UTF-8 characters in FreeNAS with rsync and cygwin and Windows

I’ve been having some problems with charsets (character sets) when using FreeNAS, rsync, deltacopy, and cygwin.

The filenames on a Windows box are either in UTF-8 or ISO-8859-1 (Latin1). The FreeNAS uses rsync to backup the files on the windows box, and saves them to a RAID array. I wasn’t sure if it was rsync, or FreeNAS causing the problem, but all characters with more than 7 significant bits (8 or more) were being “escaped” such as \#303 instead of Ñ.

I found the solution by using the “-8” flag in rsync. Also, I overwrote the cygwin.dll file supplied by DeltaCopy with a UTF-8-modified cygwin.dll, restarted DeltaCopy, and the filenames appeared correctly and in UTF-8 (instead of ISO8859-1).

As always, remember to BACKUP before journeying on with this! Good Luck!

A mote of dust, suspended in a sunbeam

The Pale Blue Dot

Look at that dot. That’s here. That’s home. That’s us. On it everyone you love, everyone you know, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever was, lived out there lives. The aggregate of our joy and suffering, thousands of confident religions, ideologies, and economic doctrines, every hunter and forager, every hero and coward, every creator and destroyer of civilizations, every king and peasant, every young couple in love, every mother and father, hopeful child, inventor and explorer, every teacher of morals, every corrupt politician, every “superstar,” every “supreme leader,” every saint and sinner in the history of our species lived there — on a mote of dust suspended in a sunbeam.”

– Carl Sagan, 1934 – 1996

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openSUSE 11.2 Disappointing

I must say I found openSUSE 11.2 to be a major disappointment. I’ve come to expect better, much better, from Novell. If it weren’t for the stability issues with KDE and relatively poor netbook support this distribution would have been a keeper for me. There really is a lot to like. Perhaps the results will be different for people with different hardware. For me, though, openSUSE 11.2 just doesn’t compare favorably to the other major distributions and I can’t recommend it at this time.

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Imaginary Property

Thank you slashdot

It’s not property and you, sir, are not an intellectual.

The very idea that something infinitely reproducible could be considered to have value is preposterous and flies in the face of call macro economic theory. Infinite supply results in infinitesimal value.

Eventually people will realize that what is being called intellectual property is actually the result of a service, then we will all be happier.

I want to pay the person who provided the service, but pretending that something ethereal is property is not the way to do it.

It is simple to create copies, people will continue to do it and the companies who fight it will lose potential customers.

Wake up.

We are willing to pay for the services rendered, but your prices are ridiculous.