1. How to create a Compressed DDRescue Image

    Published Nov 14, 2017.

    As disk sizes explode, I've found myself having to mirror disks which I don't have enough storage for. My tool of choice is ddrescue. However, it doesn't support compression because it needs to be able to seek through the output as it rescues data. A solution I've found is to …

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  2. Hide a Partition from Windows Using Linux

    Published Oct 26, 2017.

    I use CloneZilla to create Windows recovery images for users. The general idea is they boot the USB and with very few steps can restore their PC to a "factory" state. The drive consists of two partitions—the CloneZilla boot partition, and a data partition. I have had problems with …

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  3. Adventures in XFS Defragmentation

    Published Jul 30, 2017.

    I've got a server at home I use to store personal media and stream it to my TV with Plex. I was having issues with lagging during streaming. After some inspection, it didn't seem to be a constraint on CPU resources causing the problem, but IO. After disabling other IO …

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  4. Running ExacqVision DVR Server on Hyper-V

    Published Apr 07, 2016.

    ExacqVision is a DVR suite for security cameras. It works all right, I can't really complain on that front. However, they license their software based on the MAC address of the server. This is pretty stupid on its face because it means a failure of the NIC means you need to relicense your server (which costs $$$ for a transfer) and in virtual environments, MAC addresses change easily. It gets really stupid when the software is incapable of reading the NIC's MAC just because it is a Hyper-V NIC and I can't license my server because of it. Thankfully, it's possible to work around the issue.

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  5. Results of the 2015 /r/Linux Distribution Survey

    Published Aug 24, 2015.

    About three years ago after seeing a failed comment survey on /r/Linux I decided to create a "real" survey using Google docs to find out what Linux Distributions the folks at /r/Linux were using. These past three years, the results of those surveys were very well received so I wanted to continue the tradition. You can still view the 2012 survey, the 2013 survey, and the 2014 survey.

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