Oct 16 2011

Find my iphone

Someone I know told me a great story of how the left their iPhone in a cab, on a business trip. Ordinarily this would not be a great story, but a tragedy. It was do to one of Apple’s fantastic applications [Find my iPhone][1] Continue reading

Oct 8 2011

Amazon EC2 Consistent Snapshots

Amazon EC2 is the most powerful and customizable cloud based system management tool I’ve used. However nothing is obvious and everything needs to be researched and learned. I should probably start from the beginning, but I won’t, and I’ll start with backups. Lets focus on taking consistent daily snapshots of your data on Amazon and how long we will store them for. Continue reading

Sep 7 2011

infomous of me

Dec 16 2010

Creating Your own Dropbox esq Server using iFolder

In this day and age of 3rd party cloud providers, we find ourselves allocating some of our most important resources to their network. This is a lot of trust! Some providers I trust more than others, depending on size, history, etc. Drop.io was a clear case of trust misused. That specific scenarion left me searching for a replacement service and a clouded ideal. Dropbox and Box.net are two providers that also hold some of our most dear data, all based on trust, money means nothing. What if there was a product that accomplished the same thing, but I owned the hardware, software, etc. Instead of putting this on my server, I’ll use a cloud that has proven my trust, EC2. Now I’ll become my own cloud provider.

How to build your own Dropbox, Box.net esq server using Novell’s iFolder

Step 1. Create an Amazon EC2 Account

Step 2. Go AMI’s, change viewing to All Images, and search for ami-bc57a1d5 You should see 960615132494/russgreenwald-ifolder-server

Step 3. Right Click and choose Launch Instance I use an m1.small, but feel free to use larger. Go through all the keypair creation. Choose a new security group and allow ports 22, 80, and 443 Launch

Step 4. Connect to the server using the keypair you created in step 3. If you go to Instances and right click on your new ifolder server, click connect and it will give you instructions. It should look something like ssh -i sysadmin-keypair.pem root@ec2-174-129-67-179.compute-1.amazonaws.com

Step 5. sudo -s to become root

Step 6. run “dpkg-reconfigure simias-server”

When it asks for your domain name, either enter the ec2-174-129-67-179.compute-1.amazonaws.com that relates to your server, or enter a FQDN i.e. ifolder.russgreenwald.com. If you do the later you will have to setup an elastic IP, associate it with your server, and configure an A record to that IP.

Time to Connect http://ifolder.domainname.com or http://ec2-174-129-67-179.compute-1.amazonaws.com /admin for the admin interface /ifolder for the web interface

Admin Here you can setup your users, sync intervals, file exclusions, etc. Default Admin username is admin password is ifolderadmin

ifolder clients Go http://ifolder.com/download/# and click on ifolder

Have Fun!!!

May 23 2010

TechTips Vol VII All Things Digital Why No Apple TV

Do you know what an Apple TV is, do you think you want one? Let me stop you now, coming from experience, don’t buy one. I’ll tell you why and offer you some alternatives. Continue reading

May 16 2010

TechTips Vol VII Software Gqueues

Task Management and Google Integration has reached new levels of awesome in Gqueues. It is easily my application of the month. Continue reading

Apr 24 2010

TechTips Vol VI All Things Digital Droid

Verizon does a poor job of marketing the Motorola Google Droid. “Droid Does” is spot on, but little explanation beyond that. I’ll leave the ambiguous to Buddha, and require detail in my purchases. Continue reading

Apr 24 2010

TechTips Vol VI Website Mint.com

Did you save any money this month? How much did you spend on clothing, restaurants, lunch, coffee and cookies? Can you quickly calculate your net and liquid worth? Does all this sound a bit daunting? That’s because the past has ruined our expectations, not set them. The past is gone and Mint.com is here. Continue reading

Apr 8 2010

TechTips Vol VI Software Application Launching

Have you always longed to become an efficiency machine? By that I mean spending more time on the things you choose and less on the extraneous. Finding ways to use your computer faster can save you a surprising amount of extraneous time. I think using a mouse in general and clicking on buttons is so 1995. Application Launchers help you quickly access what you want in simple key combinations. Continue reading

Mar 25 2010

TechTips Vol V OS X Lingon

Lingon is a GUI frontend to the OS X task Scheduler launchd. It allows you to schedule tasks to be run at specific times or at login. It can be downloaded here http://sourceforge.net/projects/lingon/files/


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