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Sat, 13 Oct 2012 12:32:38 GMT

Software

I've been using redis for a while now. It is a fast in-memory storage system which offers persistence (unlike memcached), as well as several primitive data-types such as lists & hashes.

Anyway it crossed my mind that I don't have a backup of the data it contains, so I knocked up a simple script to dump the contents in plain-text:

In other software-news I've had some interesting and useful feedback and made two new releases of my slaughter sysadmin tool - it now contains a wee test suite and more robustness.

Hardware

I received an email last night to say that my Raspberry PI has shipped. Ordered 24/05/2012, and dispatched 12/10/2012 - I'd almost forgotten about it.

My plan is to make it a media-serving machine, SNES emulator, or similar. Not 100% decided yet.

Finally I've taken the time to repaint my office. When I last wrote about working from home I didn't include pictures - I just described the process of using a "work computer" and a "personal computer".

So this is what my office used to look like. As you can see there are two machines and a huge desk.

With a few changes I now have an office which looks like this - the two machines are glued-together with a KVM. and I have much more room behind it for another desk, more books, and similar toys. Additionally my dedication is now enforced - I simply cannot play with both computer as the same time.

The chair was used to mount the picture - usually I sit on a kneeling chair, which is almost visible.

What inspired the painting? Partly the need for more space, but mostly water damage. I had a leaking ceiling. (Local people will know all about my horrible leaking roof situation).

The end?

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Comments On This Entry

[gravitar] Pedro Melo

Submitted at 08:02:00 on 14 October 2012

Curious about redis-dump. Why write it? Why not enable Redis persistence and then include the files it generates in your regular backup solution?

[gravitar] Steve Kemp

Submitted at 08:44:02 on 14 October 2012

While redis is both simple and reliable I'd rather have a plain-text dump to cover my paranoia.

[gravitar] Alex Howells

Submitted at 04:57:09 on 20 October 2012

Slightly concerned that redis-dump was mentioned in the same posting as a picture of your office containing clearly visible loo roll.

Am I reading into "dump" too much?

 

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