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Apache+SSL for Windows

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There's a site called Apache Lounge that has put together a collection of binary files for Apache for Windows. What's notable about these is the inclusion of the SSL module, which the Apache Foundation don't distribute in their Windows binaries anymore. Along with the core Apache install they also have some some plugins/modules for Apache that are worth using - a log rotator (so that the traffic log doesn't fill your drive), an interesting looking security plugin, and updated plugins for PHP and Perl. Well worth keeping an eye (and a bookmark) on if you use Apache on Windows.

MySQL + Rails on Cygwin tip

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Here's a really quick tip for anyone using Rails on Cygwin. If you want to connect to a MySQL database the understood practice is to compile MySQL and go through the hassle of getting it all working within Cygwin itself. After what I've gone through with it all, the best way of getting this combination to work is to:

  • Install MySQL under Windows itself rather than Cygwin.
  • Make sure that the MySQL binaries are in your system path under Windows and, if installing via SSH, restart the Cygwin SSH service so that your login will be able to see the new path.
  • When installing the MySQL gem (gem install mysql) select the mswin32 option rather than the pure Ruby option.
  • Now, when you define your database connections just give the machine's IP address instead of saying "localhost" and it'll work great!

After wasting several days getting it all to work the "proper" way, the above is a much cleaner solution.

IE bug - background images, floating blocks

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There's a bug in all versions of Internet Explorer, including the latest IE7, whereby if you have a floating block in a block inside another block which has a background image (possibly also background colors), text will disappear. I was hitting this at work where we had two columns created using floating blocks, inside two separate blocks that each had a background image, and just above the columns was a heading - the text within the columns showed up but the heading always disappeared after the images finished loading. While there are some detailed explanations of why this bug happens, nothing quite explained my scenario or had a fix for it. Well, after poking around with it for a while I came up with a nifty fix: I put the heading inside a DIV that was set to 100% and floating to the left, which worked wonderfully!

Crossover Mac recipe for Outlook 2003

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After having problems yesterday getting Crossover Mac to work, today I took a more rigid approach to installing it and it works! Here are the exact steps I took:

  • Create new bottle.
  • Install Crossover HTML components.
  • Install IE6.
  • Started IE and verified that I could view web pages (google).
  • At this point I made a backup of the bottle directory from ~/Library/Application Support/CrossOver/Bottles.
  • Installed Office 2003, selecting only Outlook and customizing some of the installation options.
  • At this point I made another backup of the bottle directory.
  • Started Outlook.
  • Continued through the initial configuration to connect to the Exchange server.
  • Verified that I could open different types of messages, specifically both plain text and HTML.

At this point it was all pretty good now, with some minor issues:

  • It takes several seconds to for a HTML email to display (on a 2x2ghz Mac Pro!).
  • The message list does not refresh properly when a message is removed from the list.

I can live with those two issues, now that I have an apparently fully working install of Outlook, which is what I was after.

So, while I was initially frustrated with Crossover Mac, it does seem to be worth it, if you can spend the time getting your specific software to work correctly.

Free enhancement to NTBackup

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NTBackup is a free backup application that comes with Windows 2000 Pro and Windows XP Pro (and also runs on XP Home..) that is great for simple stuff. There are a few limitations to it though - you can't do multiple, concurrent backup jobs, you can't set it to delete old backups if the destination drive is getting full, and other bits. One step towards making NTBackup more useful is a free tool called Enhanced Windows Backup that works as a replacement GUI to fix some of the limitations. And did I mention it was free? Well worth giving a try.

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