January 11, 2007

Extracting a Single file from Sharp’s Backup

Posted in Linux/Zaurus Tips and Tricks at 7:33 pm by sdjf

Ever find yourself in the position of having just a few corrupt files, and not want to use Sharp’s backup utility to take your Zaurus back to last week’s or last month’s backup?

Well, the backups in Sharp ROM 2.38 are simple tar files, and you can, indeed, extract just the files you need.

This will need to be done from a console or terminal application. If you do not have one, then see my discussion at http://sdjf.esmartdesign.com/tutorial.html.

The first step is to get the name and location of your most recent backup. Use the find command to do this. Be sure to put quote marks in the find command, as shown:


bash-2.05# find / -name "*.backup"
/mnt/cf/2006-12-10-19-51.backup
/mnt/cf/2006-12-11-22-03.backup
/mnt/cf/2006-12-22-01-36.backup
bash-2.05#

Then you need to to get a listing of the precise pathname to the file(s) you want.
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January 9, 2007

Finding Free Stat Counters that Won’t Crash Opera

Posted in Linux/Zaurus Tips and Tricks, Zaurus Trials and Tribulations at 5:27 am by sdjf

Trying to find a free stat counter service that won’t crash Opera 7.30 has been an absolute bear.

Many services that sound really cool are limited to certain markets, like a couple in Belgium that are only for Belgian-related websites.

To start with, I went with WebStat, which is easy to use. The one drawback is that it looks like their free statistics don’t include the referral source. For me, that is just as important as the top search engine.
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