Mindblown: a blog about philosophy.

  • OpenVZ and UFW

    So I found another problem area with the OpenVZ host and the Ubuntu Server. A good firewall is important for the safety of a server, but I, at least feel overwhelmed at the complexity and risk of messing things up very badly to directly touch iptables, and I have only done on rare occasions, and […]

  • ERROR 2002 (HY000): Can’t connect to local MySQL server through socket ‘/var/run/mysqld/mysqld.sock’

    So you ran an upgrade, or got carried away tweaking things on your server, and now MySQL is acting like an island of its own. Your websites can’t connect, your phpmyadmin can’t connect, and you are miserable. You get errors like ERROR 2002 (HY000): Can’t connect to local MySQL server through socket ‘/tmp/mysqld.sock’ and, you […]

  • Problems upgrading your Ubuntu Server to 12.04 Ubuntu Precise Pangolin?

    If you are running a Ubuntu server on a VPS, the latest upgrade may have brought dismay with warnings and errors and finally failure. Some of the sample output can look like: Processing triggers for man-db … locale: /lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libc.so.6: version `GLIBC_2.15′ not found (required by locale) locale: /lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libc.so.6: version `GLIBC_2.14′ not found (required by locale) […]

  • Configuring Privoxy to use TOR

    In these days of censorship concerns, increasing numbers of people are using TOR as a proxy and thus, increasing numbers of people are configuring their browsers wrong and going to the TOR check page only to realize that for all their proxy configurations, they either cannot see the page at all, or they see the […]

  • Posting using Twitter api without permission

    There is this service called Tweet cloud, which analyses your tweets for keywords and creates a cloud with the most highly used ones. Pretty. interesting too. However, I find that when it posts a link to your cloud, it also posts an image of the cloud using twitpic. How does it login to twitpic to […]

  • WordPress Database Error: You have an error in your SQL syntax

    When I used a slideshow plugin on AamJanata, I got this error. WordPress database error: [You have an error in your SQL syntax; check the manual that corresponds to your MySQL server version for the right syntax to use near ‘orderorder` INT(11) NOT NULL DEFAULT ‘0” at line 1] ALTER TABLE wp_gallery_slides CHANGE COLUMN order […]

  • Permission denied: make_sock: could not bind to address

    Did you just type service apache2 restart or /etc/init.d/apache2 restart and get stuff like: * Starting web server apache2 ulimit: 88: error setting limit (Operation not permitted) (13)Permission denied: make_sock: could not bind to address no listening sockets available, shutting down Unable to open logs Action ‘start’ failed. The Apache error log may have […]

  • The Kloutocalypse

    The Kloutocalypse

    Klout recently did an upgrade of their algorithm or crystal ball or whatever it is that they use. I lost about 15 points or so. as a result. My Klout score was 80 and it came down to 65. Curious, I looked around to see what exactly was happening. Outrage abounded, and I investigated further. […]

  • Fraudulent method of earning from Twitter

    So I read some article and decided to share it on Twitter. I used the button placed conveniently, and the popup box had several options to configure. It was distracting, and by the time I hit tweet, I realized that there was a checkbox pre-selected to enter me for an iPad giveaway. Like so: Please […]

  • Rewrite / Disk Cache-enhanced / Minify not working in W3 Total Cache : Idiotproof checklist

    W3 Total Cache is hands down the best speed solution I have ever found for WordPress. However, it can be a little intimidating to configure, and sometimes gets you stuck. Being a self-learned admin, I am more often the idiot, so I go back to what works and figure it out. Here’s my bombproof checklist […]

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