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Using Apple’s Time Machine In Linux (With VMware’s Fusion)

Recently I was responsible for setting up a new production web server. This server would be responsible for serving several small, low traffic websites (about 25 GB of traffic per month). Since the data is important, I wanted to create a great backup solution from the start.

Being on a tight budget (none of the sites are real revenue producers), I wanted a cheap, yet reliable option. Having been very happy using Mac OS X as my primary desktop OS for years now, and being completely in love with Apple's Time Machine, I opted for a Mac Mini. The plan was to use VMware's Fusion to host an Ubuntu Linux virtual machine, which would serve the web files stored in the Mac OS file system, and thus have those files protected by Time Machine. We will also create separate full backups of the system to be used in the event of a hardware failure. Ie, our Time Machine backups will be used for a restore, if a file or two (or thousands) are deleted/damaged due to hacking/accidents, etc, and our other backup will be used in the case of some physical problem.

This worked very successfully, here's how I did it...

Tags: apache | backup | lamp | linux | mac os x | time machine | ubuntu

Last Updated ( Monday, 17 November 2008 01:47 ) Read more...
 

Using Mailinator As A Dev Tool

What is Mailinator?

MailinatorMailinator is a disposable email service.  The idea is that anyone can use any email address @mailinator.com for a short period of time, and then toss it away without consequence.  Why would someone do this?  Well most of the time it's to get past some registration wall, or other form that requires you to enter an email address on a website that you just know is going to SPAM blast you later.  Using Mailinator, you could enter This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , or even This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .  Then you can check the mailinator.com website a few minutes later to view any emails the site sent you so that you can do whatever you needed to fill out the form for.  And you can rest assured that when the site sends you SPAM later you'll never know about it!

Tags: development | email | mailinator | smtp | spam

Last Updated ( Saturday, 15 November 2008 02:00 ) Read more...
 

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