Borg Backup

About three years ago I wrote a post on how to setup duplicity and by that time I was using the program for about two years. Not long after I made that post I realized that it wasn't the best backup solution for me. The two biggest reasons why I ditched duplicity was first, it was slow and second it ate up a lot of disk space. The two reasons go hand-in-hand. Duplicity doesn't do any deduplication, which means if I move a directory that is 100GB, and there was only 1GB of changes to existing files, the entire backup for the day would be 101GB.

Laravel Administration Panels

One of my fiscal year goals at work is to update our starter app. When I first started I was tasked with updating the existing app from Laravel 5.1 to 5.5. That was almost four years ago. At the time I was still pretty new to Laravel and hadn't known about some of the other dependencies out there that would make my job easier, dependencies such as Orchid, Backpack, Laravel permissions, Voyager, etc. Please note that this is not a how-to guide and therefore I'm not going to go through the process of installing and setup of each project.

Reshaping mdadm RAID 6 to RAID 10

When setting up a RAID array I have always opted for either RAID 5 for arrays with less than five drives or RAID 6 when there are more than five. It wasn't until recently that I noticed how much of a penalty there is for running a RAID 6, six IOPs while the penalty for RAID 5 is four IOPs. When a drive has failed in one of my RAID 6 arrays, I never saw the rebuild speed get above 75MiB/s even though the failed drive was capable of 150MiB/s. For smaller arrays, that may not be such a big deal. When it's a 16TiB array it will take about two and a half days to rebuild.

Quickly Configuring dd-wrt

Recently, I've been having some issues with dd-wrt on my Linksys wrt-1200ac router. I'm not certain if there is a bug with the firmware or if there is something wrong with the router itself. After flashing the router, it would work great anywhere between a day to a week before not being able to access the internet or becomes unresponsive. The only way that I was able to fix it was by doing a factory restore, which means I had to reconfigure my router.

Seeing More Progress with dd and pv

In cloning my PS3 and PS4 hard drives using the dd command, and using the status=progress I was only able to see how much has been transferred, how long the command has been running, and the speed. The only thing that was missing was a estimate of how long it would take to complete. Additionally, a progress bar would have been nice. While waiting for the process to complete I looked for a tool that would provide what I was missing.