Upgraded Yourls from 1.2 to 1.4.3.

I finally upgraded Yourls in an attempt to get back to the Twitter plugin. Simple to upgrade.

Backup yourls directory location.
Backup yourls MySQL database.
Remove everything from your yourls location.
Unzip the new yourls software.
Copy the config_sample.php to config.php. The configuration files are location in the includes directory.
Modify the config.php with your site specific settings.
I had to modify the following definitions:

And, because I was upgrading from 1.2, I had to add the following definitions:
define(‘YOURLS_DB_TABLE_URL’, ‘url’);
define(‘YOURLS_DB_TABLE_NEXTDEC’, ‘next_id’);

Go to your yourls site:
Login and upgrade.

How to enable compression in an apache web server.

This worked great for me for all of my websites. I did this globally by adding the following in my /etc/http/conf/httpd.conf file. I had no other Location options enabled. I could do this by VirtualHost, buy opted not to for now, since I have very little upload bandwidth.

I took this, as is, from http://httpd.apache.org/docs/2.0/mod/mod_deflate.html.

# Insert filter
SetOutputFilter DEFLATE

# Netscape 4.x has some problems…
BrowserMatch ^Mozilla/4 gzip-only-text/html

# Netscape 4.06-4.08 have some more problems
BrowserMatch ^Mozilla/4\.0[678] no-gzip

# MSIE masquerades as Netscape, but it is fine
# BrowserMatch \bMSIE !no-gzip !gzip-only-text/html

# NOTE: Due to a bug in mod_setenvif up to Apache 2.0.48
# the above regex won’t work. You can use the following
# workaround to get the desired effect:
BrowserMatch \bMSI[E] !no-gzip !gzip-only-text/html

# Don’t compress images
SetEnvIfNoCase Request_URI \
\.(?:gif|jpe?g|png)$ no-gzip dont-vary

# Make sure proxies don’t deliver the wrong content
Header append Vary User-Agent env=!dont-vary

Wordbook plugin.

I am trying to get the wordbook plugin to post on my facebook wall.

Event ID 21 and 42 – Terminal Server license errors.

If a Windows Terminal server client receives the following kind, they need to remove the corrupt license registry key on the client. The following two messages were identified on a Citrix license server.

The solution was to remove the following registry key:


The key will be recreated the next time the client connects to the Citrix server.

How to increase shmmax kernel parameter in linux.

Used the following to modify the shmmax kernel parameter in Fedora 13 after updating postgresql on a machine running WiKID for two-factor authentication.

Modifies the parameter:
# sysctl -w kernel.shmmax=67108864
Changes the parameter so a reboot is not required.
# sysctl -p /etc/sysctl.conf

To keep the new setting after rebooting:
# vi /etc/sysctl.conf


Hex editor – vi?

Open the file as your normally would ( For example, vi mybinary.fil):
To view in hex:
Enter the following from command mode: :%!xxd

To switch back:
Enter the following from command mode: :%!xxd -r

If you are making changes you want to save, make sure you switch back before saving the file. Otherwise, you end up saving the file as the text you see when viewing the file in hex mode.

Yourls restored.

I ended up having to just restore the old files. Someday when I get more time, I will figure out what is wrong. I believe the plugin is too new for the version of Yourls I am running (1.2).

YOURLS plugin after upgrade.

I am having trouble with the yourls plugin for WordPress, since I updated it this morning. It keeps saying the username or password is incorrect despite manually verifying them. Might have to test sending some tweets. Sorry.

More AT&T, iPhone musings.

Recently, I was up in the heart of San Francisco. As somebody who lives about 15 miles north of the San Fernando Valley in Los Angeles and gets ok AT&T/iPhone service, I have to say that I think that people that are complaining in the Bay Area are a bunch of spoiled, whining babies. From every corner of the city, I was amazed by the great service I was getting compared to what I get at home. Just goes to show you, it is all relative. Come to Santa Clarita Valley and then you guys might have something to complain about.

Create a custom SMS/MMS tone on an iPhone.

To create a custom SMS tone for a jailbroken iPhone on MacOS from iTunes:

1.) Start iTunes.
2.) Go to Preferences/General.
3.) Click “Import Settings” next to “Ask To Import CD.”
4.) Change “Import Using” from “Mp3 Encoder” or other to “Aiff Encoder.”
5.) Right click on the song you want to convert and go to “Get Info.”
6.) Click on the Options tab and go to “Start Time” and “Stop Time.”
7.) Enter the desired time range that you want and click “Ok.”. It should be less than 30 seconds in duration.
8.) Right click the clip and click “Create AIFF Version.”
9.) Rename the resulting .aif file to sms-received[1-6].cap.
For example: Rename myfile.aif to sms-received1.cap.
10.) Ensure that ssh is installed on your jailborken iPhone.
11.) Replace one of the sms-received[1-6].caf files in /System/Library/Audio/UISounds with your newly created sms-received[1-6].cap file. I used FileZilla to transfer the file from my Mac to the iPhone, but you can use any sftp/scp client or the command line from Terminal.
12.) Now, on your iPhone, you can find your newly create sound in Settings/Sounds/”New Text Message.” The selection names do not change, but you can select each one to hear the sample to find your custom SMS/MMS text sound.
13.) Remember to switch back to Import Settings in iTunes.

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