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World most Dangerous Airports 2008

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Lukla Airport (NepaL)
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A huge mountain on one end, a thousand meter drop on the other. And it’s at 2900 meters elevation, so you don’t exactly have full power.

Lukla Airport is a small airport in the Town of Lukla in eastern Nepal. In January 2008, the government of Nepal announced that the airport would be renamed in honor of Sir Edmund Hillary[1], the first person to reach the summit of Mount Everest, who passed away on January 11, 2008. The airport is quite popular as Lukla is the place where most people start their trek to climb Mount Everest.

Madeira Airport (Madeira)
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Madeira Airport also known as Funchal Airport and Santa Catarina Airport, is an international airport located near Funchal, Madeira. The airport controls national and international air traffic of the island of Madeira.

The airport was once infamous for its short runway which, surrounded by high mountains and the ocean, made it a tricky landing for even the most experienced of pilots. The original runway was only 1,400 metres in length, but was extended by 400 metres after the TAP Air Portugal Flight 425 incident of 1977 and subsequently rebuilt in 2003, almost doubling the size of the runway, building it out over the ocean. Instead of using landfill, the extension was built on a series of 180 columns, each being about 70m tall.

For the enlargement of the new runway the Funchal Airport has won the Outstanding Structures Award, given by International Association for Bridge and Structural Engineering (IABSE). The Outstanding Structures Award is considered to be the “Oscar” for engineering structures in Portugal.

Barra International Airport (Barra)
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Barra Airport is the only airport in the world where planes land on the beach. BRR is situated in on the wide beach of Traigh Mhor, on Barra island, in the Outer Hebrides, Scotland. If you want to fly here commercially you will want to book with British Airways, which flies to Barra from Glasgow and Benbecula.

The airport is literally washed away by the tide once a day, and if you arrive on a late afternoon flight, you may notice a couple of cars in the parking lot with their lights on, which provides pilots some added visibility, since the airport is naturally lit. Needless to say you probably don’t want to hang out at Barra Airport beach, unless you are a aviation junkie, in which case Barra Airport has a fool proof system, as sign that reads: “Keep off the beach. When the windsock is flying and the airport is active.”

Gustaf III Airport (St. Bart)
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Gustaf III Airport also known as Saint Barthélemy Airport is a public use airport located in the village of St. Jean on the Caribbean island of Saint Barthélemy. Both the airport and the island’s main town of Gustavia are named for King Gustav III of Sweden, under whom Sweden obtained the island from France in 1785 (it was sold back to France in 1878). The airport is served by small regional commercial aircraft and charters. Most visiting aircraft carry fewer than twenty passengers, such as the Twin Otter, a common sight around Saint Barth and throughout the northern West Indies. The short airstrip is at the base of a gentle slope ending directly on the beach. The arrival descent is extremely steep over the hilltop traffic circle and departing planes fly right over the heads of sunbathers (although small signs advise sunbathers not to lie directly at the end of the runway).

Courchevel (France)
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Courchevel is the name of a ski area located in the French Alps, the largest linked ski area in the world. It’s airport has a certain degree of infamy in the aviation industry as home to a relatively short runway, with a length of 525 m (1,722 ft) and a gradient of 18.5%. It’s so short that you have to land on an inclined strip to slow down and take off on a decline to pick up enough speed.

Who gets to land here? Well, Pierce Brosnan made the short list. This was the airport used in the opening seen of Tomorrow Never Dies. For the rest of us, private plane, helicopter, or charter are the only ways to go, and your pilot is going to need some serious training before he or she is allowed to land at CVF.

 
 

Juancho E. Yrausquin Airport (Saba)
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Juancho E. Yrausquin Airport is the only airport on the Caribbean island of Saba, in the Netherlands Antilles. It is well known among experienced fliers for the way in which airplanes must approach or take off from the airport.

