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reducing firefox screen footprint on a ubuntu netbook

Although I've switched to Chrome for most of my web browsing, I sometimes still need to fire up Firefox. One of my frustrations with that is that that even when I maximize (i don't use full screen because of some annoyances) Firefox it still wastes a lot of screen real estate on my netbook screen.

I finally figured out a pretty nice way to reduce the screen waste in 3 steps.

    Migrating Drupal from PostgreSQL to MySQL

    I recently decided to move some websites, including this one, to a hosting provider. For this I chose Green Geeks, because their price is reasonable and they are offsetting their carbon foot print by 300%. As part of that I had to move my Drupal sites from my existing PostgreSQL to MySQL backend. That wasn't as easy as it should have been, so here is a rough shot at what I did.

    openldap and the magic of latin-1 versus unicode in schema

    I just got done upgrading the OpenLDAP instance on my Gentoo system from version 2.3.43 to 2.4.19 only to find it non-functional after following the steps outlined in the warning. Well, here is how I fixed it.

    When I first attempted the upgrade, I was warned that things could break and suggested I follow these steps:

     *  1. /etc/init.d/slurpd stop ; /etc/init.d/slapd stop
     *  2. slapcat -l /root/ldapdump.1258652071.raw
     *  3. egrep -v '^entryCSN:' /ldapdump.1258652071.raw >/root/ldapdump.1258652071
    

    cyrus imap and the amazing bdb library issue and broken lmtp on gentoo

    I'm running Gentoo on my server. It's served me well, but every once in a while I really whack my head into some dumb stuff. This is the tale of how I tried to update my Cyrus IMAP server from version 2.3.13 to 2.3.14. I ended up running into a problem with the Berkeley DB versions and then something I can only describe as a broken lmtpd server. I ultimately persevered.

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