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Backup your DVDs on Linux

Filed under: General Linux — at 12:01 am on Wednesday, November 4, 2009

At an average of around $20 per DVD* most can’t afford to have any of their DVDs lost, stolen or broken. Backing them up is a touchy subject depending on who you talk to, but here is how to do it anyway.

Backing up a DVD on Linux used to be much harder than it is with K9Copy. No more flaky DVD Shrink crashes under wine. K9Copy takes the hassles out of creating backups of your DVDs under Linux. As the name implies it is KDE software but works well under gnome provided you have the needed libraries installed.

It has many options to backup and really is pretty comparable in functionality to the infamous DVD Shrink for Windows. Take a look at the screenshots and give it a try yourself:

* 2007 US Entertainment Industry Report (

Fedora 11 Upgrade from Alpha to Beta

Filed under: General Linux — at 10:56 am on Wednesday, April 1, 2009

After my mistake downloading the Alpha, I was able to update to the Beta by doing some pretty basic stuff.

First to aid I set up sudo, and changed my default run level to 3. I installed bash-completion (a mandatory package) and then changed to run level 3 with telinit. Once down to a reasonable run level for a systems upgrade, yum update -y was issued. I believe this failed, so I read the release notes and did the yum –skip-broken update command. It was rather scary since the broken libraries were glibc’s and those can be a pain. After a hour or more I was back to the prompt. Another yum update -y just to make sure and I was ready to reboot.

Rebooting actually worked first time and my Fedora was updated from 10.91 to 10.92. Using this method does not give you ext4 but, at least it will upgrade you to the latest Beta. Now, if only my production installation upgrades would have gone this smoothly.

How a shell script made 1.5 million.

Filed under: General Linux — at 6:26 pm on Tuesday, July 22, 2008

I was reading articles from one of my local libraries online resource of Linux Journals (they have every issue) and found an article on a comic book store (It can also be found here.) I  read the entire article and have to say that it was a good look back in history.

In regards to quick and dirty scripting not much has changed in the 14 years since this article was written. Any one can learn how to program or write a script. The owner of this business looked at the process and then looked at ways he could automate it. His method worked out well, when after 3 years his small shop grossed 1.5 million in sales.

I think it is quite amazing that a small comic book store was able to gross this amount in the first quarter only 3 years after opening. I wonder if this would have been achieved if the store had to purchase or pay a third party to develop software. It is fortunate that the writer of the article was interested in Linux and pursued scripting. Since this was written in 1994, he was in the right place at the right time. I am sure that if he expanded his system enough he could have possibly done automated phone sales, mail order and online sales. All with simple shell scripts.

If you get a chance try reading some of the old articles from I think I’m going to continue reading these old articles from the library since they have no ads. I find them very interesting and who knows maybe they will inspire me to do something.