Trying out ecko

I was dissatisfied with MarsEdit primarily because the photo editing was non-existent.
Of course, now I can’t get picasa integration!

Installing apache on Mac OS X

I’ve got Leopard (10.5.1) with the developer tools installed and want to do some
more development in Django on my laptop. I first want to install MacPort to make it
easier to download and install various opensource projects. Using MacPorts, I’ll
get Apache
installed and configured. Finally, I’ll get the basic django working.
1. Installing Mac Ports painless. Just follow the direction at the web site. I prefered to download and install the disk image: disk image
2. You need to add port to your path. I use a ~.bashrc:


and make sure it’s available (create a new shell, a new terminal window, or “. ~/.bashrc”). The command

bport -h/b
Usage: port
        [-bcdfiknopqRstuvx] [-D portdir] [-F cmdfile] action [privopts] [actionflags]
        [[portname|pseudo-portname|port-url] [@version] [+-variant]... [option=value]...]...
"port help" or "man 1 port" for more information.

should print a help message.
3. I checked to make sure which apache and any options I could chose from (the “sudo” is so I can run the command as root (administrative user) and I do it each time so I have a log of my actions)

$ sudo port selfupdate
MacPorts base version 1.600 installed
Downloaded MacPorts base version 1.600
The MacPorts installation is not outdated and so was not updated
selfupdate done!
$ sudo port list apache
apache                         @1.3.37         www/apache
macbook:~ ware$ sudo port list apache2
apache2                        @2.2.6          www/apache2
$ sudo port variants apache
apache has the variants:

And finally, let’s install it:

$ sudo port install apache2

Shockingly, there was an error:

checking for mawk... (cached) no
checking for gawk... (cached) no
checking for nawk... (cached) no
checking for awk... (cached) no
configure: error: No awk program found

I think there was a path problem involved because gawk was now installed and restarting the install worked:

$ sudo port install gawk
Skipping org.macports.activate (gawk ) since this port is already active
$ sudo port install apache2

I now need to tell OS X about starting up this application on system booting:

$ sudo launchctl load -w /Library/LaunchDaemons/org.macports.apache2.plist

And now it’s time to configure apache:

$ cd /opt/local/apache2/conf
$ cp httpd.conf.sample httpd.conf

Trying to start it apache up gave me this error:

$ sudo /opt/local/apache2/bin/apachectl start
httpd: Syntax error on line 96 of /opt/local/apache2/conf/httpd.conf: Cannot load /opt/local/apache2/modules/ into server: dlopen(/opt/local/apache2/modules/, 10): Symbol not found: _ssl_cmd_SSLCACertificateFilen  Referenced from: /opt/local/apache2/modules/mod_ssl.son  Expected in: flat namespacen

Use your favorite editor to comment out ssl (I don’t need it, yet)

$ sudo vi httpd.conf
#LoadModule ssl_module modules/

3. Start it up:

$ sudo /opt/local/apache2/bin/apachectl start
$ sudo bin/apachectl start

4. And prove it works by connecting to http://localhost/

google and picasso

I’ve been using google and picasso for posting photos. It’s pretty nice to add photos to the blog entries. I wish MarsEdit handled photo resizing a little better.
Anyway, I added a new thanksgiving album:

Thanksgiving 2007


It was a great Thanksgiving but I’m afraid I’m suffering from a turkey induced daze today. I really just want to go take a nap. Every year, I’m reminded how silly it is for most businesses (non-retail) to be open on the Friday after Thanksgiving. It’s probably the most unproductive day of the year.
Seriously, I need to organize my vacation time better. Switching jobs left me with two vacation days for the rest of the year. On balance, it’s pretty cool that I’m getting vacation time. I’m using those two days for pre-New Years: Fri (12/28) and Monday (12/31) so I can’t take today off.


Just some photos of the end of winter last year on the beginning of winter this year. We had the first hint of snow today.
IMG 1846.jpg
This was us along the North Shore of Long Island on one of the first in March, 2007.

Wedding fever

We had a great time at a friends Russian style wedding. Lots of great seafood and, yes, vodka.
Also, let’s see how uploading images works.

Apple Developer Center

So I was checking out Apple Developer Connection which is informative. But why would I pay $499 for a Select membership?
The ADC Compatibility labs seems interesting. Test software on multiple configurations twice per month. Too bad I’m in NY.