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A little more on ownCloud

by on Mar.26, 2013, under Uncategorized

I’ve had ownCloud server running for 24 hours now on a Ubuntu 10.04 system.  To get it working, I had to upgrade php to 5.3.10, which meant finding a different repository for it as only older versions are in the 10.04 repository.  I’m having trouble with the installation, but I’m not sure if that’s the cause.  Basically, it’s dead slow.  Overnight it only received about 500MB.  As a test, I’ve also installed it on a 12.04 system which has the more up-to-date php from the standard repository.  It seems to be working about the same there.  One thing that’s confusing is that syncing seems to be proceeding, while the client software still says it is waiting for a connection.  The tray icon changes from green (synced) to blue (syncing) to grey (waiting for a connection).  There’s a definite bug in the 1.2.1 client software because quite often, the tray icon and sync status don’t match.

And my first attempts at direct folder to folder sync resulted in an immediate fatal error that crashes the software.  Especially bad was that the crash happened immediately upon starting the client, so I couldn’t find a way to get to the config page to correct the problem.   I resorted to uninstalling and re-installing the client software to get back to normal. [Edit: Fixed in client release 1.2.3]

I’m in the slow process of getting a bunch of software and configuration moved from the 10.04 machine to the 12.04 machine, so over time hopefully I can continue to bash away at this and get it running smoothly.  Or at least as smoothly as the current version allows.

[Update: I realized why syncing is slow.  The computer I’m syncing from is running a newly installed copy of Carbonite and it’s still in it’s initial multi-gigabyte backup.  I’d been looking at the router log on the sending side and saw the transfer speed and couldn’t understand why so little was syncing if it was running continuous at full upload speed.  Then I thought of the Carbonite factor and looked at the router log on the receiving network and it was showing only about half the speed incoming.  This was confirmed because there was a period where I had paused Carbonite and in the incoming router log, saw that time clearly visible by a jump in the incoming speed.]

See my previous ownCloud post.

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ownCloud looks very promising!

by on Mar.25, 2013, under Uncategorized

I’ve installed ownCloud on a couple of my computers to see if it’s a viable roll-your-own version of Dropbox.  I love Dropbox, but if I can do an unlimited version of my own, well hey, why not. (continue reading…)

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Microsoft Outlook is trying my nerves

by on Mar.13, 2013, under Uncategorized

Awhile back I got Microsoft Office 2007 Ultimate through a program they called “the ultimate steal”.  It was the whole shebang for about $80.  I liked my OpenOffice and Mozilla Thunderbird, so never installed it until just recently when I got a new Windows 7 computer.

The most recent versions of Word or Excel that I had used prior to this were 2000, so I’m liking the changes to those programs.  But good God, Outlook sucks in comparison to Mozilla Thunderbird. (continue reading…)

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