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Backing up (&restore!) your files in Mac OS to WD

If you have your own storage like Western Digital My Cloud, you can automatically backup your Mac’s!

Nice feature of course. First make sure that your WD NAS storage has Backup/Restore enable and configured:

Step by Step

Access your WD NAS from the web interface, usually as easy as typing the IP address of your NAS in the browser, login and access the home page.

01.wd.settingsClick on Settings and the next screen will open.

02.wd.backupsettingsClick on the tab Mac Backups to open it

  • 03.wd.setbackupsettingsEnable Time Machine Backup
  • Select a Share (TimeMachine is created by default)
  • Define the Maximun size, usage, of your backups
  • Voila!

Then you have to setup your Mac’s to backup & restore. very easy with Time Machine. Follow this instructions to enable Time Machine and connect to your WD NAS.


Finally: Linux Mint 17.1 – Rebecca!

After delaying the upgrade of the aging Asus, now is on Linux Mint 17.1 – Rebecca (love the names of the distros)

linuxmint17-rebeccaClean and fast upgrade:

  • make backup to WD My Book via ftp (faster)
  • download distro
  • copy to USB
  • reboot laptop from USB: check new distro is working
  • click on Install icon
  • wait… done
  • restore backup (via ftp)
  • install latest patches
  • download and install Dropbox and Skype
  • Finitto

Unix on Mac OS

One of the nicest things of Mac OS is that it is UNIX underneath. Not a big news here.

ftponmacand I can connect to my NAS servers just using ftp and from the command line. Connecting via ftp is faster to upload/retrieve files from the NAS servers than cp or rsync.

The Western Digital NAS servers run Linux, and on top of that they start a Samba service. So connecting directly from my Mac or Linux is slow… I do not know why yet… But ftp is ultra-fast

beloved command line for sync

With all machines running some version of *IX, the command line and rsync are the best to keep files synched between different medias. Or copying all the stuff under /home to an external drive or storage quickly. Something like:

scasagra@umabotMint /media/scasagra/FreeAgent Drive/backup.asus15 $ sudo rsync -azv /home/ .

2 small tricks here:

  1. if using an external USB drive in Linux cd to /media/<your user>/<name of the USB drive> #to find the name you can sudo mount and check what’s mounted at /dev/sdb1 (or /dev/sdb2)
  2. run with sudo if you plan to copy all files and users under the directory /home

Not a clean process yet

Not a clean process posting to WordPress

However editing in vim and trying to keep everything in the command line yet not straightforward.

My process is still a little bit cumbersome:

  1. First editing in Markdown, then
  2. copying to the clipboard (found command line in Stackoverflow how to copy all to clipboard
  3. using Markdown Dingus to transform markdown sintax to HTML
  4. Finally pasting the resulting HTML into the WordPress editor (as text)

Before solving WordPress

I will keep working on learning and tunning scripts and commands to use the Google Comand Line for Picasa and Blogger (and with Blogger trying to master vim, markdown and googlecl

Markdown and simple editing

Getting started with Linux again

How Markdown and vim can get you back into Linux

In the last months I wasn’t using my netbook with Linux Mint, but starting again. An article in Linux Format magazine, issue 170 (April 2013) put me back on track again. The article titled Markdown: death to word (behind a pay site, sorry) pointed to Markdown and its sintax is very close to my sintax for writting emails.

As always the someone out there has extended, polished and finished something I never round.

But this Markdown tutorial pushed me back into my Linux… (the tutorial is about writting in a simple but powerful editor like vim, pure content articles, converting them to ODT (Open Document Text), using [LibreOffice]{ and getting a formated MS Word document!

And here I am, writting my first Markdown document, to transform into HTML and publish into the blog.

Very simple and humble.


Going back to Linux

All Linux distros are making very easy to switch your desktop from Windows. No need any more to go through a full installation on your hard disk, partitioning it and hoping all drivers for your particular machine will be included. More if you are using a laptop or a netbook, always very picky them when it comes to drivers for using particular hardware.

Now you can run the distro you want to try from a DVD player, test the distro you want to try and Presto! You are on Linux! [Now for me is 2012, but this has been available since the beginning of Linux!]

With the new netbooks or bare slim notebooks with no DVD you cannot try the DVDs that you can get from magazines like Linux Format, Ubuntu User, Linux User, etc, etc. But again Linux has always very light in order to run from a small USB (do you remember or still use TinyCore?).


If your laptop is running Windows which is the easy way to install the distro from the DVD you have into a USB drive and boot from it?

Many ways to do it, and I remember some very low level, but with PenDriveLinux for Windows it has been a breeze. Just have ready the ISO image for the Linux distro you want to install, run PenDriveLinux, select the distro you want to install, point to your ISO file, reserve some space for application data and in a few minutes you have a bootable USB drive with your Linux distro! Voila!….


Voila? Of course, you insert the USB in the laptop, restart windows and you hope to see the Linux booting, but… Windows is back. Of course! Need to change the order of the booting device, set to the USB instead of the Hard Drive and restart and…

What if your netbook, laptop is an ASUS?

It didn’t work. Clicking on <F2> while booting brought the BIOS setup screen, when to Booting Options, add the USB path, save and exit, reboot and again Windows is booting.

A quick search on the VIP Asus Support Forum was enough to find a useful tip for Asus. When booting and when you see the Asus logo (BIOS booting) press <ESC> and a screen will pop up asking from which drive yo want to boot, select the USB option and your Linux distro is kicked on and you are on Linux back again!

Linux Mint xfce Desktop Default

Application Mania Objective and Scope

What do you use more? How do you use it? I will try to put here my comments on the uses (“business needs”) I do more in my non-professional time (and sometimes also that) and which applications I found or I was recommended helped me more on getting the task done.
These comments (and some rants) will be more about desktop applications (85% Windows, 15% Linux, maybe with more time I will increase the percentage on Linux), but today you are mobile. My most critical need is how to have a seamless data experience between desktop and mobile. Read this way: I want to have only one list of contacts, not one in each device. The mobile experience will be Android (ok, add 10% to the Linux equation so). Sorry no iPhone…
In another category I’m putting a lot of tasks into services that you can access on the Web. Translate into the product marketing yada-yada [rant!] “Cloud Applications”.
Some other comments could be more technical hobby-style: how to setup your network, controlling access, installing a new OS, deploying your own storage, maintaining all the stuff together, and not trying to consume all your time doing that!

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