Selling stuff

There goes my old MP3 player and the Palm m100 of a friend. Lately I became kind of addicted to the Romanian equivalent of Ebay, Okazii.ro. Now I know why US people love Ebay so much. You can get some fantastic deals on these kind of sites…

Cold, exams, more memory and some books

Well, winter stayed alright. I didn’t have any time for updates lately because most of the last days I went out and snowboarded my ass off… And when I didn’t went out I was “learning” for my damn exams. One of which I blew badly. And tomorrow comes the hardest one. And I don’t know how I’ll manage. I should learn some but… I’ll try anyway.

What happened in the meantime? I reprogrammed a site but I’m not too proud of it because the current design (not mine) only works on IE. Mozilla and Safari display an incredible mess. But the pure CSS version is almost ready now and I hope the guys behind the site will agree to switch to it. I really blew my eyes off measuring in Photoshop and using Windows’ built in calculator just to adjust everything at pixel level. Yayks.

What else? I’m planning to buy a 64 MB Secure Digital memory card for my Palmtop because the e-books I have really eat up a lot of space and I like to have a dictionary onboard too, as Mobipocket Reader really excells in dictionary integration or at least the feature is far better implemented than in Palm Reader.

This reminds me that I found a superb offer in the Mobipocket newsletter for some books I intended to read a long time ago. I’m talking about the Mars Series by Kim Stanley Robinson. The fact is that I have Red Mars, the first book of the series, on paper (as in: a real book) in my personal library but I was always somehow frustrated to read it knowing that Green and Blue Mars also exist but I couldn’t find these two additional books anywhere in the libraries around my town. So, I didn’t want to read Red Mars and find it fantastic and then weep that I don’t have the other volumes. But there came the Mobipocket offer with Red and Green Mars for $6.99 and Blue Mars and The Martians for another $6.99 and I jumped on it. So now I finally have some cool stuff to read.

I just wish to finish my exams alive…

I wanted it? Here it is!

Winter in front of my house Snow and winter. The first obviously brought the second even if the second was theoretically here a long time ago. What a philosopher I am.

I hope it’ll continue to snow and that it will stick around for a while (as it did last year) because I really want to go and ride a little. A friend promised me we’ll go skiing / boarding on Saturday but I obviously had to discover that I’m having an exam on that day. Arrrgh. And it would be cool if I’d have it in the morning, because after finishing with it, I’d come home, grab my equipment and in one hour I’d be on the slopes. But of course it has to start at 2PM so all my Saturday is messed up… Double Arrrgh. I’m a bit upset.

But it continues to snow and this makes me so happy!

Finally cable!

First came the will: “I want to re-install my TV card to be able to watch Seinfeld!”

Three days passed in a row, Seinfeld was already airing each night but I wasn’t watching it. Why? Because I always forgot to reconnect the cable in the splitter up in the attic.

But as I went up for a quick cat check seeing the splitter I remembered and connected it. I came down. Searched for my TV card. Remembered I stashed it in it’s box up in the attic along with other empty boxes. Went up, took it, OK, ready to plug in. One thing was missing though. The cable plug adapter. I scored my room for about one and a half an hour. I checked each little box and each corner. Obviously, I found nothing. Exasperated I called the friend whom I last borrowed the card hoping the adapter was laying somewhere forgotten in his room. He said it’s not, but advised me I can find “cable plug to RCA plug adapters” at any electronics store.

Cable to RCA… RCA. RCA! Damn! I opened one of my many boxes with stuff and got an RCA plug. Took the antenna plug off. Solder. 5 minutes later: Voila, the cable had a shiny RCA plug at the end of it. Another 5 minutes later (driver installation) I was watching TV on my computer.

Upgrading PHP on a Cobalt RaQ 550

So, after the success of getting MySQL to work properly on the server I installed phpMyAdmin. It didn’t work at first but I changed something in php.ini (described later) and then it did but it was complaining and suggesting a PHP upgrade. So I checked the version and my jaw nearly dropped when I saw the spanking new RaQ 550 was running stone age old PHP 4.0.6. Argh. It was time to search for a guide on upgrading PHP on RaQ 550. I found it quick.

That guide is very well written and so it’s easy to follow but I had to do a few things differently on my client’s appliance. First of all as 4.3.4 is the latest stable version of PHP at the time of writing this I obviously used this version and not 4.3.3 as stated in the guide. It looked like I didn’t have IMAP and libmcrypt installed and I didn’t bother to install them (maybe I’ll need them in the future, and I’ll have to install them and recompile PHP, grrr!) so I dropped the following three lines from my ./configure command:

--with-imap \
--with-imap-ssl \
--with-mcrypt=shared \

This way the ./configure command went through without any problems. Then down at the ‘Modify user-space web server to use new PHP library’ section the following lines:

AddType application/x-httpd-php4 .php3
AddType application/x-httpd-php4 .php4
AddType application/x-httpd-php4 .php

were not located in the httpd.conf file on my appliance but in srm.conf which is in the same directory. Obviously, I modified that file.

What this guide omits to say (because it isn’t really it’s scope) but I found in another document is that if you want to make PHP work with MySQL you have to add the following line to your /etc/httpd/php.ini file:

extension=mysql.so

After saving the .ini file do not forget to restart httpd by typing the /etc/init.d/httpd restart command.

So! After configuring, making, modifying and restarting everything as described in the guide with the few minor changes as mentioned earlier it worked! Well, I was really pleased with myself and after installing a newsletter utility I went to bed knowing I just played with a 2500 euros-per-year thingie and didn’t brake anything. Phew!