Archive for January, 2011

Installing Zend Server CE on Ubuntu Maverick (10.10)

Posted on the January 24th, 2011 under Internet,Linux by

Spent the day trying to install Zend Server on Ubuntu (10.10), but ran into so much blockers, thought it would be worth a blog!

After following all the steps, I got hit with:

W: Failed to fetch http://repos.zend.com/deb/ce/dists/ce/Release
Unable to find expected entry  non-free/source/Sources in Meta-index file (malformed Release file?)

Kept trying sudo-apt-get update whilst cursing Zend, and still the same.

Solution: Disable the sources repository in /etc/apt/sources.list.

#deb-src http://repos.zend.com/deb/ce ce non-free

Next, trying to install, and keep getting dependencies issues. There are two (old files) that need to be downloaded, and then everything works fine:

They were in older distributions, but no longer are!

Once those two files are manually installed (sudo dpkg -i), the rest is plain sailing.

Thunderbird + Correct Indentity Plugin

Posted on the January 5th, 2011 under Linux,Productivity,Software and Technology,Usability by

On both Ubuntu (and Windows if I ever had to use it), I prefer Thunderbird as my email client over Evolution or MS Outlook purely due to two reasons:

  1. I love the way it allows one to show an inbox for each account. I do not need to filter them, or create labels.
  2. The ability to set a limit on incoming mail. Once activated, it only downloads the first 50kb of each email giving an idea of what the email contains, and it saves the frustration of downloading emails with large attachments, particularly from people I don’t know.

However, the one mistake I often make is clicking “Write”, type in the email, and clicking send, without checking that I’m sending it from the right email address. Fortunately, another great thing with Firefox and Thunderbird is extensions, and there is one that fixes that called Correct Identity.

It allow one to set an alternative default email address for writing an email. Eg. The account is support@…, but whenever you send out email from that account, it should be from tohir@…, that’s the issue it solves!