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Monthly Archives: October 2013

MAMP error #2006 – MySQL server has gone away

I’ve been trying to debug an error on one of the websites I developed a while back. The site in question is the website for Letchworth & Baldock District Scouts and it was built using Concrete5.

To allow me to insert debug code I built a replica of the site on my Mac using MAMP. However, when I tried to import the database I got the following error

#2006 – MySQL server has gone away

Obviously the size of the import file was too big. The solution was simple:

Create a file called “my.cnf” file in /Applications/MAMP/conf containing the following code:


max_allowed_packet = 100M

Restart the MAMP servers and the import should proceed to completion.

Repairing a damp caravan – Day One

  Do you need to repair a damp caravan like we do? If so, read along with us to find out we are going about fixing the problem. First some history In “Fixing ABI Jubilee Rallyman taps” I introduced the need to perform some radical restoration surgery on our 1987’ish ABI Jubilee Rallyman. When we boughtContinue Reading

Fixing ABI Jubilee Rallyman taps

We have an old 1988 ABI Jubilee Rallyman caravan that we bought about three years ago for the princely sum of £650. We were looking for a small and cheap ‘van that would get us back into Caravanning, this one came up in the local press and we took a look. It had just theContinue Reading

Generalist or Consultant -who are you?

I’ve spent my professional life picking up and delivering skills in various technologies and in general business management and marketing. I’ve enjoyed just about everything I’ve done and I consider that I have a mix of very valuable skills. Unfortunately the market doesn’t see it this way. Here’s my take on the problem. GP orContinue Reading

How to keep guests off your home Wi-Fi

It may be useful to let guests access the Internet from your house, but control what they do This post was prompted by a conversation originated by Robert Craven on Google+ relating to how guests expect to have Wi-Fi access when they visit. Leaving aside the social rules, here’s how you can enable this withoutContinue Reading