Copy 20GB to a remote server: no luck.

On my laptop my harddisk has started to fail. =(

So I wanted to backup my crypt file holding all my valuable files. This crypt file has 20GB. I tried to copy this file at once on our server. No luck.

Tried within KDE (4.9.0), no luck.
Tried in bash with

$ cp crypt-file smb/server/home

(I use to mount Samba shares in ~/smb/SERVER/SHARE)
No luck.

Tried with scp: no luck.

The effect: at a certain point of time the transmission starts to either abort or – in the case of scp – is stalled. That is when I got around 11GB on the server. So scp got stalled and I tried it with the -l option:

$ scp -l 8192 crypt-file user@server:

But this takes an eternity for 20GB! And there is no guarantee of success either.
No luck.

Next, I dropped the TCP SACK ability, which occasionally causes scp to get stalled:

# echo 0 > /proc/sys/net/ipv4/tcp_sack
$ scp crypt-file user@server:

No luck.

*sigh*

Finally I mounted the crypt and went for rsync

$ rsync -avuz crypt/ user@server:backup

and encrypted there by using gpg the tarball of credentials holding passwords.

*sigh*

So rsync is the salvation. But then it is put there in plain on the server. I admit: this *has* some advantages but the drawback is: that you have to go and find all your precious files which ought to be protected and find yet another way to encrypt them. With the help of $ gpg -e FILE this is ok but cumbersome.

phpBB3 multiboard + VirtualServer

… simply doesn’t work at all. Investigated to much time for this (some hours) without any results but this: it’s totally broken. What a pity. OTOH the phpBB3 devs do not support multiboard on VirtualHost in the first at all. So the Debian people tried hard but failed to find a convenient way to do this.

What a pity.

To have a multiboard running on the machine it is best to kick the update possibilities offered by apt (*sigh*) and go for the plain, manually install into the VirtualHost’s folders. Each with an unique phpBB3 installment. Yes, this works, but leaves the user with the nightmare in upgrading each board in separate, which is very, very cumbersome.

I hope the phpBB3 devs some day realize that multiboard and/or VirtualHost support is needed right out-of-the-box.

Theming and FTP of WordPress

I decided to go for “Grey Opaque 1.8.1” Theme: it’s mighty, elegant and really mets me (well, ok, I modified some parts of the CSS …) During installation and browsing several themes I noticed that WordPress tries to get a grip on my FTP account to “automatically” install the themes … huh?

No, are you serious?

Found a way to bypass that by adding:

/** sets up 'direct' method for wordpress, auto update without FTP */
define('FS_METHOD','direct');

In my /etc/wordpress/config-dyle.org.php wordpress installment of my Debian Squeeze 6.0.5.

… and this work’s like charm! No passwords, credentials, setup of FTP, no nothing. You just click “Install Now!” and WordPress does all the work without any need for any secrets. This works because WordPress now downloads all stuff into the /usr/share/wordpress/wp-content folder directly.

Didn’t know WordPress is that easy to manage and expand. I must confess: I’m pretty much impressed.

Game: Dead Space 2

Dead Space 2Finished Dead Space 2. Compared to the previous Prince of Persia _this_ game is gory. And brutal. And everything. The game experience itself is great: always looking over the shoulder in a 3rd person manner, dark and always there is something crawling and lurking right out of sight. It’s a great game with just some minor defects.  

First, the game suffers from the US definition of horror: gore. Not very subtle. At this the game can’t match the No. 1 horror game ever: Silent Hill II. The later had all ingredients without all the gallons of blood (though a good share of it). It defined tension not by the number of limbs cut off, but by the fact that you just do not know what is going on and the overall creepiness. However Dead Space II is quite good in delivering a portion of suspense.

Second, the game stresses the gore factor unnecessarily to a questionable extend: the “Eye-scene” and the “Execution” in the very last chapter: WTF! There is really no single reason found in the story-line to justify this. I believe it’s just there to give US teenagers a good kick to topple the game over other survival-horror shooters.

Third, I f**king hate opponents and enemies which you can’t kill. In the last chapter, there’s a special sort of monster which puts itself back together and rises again. So, you can’t kill it. Ammunition and health packages are rare, enemies are crawling all over the place and this undying thing start to hunt you. Next to the stress to find the exit you now have to make it very fast. This was the reason I switched in the game from “Normal” to “Easy” in the last chapter, because this invincible thing was nothing but pure annoying.

