the command line.
  • Create a full year-end backup on 31 December.
  • Force an incremental backup when a full backup is performed. This is to prevent two full backups from occurring if Sunday is the 1st of the month or is 31 December.

You can download the modified script here. Once downloaded, rename the file to backup.sh.

To install and use the script, you can follow the instructions provided at the Automating backups with tar page. However, where referenced, replace backup.cron with backup.sh.

Climate Change is Natural?

December 16, 2009

The following is an article that lists 100 reasons why global warming is natural and not man-made. I am not an expert in this field. However, I believe those who push the idea that global warming is man-made give man way too much credit!