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  • SELinux, Apache/httpd, PHP establishing socket connections using fsockopen() et al
    10/25/2010 7:42PM
    So I was getting permission denied errors when attempting to establish an outgoing network connection to an smtp server from a PHP script running under the Apache webserver on a Fedora Core 13 box.  To get familiar with it, I've left SELinux enabled and, as they occur, I track down the issues it raises. One SELinux ... Read Full Article
  • SMTP Protocol to send an email message.
    10/25/2010 7:08PM
    Ages ago, I used to know the SMTP protocol by heart but these days I actually telnet into a mail server to diagnose problems so rarely that I forget the details. I could have sworn I had put an article up about this, but can't find it, so here goes. Telnet 25 localhost HELO test.com MAIL From: test@ ... Read Full Article
  • Changing/Editing Start/Program Menu in Fedora Core 13
    09/21/2010 10:20AM
    You would think that an editing tool would be included by default but it is not. So after some searching I discovered the tool needed is "alacarte". To install, as root in a terminal window: yum install alacarte After installation there will be a new menu item called System->Preference->Main Menu which will let you e ... Read Full Article
  • Fedora Core 13 on a Lenovo ThinkPad X100E
    09/19/2010 4:44PM
    I'm repeating my experiment with the Lenovo Thinkpad X100E. I picked one up directly from Lenovo. The product page is [here][1]. (not an affiliate link) I got the "Elite" version with the AMD Turion Neo X2 Dual-Core L625 (1.6GHz, 800MHz, 1MB L2) processor, 4 gigs of ram and a 320 gig drive. It's got a realtek wire ... Read Full Article
  • Useful Unix/Linux Find command
    06/28/2010 2:08PM
    One of the problems I face these days is that I do too many disparate things. As a result, some uncommon tasks take a little while to get figured out.  In this particular case I had a directory of photos spanning a few days. I wanted to use the dates of the photos to copy them into separate directories spanning the fo ... Read Full Article
  • Motorola Droid Faq
    03/29/2010 2:19PM
    For Droid owners: [http://androidforums.com/how-tips/17407-motorola-droid-ultra-faq.html ][1] [1]: http://androidforums.com/how-tips/17407-motorola-droid-ultra-faq.html%20 ... Read Full Article
  • keyboard auto-repeat on Fedora Core 12
    03/29/2010 10:24AM
    Every once in a while, under Fedora Core 12, keyboard auto-repeat will be turned off for some strange reason. To restore keyboard auto-repeat without having to restart Xwindows use the commant: > **xset r**  See the man page for more information on the xset command. ... Read Full Article
  • Fedora Core 12 vmware workstation 7 "c header files matching your running kernel" error
    03/06/2010 5:44PM
    I have finally given up on Ubuntu 9.10. I should have done that some time ago. I've switched to Fedora Core 12, which I was loathe to do because of some very bad experiences with previous versions. I'm happy to report that FC 12 suffers from none of the problems I saw in Ubuntu.  Networking works. Sound works. It' ... Read Full Article
  • Slow DNS Lookups in Ubuntu 9.10 (Karmic Koala)
    01/28/2010 11:28PM
    One of the most frustrating things about Ubuntu/Kubuntu 9.10 (and 9.04) is the random but frequent 20 sec DNS lookup delay that happens when IPV6 is enabled. Apparently, the resolver first attempts an IPV6 lookup, even if no interfaces are defined. It will sit and time out, at random, for 20 seconds before attempting t ... Read Full Article