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Things My Parents Did Right

A lot of people criticize their parents for everything they did wrong when raising them.  When I look at couples with kids, I think, "Damn.  That doesn't look easy."  Dirty diapers, public temper tantrums, teen pregnancies, and memories of how much of a pain in the ass I must have been don't exactly encourage me to impregnate my wife-to-be any time soon.  I dunno how they did it, but my parents raised 4 kids.  They weren't perfect, and we're far from perfect, but here are some great things they did that have paid off time and time again in my adult life:

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My Mommy Sleeps Like a Mummy

I used to make fun of my mommy because of the way she sleeps.  She expertly wraps herself in countless blankets much like ancient Egyptian embalmers going to town on the latest deceased pharaoh.  The only sign there is a living being under all the comforters is a nose poking out for air.  If she could, she would sleep with a snorkel.

Now I find myself doing the exact same thing.  I'm a 31 year-old man, and I've become my mommy.  That's kinda gay.

In my defense I'll say it's cold here—freakin' cold.  It's way colder than Los Angeles ever was.  It's so damn cold, you can see your breath.  Now that's cold.

I don't like to run the heater all night because it messes up my sinuses and runs up quite a power bill.  So yeah...I'm an eco-conscious cheapskate with healthy sinuses.  You've learned something about me today.

And I've learned something about science: A lot of heat escapes out of your head.  The brain is the CPU of the body, so it runs hot.  Wrapping the noggin in blankets when you sleep really makes a difference.   It makes me wonder if I'll be warm wearing nothing but a knit beanie.  Maybe I'll try that someday.  I'll probably end up getting arrested, though.  Damn.

Religious Freak

My brother Steve Pavlina is a professional blogger.  He runs a rather popular self-improvement website.
Since our family name is quite unique, I sometimes get traffic via his site; or people looking for his site simply stumble upon mine.  In rare cases, I'll even get email from his readers thinking I give a flying rat's ass about what they have to say.

What follows is an email conversation I had with one of my brother's 

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Small Wonder

In my opinion, "Small Wonder" was one of the greatest TV shows ever.  As you may know, "Small Wonder" was a sitcom about a seemingly normal American family.  However, the family was far from normal.  In fact, the daughter Vicki was a robot.  I have to say that the dialog and acting were cheesy at times, but in general I found the show extremely entertaining.  The family constantly tried to hide Vicki's identity, so it was always funny when someone saw her picking up a car or something.  Another thing I liked was the fun-loving character Reggie.  I was devastated when the show went off the air.  I locked myself in my room and cried for days.

UnRAID - Backing Up Using Rsync

- Rsync plugin
- User Scripts plugin (if you want to schedule the jobs)
- Unassigned Devices plugin

I often configure rsync jobs to backup critical data to an unassigned drive outside the array.  My scheduled job looks something like this:

rsync --archive --delete /mnt/user/SourceFolder/ /mnt/disks/TOSHIBA_MD05PBA60_1900876554/DestinationFolder/

I read about a very interesting alternative backup approach with UnRAID.  Instead of creating an unassigned drive to use for the backup, you actually add it to your array.  Configure your shares to never use this drive.  The idea here is that the backup drive will be a member of the array, but completely excluded from any and all shares.  Then setup an rsync job like this:

rsync --archive --delete /mnt/user/SourceFolder/ /mnt/disk4/DestinationFolder/

* Where disk4 is your backup disk.

An advantage to this approach is that the backup drive is an array member, so it's protected by parity.  A disadvantage is that the drive is an array member, so it's not as easy to just pull the backup drive out if necessary.  One scenario that comes to mind is if you want to rotate the backup drive with another one (e.g. off-site).  Physically pulling the drive would affect the array and parity would have to be rebuilt.  It would be easier to use an unassigned drive in that scenario.

UnRAID - Cloud Backup Using Rclone

- Rclone plugin
- User Scripts plugin (if you want to schedule the jobs)

Rclone is surprisingly easy to use, as it's very similar to Rsync.  The major difference is the initial configuration, as you have to register the cloud storage provider connection.  Since UnRAID does not have a browser installed, I used the headless setup process, which is very well-documented here:

I first tried my Mac for this, but couldn't get it working.  I gave up and succeeded with my Windows 10 PC.  I'm not saying that Windows is better--just that this is life in IT.  Give up and try another PC, OS, browser, cable, reboot, day.  Tomorrow my Mac will work, but Windows won't.

Here's an example rclone job.  As you can see it's very similar to rsync after you have the connection setup.

rclone sync /mnt/user/SourceFolder/ onedrive:backup/DestinationFolder/

I recommend running it manually with the --dry-run flag, so you can make sure it's gonna work.
Next, run it manually on a small folder.
Last, run the big guy!

If it's working, then schedule it in User Scripts.  Now you're backing up your UnRAID array data to cloud storage!