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ShutterTux 2014 Desktop Calendar

2014 is here. I’m glad to know you’ll are here. I appreciate the support you have been imparting here on ShutterTux. As a small gift, I’ve created a desktop calendar for 2014. The calendar contains some of my best photographs. Download it, Print it, Spiral bind it & you’ve your desktop calendar ready. May it fuel you to photograph more in 2014.

For 2014, I wish all of you a healthy, wealthy & successful year. May all your desires come true. Stay blessed. :)

Download the ShutterTux 2014 Desktop Calendar

The gifting season is here & if you’ve to gift something to a photographer friend, colleague or better half of yours, things can get bit expensive. Most of the photography gear is expensive & if you have a modest budget things can get sticky. Here I list some gift ideas for photographers which will appeal to the photographers & not even burn hole in the pocket of one who is gifting.

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As we saw earlier, Rsync can be a nifty tool to transfer data across the systems in an organization while taking backup. However, its prompt for password during transfers can irritate everytime you transfer. Even having a cron-job for automatic backups using rsync will mean you having to enter password which defeats the purpose of cron-job. Here I will show you how you can use rsync over ssh to sync data across computers without password. That’s right, password less transfers with rsync.

First on your server(IP:192.168.100.101) create a ssh key using ssh-keygen,

#ssh-keygen

It will ask you for a location, hit enter for the default location. Next you’ll be prompted for a pass-phrase, hit enter & confirm it with another enter. We want the pass-phrase to be blank. You’ll get the following.

Generating public/private rsa key pair.
Enter file in which to save the key (root/.ssh/id_rsa):
Enter passphrase (empty for no passphrase):
Enter same passphrase again:
Your identification has been saved in /root/.ssh/id_rsa.
Your public key has been saved in /root/.ssh/id_rsa.pub.

Next we will need to copy the public key to the remote system(192.168.100.102). On the local system(192.168.100.101) enter the following;

#ssh-copy-id -i /root/.ssh/id_rsa.pub 192.168.100.102

You’ll be prompted for password for the remote system. Once you enter it, the key will be copied on the remote host. Now you can use rsync to connect & transfer to the remote system(192.168.100.102) without any password prompt.

#rsync -avz -e ssh /root/Desktop/test root@192.168.100.102:/root/Desktop

Now the transfer will be commenced without any prompt for password. You can transfer your public key to various other systems on your network to facilitate a password-less rsync over ssh.

At times, we need to combine multiple pdf file’s into one pdf file. However, instead of running to get a dedicated program to join the multiple pdf’s, here is a simple & fast way to do so.

Convert command can be used to merge multiple pdf’s into one. Convert command is a subset of the ‘ImageMagick’ suite of tools. So you’ll need to install it first from your distribution’s repository. On a Fedora/Red Hat system it can be done by;

#yum install ImageMagick

Once installed, simply open a terminal & navigate to the directory where you have the multiple pdf’s which need to be merged into one pdf. Once there issue;

$convert file1.pdf file2.pdf output.pdf

I created a calendar for the coming year & in all had 12 pdf’s for each month which I wanted to be merged into one. Hence, I issued the following;

$convert Jan.pdf Feb.pdf March.pdf April.pdf May.pdf June.pdf July.pdf August.pdf September.pdf October.pdf November.pdf December.pdf calendar.pdf

Here my output pdf file will be named ‘calendar.pdf’. Once you execute the above command, it will take sometime(depending on how big or small & how many pdf’s are) and once done it will return you to the prompt. Now your merged pdf file will be saved in the same folder by the name you gave in the command above.

That’s it! It’s so easy.

RSync is useful for fast incremental transfer of data. It is very popular across business organizations as it comes with some pretty handy features which sets it apart from the rest. Some of them are;

1) Security – One can transmit the data using the ssh tunneling which provides encryption & safety from eavesdroppers.

2) Speed – Since rsync transmits only the data which has changed over subsequent time, the transmission is fast as only the bits which are changed are transferred & not the entire file. This can mean tremendous saving of time. It also comes with options which lets you fine-tune the transfer which can further improve the transfer speed.

3) Less Bandwidth Intensive – Rsync uses compression & decompression algorithms at the sending & receiving end respectively. This not only speeds up the transfer but also saves the bandwidth.

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