[thechat] Suggestions?

erik mattheis shockingelk at gmail.com
Sun Dec 15 08:50:06 CST 2013

Pivot to something I've been wanting to research:

I'd like to have automatic, incremental backups happen over WiFi from a Mac
and PC. Would be great if it worked for Android and iOS and super-great if
one could configure only particular directories to be backed up and to set
up a schedule that would -- for instance -- keep daily backups for a month,
monthly backups for a year and yearly backups indefinitely.

Either a service or device would work - mainly, I'd like to set it up and
forget about it. Cost is an issue, this would just be for me and my GF, we
both work at home.

I used Bitcasa during the beta, did everything I wanted but was only PC.
On Dec 14, 2013 3:07 AM, "William Anderson" <neuro at well.com> wrote:

> On Fri, Dec 6, 2013 at 5:38 PM, Luther, Ron <Ron.Luther at hp.com> wrote:
> > Hi Gang,
> >
> > My home machine finally gave up the ghost this week.  [...]
> I've been away all week and haven't been paying 100% attention to
> non-work stuff, so I missed this :(
> Ron, if there's a chance that this isn't your "only" machine at home,
> I would maybe suggest using it as a server.
> Pull the CMOS watch-style battery as suggested and clear the BIOS
> settings, so that you can change the defaults (allow boot selection -
> ideally, you'd want it to boot first from HDD anyway, but having the
> option of mashing F10 or whatever while the BIOS is loading to boot
> from something else would be nice).
> Then download a copy of Ubuntu Server 12.04 LTS from ubuntu.com (if
> your machine is new enough, 64-bit will probably work, but 32-bit is
> guaranteed to work regardless) and burn it to a CD.
> Once it's installed and booted, you'll get a boring "login:" prompt;
> log in as the user you created when you set it up and run this
> command:
> sudo apt-get install ssh
> You can then use PuTTY on a Windows box, or ssh from an OS X Terminal
> window, to connect to the command line.  There are a ton - literally a
> ton - of HOWTOs on the net to take a stock Ubuntu 12.04 server and
> make it into the perfect file/backup server (using stuff like Samba
> and rsnapshot), personal cloud server (OwnCloud, Eucalyptus, etc), web
> development server (Apache, MySQL, PHP, Perl, Python, Ruby, etc),
> media server (Plex Media Server, etc) and so on.  There are also loads
> of FAQs and HOWTOs on how to keep everything maintained and running up
> to date, i.e. adding/removing users, changing passwords, updating
> installed packages, modifying configurations, etc.
> The key stuff you'll want to prepend Google searches with is "Ubuntu
> 12.04" or "Ubuntu precise" (precise is the Ubuntu/Canonical codename
> for 12.04).
> If you have additional drive bays inside, jam in some MOAR DISKS and
> you have a great space to store media, backups, shared files and so
> on.
> So many things can be done from that little command line that it's not
> even funny.  It takes a machine away from your front-facing view, but
> you could literally hide it in a closet with a crappy old USB keyboard
> and a crappy old 14" LCD monitor (just in case!) and forget about it.
> Until you realise you suddenly have a sweet little core to your home
> network :)
> Anyway, just a suggestion ;)
> -n
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