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Clonezilla Live

Technical GeneralClonezilla is open source backup+restore (cloning) software for making partition or whole disk backups. It only backs up the used parts of the partition for known filesystems and compresses the backups afterwards, thus creating small backups. For a list of supported filesystems see

There is Clonezilla Live and Clonezilla SE (Server Edition). Clonezilla SE acts as a backup+restore server for client pc's, but I haven't used this (yet).

Clonezilla Live is a FOSS debian/ubuntu based liveCD Linux distribution containing a text based menu powered by scripts which in turn use different FOSS cloning and archiving tools. Before every action it takes it prints the command to do this, so you can learn the used tools yourself.
It has 2 modes:
1) backup/restore partition/whole disk to/from image mode
2) clone partition/disk mode
There's also a command line mode, useful for doing advanced stuff not done by the included scripts.

In the first mode the image can be on a local disk, an external USB stick/disk, an ssh network share, a samba network share or an nfs network share. I used clonezilla-live-20100318-karmic.iso to back up 2 ntfs partitions (Windows 7) and 1 ext4 partition (Kubuntu 9.10).
The backup of a 100mb ntfs partition containing 25mb data was 9,6mb.
The backup of a 100gb ntfs partition containing 20gb data was 9gb.
The backup of a 19gb ext4 partition containing 3,7gb data was 1,7gb.

I changed some stuff on these partitions and than restored from these backups and everything was A-OK again!

In the 2nd mode you can clone a partition or disk to another local one, or over network to another PC running Clonezilla Live.
I used this to clone a root Linux filesystem to another PC. The source partition was 10gb and the target was 15gb. After cloning the target ext4 fs could only contain 10gb like in the original one, but I fixed this by resizing the partition to a smaller size and back again using KDE Partition Manager (You're probably screwed if this gets interrupted, e.g. by power outage). After this the restore still worked flawlessly and still had it's original UUID, so no changes to /etc/fstab or the grub2 config needed. I did need to make changes to these configurations because I used another home and swap partition. You may also need to make changes if you have device names in your config files instead of partition UUID or LABEL. I used a Kubuntu 9.10 liveCD for changing the configuration and to run KDE Partition Manager, this might have been possible from the Clonezilla liveCD too using the command line mode (using a command line partitioning tool).

I did encounter a few small bugs in the menu's (and reported them), but backing up and restoring went flawlessly.
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Belgian Weather Forecast

I know I'm a weather fanatic, as a cyclist and motorcyclist I'm always concerned about the weather and the traffic situation and conditions.

One of my colleagues showed me this site last week:

This is of the most complete weather information sites I have ever seen!

The rain predictions are really good, the short term and long term weather forecasts are really something important if you are planning your day, weekend or holidays.

I particularly like the cloud satelite and the rain satelite.

You get much more than weather and Belgium is not the only area covered! A very useful site.

The rain map above actually comes from .

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Drunken People Crossing

I had never seen or heard that these signs exist and so it was quite a laugh when I read about them this week.

Trying to find more information on these is not easy because you end up with pages from funny signs web sites ;-)

From what I see they exist in Romania, Thailand, South Africa. 

This was funny 'Officials of 'Pecica', a village located in the country's west about 13 miles from the Hungarian border, have had enough of drivers running over drunken citizens minding their own business late at night in the middle of the street, struggling to cross or simply having a well justified nap. So 10 bright red signs reading "Drunk Citizens" have been ordered and manufactured in an attempt to save some lives.'

Original Article: 


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Hacker Disables More Than 100 Cars Remotely

This is something that I did not know!

In the states there exists web-based vehicle-immobilization systems "used to get the attention of consumers delinquent in their auto payments.

And as we read here, these things can get hacked! From Wired:


By Kevin Poulsen  
Threat Level
March 17, 2010

More than 100 drivers in Austin, Texas found their cars disabled or the horns honking out of control, after an intruder ran amok in a web-based vehicle-immobilization system normally used to get the attention of consumers delinquent in their auto payments.

