Simple manual Backup with robocopy

I wanted to have a “simple” solution for an (external) backup of my USB stick. The simplest way would be copy and paste, but I wanted something more robust. So what gets you robust copying of files in Windows? Robust File Copy – robocopy –, of course.

I use this manually, but for internal or permanently attached drives etc. this could be automated with task planning and removing the user promts.

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Panic Button/Silent Alarm with innovaphone IP PBX and optional Shelly button 1

Innovaphone has got a tutorial on how to implement a panic alarm with a function key on an IP phone which uses a BC conference object. This is good, but depends on the availybility of the function key. The key wouldn’t be available if you’re not on the IP phone’s home screen.

I needed something that can utilise a dedicated hardware button. Another helpful tip came from Nicos innovaphone Blog using multicast announcements.

This enabled me to build the following using a http command with a Shelly button 1:

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Splitting PDF files with pdfsam

I had some trouble saving MS Word form letters to individual files, since Word lacks this functionality and macros didn’t quite do what I needed.

After some more searching I found pdfsam, which is — in its Basic version — free and open source software.

Now after I create a form letter in Word, I save the merged file as a PDF. Afterwards I just run it through pdfsam to split the file into new ones every n pages.