Friday, August 28, 2009

Day 1101.b: Spideroak = Yet Another 2GB Cloud Storage Solution for Ubuntu

Why am I barraging you, the reader with all these posts about cloud storage solutions for Ubuntu?

Because you need it and these storage solutions are free.

I am using all of them so I have 6 GB of combined online storage.

Remember, I almost lost all of my kids photos.


1. I started with downloading the SpiderOak client for Ubuntu 9.04.

The following platforms are also supported: Debian Etch, Debian Lenny, Fedora 10, Mac OS X, Slackware 12.1, Ubuntu Gutsy Gibbon, Ubuntu Hardy Heron, Ubuntu Intrepid Ibex, Windows

2. I installed the deb file I just downloaded by opening it with Gdebi

3. Run this in Ubuntu/Gnome - Applications > Internet > SpiderOak Backup

4. You'll see SpiderOak's splash

5. SpiderOak setup screen:

6. Heck, I'll just post all the pictures in one go. You can figure it out ;)


7. After you've filled up the forms. Close the program and then check your email to click the account registration link that you are supposed to click. Click it. Really.

8. You'll be taken to their welcome page. You can close that now.

9. Go back and click Applications > Internet > SpiderOak Backup

This time it will show you their program. I'll leave the rest for you to explore.

If you ask me, this all feels all too Windowsy. But anyway, 2 GB of Free Online Storage is 2 GB of Free Online Storage.

DropBox + UbuntuOne + SpiderOak = 6 GB of FREE ONLINE CLOUD STORAGE

I wonder what they'll think of next when I am 50 years old...

Day 1101.a: Dropbox and UbuntuOne

Before I tell you of another Cloud Storage Solution for Ubuntu, I promised that I'll give my feedback regarding my UbuntuOne and DropBox experiences. Here it is in a nutshell:

1. UbuntuOne does not work for me yet because it is still in beta stage. You know? There are a lot of bugs to be triaged, missing panel notifications when it is working, annoying panel notifications if it is not... I'll try again, I promise.

2. Dropbox is working A-OK. No problemo. In fact, it's what I am using right now to backup my documents. I simply copy and paste the file (or drag it) that I want to backup into the Dropbox folder and presto, it's backed up. 

Moreoever, I noticed that they have a new promo, wherein any one referral gets you an additional 250 MB of storage on your free account. This is great. 
I'm going to refer my wife, my 3 daughters, my 2 sisters, my mom, my four grandparents, you get the idea ;)
No bugs to report, no extra heave ho, file bug, locate bug, sudo sudo whatchamacallit whatchamadingle - just simple unadulterated almost mind numbing backup and file synchronization. That's how software as a service should be right? Right?
Here file this bug...

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Day 1100: More Ubuntu Backup Solutions Found in the Clouds

Cloud Computing's application varies from simple backup solutions to complex data gathering and distribution. It's a technology that enables you to reallocate general computing functions from your physical desktop computer to a remote server. This saves you, the end user, the added cost and hassles of having to install bulky applications, updating programs, hardware failure, and the confinement of your data to a definite physical location.

In Ubuntu, Debian and Debian derived systems, there are at least two Cloud Computing solutions that provide Online Data Storage or Online Data Backup, namely: DropBox and UbuntuOne. With my recent hardware problems, I decided that it's time to backup my data - online. I'll be using both DropBox and UbuntuOne at the same time.  

This blog post would briefly run over the features rather than give a full treatment, both have a 2 GB FREE ACCOUNT, Dropbox is supported in most systems, UbuntuOne is exclusive to Ubuntu Jaunty, UbuntuOne is still in beta hence, there are lots of bugs and both require having to install their small software on your computer.

I have both installed on my PC, and have been favoring Dropbox over UbuntuOne for the simple fact that installation and use are both simpler. Besides, using both gives me 4GB of FREE CLOUD STORAGE.

I'll discuss my experience with both on my next post.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Day 1099: Data Recovery on Ubuntu

With the recent demise of ironically, my backup hard disk. I set out to find a data recovery solution. I know the data is just there. It's just inaccessible.

The symptoms of my hard disk's problem were noted on my previous post.

The solution was provided by the Ubuntu Documentation Project itself.

1. I booted my Ubuntu Installer, which was the LiveCD I got which I ordered from Canonical.
2. I proceeded to add the repository of the Ubuntu Rescue CD Remix to get the necessary tools to get the job done.

$ sudo gedit /etc/apt/sources.list

a. ADD to the bottom of the sources.list file.
deb http://ppa.launchpad.net/arzajac/ppa/ubuntu jaunty main


$ sudo apt-get update
$ sudo apt-get install ubuntu-rescue-remix-tools 

3. After that, I searched the Ubuntu Documentation Project for Recovery from Damaged Filesystem
4. I executed this command:
sudo ddrescue -r 3 /dev/sdb2 /media/backup/image /media/backup/logfile
It managed to rescue almost 25,000 individual files grouped together according to file type. It was organized by jpeg, bmp, gif, avi, mpg, etc.

The video that it did manage to save though were no longer playable. Otherwise, most of the other files were ok.

Monday, August 24, 2009

Day 1098: Buffer I/O Error on Device sdb2, Logical Block 19191

You have hard disk problems...

The first thing you should do is relax. DO NOT PANIC. Everything will be alright. Take deep breaths, stand a while, go away from the problem, take a walk, assess the situation, know the timeframe for fixing it, weigh the cost, time and benefit factors in saving your data. Prioritize.