Police with Austin's High Tech Crime Unit on Wednesday arrested 20-year-old Omar Ramos-Lopez, a former Texas Auto Center employee who was laid off last month, and allegedly sought revenge by bricking the cars sold from the dealership.s four Austin-area lots.

Read the whole article here:

Originally from: InfoSec News <>



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Silly Names

I found this funny. But how can it be that people didn't think of these things before naming their children ?

Next time you sign your name spare a thought for Justin Case, Barb Dwyer and Anna Sasin.

The incredibly unfortunate names emerged in our study of the most bizarre names in Britain today. Other unlucky punters are also trying to lead normal lives despite being named Stan Still, Mary Christmas, Paige Turner, Chris Cross and Barry Cade. It might also be worth thanking your lucky stars you're not called Sonny Day, Rose Bush, Pearl Button or Hazel Nutt, who also make the list of 'The Most Unfortunate Names in Britain'.

Originally seen at

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Dukan Diet Site in English

If you've wanted to follow The Dukan Diet by Dr. Pierre Dukan and you have but your French is not the best and the current resource in English was not enough to get you going, well this could all change soon.

The Dukan Diet has a site in English

And a book in English is coming - The Dukan Diet by Dr Pierre Dukan, The diet that has taken Europe by storm

Good luck!!!!

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Kangaroo Meat is Healthy

Here is something I didn't know! Kangaroo meat is healthy. Australians probably do not like to eat their national emblem or even Skippy but here in Belgium where Kangaroo meat is available in the local supermarkets, it is worth trying to replace some of your red meat consumption by kangaroo meat!

Actually I had never tasted kangaroo mean when I lived in Australia but here we do eat it from time to time.

What struck me is that kangaroo meat contains Omega-3's which I thought was only found in fish.


Kangaroo meat is extremely healthy, fat levels are typically 1 - 2% and it is totally free of antibiotics and other chemicals common in meat from domestic animals.

It's the ultimate free range meat, organic and produces no methane gas. This leanness makes Kangaroo meat very healthy but also means that the meat must be cooked with care to avoid overcooking. has all the details and comparisons with other lean meats. a story from the UK.
Some percentage of fat comparisons from
And kangaroo meat contains 5 times more CLA than lamb from

And for those of you who enjoy a stone grill cooked meal from time to time, kangaroo meat is excellent. Otherwise take heed, This leanness makes Kangaroo meat very healthy but also means that the meat must be cooked with care to avoid overcooking.

Cooking Tips

The low fat content makes this meat excellent for the Dukan diet which we're following!

Yum Yum!!


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Videos Pierre Dukan

If you're following Dr. Dukan's Diet I have found these videos (in French)

If you understand French and you want to see and hear Dr. Dukan answer questions and give hints about his diet, check out this Dailymotion link!

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The Geek Stuff - Can You Top This? 15 Practical Linux Top Command Examples



Thanks to Denis for the tip on top ;-)

This article on top 15 Practicle Linux Top Examples has a few options that I didn't know about and perhaps you as well!

Note that not all of these work on all UNIX system for example Mac OS X will be slightly different!

This article is part of the on-going 15 example series where 15 examples will be provided for a specific command or functionality. In this series, earlier we discussed about find command, crontab examples, grep command, history command, ping command, and wget examples.

In this article, let us review 15 examples for Linux top command that will be helpful for both newbies and experts.

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Joyeuses fêtes, prettige feestdagen, Happy Holidays!

Joyeux Noel et Bonne Année.
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
Zalig Kerstfeest en Gelukkig nieuw jaar.
Geseënde Kersfees en 'n gelukkige nuwe jaar.
Felices Pasquas Y felices ano Nuevo.
Boas Festas e Feliz Ano Novo.
Vesela Koleda i chestita nova godina.
Vesele Vanoce.
Bon Nadal i un Bon Any Nou.
Glædelig Jul og godt nytår.
Jutdlime pivdluarit ukiortame pivdluaritlo.
Felican Kristnaskon kaj Bonan Novjaron.
Haeid joulupuehi ja head uut aastat.
Maligayang Pasko.
Hauskaa Joulua ja onnellista uutta vuotta.