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Hamza football field

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Backup strategy when on the move

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After last weeks ordeal with a harddrive going bad, I’ve decided to take action and be prepared.

This is going to be my daily routine from now on (or at least every day I use my mac to check e-mail, empty memorycards, etc).

Some people have already pointed out that the only truly safe way to back up data is offsite backup. While this is true, it is generally not practically possible while traveling, due to low quality networks and bad connections. When I’m working I produce as much as 20-30 GB every day, so uploading that back to my office in Norway is not possible; there’s simply not enough time.

  • I will always travel with an extra external harddrive, equal in size to my internal one, which I will clone every night before going to bed. This clone will be bootable, so in case my internal drive goes bad, I can not only restore it fully; if need be, I can continue working off my external bootable drive.
  • I will have my mailserver forward every mail I get to my Gmail account, which will sort it under its own folder. This is my backup mail, in case everything goes south.
  • I will keep a version of OSX on an emergency USB flashdrive, which will also contain some select diagnostical software and software for repairing non-hardware-damages to the internal drive. This will be lightweight, which means it’s small and boots fast.
  • The bootable flashdrive will also be used to restore my drive’s directories once every month. This is to both keep my drive healthy, but also to discover any faults before they become corrupted beyond repair.

Hopefully these simple points will prove sufficient, easy to follow, and keep me from loosing data the next time (knock on wood) my drive fail.

Invalid node structure


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My Mac started acting funny the other day, so I did the old repair permissions trick to sort things out. Didn’t help this time, so I tried verifying the startup disk, and it revealed an “invalid node structure” on the drive. Long story short – my laptop won’t boot.

So now I’m running around Nairobi trying to find a store that has the Snow Leopard install disk in stock. I will then install OSX onto one of my backup drives, and then I’ll install a software called DiskWarrior onto that drive. Then I will hopefully be able to boot from the external drive and run DW, which is a program specifically made to fix errors such as this, on my startup drive.

Needless to say – from now on I will always have a drive with an emergency install of OSX with me when I travel. I will look into installing it on my iPod, as that would be very handy, although I’m not certain it’s doable or even safe.

Will keep you updated on progress.

Tinfoil helmet

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Folken, Stavanger, after Ultra Sheriff concert

Cycling pro Lene Byberg – assignment DN

Assignments, Nature, Sports

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The King


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Golf talent – assignment DN

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Marthe Wold, age 15, is Norways biggest girl golf talent. She has played golf since she was 8, and has already achieved a handicap of 0.

This was a piece done as part of a series on young sport talents in Norway.

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Even more rollerblading


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Some leftover pics from the story on Olav Norheim.

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Aggressive inline skating – tearsheets

Sports, Tearsheets

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Colors are a bit messed up – something with the PDF-to-JPG-conversion I guess.

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Aggressive inline skating – 7 page story in VG Helg


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All I have time to post right now. More pictures and tearsheets to come in the next couple of days.

Followed Olav Norheim, skater and scandinavian champion, through two competitions in Oslo and Copenhagen.

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Massive sweatstance down the entire droprail in Copenhagen.

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Olav doing a topside acid revert.

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Wounds and scratches on Olav’s back after competing in Copenhagen.