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I learned about hard links in *nix the other day and its changed my life.

Sometimes you want a file in more than one place so you copy it. Since we’re talking *nix you cp, rsync, cat > out, or whatever. But that is lame because now you’re storing the same data in two places. LAME!

If you came from windows this is when you say “oh, I can just make a shortcut!” but shortcuts are lame because they break all the time. There’s something better to do!

ln /somepath/file1 /somepath/file2

This is the link command. It will make the file appear in two places at once without actually copying the data. Delete file1 and file2 still exists, no data was actually deleted. The data won’t be deleted until you delete both file1 and file2.

Love it.

Posted Thursday, March 27, 2014

Move lots of files using rsync for fun and profit

Total epic hackers

Yeah, you're a total hacker.

I needed to backup my large collection of cat pictures today and realized how big of a pain moving 2TB of files is using the usual terminal copying tools. Luckily, moving around lots of files, and lots of large files, via terminal is really easy using rsync. Rsync has some nice tricks up it’s sleeve. It can perserve permissions, compress files on the fly, and do some filtering as it copies. Oh yeah, and if it’s interrupted you can always resume, unlike commands like cp, dd, and mv.

Move lots of files using rsync for fun and profit

Posted Friday, April 13, 2012

Personal Web Filtering Options

I love the internet and I’ve always hated internet filters because they block stuff erroneously. However, I do try to avoid certain types of material online and so I’ve done a little work to make sure that I don’t see anything I don’t want to see. Here’s what I do along with some other options.

As a side note, anyone that knows me knows that I hate censorship in a government. What I’m trying to help people do is filter out the content that they personally don’t want to see. I would never impose censorship on anyone.

Personal Web Filtering Options

Posted Sunday, August 1, 2010

History 1700 Midterm

I’m diverting from my normal fare to work on a study guide for my History 1700 Midterm.

The book used is “The Enduring Vision: A History of the American People Concise 6th Edition”

Guide after the bump

History 1700 Midterm

Posted Tuesday, May 18, 2010