Thinking of Running Windows Apps with Wine?

I still can’t kick the nasty habit either.  That darn windoze just doesn’t seem to be that easy to shake.  While I’d like to get rid of it entirely, there are certain applications that I need that can’t be run on Linux.  However, there is a nice program that most of you have heard of called Wine that will enable us to shake off the micromonster a bit more than we previously could.

Recently, I was cleaning up my bookmarks in mozilla and found an old link I had bookmarked called Frank’s Corner.  I revisited and was delighted to remember that this cozy little corner of the internet helped users to configure and install Wine to run Windows apps.  so if you are ready to cut the MS apron strings a bit more…come on over to Frank’s Corner and check things out.

PS:  Thanks to a reader who submitted the following added links for those wanting to setup wine.  The reader said that by utilizing the search function at the following sites, you have an abundance of info at your fingertips from which to help you get wine up and going/configured.

www.wine-wiki.org
http://appdb.winehq.org/

Thanks for the submission Cristiano Cangu!

Photo Albums in one shell command!

Managing photo albums with programs or flat files can be time consuming and tedious. However, there is an alternative. Through the use of Imagemagick and album, two fantastic programs, you can build your own photoalbum and even design your own skins utilizing CSS (cascading style sheets). I gave this tutorial a try and I had a sharp looking photo gallery in a matter of minutes. The great thing for me is that it was all command line so I didn’t have to have an Xsession to have it build an album on my server. I just SFTP in, drop the photos, open up a telnet session, executed the command, and viola! A sharp and clean photo album in the directory I executed the code.

Give it a try and you’ll agree…this software is very nice and very handy in case you need to add a photo album to your site.

Tutorial: http://www.linuxplanet.com/linuxplanet/tutorials/5681/2/

Imagemagick: http://www.imagemagick.org/

Album: http://marginalhacks.com/Hacks/album/

Host your own webserver for free

A while back, I wrote a tutorial for people who wanted to host their own webserver and webpage…and how they can do it for free. The original site of this tutorial was my favorite ‘for free’ tech help forum, http://daniweb.com

Not a bad thing to know if you want to host a gallery or fileserver for relatives or friends…or even if you want to have a blog to ‘talk shop’ to others 😉

The most important thing to note is that you can even host a page with dialup…something that I know all to well (go 28.8kbps!). While this tutorial isn’t detailed…you can post your questions in the thread here at Linuxblog Forums and I’ll do my best to help you set your webserver up. Without further banter…please continue on to the tutorial…

Edit: The forum has been taken down.

Firewalls and Routers Help

Do you cringe when a new vulnerability is announced in Windows? Do you sit idlely behind a standard all-in-one firewall/router that you picked up from a computer store? Did you know that you could be vulnerable to hacking?

I wrote a how-to for a Linux firewall utilizing an old computer and posted it to my favorite ‘for free’ tech support site, http://daniweb.com.  Hopefully, this will help some of you that need it.

LinuxBlog Forum Tip: http://linux-blog.org/forum/viewtopic.php?p=8#8

Daniweb Tutorial Direct: http://daniweb.com/tutorials/tutorial14094.html

Dual Booting? Reinstall Windows Without Losing Your Apps & Settings

I’ve found a nice tip for something that always happens….you have to reinstall Windows XP.  I’ve had to do this twice in the past 2 years for my Windows box.  This is especially good for those of us that dual boot…Nothing frustrates me more of having to do a complete reinstall and losing all of my apps and settings in the process (as I did on my first reinstall).  So I set out to find a way to reinstall without overwriting the important stuffs.  A buddy of mine that I work with scribbled this info down onto a paper for me…if it is posted somewhere else or from another site, I apologize and please correct me so that I might give credit where credit is due.

To keep your settings and apps, follow the instructions posted here:

(Link Removed…Forum is no longer being used)

I can’t get MySQL to work because of some sock error!

This is posted for those of us that use Slackware from time to time.

Take a deep breath…no wait. Take 5 deep ones.
Think happy thoughts.
Try the folowing:

su mysql
mysql_install_db

It could also be that your mysql libs are not ‘owned’ by your mysql user or that your mysql.sock file isn’t linked correctly. To correc this, try the following via shell

su root
ln -s /var/run/mysql/mysql.sock /tmp/mysql.sock
chown mysql /var/lib/mysql/*
chown mysql /var/lib/mysql/mysql/*

Now start mysql like this:

/etc/init.d/mysql start

If you can’t start it, change the file to start automatically during bootup and restart

chmod 755 /etc/rc.d/rc.mysqld
shutdown now
reboot