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Time Capsule, part 3

A quick update since I am thinking about it right now on the Time Capsule.

It's still working like a dream with my MacOS 10.5 machines. And I am comfortable enough with 10.5 that I'll soon be upgrading my straggler 10.4 mac in the edit suite. I have my fingers crossed that Final Cut Studio and my CS2 Photoshop and After Effects will cope.

I sidestepped the wierd rsync/cifs bug that was causing my Fedora Core 5 box's backups to fail by using Gnu tar instead. There are advantages and costs to using either- rsync to cifs wasn't preserving file ownerships and modes, but the backups were easier to access for restores than lumps of tarfile (I back up in chunks, seperate tar archives for things like /etc, /usr/local, individual home directories, etc). So that's finally off my to-do list, and my home server is now backed up. I'd like to use Gnu tar's incremental 'snapshots' when I get a chance, but it seems to cross the line of where complexity will likely cause me to poke myself in the eye.

I also have my AppleTV mounting a share off the Time Capsule. The AppleTV has the hack that allows me to load additional kernel modules from 10.4.9, so I have it mounted via appleshare, which seemed more logical than smbfs, which the AppleTV also does. Combined with the ATVFiles appliance and my Perian/Flip4Mac install, I can plonk pretty much any video file I want on the Time Capsule share and watch it on the AppleTV. Apple should officially support this integration, but whatevers.

Alpha geek out.

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