CSS/JavaScript changes not appearing in Vagrant

The past week we had this annoying issue of CSS and JavaScript changes not appearing when served from a Vagrant box. Clearing browser cache wouldn’t help but renaming the file did show the latest change. So, something else (if not the browser) appeared to «cache» the initial file and subsequent changes would not be picked up.…

PHP: Segfault at « some memory address » error 6 in libpcre.so.1.2.1

Nginx FastCGI configuration was good, the file permissions all good and PHP-FPM was running fine. Yet loading the web page would only give me “file not found”. Really?

The file was there, I could see it on the system. Nginx log wouldn’t indicate much; with the access log just complaining about a HTTP 404 and the error log printing “Primary script unknown”.…

LEAD Summit 2016

Folks at the University of Mauritius organized the LEAD Summit 2016. I received an invitation to talk about Creativity and Innovation. Those have been trendy words in recent times; while last year we even saw a Ministry of Innovation (to be precise it’s the Ministry of Technology, Communication and Innovation).…

Physical to Virtual Machine conversion

I was working on a decade old server that runs an Industrial Linux by Siemens and I could not resist taking a picture when I saw the vintage LILO bootloader appearing.

LILO Bootloader

The ageing server would be decommissioned most probably once the core parts die.…

Health minister speaks about “patients” seeking a “hotel-like” experience

Albert Einstein speaks on human stupidty

Image source: fineartamerica.com
by Daniel Hagerman

I start the post with the famous quote of Albert Einstein on human stupidity.

Our health minister, Mr Anil Gayan, has left no stone un-turned to prove the above in his recent controversial comments. While comparing private and public medical facilities during a workshop by the National Drug Observatory he stated that people seeking medical services in private actually want a “hotel-like” experience.…

Six months have passed since police seized my laptops

It is 23 July 2016 today. Exactly six months ago, officers of the Central Criminal Investigation Division landed at my father’s place with a search warrant with no reason stated for the search. They seized my laptops, my brother’s PC, my mother’s laptop and several other storage devices.…