Remove the Global Menu from Ubuntu 12.04

I do enjoy the latest Ubuntu incarnation 12.04, Precise Pangolin. However, the global menu is just something that I cannot deal with. It probably stems from my phobia of the Apple operating systems. The good news is that this can be dealt with pretty easily by removing the errant package causing the behavior. Simply execute the following command:
$ sudo apt-get autoremove appmenu-gtk appmenu-gtk3 appmenu-qt
Then restart. All should be right with the world.
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Upgraded to ESXi 5.0



  Made the move and upgraded my hypervisors from ESXi 4.1 to ESXi 5.0 today.  Boot from USB still works great.


How to make time synchronization work across virtual machine suspends.

When using Linux under VMware, a guest's system time is affected when it is paused or suspended.  This is because the ntp daemon will give up when the time difference is too great.  I typically do not experience this problem because most of my guests are constantly running on an ESXi server.  My first exposure to this problem was when I started using VMware workstation on my laptop for development instead of the native OS.

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One of these days, I will replace this theme...

Upgrading WCM software.

I am upgrading the website this evening.  After the upgrades, I am going to leave things in a temporary theme for a while. Sorry for the mess.

Overcoming SELinux when changing the default MySQL data directory

This evening, I chose to install MySQL 5.5 instead of accepting the 5.1 version that shipped with my CentOS 6  Linux distribution.  After dutifully downloading the binaries and successfully installing the RPMs, I received the following error message when starting mysqld:


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Goodbye, Ollie

Rest in peace Olivia Kennedy a.k.a Ollie.Ollie


  1997 - 2011



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Linux Software RAID-1 Rebuild

Hard DriveWell, I have just received the RMA replacement of my failed Samsung HD204UI 2TB drive.  Now it is time to put the drive back into my Linux server and rebuild the RAID-1 (mirror) array so that the data resumes its highly-available state.  Here are the steps I took:

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Samba Issue, Culprit is Windows 7 HomeGroup

Well, I have finally taken a few minutes out of a weekend to track down the cause of an annoyance lingering in the syslog of my NAS server.  A file server where I host both NFS and SMB/CIFS resources. The annoying entry in my logs was the following:

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Site Moved

I have just finished moving the site to a new hosting location.  Still working through minor adjustments.  Things like re-establishing my theme are high on the priority list.

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