Friday, May 23, 2008

Linux Wireless Setup Common Problems

1) Error for wireless request "Set Mode" (8B06) :
SET failed on device wlan0 ; Device or resource busy.

Determining IP information for wlan0... [Failed]

Solution: Change the settings in Network Manager for Fedora (or your distro) to not start the card at startup.

Additionally, add Network Manager and NetworkManagerDispatcher in the services.

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Thursday, May 22, 2008

Windows XP SP2 install on Thinkpad T61

If the windows install says "No Hard Disk Found", then
1) Go to BIOS setup (F1 at BIOS screen)
2) Select Config
3) Select Serial ATA (SATA)
4) Select "Compatibility"

Once you've installed Windows XP, be sure to download the "Intel Matrix Storage Management Driver," as specified below. Once the software is installed, you may go back into the BIOS setup, and do the same as above--but set it to "AHCI" instead.

Intel Matrix Storage Manager Driver/SATA Hard Drive
Windows XP does not include support for the SATA hard drive out of the box. To install, you have two options. ONE, have the hard drive in "Compatibility" mode, which will allow you to install XP without worrying about drivers. SECOND, you can download and extract the drivers to an external storage device, and install them when the XP installation asks if you'd like to manually install any drivers. Note that, in my experience, the first option is easiest--afterall, you can easily install the drivers after XP is installed, and then switch back to AHCI mode.

If you're interested, the drivers are available here (they also contain detailed instructions on both methods of installation):

Problem: During installing the Audio Drivers, if you see "HDA Audio Bus Driver required for Installation", then download Microsoft hot fix KB88111 from URL
and then once you install this, XP should say "Found New hardware". Now, install your audio drivers.

Additional Information

Monday, May 19, 2008

Steve Ballmer feasts on eggs at Hungarian University

It is really an unfortunate incident where Steve Ballmer is subjected to a flurry of eggs by a protestor at an Hungarian University.

Well Steve. You are not the only one. Gov.Arnold Schwarggeneger was subjected to one during the Gubernatorial race.

Sunday, May 18, 2008

Free FTP Client for Windows

Do not be swayed by the myriad commercial tools (even free ones). What you need is Filezilla.

Free FTP Client For Windows (or any other platform) is Filezilla. Do a google search on it.

Installing Mediawiki on Windows (Simple Guide)

Let us say that you want to install a wiki on your home computer/server for personal reasons and it is running windows... The following cheat sheet will help you get a mediawiki installed.

1) Get XAMPP Lite from
2) Unzip it into C: directory
3) Unzip media wiki into C:
4) Now under C:/xampplite/htdocs, copy the mediawiki directory and rename it to something that you want the wiki to be called - htdocs/mywiki or htdocs/personalwiki etc.
5) Start apache,mysql using the bat scripts under c:/xampp-lite.
6) http://localhost/mywiki or http://localhost/personalwiki (or any other wiki name you have given).
7) Configure your mediawiki.
8) Move the LocalSettings.php file one level up in the folder structure.


"Could not find a suitable database driver! * For MySQL, compile PHP using --with-mysql, or install the module"

- You are trying to do the regular mediawiki install. Try the xampp way.

"Parse error: syntax error, unexpected T_NAMESPACE, expecting T_STRING"

- PHP 5.3 issue. Use PHP 5.2 until there is a mediawiki fix for this.

Failed opening required includes/WebStart.php

- Check the case of the file names transferred. Some free commercial ftp agent had converted mixed case file names during transfer all to lower case. FileZilla maintains the case of the files during transfer.

Customizing MediaWiki
Adsense With MediaWiki

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

HP acquiring EDS for $14B. What does it mean?

Wow, the acquisitions are happening at a staggering pace. Think of the workforces, heterogeneous systems and cultures that need to be synergized. The acquisition of EDS by HP for $13.2+ billion means opportunities for HP in the services world.

Monday, May 12, 2008

NoroVirus at Java One 2008

Please tell me that this story is not true. I am hearing reports of attendees falling sick at the Java One Conference in Moscone Center. Apparently, Norovirus is the culprit.

Some references are mentioned here.

Another reference is

This morning, I found out what was wrong. I got one of those delightful ALL CAPS emails from JavaOne informing me that we had all been the subject of a viral attack by the dreaded Norovirus. So that was it!

Seriously, Java One is quite boring if you just attend the conference. What you should look forward to is meeting your colleagues (from different parts of the world), meet your competitors, share tips from the landscape and make social/professional contacts. For that matter, any conference is boring if you do not take into effect the "Human" factor.

I hope the Virus outbreak will not dampen the spirits of frequent Java One attendees.

refers to potentially serious happenings at the Moscone....

Mark Little talks about the virus outbreak in his blog post.

Friday, May 09, 2008

Where is JRockit downloads?

There is a thread on bea forums looking for JRockit downloads.

It is not clear where the downloads for jrockit are..

You can get the patched versions of jrockit for security vulnerabilities from BEA security advisory.

Thursday, May 01, 2008

PCI Compliance for ECommerce Software

I am placing the following link as a reference.

Websphere eCommerce Software and PCI-DSS.