Forth, the story is … uhm … confusing at best. Most of the time the radio speak of Nicole/Marker is very hard to understand to get the full picture. And what Nicole/Marker is doing with Isaac’s mind is totally unknown to me. Also there ain’t any background to anything but Unitology, which is clearly a parody of Scientology. Besides the Marker and this religious movement the Dead Space universe is quite, well, “dead”. There is pretty nothing of interest in it. Dead Space universe history and environment seem to fit on a single page of paper.

I assign the game 4 out of 5 stars. On the pro side: one of the hardest horror yet seen in games(18+ is right) though way too splattery. The sidekick at Unitology = Scientology is pretty obvious and nice. On the con side: the four points mentioned above: too much emphasis on the unsubtle gore part of the definition of “horror”, which is sad, exaggerated gore scenes in the end, which do nothing to the story and seem quite out of place, invincible opponents and completely confusing story within a pretty dead universe.

7/10: 7 out of 10

Game: Prince of Persia – Warrior Within

Prince of Persia - Warrior Within 

Finished Prince of Persia – Warrior Within. This is the second installment of the famous Prince of Persia series. It has been released in 2004 and received quite good receptions. The game is quite gory so rating it as 16+ is quite low for european standards.

 

I assign the game 4 out of 5 stars. On the pro side: it features the best game soundtrack ever! Combining this with the dark, martial ambient gives the prince a very adult, cool aspect. This Prince rocks! On the con side: the player is forced to visit the places over and over again. This gets boring sooner or later. And finally the difficulty: even on the easiest level the game is very, very hard to solve. Enemies are tough and often one has to figure out which move to use in the correct second. Not to mention for a huge stress level when you are chased by the Dahaka! The frustration levels raises constantly if one needs 15 or more runs to get by a boss fight. Funny thing: I managed to get all live upgrades and received the Water Sword, which lets me kill the Dahaka in the end. This fight is a laugh comparing it to the Empress boss fight earlier!

 

7/10: 7 out of 10

Spammers

It is a real pity. I’ve opened this blog just recently and I already had about 30 spammers registered. Every time a spammer registers himself I get an email. Which is actually a good thing per se. But those spammers keep pushing my email inbox. And as my phone (Android of course) checks emails regularly I’m always to peek for who has just written me. And in the last days it has been 70-80% spammer registration.

So I turned the “Everyone can register” feature off. This is really annoying. This is just stupid. Restricting the power and possibilities because some just give a shit about others. *sigh*

Postfix + Dovecot + MySQL + PostfixAdmin + RoundCube

= Coool. =)

I’ve got everything up’n running again and it is a pleasure to have an email-service at hand, where I can setup things I want.

I had a little headache with the admin stuff in PostfixAdmin since I went for more secure passwords. So I frickled with the implementation and thought I was on the hunt for a bug. But finally I realized it was mere a PEBCAK. Hehehe. Thanks to Open Source.

Speaking of Open Source, seems that Nokia is going down the road. Sad, it has been a nice company until Stephen Elop took over. Now he’s gonna destroy it.

Doing some setup tasks

Right after reinstalling all my basic software on my new server, I’m still busy working to setup and configure all the material I wanted.

Unfortunately my Wiki has gone to heaven as well. This’l cause to complete rewrite my GNU Autotools introduction anew. I hope I can find some relicts in my backups somewhere. … :(

Edit: Jesus! Got it back again! Weehoo … I commit: backups are a damn good thing!

A new start

Again, a new start. I’ve smashed my old wordpress installation due to problems when moving my whole www.dyle.org server to a new location. Problem was: I wanted to update some stuff on the host but

# apt-get upgrade

told after some time: kernel too old. And look: 2.6.8 is really old. So Hosteurope gave me a new server instance: cheaper, faster, bigger and … newer! Yes: 2.6.18 is newer. Despite the fact I have currently

$ uname -srv
Linux 2.6.38-gentoo-r1 #1 SMP PREEMPT Tue Mar 29 08:13:35 CEST 2011

at home … huh. But – *sigh* –  I guess, I have to live up with that.

Good. I need some time to set up this WordPress stuff again. Had some hard times already to figure out, how WordPress was debianized for multiple blogs.