Lan Airlines using PHP and MySQL on Boeing planes

While i was traveling on a Boeing plane this morning (1am) from Ecuador to Chile, i was watching a movie in the Seat-TV system until something weird happens: all monitors from the plane got frozen with a blue screen and a few ones with a error message as:

warning: mysql_connect(), cannot connect to local MySQL server through
socket ‘/tmp/mysql.sock’ (11) in /thales/apps/250paxeui/lan/backend/dbapi/dbConnection.php on line 9

could not connect, cannot connect to local MySQL server through socket ‘/tmp/mysql.sock’ (11)

(yes, i turned on my laptop to copy the text,)

oh!, Lan is using MySQL + PHP as UI to let the user choose between movies, games..etc, that’s cool, which is not is why the MySQL server is down ? after that i realized that under my seat a mini computer was connected so i can assume that they are using a terminal client and a central server on the plane…there were no much to do… i think that somebody had to  reboot the server twice to get the system back properly.

Interesting as free software is flying over the world :)

Monkey October Update

  • New Website:  As you know, Monkey project has been hosted in server for the last 7 years, as the project is growing and we are requiring more specific server features that Sourceforge are not providing, I decided to move the official site to a new server and also a NEW ADDRESS!. First all “THANKS!!!” to Sourceforge for support Monkey project during this time.The new hosting provider is, and our NEW website address is:

    Also, i have pushed a new website design based on the PostgreSQL design and schema, i want to keep it simple and easy to get the desired information. The site is still under construction and as you know your input is ALWAYS welcome :)

    FYI, we have not get any sponsor to pay the service, i hope to get some sponsors to support the basic hosting service, do you want’s to collaborate ??

  • Monkey + Plugins: Lot of features are missed and required and is not a good idea to keep all inside the Monkey Core, so a new Plugins feature has been included and the first plugin is the ‘Cheetah!’ shell. This is a major milestone in the project and i’m very excited about this progress, we would decrease the Monkey Core size and move desired features to external plugins which will be loaded on runtime per configuration.
  • Event: Jornadas Regionales 2009*: the Jornadas Regionales is one of the most famous FLOSS events in south america, this year the event is taken place in Santiago – Chile. On Wednesday 7, i’ll be presenting a talk aboutthe Monkey Project, if you are considering to assist to the event, please get in touch with me, i like to meet people who’s read this.