08.03.2019 20:07

My storage and backup system

07.03.2019 06:00

I have three backup systems, one in the cloud, one clone and one incremental backup.

The basics is that I use Arq to back up to Backblaze B2, and I use Time Machine to backup to an external drive, plus that I clone my system and the combined “archive” and Time Machine drive. Everything from old stuff, to time machine data and my Plex library live on that drive.

I recently changed all the drives. This is something I do every third year or so. When one of the drives starts to act up, I order new ones as fast as possible.

This time I went for two 5TB drives for the archive and as always a 500GB drive for cloning my system.

The reason I do this is that good NAS or external RAID systems are too expensive. When I compared the last time, the price of getting a future proof RAID, would basically be the same as one and half round of drives of my current system, before I started to buy drives.

The reality is that drives with built in USB interfaces have become so cheap, that I don’t see it ever making sense from a pure money perspective.

The thing that migh get me to do it however is the fact that the time it takes to clone a 5TB drive (it will probably be closer to 10TB the next time) is so long that I’m soon at a point where I kind of have to move to a raid.

How I use my Neo 2

05.03.2019 18:20

I have a Alpha Smart Neo2, it is a digital typewriter. A pretty damn great one. It is basically just a keyboard, with a small screen and some memory in it.

It lets me write, without having a full computer. I personally think it is a hell of a lot better than an iPad, if you just want to type words.

Most of my blog posts either starts out on paper or on this little thing; and most of those that start out on paper gets transcribe into to this little bad boy before it get to my computer.

The reason I love it is because it is small, the battery lasts forever, and I can just have it in the living room. And I don’t have the option of doing anything except writing. The way I use it is that I just write in the same file, and divide stuff up by adding a markdown style H1 header for each new thing, and once a week I connect it to my mac, open my Drafts.txt file in Emacs and transfer all my files (usually just the one) over.

A painful goodbye

03.03.2019 16:55

I’ve posted about this earlier in the week on my Micro blog. But my mum had to let our family dog of 11 year go on Tuesday. It was not a huge surprise because of her age. But still very hard, and a lot harder for my mother. And Luna will probably be very sad and confused when she can’t find her the next time we visit.

Tom Waits didn’t want to grow up, Nemi never dit. It’s great to see a dog of 10 years old play like she was 1.

My bullet journal setup

03.03.2019 11:42

This is about the tools, all the tools. And not about how I do it

So. I use the LT1917 A5 Bullet Journal notebooks. They are great, mostly the same as their regular A5 notebooks, except it says Bullet Journal, have three markers instead of two and it has some instructions for Bullet Journaling. They are great.

Then I use my two faourite fountain pens in it. My Pilot Vanishing Point and my Lamy 2000. I only use Pilot Iro inks, currently a purple one.

And I have a Seed cover I keep it all in. In the beginning I tried to get away with some cheaper solutions than the seed. But I ended up getting it because it is so much more convenient to just have one thing to bring somewhere, than many.

Learning to use the Emacs keybindings

03.03.2019 11:37

I think I have written about this before, but I can’t remember. When I started to learn how to use Linux I first used nano, and then I got into VIM becuase the people that helped me used it. And obviously I became one of the people who mocked Emacs for being an OS.

Then Spacemacs hapened.

During the summer of 2018 I decided that I wanted to learn how to use the standard Emacs keybindings. I started doing it sometime in August, and now almost six months later I can say that I am somewhat competent using it. I’m not yet at the level where I can combine 25 shortscuts into someting nuts. But I’m at least advanced beginner or a beginning intermediate user.

This is how I went about doing this:

  1. I wrote down the basic commands I had to know, like saving files, opening files, quitting emacs, managing “windows” on a Index Card.
  2. I started a text file where I pasted interesting keybindings or answers to how to do something I used to do in VIM. And I used it as a FAQ while learning.
  3. Re-read Mastering Emacs.

The process was really slow and painful in the beginning. But after a few weeks, and getting stuff into my fingers it sped up. And today I actually prefer it to other keybindings.

The main reason I started learning it was because regular emacs with evil is kind of slow, and what I think when I’m at the other end of it is that Emacs makes a hell of a lot more sense after learning this.

Microsoft Sculpt Ergonomic Mouse

02.03.2019 19:26

So, I use Windows at work. It is not horrible, but I still hate it. I was looking for a mouse to have at home, just in case I had to work from home or something.

As I was looking I I realized that most of the options either was the same cheap Logitec thing I had at work, or something fancy with a million buttons or one of the two or three options that was good for my hand.

I decided to either get the cheapest possible or something that was good for my hands.

I decided to get this one from Microsoft because the other ergonomic one was from Logitec (you know the huge mouse with the big ball on it) almost three times as expensive.

This mouse is like a big flat ball. It is so large that you can rest your entire hand on top of it, instead of having to use moucles to hold up your hand. It is really comfortable to use, and I like it a lot.

I like it so much that I took the one I got to work and ordered a second one.

Surviving with two USB-C ports

02.03.2019 15:36

I started out with the idea that everything should be USB-C, when I first got my MacBook escape. But that is not working as long as you can’t get any C hubs.

What I have ended up with is a USB-C monitor, some chargers, a USB-C to A hub with four ports, some adapters and some very few USB-C versions of what I have for USB-A.

Having just two ports works, but I think it is far from ideal. And the minimum going forward should be 3 or 4; ideally way more.

The problem with USB-C is that you have USB-C and you have thunderbolt 3 both of them use the same plug but are very different.

The number of thunderbolt plugs you can have are a limit on the motherboard or logic board. And the number of USB ports are more or less without limits. But the latter have less features.

I think Apple should find some way to tell what is what and just have a lot of them on their Pro laptops. But it isn’t ideal.

Link dump

01.03.2019 17:48

The free IKEA pencil

24.02.2019 19:54

I have seen these free pencils at IKEA every single time I’ve been there. Which is too many times.

This pencil is not something I would have bought for myself, it is a thin, short pencil. The casing does not feel that great. But the core is prefectly fine. Maybe a little bit too hard for my taste.

When you hear “that free pencil they give away at IKEA” you expect them to be far worse than what it is.