Archive for May, 2007

Cross Platform Backup Solutions

Sunday, May 20th, 2007

Here is a brief list of cross platform backup solutions that we’ve come across.

Pay
BRU Server
NetVault

Free
Bacula
Amanda
Unison
BackupPC
rdiff-backup
rsnapshot

We are currently giving BRU a try and will post a followup article once we spend some time with it.

Changing IP addresses on OS X Server, and you

Wednesday, May 9th, 2007

When the going gets tough with a computer, we often contemplate whimping out to the nuclear option (AKA reformatting and starting over). But what a relief it was to discover the changeip command found in OS X server. This is quite useful when network changes are made to the network, such as when changing the ip addressing scheme. When running a server and making a network address change, an admistrator may need to do more than to change the IP address in the Network system preference. The original IP address may also be embedded within the configuration settings of some network services such as OS X’s Open Directory.

So in a nutshell, when changing a server’s network settings, make sure that ALL your IP addresses are changed to the new address. It’s the only way to do it on the Interweb.

Read more at http://discussions.apple.com/thread.jspa?messageID=1983848�.

Palm Size R/C Helicopter

Wednesday, May 2nd, 2007

For $29.00 you too can own a tiny R/C helicopter from Think Geek.

I have a $200.00 helicopter and this is almost as fun, maybe not as maneuverable, but very fun. Think Geek also has a two pack where you can save 9.99 and get one of each channel.

We’ve crashed it a whole bunch of times and Dan has only broken the rear prop once (it includes a spare). It doesn’t take long to learn how to fly because it is constantly moving forward at a slow pace. Fewer controls makes it a lot easier to master. Just remember it has to be under zero wind conditions, even the HVAC pushes it around like a bug.