Mon, 04 Oct 2010
I'm finding Dropbox to be very useful
I generally like home-grown solutions on my own server, but I have to admit that I'm finding the Dropbox solution to file sharing to be pretty attractive.
Here's a link to get started on Dropbox in case your are interested:
Dropbox integrates very smoothly with your desktop and browser. Moving files in and out of your dropbox is simplicity. Sharing a directory/folder with someone else is equally easy. And sending someone a link to download a large file from you could not be simpler. I definitely recommend giving it a try.
Wed, 12 Nov 2008
Backup your Blackberry on Linux
There are a few tools in the Linux toolbox that can help you backup your Blackberry. I've tested this on the Blackberry 8330 and 8830.
In Debian, apt-get install the following:
Connect your BB via the USB cord.
Run the following command:
kevin@laptopibm:~/tmp$ btoolYou should see your device as shown above.
Blackberry devices found:
Device ID: 0x9bcd6d0. PIN: 52c09285, Description: RIM BlackBerry Device
Using device (PIN): 52c09285
Next list your databases:
kevin@laptopibm:~/tmp$ btool -tYou'll see a long list of all of the databases on your BB. The names of the databases are in single quotes like 'Address Book'.
Load a database and dump it to stdout with:
btool -d 'Address Book'You'll see the contents of your address book scroll by.
Backup a database with:
btool -d 'Address Book' -f my_bb_address_bookRestore a database with:
btool -s 'Address Book' -f my_bb_address_bookThere are a few more commands that can be found in man btool.
Mon, 28 Apr 2008
Why we go to school
In 1861, one William Cory, a Master at Eton, made the following observation:
"You are not engaged so much in acquiring knowledge as in making mental efforts under criticism. A certian amount of knowledge you can indeed with average faculties acquire so as to retain; nor need you regret the hours that you have spent on much that is forgotten, for the shadow of lost knowledge at least protects you from many illusions. But you go to a great school, not for knowledge so much as for arts and habits; for the habit of attention, for the art of expression, for the art of assuming at a moment's notice a new intellectual posture, for the art of entering quickly into another person's thoughts, for the habit of submitting to censure and refutation, for the art of indicating assent or dissent in graduated terms, for the habit of regarding minute points of accuracy, for the habit of working out what is possible in a given time, for taste, for discrimination, for mental courage and mental soberness. Above all, you go to a great school for self-knowledge."
This was actually a test question that I was asked to write about in a class on International Law at George Washington University. It was a terrific class that I still remember today and kudos to the instructor, David A. Peterson, for encouraging us to think in new ways.