Setting up hourly backups in Deja Dup

Déjà Dup is an excellent graphical backup solution for the GNOME Desktop environment. However, it is limited by that it does not provide backup frequency higher than a day through its graphical interface. So, we will leverage cron to achieve this for us. Adding a simple cron job with the command "xvfb-run deja-dup --backup --auto" will do the trick. But there no fun in it. So lets do it with some style so that we receive the same visual notification that we get whenever a backup happens.

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The Theeka Pan Experience

Another Sunday evening. With my wife not at home, I feel bored and decide to go to office and finish some pending work. After work, I go to a restaurant and have two delicious parathas. As I begin to walk home, I pass a paan shop where I had a meetha (sweet) paan the other day and had relished it. So, I go to the paan shop and not wanting to have the same flavour paan again, order for a theeka pan. I pay the guy and start walking home chewing the paan.

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A Month At Lexity And Relocation To Bangalore

This post comes in a little late. I've recently joined Lexity, a startup with headquarters in Mountain View and branch office in Bangalore. Lexity is an E-commerce company which mainly designs products for small businesses with online stores, to increase their traffic and sales.

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Stanley 23 Piece Ratcheting Bit Driver Set Review

A few months back, I bought a Stanley 23 Piece Ratcheting Bit Driver Set and there is just one thing I got to say about this - AWESOME!!!

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Super Grub2 Disk

The primary purpose of Super GRUB2 Disk is to help you boot into an OS whose bootloader is broken. Documentation for Super GRUB2 Disk can be found at http://www.supergrubdisk.org/wiki/SuperGRUB2Disk.

I had an old system with Intel YM430TX motherboard lying around which would not boot from its hard disk. So I decided to patch Super GRUB2 Disk for three things:

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Bagmati Travels Review

On my recent trip to the Golden Triangle (Delhi-Agra-Jaipur), I had hired a car from Bagmati Travels - http://www.bagmati.co.in/ to go to Agra from Delhi and come back on the same day.

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Convert HTML to PDF using wkhtmltopdf

wkhtmltopdf is an excellent utility for converting an URL or HTML file to PDF. Kindly note that the current version of wkhtmltopdf in Debian, as of today, is 0.9.9, which is outdated. I highly recommend that you download the latest featured version from http://code.google.com/p/wkhtmltopdf/downloads/list and use it instead. Here are some examples for using wkhtmltopdf.

Simple conversion of html to pdf.

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Screencast in Linux

After trying out various screencasting applications in Linux, I figured out the below set of applications are the best for creating, modifying and editing screencasts. Kindly note that all the below mentioned software are available in the Debian main repository.

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Reducing VirtualBox Dynamic VDI Size

Detailed instructions for reducing a dynamic VDI size can be found at http://forums.virtualbox.org/viewtopic.php?p=29272 (FAQ entry "How can I reduce the size of a dynamic VDI on disk?").

Reducing the size of a dynamic VDI is mainly a two stage process:

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Now An Official Debian Maintainer

Today, my GPG key has been added to the Debian GNU/Linux keyring maintainers package, thereby converting me from a sponsored Debian maintainer to an official Debian maintainer.

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