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Sun, Jan 04, 2015 5:53 pm

Evernote "Related to what you're working on" popup

While editing a note in the Evernote application on a Microsoft Windows system today I was plagued by an annoying popup appearing every few seconds with a title "Related to what you're working on". It appeared the "content" being suggested to me was an add, since I saw "For $200, a Windows Laptop That's Wor...", but when I clicked on the link, I found it pointed to a Wall Street Journal article HP Stream 11 Review: A $200 Windows Laptop That’s Worth the Price.

Evernote Related context

Though some of the "Related to what you're working on" notices I've seen have been relevant, this one was not and I don't want the distraction of such notices when trying to use the software for note keeping. If I dismiss such a notice, I don't want to see it constantly reappearing every few seconds until I'm forced to click on it to stop it from reappearing.

If you click on Tools from the Evernote window and select Options, then Context, you can manage those notices.

Evernote Context Options

In this case rather than just unchecking "Show Context", I clicked on Manage Context Sources, which opened a web page in a browser on the system. From that page I could select which sources would be used; I unchecked the one for The Wall Street Journal, since this is the first time I've encountered the annoyance of a notice appearing repeatedly every few seconds in Evernote and have not experienced it from any other source.

Evernote Context Sources

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Sun, Jan 04, 2015 2:14 pm

SMF Connection Problems

When I tried to access a Simple Machines Forum (SMF) website after rebooting the server on which it resides, I saw the message below:

Connection Problems

Sorry, SMF was unable to connect to the database. This may be caused by the server being busy. Please try again later.

When I tried to check access to the database it uses with the mysql command, I saw the following error message:

# mysql
ERROR 2002 (HY000): Can't connect to local MySQL server through socket '/var/lib/mysql/mysql.sock' (2)

The system uses MariaDB, a fork of the MySQL relational database management system (RDBMS) for databases. Checking prior notes on the error message, I found it can indicate that the mariahdb database service didn't start when the system rebooted. From the root account I issued the command systemctl start mariadb.service . When I tried accessing the forum again, it was then accessible.

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