Emergency commands for encrypted Archlinux installations

ArchLinux is a fantastic rolling distribution but sometimes you will end up with a broken or semi-broken system that you need to fix. Getting back on tracks might sound even scarier when running a full disk encryption installation on SSD but LVM brings some nice goodies that will make your life easier. For information, I have run LUKS encryption on LVM for many years and I can tell you that it is rock solid and very robust. I have tortured it many many times, powered it off without any notice and haven’t (yet) lost a single bit of data, although there is always this half second pause after entering the initial passphrase that makes you think “…is it going to be able to decrypt my drive?…”.


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Gnome 3.8 tweaks

Gnome 3.8 brings a number of nice new changes such as support for Owncloud storage, a redesigned application launching view, enhanced search, new privacy settings, a new classic mode, improved animation rendering, a new Clocks application, heavily updated settings and many of updates to GNOME applications.

You can find out more about the many other improvements GNOME 3.8 in release notes. Gnome 3.8 broke few things on my system. Here is my experience so far under ArchLinux.


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Switching SD cards from exFAT to FAT32 format

Before receiving my Fujifilm X100S I bought a Sandisk UHS-1 64GB rated for 95MB/s. After unboxing the X100S I immediately formatted the card within the camera, took some shots and removed the card to view the pictures on my PC. I was surprised to see that my ArchLinux machine couldn’t read the card out of the box. I then discovered that the X100S formats the at least the 64GB cards with exFAT filesystem while using the regular FAT32 for smaller cards such as 16GB (haven’t tested 32GB yet). After installing two packages on my Linux machine I was able to read the card but this made me look at this so called exFAT filesystem. After reading about the exFAT limitations I decided to re-format my 64GB SD card with FAT32 for better robustness and interoperability.


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Initial feedback on Fuji X100S

My X100S has finally arrived. First time I get a brand new camera that I’m already familiar with. Many reviews have now been written on this fantastic camera. I just wanted to share some of my initial thoughts based upon my first experiments done at night and under difficult light.


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Setting-up a HTPC with XBMC and ArchLinux

This tutorial will guide you through an installation of XBMC on top of ArchLinux and thus using a GPT partition and GRUB2 on a BIOS enabled PC (see Wiki for EFI).


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Coupe Aida France - 10ème Indoor de La Ciotat

10ème Indoor de la Ciotat –

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Sold my X100...Waiting for the X100S

{% img right http://danynativel.com/images/X100-sold.jpg %} I have been enjoying the Fuji X100 since day one, good colors, sharp pictures and very good high ISO pictures. The only drawback I have encountered was the relatively slow autofocus (especially when you have spent years with a Panasonic GF1). Fuji X100S has been announced few weeks ago with a promise to solve this particular issue. I shot some nice pictures of my camera and within 23 hours it was gone.

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Clone MiFare cards using Chinesse UUID writable cards

libnfc supports UUID writable cards and even has some dedicated tools for them.

However it doesn’t work with some of the cards found on eBay that are even simpler to use. Sector 0 is unlocked and can be written without any additional commands. libnfc requires a small patch to get it working.

Following has been tested under ArchLinux with modified libnfc 1.5.1, mfoc 0.10.2 and a SCL3711 dongle.


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Distributed Encrypted Backup across unRaid machines

The following tutorial will guide you through the required steps to install a fully distributed and encrypted backup across two unRaid machines. The idea is to use some of your friend’s unRaid storage for storing your encrypted data and vice versa.


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Setup a Git Server under unRaid

The following tutorial will get you through the steps to install a fully functional Git server under unRaid.


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