State of the Blog

I wanted to post an update here to let people know what’s going on with the blog, and the Raspberry Pi Home Server series in particular. I realized a while ago that the Pi world moves incredibly fast, and my articles keep getting out of date. This affects some articles more than others.

The worst one is the CrashPlan installation. Code42 does not support ARM-based devices, and in the last year or so seems to have really cranked up the frequency of their releases. With each release, CrashPlan auto-updates itself, destroying all of the necessary tweaks that were done to make it work in the first place. There’s no good solution to this problem. There are, however, some “kinda bad but they’ll have to do” solutions. I’ve heard mixed reviews about the success or failure of the different approaches, and have been trying to crowdsource a consensus out of my comments, which now dwarf the articles they are attached to.

I’ve also just recently had a hardware failure. The SD card in my own server croaked, and while I DO have backups, Raspbian has moved significantly onward since I first wrote these articles. I’m taking this as an opportunity to rebuild from scratch, document it all again, and release an updated set of articles with new ordering, advice, and screenshots. This is going to take a little while, but I’m working on it.

It’s time to declare comment bankruptcy and publish the RPHS v2 series, and it starts right now with me rebuilding my own server from scratch, and documenting it all like I did the first time.

In the meantime, the old articles are still perfectly valid, and should get you where you need to be. Just make sure you read the Updates sections that now appear on pretty much all of the articles. I think my plan now is to do less updating in-place, and publish new versions of the articles instead. This will let me occasionally reset the long tail of comments each article has grown, and start over with a fresh set for each update. It’s worth a shot.

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2 Responses to State of the Blog

  1. Amol P says:

    Good to know Mel. Thanks for the hard work 🙂

  2. Zerofill says:

    Thank Sr, we all appreciate you work.

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