• Implementing Encrypted Incremental Backups with S3cmd

    I've previously detailed howto use S3cmd to backup your data from a Linux machine. Unfortunately, because of the way that s3cmd works, if you want an incremental backup (i.e. using 'sync') you cannot use the built in encryption.

    In this documentation I'll be detailing a simple way to implement an encrypted incremental backup using s3cmd, as well as a workaround if you're unable to install GPG - instead using OpenSSL to encrypt the data. Obviously we'll also be exploring how to decrypt the data when the backups are required

    It's assumed that you've already got s3cmd installed and configured to access your S3 account (see my earlier documentation if not

  • Republished: Amazon Kindle DRM Broken

    Originally published on Benscomputer.no-ip.org 23 December 2009

    Amazons Kindle DRM has been broken by an Israeli guy. Quite what will happen next isn't clear though, will Amazon learn the lesson that Apple learnt after DVD Jon cracked the ironically named Fairplay? Or will they move to update and 'improve' their Digital Restrictions Management?

  • Syncing your files with an S3 account on Linux

    Amazon's cloud is incredibly useful for a number of things, including backup. I don't, as a rule, trust much to 'the cloud' but it does provide a nice easy way to achieve off-site backups at a reasonable cost.

    This documentation explains one of the many ways to achieve automated backup to your S3 account (set one up here).

     

  • Why I won't have an Amazon Echo

    I was recently asked to explain in a bit more depth why I'm not willing to have an Amazon Echo (or, more specifically - Alexa), so I thought I'd write an answer down too.

    Although the question was specifically about Alexa (being the best-known), the answer applies to alternatives like Google Home and Sonos One.