Author Archives: Robert Small

Cleaning up dead processes

Sometimes programs are written badly, maybe by you, maybe by other people. Sometimes you end up running those programs. Sometimes these programs leave hanging processes, either waiting for user input that will never come or expecting something somewhere to happen … Continue reading

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Using remote trigger files to start a file transfer

The Concept Sometimes you want to start file transfers when you’re ready. You’re generating some files and you want the transfer to start immediately after the generated files are done. The Server The script to sit on the server is … Continue reading

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Finding duplicate files or the wonderful tool called fdupes

The tool The tool itself is a pretty simple one and it works on Linux, Unix and MacOSX and it’s designed to find duplicate files within a set of directories. Installing With Linux/Unix your chosen distro’s package manager should have … Continue reading

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Basic bad hard drive recovery

I get asked about this all the time. People who are considering paying for expensive data recovery ask me how I’m able to pull the majority of their data from a drive that sounds like a prop from Short Circuit. … Continue reading

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The advantage of delayed upgrades.

Having worked in corporate IT and in smaller environments I’ve seen all sorts of scheduled midnight reboots and random bounces. There are lots of policies and official reasons for rebooting at set times and documenting your procedure all the way … Continue reading

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Hello world!

Yes, I went with a cliché. Hello World. I doubt the whole of the world is listening, but it seems that you are. Some years ago I used to run a blog here and provide humour (a little humor too), … Continue reading

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