Sam's notebook

Adding data, not systems April 11th, 2016, 6PM

Exploring Open content

For the most part, and leaving aside some tool-making or data-checking programming, I think it is far more relaxing to add data to the world than to add more systems-for-working-with-data. Contributing to Wikisource, Openstreetmap, Commons, even Flickr and Reddit, will further the cause (what ’cause’?) more than building some new system for cataloguing photos or […]

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Rename and move images according to date September 12th, 2013, 4PM

Programming

My simple import-images.sh script that I use to shift files into my (ownCloud-backed) archiving system: #!/bin/bash if [ ! -d “$1” ]; then echo “Error: first parameter must be a directory” >&2 echo “Usage: “$(basename $0)” ” echo ” where is an existing directory from which to import images” exit 1 fi DEST=$HOME/photos exiftool ‘-FileName

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Backing up thunderbird email April 25th, 2013, 2PM

Programming

When backing up Thunderbird, the only files I worry about are the actual mbox files that store the ‘Local Folders’ (archived) email, and the *.mab addresbook files. Everything else is operational cruft. This might seem a bit extreme—after all, why not backup the account configurations and user preferences etc.—but I jump from machine to machine […]

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