Archive for the ‘administration’ Category

Recovering data from a broken NTFS hard drive

Sunday, April 26th, 2009

Today I want to tell you about my recent adventure in data recovery. A friend of mine had a broken USB disk that was no longer readable. The single 230 GB partition was formatted with NTFS and neither Windows nor Ubuntu (with the NTFS-3g driver, I assume) were willing to ...

Finally putting my personal configuration files under version control

Monday, March 23rd, 2009

Version controlling your config files, it seems to be like flossing: everyone knows it's a good idea and they should be doing it, but never get around to do so. I finally got around to put my files under version control - again. I used to use darcs, but I ...

Varnish, a faster Squid

Monday, May 5th, 2008

I just stumbled across Varnish, an HTTP cache and modern alternative to Squid. The config file is compiled into a shared library at startup, logging is done in-memory and paging out unused pages to disk is left to the OS. With squid, an unused cached page is explicitly written to ...