Amarok SQLite to MySQL 

Amarok was basically unusable on my shared system. I moved from using SQLite3 (stored in ~/.kde/share/apps/amarok/collection.db ) to MySQL (running on the same host, stored in /var/lib/mysql - different partitions). The process for porting from SQLite3 to MySQL was straightforward. Performance has improved greatly.

This may be due to the /home file system needing a good fsck and defrag, or due to SQLite3 vs MySQL performance, I can't tell at this point.
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nf_conntrack and pppd 

I have discovered that "nf_conntrack: table full, dropping packet" is a bad error and will make pppd repeatedly disconnect (when using PPPoE). Rebooting the machine fixed the issue. The error logs made it look like the remote machine was terminating the connection, but this may have been in response to MY end dropping packets.
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WMware Player 

VMware Player will "helpfully" detect the install of WinXP and attempt to provide an unattended install. However, if you are installing from a disk that already includes unattended install information, the information on the disc/iso will be replaced with VMware's.

To avoid this, tell it the os is type "Other". Unfortunately, this seems to somewhat confuse the use of VM Tools, so that resizing the VM window does not automatically resize the screen resolution.

It was later suggested to me to unmount the floppy disk, that this would prevent the issue from occurring.
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Debian Archives 

The Debian Archive server (http://archive.debian.org/) contains packages for discontinued Debian versions. Also, http://autoinstall.plesk.com/ contains Plesk software packages.
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Parallel Compilation in VS 2005 

Thanks to a post on cogito ergo vagus, I found that Visual Studio 2005 unofficially supports /MP[n] for doing parallel per source file compilation (compared to /M[n] for parallel per project compilation).
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