Yrausquin Airport covers a relatively large portion of the small island of Saba. Some aviation experts are of the general opinion that the airport is one of the most dangerous in the world, despite the fact that no major tragedies have happened at the facility. The airport’s sole runway is marked with an X at each end, to indicate to commercial pilots that the airport is closed for commercial aviation.

The danger arises from the airport’s physical position. It is flanked on one side by high hills, and on the other side and at both ends of the runway by cliffs dropping into the sea. This creates the possibility that an airplane might overshoot the runway during landing or takeoff and end up in the sea or on the cliffs.

Princess Juliana International Airport (Saint Martin)
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Princess Juliana International Airport serves Saint Maarten, the Dutch part of the island of Saint Martin. It is the second busiest airport in the Eastern Caribbean. The airport is famous for its short landing strip — only 2,180 metres/7,152 ft, which is barely enough for heavy jets. Because of this, the planes approach the island flying extremely low, right over Maho Beach. Countless photos of large jets flying at 10–20 m/30-60 ft over relaxing tourists at the beach have been dismissed as fakes many times, but are nevertheless real. For this reason as well it has become a favourite for planespotters. Despite the difficulties in approach, there has been no records of major aviation incidents at the airport.
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How to upgrade to MySQL 5.5

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A step by step guide to upgrading to MySQL 5.5

Download the binary

$ cd /root/
$ wget http://dev.mysql.com/get/Downloads/MySQL-5.5/mysql-5.5.11-linux2.6-i686.tar.gz/from/http://mysql.llarian.net/
$ mv index.html mysql-5.5.8-linux2.6-i686.tar.gz

Backup the MySQL configuration

$ mkdir /root/mysql-5.1-conf
$ cp -R /etc/mysql/ /root/mysql-5.1-conf

Backup the data directory

We will be backing up the data in the form of SQL dump as well as by copying the data files over to a safe place, just to be 100% sure about the data not getting lost.

$ mkdir /root/mysql-5.1-data
$ cp -R /var/lib/mysql/ /root/mysql-5.1-data

Backup the data as SQL dump

Backup the mysql database separately and not with all the other databases, because we are going to need it before we restore all the databases.

$ mkdir /root/mysql-5.1-dump
$ mysqldump -u user_name -p --databases mysql > /root/mysql-5.1-dump/mysql.sql
$ mysqldump -u user_name -p --databases db_name > /root/mysql-5.1-dump/db_name.sql

Install the asynchronous I/O library

This is so that we can take advantage of the asynchronous I/O capability in the new InnoDB plugin that ships with MySQL 5.5

$ apt-get install libaio-dev

Untar the archive

$ tar xzvf mysql-5.5.8-linux2.6-i686.tar.gz

Copy or move the untarred MySQL directory to the installation directory

$ cp -R mysql-5.5.8-linux2.6-i686 /usr/local/
$ cd /usr/local/
$ ln -s mysql-5.5.8-linux2.6-i686 mysql

Remove the older version of MySQL

Now is the time to remove the older version of MySQL, in this case I assume the older version to be MySQL 5.1

$ apt-get remove mysql-server-5.1
$ apt-get autoremove
$ apt-get remove mysql-client
$ apt-get autoremove

Add the path to MySQL bin directory to the PATH variable

$ vim /etc/environment
PATH="/usr/local/sbin:/usr/local/bin:/usr/sbin:/usr/bin:/sbin:/bin:/usr/games:/usr/local/mysql/bin"

Set the correct file and directory permissions on the MySQL installation directory

Setting correct permissions is very important, make sure that all the files except those under the data directory are owned by root. The data directory has to be owned by the user mysql.

$ cd /usr/local/mysql
$ chown -R mysql:mysql data

Create the socket directory

Here again, setting the correct permissions on the socket directory is very important, otherwise MySQL would not run.

