Reconstructing heavily damaged hard drives

[EDIT: Hey guys, thanks for the feedback! Someone over at virtuallyhyper.com has an awesome write up that deals with SD cards specifically (but is highly relevant to hard drives too), with a set of much improved and updated scripts. I’d strongly recommend taking a look…

Full, recoverable, DVD server backups

If you’re responsible for one or more Linux servers, (they provide packages for Linux distributions only, but it may be easily ported to other Unixes) you may be interested in the lesser known tool MondoRescue. It’s essentially nothing more (but it is a lot!) than…

Smart mailboxes in Mail

Today I discovered an amazingly useful feature in Mail (for Mac). You can create so called “smart” mailboxes, based on any or all of several criteria including the from address, subject and message body. The immediate use which occurred to me for this is to…

gpart

So we’ve all done it at some point. Bye bye beautiful partition table. Bye bye 20 user’s worth of mail. Bye bye rest of my weekend doing anything enjoyable. I just had to blog this, I was that impressed! gpart scans your hard drive for…

IE7 glitches galore

For anyone who claims that IE7 is “the best browser there is” (Davey…), this might just put it in a different light. Goto http://www.plfc.org.uk/ and look at the first link on the page, “FIEC”. Notice (in IE7) that there’s a little gap after it, like…

Reverse proxying with FreeBSD

Being the geek I am, I have a nasty habbit of setting something up and then thinking “OK, so it runs, but what would happen if…“, and I then go on to think about the most unlikely, impossible, worse-case senario and try to figure a…