[UPDATE:06/08/2010. I noticed that a lot of you who are reading this now was searching for the error:

Buffer I/O Error on Device

Somehow you found this silly blog post of mine. Sorry about that. Good job Google... Anyway, I hate it when the Google Matrix gets a glitch and fellow Googlers find themselves in an irrelevant post. So to save you some time, I updated this blog to tell you that your Hard Disk is dead or dying. Get what you can and put it in another hard disk. I came back from the future just to tell you that~dan

If you think that you should be the one who could fix the problem, then start with Google. Google the exact error message. (I know you did that already and ended up here) Follow the conversation of people who have the same problems. Get to know the appropriate log file. If you don't know which log file to find, ask in IRC or ask on a forum.


I panicked and here's my story:

I usually shut down my PC using a hard poweroff. That is, I issue the command

$sudo poweroff -h 0

Which basically, shuts down the PC, but leaves the monitor on with some text on the screen. Then I press the power button for 5 seconds. That's bad. Don't do it.

I haven't gotten to actually shutting it down properly for a long time but I recall finding a solution somewhere for it and actually wrote about it here:

So one day, I woke up and turned on my PC and it spewed out a host of "Buffer I/O Error on Device sdb2, logical block 19191"

I googled the error, and basically got the thought that the drive was comatose and is having fits of near death experiences.

I Panicked..And I lost all my pictures.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

VIDEO HowTo: Install Chromium 3 with Flash Support on Ubuntu 9.04

Thanks to Linuxologist.com for the handy tutorial on How to Install Chromium Browser 3 with Flash Support on Ubuntu 9.04 Jaunty.
View the original video

Here you go:

Monday, August 03, 2009

A Short Story: My Dad and President Corazon Aquino

I was only 8 years old when news of coup d' etats went around. Being 8, I was not really that interested in politics or war. All I knew were descriptions from my yaya about "tora toras" and that we should put our "mattresses" in the front of our homes to protect us from the bombs. Everytime we heard an airplane flying overhead,we would go out to see where the tora toras would go.

We lived in Mandaluyong back then so we were really far from where the action was.

At that age, all I really cared about was Super Mario on my Family Computer and how to get 100 lives by jumping on a turtle...

But happen it did, Gringo Honasan launched the "most serious coup d'etat against the government of Philippine President Corazon Aquino beginning  on December 1, 1989. It was completely defeated by the Philippine government by December 9, 1989." [Wikipedia]

For me, memories of those are just a blur.  I quoted from his book: Filipino Isa Kang Alipin.

"On December 25, 1989, in the middle of a series of coup d'etats against the newly elected President Corazon Aquino, he expressed his staunch opposition to an armed uprising in the form of a full page advertisement in a major daily here in the Philippines entitled 
"An Enraged Citizen Speaks Up!"

Here, he defended the Philippine Government and encouraged adherence to the Philippine Constitution and the rule
of law. With the overwhelming show of support that the people gave to the then besieged president, he was summoned by the President in Malacanang Palace, to be personally thanked."

Here is the full text:

That advertisement appeared on Christmas Day. By that time we were already in Baguio. We stayed in the Court of Appeals compound, inside the cottage of then Court of Appeals Justice Buena - the father of his Ateneo de Manila College of Law classmate Justice Buena.

To me it was just a vacation. But my father was edgy and he kept moving around the house. Fortunately no untoward incident happened. We enjoyed Baguio which was very very different from the Baguio that we see now. Oh yeah, and I played computer games in the Maharlika Complex.

Looking back, I figured that what my father wrote had a profound effect on the President. The President called my dad up and asked him to go to Malacanang to simply thank him for showing his support.

I couldn't really remember how that transpired. All I recall is that my dad showed me a grainy tape in VCR showing him shaking hands with the President. It was quite funny and awkward. Cory asked my dad to sit and my dad in his profound respect said that the President should sit first. Finally at the behest of the President he sat down.

My father said that he was offered a Cabinet position in the Aquino Administration. But he politely declined because he wanted to do what he loved best - which was to practice law in a private capacity.

And that was the end of it.

A short story of how our family is dis - apolitical.

Sunday, August 02, 2009

Day 1076: Marantz SR3500 for Sale

I am selling a Marantz SR3500.
My dad bought it in Hong Kong back in 2006.

Saturday, August 01, 2009

Day 1075: President Corazon Aquino August 1, 2009

Farewell to the icon of freedom and democracy in the Philippines and South East Asia. Inspiring many, defying a ruthless dictator, and surviving numerous coup attempts - We the Filipino people are grateful for the freedoms that were restored during your Presidency. 

I pray that our nation, will strive harder to preserve, uphold and defend the legacy that you have given us.

Thank you President Aquino.

Former Philippine President Corazon Aquino, whose "People Power" movement pushed out longtime strongman Ferdinand Marcos less than three years after her husband's assassination, has died at age 76, her family announced Saturday.
"She was the agent of change in Philippine democracy," said Ray Donato, the nation's consul-general in Atlanta.

"She was the agent of change in Philippine democracy," said Ray Donato, the nation's consul-general in Atlanta.

Aquino, the first woman to lead the Philippines, had been battling colon cancer since March 2008 and died of cardio-respiratory arrest early Saturday morning, said Mai Mislang, a spokeswoman for her son, Philippine Sen. Benigno Aquino III.

From CNN