phpBB3 is almost here

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phpBB, the open-source PHP forum application that seems to be responsible for more server security breaches than anything else, has hit a major milestone with the first release candidate of the forthcoming v3.0 release. In the v3 new features / improvements list it is good to see that security is highlighted as a core aspect of the improved version, so here's hoping it can get back its history as a running joke with web developers.

Tip: Moving RedMine to another server, don't forget the files

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This past week I moved an install of RedMine from one server to another, or rather I just moved the database over and checked out the SVN code again. After getting it going correctly I promptly forgot about the fact it was at a new location and just worked away on my assigned tasks. Well, as it turns out I'd completely forgotten about the uploaded files, which now wouldn't download anymore. The problem was that I forgot to verify where the attached files were stored, and it turned out to be in "files" directory, so now I have to manually copy those few files over and all will be well.

Tip: Rails on OSX, Apache 1.3

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Here's a little tip for running Rails apps on OSX's default install of Apache 1.3: make sure the dispatch.cgi file has the correct shebang line, i.e.:

#!/usr/local/bin/ruby

In the app I was trying to run it was set to a different path so wouldn't work - lots of hair-pulling later and I got it working.

Microsoft drops key features from another product

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In yet another astonishing move, Microsoft has just announced that it's upcoming virtualization system, Windows Server Virtualization, will be missing three of the key reasons businesses were anticipating it: live migrations of running virtual machines between servers, "hot" system resource upgrades (i.e. increase the amount of RAM designated to a VM while it is still running), and support for more than 16 CPU cores (spread over however many physical CPUs there happen to be). This comes just a few months after Microsoft released Windows Vista, which was missing most of the key features that had been hyped for over half a decade including a virtualized, database-driven file system (shelved completely), an improved command line interface (later shipped as a separate download), all of the Palladium security stuff (shelved completely), virtual folders (turned into a minor enhancement of the search system), a firmware/BIOS redesign, etc.

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