One Full Year in the United Kingdom

So, exactly one year ago, I arrived in London Stansted Airport. But this time it was a single ticket.

I went to Baker Street via easyBus. I didn’t have an oyster card, I was in a rush and I was afraid of not catching a train before the underground closes. I didn’t have a clue when the last train was. So I overpaid a single ticket to Earl’s Court.

Earl’s Court is a place I don’t particularly like but I had to visit for various reasons all of the times I was in London. It still works as an index of my progress as a man. It is all the nice and bad moments summarized together. It still hurts sometimes…

So, back September the 12th, 2012. I didn’t have a smartphone, GPS or internet. I only had a printed street map of the area around the station and my hotel reservation along with clothes, a laptop and one thousand quid that fed me for 3 months.

I clearly remember that I was thinking the following: (I still do today)

“That’s it. This is your opportunity. No more lies. Prove yourself now.”

I didn’t really know what I was going to do. But I knew that I had to do something.

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Setup CentOS 6.4 to run PHP 5.5

I always use the PHP mysql native driver aka mysqlnd when I develop something serious in PHP. Because of many reasons, both of performance and software design nature.

I’ve learned the hard way that the trio mysqlnd – CentOS 6 – PHP 5.3 is never a happy story, unless you have a system administrator sitting around to compile PHP 5.3 with the mysqlnd option in configure command every time you setup another web server. I don’t want to go further to other implications, to be honest I hate being logged in as root and I try to make my visits as short as possible. Sometimes I wonder how sysadmins can like their job.

So, I took a leap of faith, I upgraded all my servers to CentOS 6.4 and I installed PHP 5.5 which ships with mysqlnd and did all the management with yum. Sweet.

It is a bit trickier than it seems though. The default PHP that ships with CentOS 6.4 is PHP 5.3.

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