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by: Bernard Teo

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Sun 17 Jan 2010

The Apple Licensing Myth

Category : Technology/AppleLicensingMyth.txt

Glad to see that Jean-Louis is still a fan. What's with the Apple Licensing Myth? Let's hear it from one who should know.

P.S.: Jean-Louis Gassée lost out to Steve Jobs when Apple chose NeXT instead of his Be to build what became Mac OS X. Yet he's generous in his assessment of what Steve Jobs had done to turn around Apple. Unlike most business failures, Apple's problems in the John Sculley / Mike Spindler eras weren't in the strategy. The "build the whole widget" idea really does work. The problem was in the execution and also, in some small part, due to the fact that Apple was way ahead of its time.

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WebMon Snow 4.0.4

Category : Technology/WebMonSnow4dot0dot4.txt

I've just released WebMon for Snow Leopard 4.0.4 with two new features. WebMon now allows Server Aliases to be changed, rather than be set to the default *.domain, so that server admins can easily set up sites with sub-domains.

Also WebMon now allows Custom Apache Directives to be set for each hosted domain (called Domain-Specific Directives), on top of the ones that are set for the server as a whole (called the Server-Specific Directives).

And I've re-arranged the GUI so that, as the user's eye moves down the window, his mind concentrates first on the domain-specific settings before moving on to the increasingly server-specific. (Or at least that's what I hope will happen.)

P.S.: I'm now working on some enhancements to MailServe Snow. I hope to be able to release them by next weekend or the one after. Then I'll work on one new feature for DNS Enabler Snow.

Posted at 4:17AM UTC | permalink

PostgreSQL Installer

Category : Technology/PostgresInstaller.txt

This is Hai Hwee's PostgreSQL installer. It's almost done and will include a Preference Pane.

There's a Postgres installer for OS X at the Postgres site but it doesn't work very well. It changes some memory settings on the Mac, requires a reboot (always a sign that things are not quite right), and the Mac will refuse to go to sleep on its own after that. So we need our own installer.

So now, knowing how the OS X installer and preference pane work, we can easily make installers for custom builds of MySQL and PostgreSQL.

Between Maven and these installers, there's just one missing piece - something in Maven that will allow us to create database users and their access rights quickly and in a consistent way across the two databases. Once we have that done, it will be very easy to set up new database-driven web sites with just a few quick clicks. We should be able to get there soon.

Posted at 4:15AM UTC | permalink

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