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Actions on USB Recognition

I endeavor to keep a sort of "Chinese Wall" between my work and personal computing and, as such, try not to install or store personal stuff on the company hardware. I generally make an effort to keep stuff like music files and media players on thumb drives or, for larger stuff, USB drives. Sometimes, to save a few steps, I like to automatically kick off related activities when I insert or remove USB devices. This is how I do it.

ProxMox Config Backups

I recently set up a ProxMox virtual host and was quite impressed with the features one can get in an open source virtualization tool. The feature list for ProxMox is long and impressive, but one thing oddly missing is a way to back up its own configuration. For those long versed in the ways of Linux administration, the solution is probably obvious, but in case it isn't, here's one way to do it.

Imaging a Flash Drive

For a recent project, I needed to make an ISO file of a USB stick for a backup. The flash drive held the config for a ProxMox server, and I needed to be able to restore it quickly in the case of an emergency. Making best use of my Google-Fu, I was surprised to find that, while the internet had a plethora of options to offer for burning a bootable image to a thumb drive, it was rather thin on options for creating that image.


Setting Recurring Evernote Reminders

Evernote is, at it's heart, a note taking application. It's in the name. That said, it has the makings of something far more than that. I like to use Evernote as a task tracker, with my own particular spin on the the Getting Things Done methodology. About the only thing really missing is a way to set up recurring tasks. Of course, there is a way around that.

Poor Man's Clipboard

I'm a huge fan of TeamViewer, and a slightly less huge fan of VNC. These are pretty good tools for managing a stable of servers. One thing, however, that has been a source of annoyance for me for quite some time is the inconsistent performance of the clipboard function, particularly between Windows and Linux.


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