Terminal Tip: Change Time Machine backup interval

Very useful. Although Time machine rocks, from a laptop it’s a bit annoying to be done every hour.

Terminal Tip: Change Time Machine backup interval: “sudo defaults write /System/Library/LaunchDaemons/ StartInterval -int 1800”

(Via The Unofficial Apple Weblog (TUAW).)

trivial shennanigans

Will future generations regard the Plane Stupids as heroes?

I’m sure that the Daily Mail etc… of the Suffragette (city?) era swore and cursed them. I’m also sure that Rachel Silent Spring was cursed (..and still is by pesticide companies) by the tabloid press. So will history regard the Plane Stupid people in the same way that we rightly regard these people as heroes?

Although I do not agree with illegal protests, I’m off the mind that our children (or theirs) will regard the Plane Stupids as people who took a stand. They took a fairly lonely position as obstacles in the unrelenting carbon burning nature of our apathy. I may even pop in Lush next week (even though it does stink) and buy something!

Computergeekery Mac

online storage

I’m a bit of a paranoid sort, and I really do backup even the most trivial of my data. I’ve been thinking of offline storage and a recent loss of my entire HOME directory (due to stupid human error, but all backed up) has made me think more strongly about this.

I used For quite a while, but I’ve been getting increasingly interested in Dropbox. Rsync is a commendably Open standard company. They allow access to their storage via many widely supported protocols, rsync (using ssh), scp, sftp, webdav etc. However, as a home backup network they are fairly expensive. I used a 10Gb share for a while, that’s about 11 bucks a month ($1.2 per Gb per month) but that’s not large enough to backup all my data. I used Rsync in a script that backed up a directory containing various softlinks to various important data folders scatered about my home directory. However, I’ve always been of the opinion that backup needs to be indiscriminate and completely automated. That is I’d prefer for all my Home directory to be backed up offsite rather than specific folders.

Dropbox offers 50Gb for 99 bucks. Now this is only accesible using a web interface or their admittedly cool client. Useable on Mac and Linux (windows as well but I’ve not used that). The folder is kept synched between all clients.

As a home user how can I afford to have the same storage as Dropbox but the same flexiblity as…..?