Amarok cannot connect to MySQL database

I deleted all instances of ‘amarok’ in $HOME/.kde4/share, and dropped the ‘amarokdb’ database, and dropped ‘amarokuser’, and re-created everything, but it still wouldn’t connect.

It turns out the solution is simple. Just change the password in the Amarok settings page from ‘password’ to something else (e.g. ‘password123’). Change the ‘amarokuser’ password, too, in mysql. Restart Amarok, and they can connect.

This is a bug in Amarok, as it doesn’t have a default password configured, one must be explicitly set.  Source

aircrack-NG Intel PRO Wireless 3945 a/b/g SUPPORT!

Iwl3945 is the new driver for the Intel PRO/Wireless 3945ABG wireless chipset. It includes new features like:

  • Managed and monitor mode support in one driver
  • Enhanced injection support
  • Multiple interfaces on one device – use the aircrack suite on a monitor interface while remaining associated on a managed interface
  • Full radiotap support, for both incoming and outgoing packets
  • No more binary regulatory daemon needed, regulatory enforcement is done by the firmware

The driver is based on the mac80211 stack, so the usual requirements apply (aircrack-ng 1.0-rc1, a recent version of libnl, a fairly new kernel, etc.)

I’m quite excited about this, because previously my chip wasn’t able to do packet injection. Now, I can force WEP client to dissassociate from their WAPs, and I can potentially break WEP! My Core2Duo 1.8GHz machine may not have the horsepower, but my AMD 6400+ X2 can certainly handle it.

Aircrack-NG and Intel iwl3945 Driver

Yahoo! Shuts down Geocities – Download Geocities via Bittorrent

Hello there. You mailed geotorrent@******.com to be notified when the torrent file for the download of Geocities was ready. Well, it’s ready. This letter has the details, and I’ve attached the 1.3mb .torrent file that you will use to make it work. We’ve been running tests at archive team for a while, we’re about 99% sure everything is working.

In the words spoken by so many before me and ignored every single time, please read this whole letter before starting, to make sure you understand what you’re getting.

The final size of this archive is 642 gigabytes, which decompresses to roughly 909gb. The archive contains roughly 100,000 user accounts from Geocities and related sites. The files are gtar .tar files compressed into .7z archives, hence the space savings. If you do not know what a .tar file is, or what .7z archives are, this is a warning sign you might be getting a lot of data that will not interest you.

There was a lot of press that hit when this torrent was announced. Some of the press started using phrases like “download all of Geocities” or “A 900gb archive of Geocities that expands to terabytes”. Maybe next time they’ll e-mail people directly, instead of making things up by reading random blogs. Maybe next time we’ll not see a Geocities be shut down either. This is a percentage of Geocities we got through our methods. We hardly got everything. A lot had been deleted over the years by Yahoo! and a lot of data was linked from nowhere else, so we will not pretend this is anywhere near complete. But it will be quite enough for most people.


You’ll get your fix and you won’t go into internet rage when you find you downloaded hundreds of gigabytes of THING YOU DO NOT WANT.

Others have different sets of the Geocities data, and some are larger (and some are smaller). We hope they make an effort to create torrents or distribution methods as well, but here we are with what we have. The attention to this issue was always the main intent, and we got a lot of it. The hope is that “the next time”, a shutdown of this magnitude with no easy export function or hope for retrieval afterwards will be a source of derision and horror.

THE SEEDING WILL BE SLOW AT FIRST – but there are plans underway to ferry hard drives to a number of entities to add a larger amount of seeds. So expect it to speed up.

As fun as watching 15 years of history be destroyed can be, we had fun putting this together. We hope you make use of this material in whatever way you feel best. There’s a lot to learn and a lot of use for it – if nothing else, to remember a time now gone.

Catch you at the next shutdown.

Jason Scott
For Archive Team

Download the .torrent


Nmap on Cygwin

Installed nmap on cygwin. Dead easy!

  1. Download and install Cygwin
  2. Download and install WinPCAP
  3. Accept most defaults
  4. Do the default installation, typically C:\cygwin\
  5. Download nmap for windows (zip)
  6. Open the zip file
  7. Double click the folder inside the zip, a large list of files should appear
  8. Extract these files (and not the folder which contains them) to C:\cygwin\usr\local\bin
  9. Open cygwin
  10. Type
    • nmap --version
  11. Your nmap installation on cygwin is now complete

Update 3/May/2012: Try running the vcredist_x86.exe file found in the zip archive if nmap doesn’t seem to run.

For a general understanding of nmap, just type nmap. For a more detailed comprehension, read the manual, and search the web.

Secret or Hidden page in Linksys WAG54g2 ADSL Modem and Wireless Router

Trying to Google this problem was very frustrating. Hopefully it will help someone else. The Linksys WAG54G2 ADSL modem + Wireless Router does not have a GUI page to show more technical information, such as line attenuation, among others.

Therefore, there are some secret or hidden pages built into the device that will reveal this information. The router’s default IP address is, but if you have changed yours, the links won’t work, and you should know what to do.

This is why we love you, Gmail: Priority Inbox

Gmail has always been pretty good at filtering junk mail into the “spam” folder. But today, in addition to spam, people get a lot of mail that isn’t outright junk but isn’t very important–bologna, or “bacn.” So we’ve evolved Gmail’s filter to address this problem and extended it to not only classify outright spam, but also to help users separate this “bologna” from the important stuff. In a way, Priority Inbox is like your personal assistant, helping you focus on the messages that matter without requiring you to set up complex rules.”

The Priority Inbox segregates Gmail into three different categories: “Important and Unread”, “Starred”, and “Everything Else”. Gmail automatically filters incoming e-mail into either “Important and Unread” or “Everything Else”, while the middle category is populated by those messages that have been flagged for future reference.



OpenMediaVault is looking quite promising. Development is still underway, and author has provided no taste to his loyal fans. This is another project from the same developers that brought you FreeNAS, an OS designed to store all of your files safely and secure, and make them accessible via a wide array of different networking protocols. It was based on FreeBSD. However, OpenMediaVault will be based on Debian GNU/Linux.

Review of openSUSE 11.3 – Totally impressive

openSUSE was released on July 15th. I downloaded the 32-bit DVD today, because I wanted to try the new LXDE Desktop that is included with the disk (thanks to Andreas for making that effort!). It is currently being test driven on VirtualBox on openSUSE 11.2, and MAN is it ever FAST! It’s probably the 1.5GB RAM upgrade Continue reading