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Packaging workflow

After watching the Packaging with version control systems talk by Martin F. Krafft ( thanks debconf video team ).  I really want to update my packaging workflow, Martin's workflow seems too complicated to me.  I'd like to have a simplified version for my packages.  The question is though which VCS do I choose, I have experience of bzr but have never used git or mercurial.  Changing my packaging workflow is not something I want to be doing too often, so I would like to make the "right" choice from the outset.

So to that end I will be trying each major Distributed VCS, and looking at the associated packaging helpers to decide on which to use.  If you have any insight or opinions on this, please leave a comment or mail me.


Switched back to Epiphany

Ah, back to Epiphany this week and I came to a realisation.  All of the time that I was using Firefox I had completely stopped using bookmarks.  Strange I know, but I had stopped adding or even using any of my existing bookmarks.  I would instead just leave pages open and let Firefox open them again each time it started.

It was during the switch when I realised that in order to continue with the pages I had open in Firefox I would have to bookmark them before I switched.  Now that I am back using Epiphany I'd like to let people know about my favourite feature, tag based bookmarks.  Instead of placing each bookmark in a folder, you simply tag each one like del.icio.us and a bookmark hierarchy is built automatically.

So if you haven't tried out Epiphany recently, or at all.  Please give it a try.

Now if I could just get Epilicious to sync with del.icio.us properly I'd be very happy.


It's about time

I decided that I really needed to start making proper backups of the data on my server this week.  I did have a tape drive in the server at one point but I never remembered to change the tape, or indeed ever test the backups.

Now that I have a Linksys NSLU2 (a slug), which I bought to use as a local Debian mirror.  "Why not use it for backing up my important data?" I thought, so I leapt into action.  The first job was to replace the drive in the USB caddy with a 250Gb drive.  250Gb should be plenty for both the mirror and the backups, which is mostly source code, mail and photos.  After that installing and setting up rsnapshot was a snap.

It sure beats the "keep some stuff on my laptop" backup method I was using, which did save me from a major brain fade moment involving my Maildir folder.

I shall now wallow in the warm glow that only a backup provides.


Happy Birthday Debian

Debian turns 14 today, I have a little personal celebration lined up for tonight.  I'll be raising a glass to all those involved in making Debian what it is, and all those working on making Debian even better for the future.


Did you have your pancakes today?

To celebrate the 10th birthday of the `Debian Social Contract <http://www.debian.org/social_contract>`_ I had my share of pancakes.

Did you have your pancakes today?


To everyone going to Debconf

I hate you all...   well except for the video team, and of course the people giving talks, and the people attending the  talks or the BOFs, and anyone else who makes it possible for me to see the talks without actually attending.

Ah well, hope everyone has a great time at debconf later this month in Edinburgh, and I'll maybe see you at future debconf if I can get the time off work.