Tomcat configuration under OS X 10.2 server

If you're running OS X server, you've probably noticed that certain things (basic file and mail service, basic web service, authentication) work very easilly using the built-in user interface.

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p>However, if you've gone beyond these basic requirements, the nice Apple UI breaks down a bit. I've been toiling for the last few months to figure out which things can be touched and which can't. Here's my latest info about Tomcat and Apache under OS X

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First impressions of Apple's X11 server

One of the smallest announcements at MWSF2003 was Apple's release of an industry-standard X11 Server.

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p>My initial impressions of this package are very good.

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Librarians give mixed impression of Post-9/11 policies

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (my alma mater) department of library sciences has just released the results of a survey of librarians.

It seems to show that libraries went in both directions on post-9/11 issues regarding privacy, the Internet, and book records.

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More rediculous DMCA moves

According to this article The Chamberlain Group (manufacturers of upscale garage door openers) has sued a manufacturer of universal garage door openers under (among other things) the DMCA for circumventing their "copy protection" scheme.

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p>Perhaps this case is silly enough to cause the DMCA to go down?

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p>Once again, the EFF is out there trying to get the "right" thing done, which is nice.

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p>A link to the complaint (which is mostly about patent infringement) is here

Grid Computing Information

An article by Wired.com provides some introductory data on Grid Computing in a technology, society, business context in it's article Grid Computing is Good for Business.

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p>An interesting read for those with interest, but not much background in Grid computing.

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George Orwell may have been right

Despite protestations to the contrary on January 23, 1984 by Apple Computer, the rise of the Macintosh has not kept us from moving closer to an Orwellian society, at least in terms of available technology. And now, the war footing threatens to create a situation uncannily familiar to readers of the book ("we have always been at war with Eurasia").

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p>The ACLU has released a report entitled Bigger Monster, Weaker Chains:The Growth of an American Surveillance Society (available here in PDF only), that describes in detail the availability of the technological tools necessary for a 1984-level of surveillance, some potential examples of the misuse of the technology, and their thoughts on the kinds of legislation necessary to keep us from becoming like 1984.

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p>If you don't want to read the entire 23-page document, Wired.com has an article that hits the high-points.

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More info on Copyright terms

Following up on a story posted yesterday, I found a page with information comparing the US and EU Copyright terms.

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p>There's a good summary of the copyright terms in the US and the EU available here. From this, it appears that we are basically in line with the Europeans thanks the the Sonny Bono Copyright Act (aka the Mickey Mouse Copyright Extension Act -- take that either way you like).

Old hard drives provide an interesting read

In a good example of why you need to pay close attention to your data, a few MIT students bought some HD's from Ebay and took a look around. Read more about it here

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Supreme's rule for copyright extension

The Supreme Court of the US has decided that it is OK for the congress to extend copyright protection (as it had in a law in 1998) to 95 years for works for hire and life+70 for works made by individuals.

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p>Hailed as a victory for the movie and publishing industries (Disney was pushing hard for this, due to the pending expiration of the Micky Mouse Copyright), and a potential loss for the general public, the ruling leaves the existing laws intact and sets provides congress with additional leeway in the future.

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p>CNN wrote about it in this article buried deep in their site.

Let's look at the IBM 970

I was interesting in figuring out what the effect of Apple moving to an IBM 970 CPU would have on their product line. Although they are not shipping (expected 2Q-2H 2003), there is some information about them available in the market based on test samples and presentations that IBM has given.

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p>This article will contain information gathered from a number of sources throughout the net.

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