Monday, November 11, 2013

Names Encyclopedia

Today I've found some interesting details about my name Ana and about my surname Aman. The surnames is used in more than 49 countries. About Ana I knew it's popular but I thought Aman is rare. Aman it's also used as a firstname in 47 countries.

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

dpkg: warning: 'ldconfig' not found in PATH or not executable.

After messing up a little with apt-get, no matter what I did, I was getting this:

dpkg: warning: 'ldconfig' not found in PATH or not executable.

It was not a matter of PATH, because I tried to find ldconfig and it was missing indeed. Here is how I fixed it:

aptitude download libc-bin
dpkg-deb -x libc-bin* libc_unpacked
cp libc_unpacked/sbin/ldconfig* /sbin/

And then everything was back to normal.

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Can't connect to local MySQL server through socket

On Lunarpages I was getting this error while trying to use mysqldump from the shell account:

$ mysqldump -u user -p database > db.sql
Enter password:

mysqldump: Got error: 2002: Can't connect to local MySQL server through socket '/var/lib/mysql/mysql.sock' (2) when trying to connect

A quick fix I found is to use the --protocol=TCP parameter.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

I disavow the Google Disavow Tool

By launching this tool, I think Google admits that their algorithm is flawed and it requires manual assistance. But again, Google is clever and they get this assistance for free from some people who have nothing better to do than monitor their back links all the time.

This link spam hunting is becoming ridiculous. Now many webmasters keep doing whois on domains and sending emails or completing contact forms asking their links to be removed.

Why not use this time and energy to improve the quality of the site?

Friday, August 10, 2012

Cricket or Grasshopper? Stop the confusion!

Cricket definition
Insect having long antennae and, in the males, the ability to produce a chirping sound (stridulation) by rubbing together the leathery forewings. It's commonly found in pastures and meadows (field cricket) or on trees and shrubs (tree cricket). A cricket sounds like this.

Grasshopper definition
Herbivorous insect with the hind legs adapted for leaping and having chewing mouth parts, some species being highly destructive to vegetation. They also make easily heard noises by rubbing the hind femurs against the forewings or abdomen. Grasshoppers sound like this.

How to differentiate (this applies only to common species):
  • Most crickets are black or dark brown while most grasshoppers are green or light brown.
  • Field crickets have very limited jumping ability while grasshoppers can jump very high.
  • The crickets sound is very calming, like "cri-cri-cri".
  • The cricket head is round like a ball, the grasshopper head is somewhere between egg-shaped and triangular.
  • Most common cricket species cannot fly, while most of grasshoppers are pretty good flyers on short distances.