nook backup

nobody needs to be reminded of the significance of backups. usually never needed, but when they are, you're in a do or die!

my backup strategy is to backup every new device, soon as i get my hands on it. and then, before every significant change. sometimes, i might just take two backups and compare them.

nook community has made the backup process rather straightforward.

download noogie.img from either: (recommended)

extract .img, if you downloaded the .gz
$ gunzip noogie.img.gz

write .img to a spare sdcard. note: sdcard contents will be erased.
# dd if=noogie.img of=/dev/sd? bs=1M

1. power-off the nook
2. insert noogie sdcard
3. power-on the nook
4. usb connect to computer
5. backup/restore disk/partition

depending on your os/preferences, your step #5 might be different. restore process is the same.

i use debian, and find the standard nix utils to be the best, most efficient, and universal.

to backup
# dd if=/dev/sdb of=backup.img bs=1M

to restore
# dd if=backup.img if=/dev/sdb bs=1M

gzip the .img, ensuring integrity and save diskspace
$ gzip -9 backup.img

nook simple touch

this device has been makes waves among the developer community, since barnes & noble reduced the list price to £29. since, i'm not an early adopter, i waited a while, till the first lot did some testing for me and produced relatively positive feedback.

i went in to my local curry's, and found that company probably not particularly keen on long-term survival. good assistants, probably useless senior management. so i hopped across to the argos next-door, and ordered one for home-delivery in two days. argos waived the delivery charges, as it was not in-stock. excellent all-round service, and i went back to them for accessories.

my motivations for buying this device:
1. mature developer community / open-source / android
2. e-ink screen -- good for my eyes :-)
3. battery life -- 2mths !?
4. cheap enough -- £29

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