Friday, April 27, 2012

EncFS & Dropbox for Linux/Android/Windows/MacOSX

Nowadays there are a lot of possibilities of storing documents online - which is quite handy if you need to have stuff available on different devices or share it with others. I think one of the first who managed to make this quite easy and even supported all major OS's was Dropbox. So I take Dropbox as example but this should work with Microsoft's SkyDrive and Google Drive as well. You have to put a certain amount of trust in these companies and when it comes to data a little more sensitive it's advisable to encrypt it before uploading. My first approach was a TrueCrypt container and this of course works very well but when I stumbled upon EncFS I seconded TrueCrypt. The combination of Dropbox and EncFS works on all my OS's: Linux, Windows, MacOSX and Android - isn't that great? :-)
Let me state this right at the beginning: I gathered almost everything in this post from others and I will indicate the original source. I just wanted to put it all together - next time I need it I know where to look!

Monday, April 9, 2012

Kernel-remover for Fedora

Once you have Fedora running for while you'll gather a bunch of kernel updates on your harddrive - and it's likely you'll need none of the old ones anymore. So from time to time I tend to clean up and remove old kernel packages keeping only the two latest updates. This procedure involves checking for installed kernel packages and possible related packages and then removing them - but keep the current and running kernel (of course! ;-) ). Inspired by aptosid's and siduction's kernel-remover package I wanted an automated process. This resulted in a little script which until now seems to work fine. Don't get me wrong, this is no big deal and it's definitively not as sophisticated as the one from aptosid/siduction, but I don't have to think anymore when trying to remove old kernel packages! ;-)