Author Archives: Richard

Case insensitive constraint names in MySQL

By default, MySQL takes advantage of case-sensitive filenames on Linux, with lower_case_file_system = OFF and lower_case_table_names = 0 (i.e. the filesystem is case-sensitive, therefore database names are case sensitive; and table names aren’t forced to lower case). In this situation … Continue reading

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Building MySQL from source

After the introduction of the MySQL Enterprise Server, and the subsequent source-only release of Community Server 5.0.33, there was concern that MySQL would no longer provide official binary builds of the free Community Server. Fortunately, these concerns have now been … Continue reading

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Read only and read/write NFS mounts on Fedora

I share several directories from my Debian server to other machines on the network using NFS. On one of these machines, which runs Fedora Core, some of the directories are mounted read-only, whereas others are mounted read/write. After upgrading to … Continue reading

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Removing the hard disk from a VAIO VGN-FE31H

Removing the hard disk from a VAIO VGN-FE31H is pretty easy. It’s located on the right hand side of the laptop, at the front (to the right of the touchpad).

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Installing Windows XP Professional SP2 on a Sony VAIO VGN-FE31H

I recently bought a Sony VAIO VGN-FE31H. It’s a pretty nice laptop, except for all the proprietary software that it comes with. The first thing I wanted to do was reinstall Windows XP from scratch. I hoped that I would … Continue reading

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RealPlayer on Fedora Core 6

So you’ve installed Fedora Core 6, and the RealPlayer RPM from here. You go to Applications → Sound & Video → RealPlayer 10, and… nothing happens. Open up a terminal. Try to run RealPlayer from there. Chances are you’ll see … Continue reading

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del.icio.us extension for Firefox 2.0

I’m sure that others have pointed this out elsewhere, but it’s easy to get the Firefox extension for del.icio.us working on Firefox 2.0. Download the extension (delicious.xpi) to your computer, and then: open it up with WinZip, 7-Zip or whatever … Continue reading

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