Packt Publishing were kind enough to ask me if I’d like to review one of their latest OpenCart books: ‘Instant E-commerce with OpenCart: Build a Shop [Instant]’ by Murat Yilmaz. It’ll be the first time I’ve read a book in their ‘Instant’ series, as I’ve reviewed a couple of their regular books before, so I’ll be interested to see how it compares. Check back soon for my full review.
I was importing a relatively large Drupal database today into MAMP (via phpmyadmin) and MySQL rudely walked off, with the following error:
#2006 - MySQL server has gone away
Ah, a nice vague error message! It seems that the import statement (from the
cache_menutable) in the database dump contains packets which are too large to import using the default MAMP settings. To fix this, I created a
my.cnffile in my
/Applications/MAMP/conf/folder with the following contents:
[mysqld] max_allowed_packet = 100M
Then I restarted MAMP and imported my database without any trouble. I hope this helps if you’ve stumbled across the same issue.
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The experience of any social network is only as good as the activity of the people on it, right? Quite a few of my friends have joined Google+ and experimented with a couple of posts, but it doesn’t really feel for me that it’s taken off as a social graph tool. It works pretty well within the interest graph, though, and maybe that’s because the API is currently read-only. There are a ton of tools that help you market on Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook by managing accounts and automatically posting, but because these aren’t currently available for Google+, the posts and shares seem a little more genuine because people have to actually post directly. It’s a subtle issue, but it means that G+ captures a little more energy, as the posts feel more like they come from people rather than social media management applications. I guess it all depends on who you follow, though. Anyway, I’ll be trying to spend a little more time on Google+ in the coming months and getting involved in the communities that I’ve joined.
It seems every interaction I have with a company these days is followed by a “how did we do?” survey. It’s not like we step aside and forget the company when we’re going through the questionnaire - it’s still part of the experience. Imagine if this was true for high street shopping, and after every purchase, no matter how large or small, we were being chased out of the shop by someone begging for feedback.