Make Synology <3 TransIP Stack

Make Synology <3 TransIP Stack

Note 1: It seems this no longer work (see comments)

Note 2: I currently use Hetzner as a backup location. They have a product called storage box. It supports WebDAV and they have different options. From €9,56 for 1TB up to €48,28 for 10TB of storage. Which brings it down to €4,83 per TB per month. It’s fast and reliable. Using it for some time now and it’s definitely worth the money.

Synology Hyper Backup can backup to WebDAV servers. Stack has support for WebDAV but They don’t seem to like each other. If you follow a few Dutch forum threads  (1 2 ). Users mention that the use of Sparse files is the problem. Hyper Backup creates a Sparse file in WebDAV backups in nas_1.hbk/Pool/bucketID.counter.1

The filename tells us that it’s used as a counter. After creation of the backup task it seems to be empty (I tested this with another WebDAV server 😉 ). If we manually try to upload this file to Stack we receive an error. “Method not allowed”

So, let’s see what is actually in this file. Well it’s empty… Continue reading “Make Synology ❤ TransIP Stack”

Secure Pillar in SaltStack with GPG

Encrypting your Pillar data is recommended because it contains your most valuable information like passwords and keys used in your infrastructure. Pillar data is held by the Salt master and only send through an encrypted bus to Minions when used in a state file. Using Pillar makes sure that sensitive information is only available on the servers that need access. The weak spot here is the Salt master and all other places where your Pillar sls files are stored in plain text. You may for example use GitHub or another external code hosting service.
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Use 8Tracks outside the US / Canada

In February 8Tracks announced a change in their international streaming. Users from outside the US and Canada can no longer stream music from directly. Instead 8Tracks offers the option to play via Youtube. I experienced that the Youtube option did not really work well and found that you can still stream from the website.

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Improve Todoist recurring tasks

The built-in feature in Todoist for recurring tasks is quite simple. Just write “Clean catbox every week” and each time you mark the task as done, it will be added to your list for the next week.

It’s not possible to move the task to another day if you’re for example not at home to clean the catbox on the specified day. If you move it to another day the recurring function is gone.


There is a simple way with IFTTT to achieve this. You can add recurring tasks to a separate project and give those a label with a number. This number represents the amount of days to wait before the task has to be done again after it’s finished (so for one week we use 7). Within Todoist it looks like a normal task and it’s possible to move it to another day. When it’s marked as done, IFTTT will create a new one for you in the future. Check this recipe.
IFTTT Recipe: recurring tasks for Todoist connects todoist to todoist

This solution does have it’s limitations. Recurring tasks can only be placed in one project without other labels and notes. I don’t need those features on recurring tasks so for me this is a good solution.