June 24, 2013


This one bit me in the proverbial recently. Was trying to setup phpmyadmin for a client on a different host to the database. This was installing apparently successfully, but failed after that. I hacked the installer code to and finally figured out that it was grant rights to the user@hostname (not user at IP address). So I changed the installer to lookup the IP and insert this. This got everything installed, but I was still have some other weird issues. Read more

November 12, 2012

How long can I make my Dell Latitude D630 last?

Recently I have been thinking about e-waste. We buy new phones and laptops every few years (or less), and what do we do with the old stuff? I discussed this a little bit previously in my post about mobile phones. So, in an effort to be a little more vigilant, I am going to try and see how long I can make my current laptop last. I will allow myself to replace some components and then try and re-use, dispose of appropriately or give away/sell the replaced components. Read more

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