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‘Kein Backup, kein Mitleid.’

Written by  on July 22, 2021

A common German saying meaning “no backup, no pity”. Five weeks ago when another ransomware-wave became public and I saw the disaster with the Western Digital network-drives, I realized that despite using a NAS and regularly backing up data from different devices to this RAID level 1-device, I have no real “hard” backup. In my definition: a 1:1 mirror of the NAS-content which is NOT connected to any network at all and also stored physically in a different room or even different flat. Disconnected because of: are you sure everything is secured? Also no hidden bugs? Physically distant because of: what if the NAS catches fire and the backup is also affected?
So I did a quick review of the current state (NAS is a DS213 with latest updates; offers also USB 3.0-interface; has 2 4 TB drives insides, which are filled to 3.5 TB).
Decided to buy a 6 TB external 3.5″-harddrive (not SSD, because of possible loss of data while powered down over years) for 122 € (compared to the price of losing just a fraction of the photos – Forget it!).
Formatted it to EXT4 with some Linux. Attached then to the Synology DS213. And it was not detected, despite saying it supports EXT4. So we let the DS213 format it again (don’t ask me ..).
Let’s say it outright: I don’t want to use their proprietary backup-solutions. I also don’t want any kind of encryption.
SSH’ed into the DS213 (activated before, because off by default). Then I checked which partitions have to be copied. Puzzled together a chained rsync-command (sorted by priorities) and let it run. Detaching the session via ‘nohup’ Wasn’t working.

Turns out quite quickly that the one core-cpu of the DS213 is the bottleneck, because it runs at 100% and therefore mere writing speeds of 8-9 MB/s are achieved despite the HDD being capable of writing up to 120 MB/s. My back of the napkin-estimation is 4-5 days for all data. Next backups should run faster, because incremental. And most of the data is written once, changed almost never.

Quick summary: I was baffled that despite having some experience in IT did not have a _real_ backup before. And out of discussions with peers I know almost none of those working in IT have either.
The proposed solution will save my family and me from any 100% losses.

grip: render Markdown as PDF

Written by  on May 6, 2021

.. and other things, where you assumed it should be quite easy. ..

Wrote a short guide how to verify some information in Markdown. Local rendering works (most of the time via PyCharm or online at Github).
Now: how export it as PDF, because I realized that the receiver might not be able to display it properly.

* printing from PyCharm: failed
* VisualStudio-Plugin: no VS, no plugin
* any of the *nix-ways: not possible at that moment
* using a web-renderer: not allowed, because confidental data

UFF!

Python to the rescue!

Grip prepares a local flask server, where you receive a localhost:<randomport> url and just open it with the browser of your choice and then print as PDF.

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Written by  on April 29, 2021

Two family members names sport a nice z with Caron: ž.
Win 10: ALT+0158 (number pad with numlock on)
Linux (unicode): CTRL+SHIFT+U+017E

Scrum: PSPO I certification

Written by  on April 12, 2021

With the power of the mega-fluff I’ve succeeded in the test and can call myself now ‘Professional Scrum Product Owner‘.
Of course, it is just a small step. But a series of small steps will carry over long distances.
Sincere thanks go to Glenn Lamming & Boris Steiner for their interactive way to teach the fundamentals 👍

Is this a bug?

Written by  on August 25, 2020

Let’s assume the following situation: in the past a feature was implemented, a full DoD (code review, manual test, stakeholder approval, ..) was done and the ticket successfully closed.
Suddenly someone realizes that a second feature, which is closely related to the first one, should have that behaviour as well. The circle of people cavilling about the lack of functionality is identical with the people writing the requirements and doing the validation of the implementation of feature one.

So, is this a bug?
No, this is a new task!

It is devaluating the efforts of all people involved in first place, because the work was delivered like ordered. Nobody complained – until now.
Let me explain, because this sounds like nitpicking and fussing about the wording. But the inner problem is, when stakeholder and requirement engineers couldn’t capture all use-cases or had implicit, inner expectations and did not note them down before (or while) development, then you can’t suddenly name the lack of some additonal change a bug.
Or you can. If you want to piss of your developers :>

Another aspect: at the end of sprints or releases reviews are done. And at this very moment only numbers matter. You won’t dive into the details of each tickets – so only the binning of the types of solved issues matter. And mislabelling the aforementioned tasks as bugs can make a good-team result appear like a “barely made it over the finishing line”.

education 2020

Written by  on May 21, 2020

People always talk always about shopping & happiness. Now I can understand :’) Just booked for the upcoming weeks for my education “Workshop: Deep Learning für Natural Language Processing (NLP)” && “iSAQB Certified Professional for Software Architecture – Foundation Level (CPSA-FL)” <3 #neverstoplearning

nota bene: and HSK1 for Mandarin will be tackled as well!

Covid-19, PanOffice and how my education-plan imploded

Written by  on May 14, 2020

A note before the actual post: a week ago, while proofreading I’ve noticed that some of the following statements, which are meant truly neutral, could and would leave a stale aftertaste. That’s definitely not the intention; it’s more a snapshot of the current state (like for a chronicle). On the other hand: if I would censor it more, I can trash as well the whole post. Because ten thousands of texts were already written about the curent state of human society and the impact of Covid-19.
So, read it with a pinch of salt: we are lucky to be healthy and that we don’t suffer from more harsh conditions.

 

More than two months ago Sars-CoV-2 -induced infections scaled up in Germany and hit us without much preparation. Us includes me, my family, my workplace, society at all.
Read more…

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Written by  on April 7, 2020

Localisations

Written by  on January 24, 2020

The Qt framework offers a quite nice and convenient way to localize your application.
Not only how to mark inside the code translateable strings (tr(..)), but also that the translation-mappings are human-readable xml-format files (*.ts), but also their own tool to do the translation (Linguist). Linguist is quite helpful for translator who sometimes also have to have a look at the “what would you get with that translation of different size inside the widget”-result (more or less: WYSIWYG).

Noticed today some flaws in the localisation of MTuner (nice memory profiler) and offered some help.
This is what I love about OSS: you don’t just take, but can also lend a helping hand and improve the quality 🙂

Retrospective view at 2018

Written by  on February 1, 2019

The first month of 2019 already passed. And we passed it with flying colors!
But let’s have a look at 2018 – a year full of challenges and success: I’ve worked full-time, organized and participated in advanced courses for Python and in Requirements Engineering (officially: IREB Requirements Engineering Foundation Level-approved) and pursued a new employment as software engineer.

And I wrote some software in my spare-time, as you can see in the graph for the public github-repositories. The gaps in the commits can be explained with the birth of my daughter and the time where I acquired the new job and moved nearly 900 km across the country. Yay! Nice personal projects were and are Cullendula and the Daily Coding Challenges, which I solve mostly with fully Unit-tested Python (3).

More new, hands-on knowledge was gained in the area of CMake and Qt-charts.
Well – 2018 was great. Let me make 2019 greater! 💪