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Drupal imagecache setup on OSX

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As mentioned before, PHP is misconfigured on OSX and you don't get their customized sourcecode in order to recompile it with the options you need. As such you can't run the GD plugin which is what most OSS programs use for image processing, and is generally the most recommended way of doing it. For Drupal's ImageCache / ImageAPI module(s) what you can do instead is install the ImageMagick package and then just tell Drupal to use the ImageAPI-ImageMagick module instead of the GD one. I've already got ImageMagick installed on my McBook for Rails use so it was only a few seconds to get it going for Drupal too.

Why does PHP still suck on OSX?

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I'm a little puzzled and frustrated with Apple.

With Macs, or more specifically OSX, becoming the platform of choice for web developers world over, why do they still insist in neutering our capabilities by bundling limited versions of the most common web development tools rather than all or nothing? With Leopard they at least improved the Ruby install to the point it was useful (you could actually now run Rails without having to compile from source) but PHP is missing so much functionality through the lack of pear and shared libraries to make it a pain to use.

On Linux it's almost standard practice to compile PHP from source, because so few installations include all of the required libraries (due to varied quantities of "suck"). Amusingly on Windows you can obtain all of the libraries out of the box and just enable the ones needed. Contrast this to OSX, which promotes itself as being so much better than Windows, and you get the worst of both worlds - no source to compile and an incomplete binary install.

Even if they insist in bundling their own customized build with the OS, the least they could do is make all of their customized source builds available through MacForge, which would allow those of us who need more than the basics to at least keep our recompilations matched to Apple's standards.

Come on Apple, do the right thing!

Ecto is seriously p###ing me off

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I was close to finished a rather long comparison of On The Job and OfficeTime but Ecto managed to loose the content for a second time. DAMNIT!

OfficeTime is on sale

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The excellent time tracking app OfficeTime is on sale today at MacUpdate Promo. I had actually considered buying it two weeks ago when I needed a time tracking app but went with On The Job instead as it was half of the other tool's price. In typical fashion I've since wished I had OfficeTime due to the increased functionality but am now stuck with On The Job. Doh.

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