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Tomcat and directories
Tomcat and directories

I run into a nasty issue the other day with “alike” directories in my web application. That is, I had a copy of a “WEB-INF” directory called “WEB-INF–“. While my web application did not bother with copy of the WEB-INF directory, Tomcat threw all kinds of errors in the catalina.out…

Upgrade to most recent ImageMagick version on CentOS 5.x
Upgrade to most recent ImageMagick version on CentOS 5.x

My favorite choice for running a Linux Server is CentOS, since it is based on the RedHat distribution you can rest assured you will get a top notch enterprise offering and stability. As with all things “enterprise” the priority is on stability and security and not on the latest code…

Oracle backup with RMAN
Oracle backup with RMAN

Deploying an Oracle database is one thing, but doing a good recovery backup plan is another matter. Good for us, Oracle comes with its own tool for doing backups called “RMAN”. Sure, one can do backup with the Enterprise Manager, but with it you will need to shut down the…

Why GPL
Why GPL

Matt Mullenweg of the famous WordPress application talks in the below video about GPL and why WordPress uses it. I recently had some discussions with some people why Razuna, our Open Source Media Management (Digital Asset Management) Solution, uses the AGPL and why we chose it. It think Matt brings…

One of the reasons why the internet and open source works
One of the reasons why the internet and open source works

Social theorist Jonathan Zittrain gave a very entertaining and enlightening talk about the random kindness on the Internet and how we can all benefit from this worldwide “kindness”. Listening to his talk, you will also understand why open source works and why people spend many many hours contributing to projects…

SELinux and FFMpeg
SELinux and FFMpeg

SELinux is a good thing, but it also requires you to watch out on some libraries. Sometimes, something just fails, because SELinux does not allow it to run. This so happens when you have SELinux installed and want to run FFMpeg. I just run into this when I tried to…

Griffin Express Card/34 and Snow Leopard
Griffin Express Card/34 and Snow Leopard

Like many others I installed Snow Leopard on my Mac and like many I’m most of the time very happy with it. But there are some things that still don’t work as expected. Especially troublesome is when working Hardware can not be used anymore. Unfortunately, I had one of those…

Awesome informative video
Awesome informative video

If you are moving on the web and are surrounded by many little gadgets or simply want to be informed where the society is heading you own it to yourself to watch the Fall Edition of the famous “Shift Happens” series. This one is called “Did you know 4.0”.

How the mind changes and develops over time
How the mind changes and develops over time

This is another interesting talk over at the TED website entitled “How to read each other’s mind”. Thought I think the title is a bit misleading, the talk goes into how our minds and perception over time changes as we grow up. After 10 minutes of her talk you get…

Retrieving mail from one Google App account to another with POP
Retrieving mail from one Google App account to another with POP

I had the need to retrieve mails from one Google App account to another Google App account over POP. Like this you can actually “swap” from one primary domain to another primary domain (since Google does not allow it to be exchanged you need to create a new account and…

Natasha Tsakos: Being human is an artform
Natasha Tsakos: Being human is an artform

This presentation of Natasha Tsakos is very well prepared and entertaining. She shows us a new form of theater, coupled with art and technology. My favorite paragraph is “Being human is an artform”. Watch for your self.

A petition to Apple to drop AT & T
A petition to Apple to drop AT & T

Thought this to be quite useful for my American friends.

Reasons for going Open Source
Reasons for going Open Source

Recently at a conference where I was presenting our Open Source Digital Asset Management, I realized that our company was the only one, out of 60 other companies, that was using a Open Source License. Usually, in this surrounding I get asked more then once how Open Source works for…

Apple or not – that is the question
Apple or not – that is the question

The recent eMail von Jason Calacanis and his blog post entitled “The Case against Apple in five Parts” brought a little up stir in the Apple world. The recent reply came from Marco.  You can read their back and forth on Jason’s take on Apple and make up your own…

Automatic Memory Management in Oracle Database 11g
Automatic Memory Management in Oracle Database 11g

Oracle Database 11g brings lot of new enhancements, especially in the Memory management. Oracle 11g allows you to allocate one chunk of memory, which Oracle uses to dynamically manage both the SGA and PGA. Automatic memory management is configured using two new initialization parameters: MEMORY_TARGET: The amount of shared memory…

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