$ mkdir /var/run/mysqld/
$ chown -R mysql:mysql /var/run/mysqld/

Copy the sample MySQL configuration file to the etc directory and setup the paths

$ cd /usr/local/mysql/support-files/
$ cp my-large.cnf /etc/my.cnf

Now edit /etc/my.cnf so that it has the following values:

user            = mysql
socket          = /var/run/mysqld/mysqld.sock
port            = 3306
basedir         = /usr/local/mysql
datadir         = /usr/local/mysql/data
tmpdir          = /tmp
log_error       = /var/log/mysql/error.log

Copy the MySQL server startup script to the startup directory

The MySQL startup script has to be placed in the directory where all the startup scripts reside, so that MySQL starts on system startup. Make sure that you make the startup script executable, and update the rc.d database to notify the system about the presence of a new startup script.

$ cd /usr/local/mysql/support-files/
$ cp mysql.server /etc/init.d/mysql
$ chmod +x /etc/init.d/mysql
$ update-rc.d mysql defaults

Remove the MySQL files from the older version

Make sure you don’t delete files belonging to the new version we are installing.

$ rm -R /var/lib/mysql
$ rm -R /etc/mysql
$ rm -R /usr/lib/mysql

When starting the MySQL server for the first time after the new installation, it has to be started without the grants table, for two reasons. Firstly, because we want to retain the users and privileges data from the previous install of MySQL and secondly, because the schema of the grants table in MySQL 5.5 has changed.
So what we will do is start MySQL without the grants table, import the users and privileges data we backed up earlier in this guide and run the mysql_upgrade script that modifies the schema of the grants table to be in sync with that in MySQL 5.5. After that we will be able to run MySQL normally and have all the users and privileges same as in the previous version we had.

Start MySQL server without grants table.

$ mysqld --skip-grant-tables --user=mysql

Load the MySQL users and privileges data we backed up earlier

$ cd /root/mysql-5.1-backup/dump/
$ mysql < mysql.sql

Run the upgrade script so that everything gets upgraded to the version 5.5

$ mysql_upgrade

Stop the server and start it normally

$ /etc/init.d/mysql stop
$ /etc/init.d/mysql start

There you go, you have a MySQL 5.5 server up and running

Source http://www.ovaistariq.net/490/a-step-by-step-guide-to-upgrading-to-mysql-5-5/

How to Sync iCloud Contacts to Android

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Sync iCloud Contacts to Android

I managed to get iCloud Contact Sync working on Android devices, this should work for every single CardDav compatible device.

On Android, install a CardDav app, this one is great and free.
  1. Add an account in CardDav
  2. For Server name enter https://contacts.icloud.com
  3. Make sure SSL is checked
  4. For username enter your iCloud username (example username@me.com) and password enter your iCloud password.
  5. Press Ok, wait a few seconds for it to confirm
And voilla, your iCloud contacts now sync with your Android device, it may take a few minutes for them to show up.

I hope this helps

Update: You may also wish to enable two-way sync with iCloud, I’ve enabled this and have had no issues.

Rapidshare to Rapidshare Remote Uploading Solution

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A week ago, Rapidshare has taken a major step to prevent bandwidth leeching. Rapidshare to Rapidshare (Inter Server Transfer) are being disable. Previously you could just re-upload or close by placing back an Rapidshare Link on the remote upload screen. provided u have a premium account. But now it has been blocked.

After sourcing over the internet for solutions, i found one that are still working as of this entry is being typed. Please refer to the instructions below on how to get it work. You need to be a premium member to work.

1. Get the link which you would like to upload/clone The link will look something like this ( http://yourusername:password@rs241.rapidshare.com:80/files/35467964/dl/files.to.be.upload.again.at.rapidshare.rar )

2. Go to tinyurl.com and convert the link you copied above to a tinyurl.com link ( looks something like this http://tinyurl.com/323452 after converted.)

3. Put the link which you copied above to the remote upload.

4. Click on upload and Voila. Its remote uploading again.

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