backup · Linux

Helpers and common usage for tar


tar is a feature rich but often confusing archiving tool most commonly used on Linux and BSD systems. One of the great benefits of tar over other more modern tools such as 7z, RAR or ZIP is that it is open source, free and platform agnostic. Even more importantly for Linux users tar archives preserve… Continue reading Helpers and common usage for tar

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backup · Linux · MySQL

Backup your MySQL/MariaDB database easily using Percona XtraBackup


Over the years I have looked around for easy to use MySQL database backup tools that I can quickly and reliably automate. I've tried many unsatisfactory solutions but finally I have found something I am happy with, Perscona's XtraBackup. Unfortunately for Windows users this is a Linux only solution. Percona is an enterprise focused database company with… Continue reading Backup your MySQL/MariaDB database easily using Percona XtraBackup

backup · HTPC

Move or Copy Your Entire DVD Collection to a Home Theatre PC (HTPC), Desktop or Server for Free


The goal of this post will be to explain how to transfer a large physical DVD collection over to a desktop/server or home theatre PC using free (as in beer) software. We will try to streamline this process and will show you what can be used to play your collection. Software Due to the potentially large… Continue reading Move or Copy Your Entire DVD Collection to a Home Theatre PC (HTPC), Desktop or Server for Free