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Oct 12, 2010

Can't start mysql server

Can't connect to local MySQL server through socket '/var/run/mysqld/mysqld.sock

If you get the above error on Ubuntu and you have tried all the things suggested by others (permissions, recreating the socket file, reboot, bind address change) you may want to try stopping apparmor and starting again mysql.

service apparmor stop
service mysql start

later edit
to do: instructions for correct configuration of apparmor, since stopping the service is a bit barbarian(but efficient).

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Feb 15, 2010

Wordpress 2.9.2 launched today

A new version is available for the leading blog software platform WordPress. From the list of fixed things in version 2.9.2, change log:

* Fixed problem where where logged in users can peek at trashed posts belonging to other authors.
* Fixed other issues (? what exactly means this?)

Trac report:
id summary owner type priority component version
11600 gzuncompress() error on http.php line 1824
defect (bug) normal HTTP 2.9
11736 Invalid HTML at [12228]
defect (bug) normal Administration 2.9
11810 Some users able to comment on unpublished posts
defect (bug) normal Comments 2.9.1
12060 Asymmetric Slashing in [12052] ryan defect (bug) normal Query 2.9
12156 rss_update_frequency FILTER
defect (bug) normal Feeds 2.9.1
12173 I18n: Message contains unescaped '100%', translation fail
defect (bug) normal General
11922 Pages Hooked by add_menu_page() Have No Security westi defect (bug) high Role/Capability
The software authors recommend to update to the latest version ...

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Feb 9, 2010

Windows 7 on MSI Wind U100

After the problems I had with Ubuntu 9.10 I decided to try to install Windows 7 on my Advent netbook(a MSI Wind U100 clone).

I was very impressed to notice that installing Windows 7 was as easy as installing the latest version of Ubuntu. I used a tool available from their site to create a bootable USB. It's called Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool and this is the link to get it:

Installation took about 30 minutes and everything worked out of the box except wireless and the scroll. Oh how I HATE that RTL8187SE! No OS likes it. I found some posts saying that it should work after a Windows Update, but it wasn't my case.

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Feb 8, 2010

Ubuntu 9.10 on MSI Wind U100

I just finished installing Ubuntu 9.10 karmic on my netbook few moments ago. Of course nothing works ... I feel like I'm back in the days of Windows 95. For the moment the list of things that are NOT working:
  • Wireless drivers (rtl8187se chip set I believe)
  • Webcam (never used it anyway)
  • Flash is missing

I'm a bit disappointed about all those things not working out of the box, but I'll have to find a way around.

Things that are working:
  • Sound
  • Bluetooth

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