Crashplan, the Only Reason I Install Java
I'm the sort of person who doesn't like to install Java. I actually don't like to install Flash either, but it's still tough to survive browsing the Internet without Flash installed. There is one program that makes me break my own rules, however, and that's Crashplan.
For years, I've been singing the praises of BackupPC, and for servers, I still think it's the best thing going. The problem with BackupPC, however, is in order for it to work reliably, your workstations need to be on all the time. This is especially difficult with laptops.
Crashplan is an incredibly powerful backup utility that allows local or offsite backup, and the company offers cloud-based storage for reasonable rates. Normally, I wouldn't be so excited by a paid service and a non-open-source software package, even if it does offer a Linux-native client. The folks at Code 42, however, have given away the ability to swap storage with friends as an alternative to their paid-cloud-based service. If you have a computer at work, and a computer at home, you can back them up over the Internet to each other completely free!
As I already mentioned, I normally don't like Java-based programs like Crashplan, but its functionality is so great, I don't mind breaking my own rules. More than that, I give a lot of credit to Code 42 for not only making a native Linux client, but also for giving away incredible functionality for free. If you're not backing up your data, be sure to consider Crashplan at http://www.crashplan.com. Its price, feature set and generous non-paid features make it this month's Editors' Choice!
Practical Task Scheduling Deployment
July 20, 2016 12:00 pm CDT
One of the best things about the UNIX environment (aside from being stable and efficient) is the vast array of software tools available to help you do your job. Traditionally, a UNIX tool does only one thing, but does that one thing very well. For example, grep is very easy to use and can search vast amounts of data quickly. The find tool can find a particular file or files based on all kinds of criteria. It's pretty easy to string these tools together to build even more powerful tools, such as a tool that finds all of the .log files in the /home directory and searches each one for a particular entry. This erector-set mentality allows UNIX system administrators to seem to always have the right tool for the job.
Cron traditionally has been considered another such a tool for job scheduling, but is it enough? This webinar considers that very question. The first part builds on a previous Geek Guide, Beyond Cron, and briefly describes how to know when it might be time to consider upgrading your job scheduling infrastructure. The second part presents an actual planning and implementation framework.
Join Linux Journal's Mike Diehl and Pat Cameron of Help Systems.
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