January 17th, 2007

Neko (lofulah)

Hah! Take that you... windowsy thing!

Apache 2.0.59 AND Apache 2.2 installed. Hah!

The steps I had to take:
1) installed Apache 2.0.59. I ended up using the binary found here: http://hunter.campbus.com/ instead of the binary distributed by the Apache group/foundation/people. Reason: putting in SSL caused crashes to occur.

2) Modified the registry so I can have an Apache 2.0 service and an Apache 2.2 service, both controlled by the useful Apache monitor (comes with the Apache-distributed copy of Apache 2.0). There's an awesome tool called the Registry Explorer, which lets you browse the windows registry as you would browse normal folders. And not only that, you can copy and paste/duplicate various keys, which regedit lacks. I just copied the Apache2 key that was installed by xampp, and modified it for my own use. The installer for 2.0 from the Apache group/people installed their own key, I believe, but the key names will clash with xampp's installation, and while xampp will finish the installation process, you won't be able to start up the correct apache with xampp's control panel.

3) installed SVN. http://subversion.tigris.org/servlets/ProjectDocumentList?folderID=91. Should be painless.

4) installed TortoiseSVN (Windows GUI - letting you do everything SVN related by right-clicking in explorer). Should also be painless. Requires a reboot, unfortunately.

5) set up Apache SSL according to the awesome help manual included with the TortoiseSVN installation. This guide was also helpful, although it did not cover SSL setup.

I've got me a HTTPS svn server! W00t. No, it's not open to the public, since it's for a project that I don't fully own.

*Note to others coming here to install apache(w/ssl)+svn on windows:
It may take you from 2 hours to 2 days. It took me 2 days to get everything figured out, including annoying limitations on stuff. If you don't run a different apache, and you know what you're doing, it shouldn't take more than 2 hours to get everything up and running properly.
Neko (lofulah)

Novels to movies... Probably of note to marbenais

It's been on the news for some time now, but I haven't posted about it: The Golden Compass by Phillip Pullman is being turned into a movie. I hope it's good. I loved the trilogy, notably the first and the last books. The first for being such a delicious story, the last for the feeling it managed to invoke.

And Diane Duane (dduane) has revealed that a movie may be in progress for So You Want To Be A Wizard. No details on dates, thoughts or much else...
Neko (lofulah)

And in other news...

The tub is now sparkling (sparklingly?) clean. Probably the cleanest it's been since we moved in.


Apple store contacted me yesterday and asked for my address to ship the iBook to. No questions asked. (Although there was a late call on monday informing me that it was ready for pickup. I semi-ranted on the fact that I tried to pick it up from FedEx, but no one could do anything about it. The guy informed me that he would get back to me "tomorrow"/tuesday, as he was closing up the store.) Here's to hoping they're not shipping by very-slow-ground or something. And that nothing goes wrong. I may call back in a few days to see if there's a tracking number... don't really like calling the Apple store though; I always feel kinda bad bothering them, since there's usually absurdly busy. Business is good there~


The four classes I'm taking this semester all seem good.
CS411: Database systems - The professor is awesome. I need to contact him and see if he's got any pointers for someone who's also looking into security. And he's got an accent, possibly british? Class is absurdly crowded though.

ECE410: Digital Signals Processing I - 2 hour long lectures ::wince:: by the professor is very upbeat. And apparently includes plans in his lectures to involve the entire class ("Ok, form small groups and discuss such-and-such"). Which is good. Ah, incentive to NOT fall behind and look stupid. Everything is modular! :)

ECE440: Solid State Electronic Devices - Like diodes, P/n junctions, or something like that. Crowded classroom. First lecture was ok, although there's a possiblity of it being slightly boring. Professor informed us that 440 was probably the only class where we'll have to use everything we learned in the past. Uh oh...

GER250/ENG267/CompLit 250: Grimms' Fairy Tales in their European Context. Ahhahahaha. I'm going to love this class. The professor is an amusingly upbeat psychology professor, so there was some ToKish mentioning of knowing things in the past. Damn crowded class though. At least I can get there's early, but... ugh, it's on the south side of campus, which means a rush northwards to the engineering building (everitt) for ECE440. Oh, and it's a Advanced Comp class, which means essays (good essays) will have to be written. And the professor admits it's going to be hard, since, unlike Shakespeare, fairy tales are rather one-dimentional. Hmmm. Time to test what IB has taught me.

Yes, my semester is light-ish, but with three 400 level classes, I'm unwilling to risk taking more. Shall try to take less and do better. Maybe?