64-bit Windows support in Boot Camp

Just spotted this over at Mac Rumors, that there are a few cases reported Mac Pro users can boot into their 64-bit Windows Vista (GO confirms XP support still limited to 32-bit on Bootcamp).

From the manual, Page 4, the message said:

Important: You must use a single full-install Windows installation disc (Service Pack 2 is required for Windows XP installations). Do not use an upgrade version of Windows and do not install an earlier version of Windows XP and attempt to update it later to SP2 or later. Use only 32-bit versions of Windows. If you have a Mac Pro introduced in late 2007 or later, you can use a 64-bit version of Windows Vista.

Also, from your Mac Pro restore disk (on newer shipped models, apparently), you should be able to find a file “BookCamp64.exe” under “Drivers\Apple\”, under Windows. There a spread/file sharing of this file on the internet whom a forum member has kindly shared with other Mac Pro user. As I have never used Boot Camp and don’t have a Mac at all, I can’t say if this “BootCamp64” will work with all other 64-bits processors used by Mac. It in understand that all Mac Pro are 64-bit capable.

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Publish iCal calendars with local WebDAV server

To publish your iCal Calendar with the bundled OS X Apache web server, edit Apache’s configuration file in /etc/httpd. You must be root, so I expect you know vi and the workings of this file in general.

 % sudo vi /etc/httpd/htttpd.conf

In the Shared Library section, where modules are loaded, add these two lines in the same ordering in their repective sections:

LoadModule dav_module libexec/httpd/libdav.soAddModule mod_dav.c

Then somewhere in the global section add:

DAVLockDB /Library/WebServer/davlocks/DAVLockDB

I used this section to have a webdav folder managed by Apache:

<Directory "/Library/WebServer/Documents/dav">  DAV On  

  AuthName 'WebDAV'  

  AuthType Basic  

  AuthUserFile /etc/httpd/.htpasswd  

  AuthGroupFile /dev/null  

  <LimitExcept GET HEAD OPTIONS>  

    require valid-user  

  </LimitExcept>  

</Directory>

I want this folder protected (somewhat) by a password. To generate the password file
with MD5 passwords (not that old crypt!), please use the -m flag. The file is text. Note that http is vulnarable to sniffing attacks, so someone on your network can get at your password.

 % htpasswd -m -c /etc/httpd/.htpasswd user New password: not_safe  

 Re-type new password: not_safe  

 Adding password for user user

Then set up the folder with permissions.

 % cd /Library/WebServer/ % mkdir davlocks  

 % chown www:www davlocks  

 % cd Documents  

 % mkdir dav  

 % chown www:www dav

In iCal, choose Publish Calendar and specify http://localhost/dav/iCal. Do not FTP stuff into the dav folder; webdav uses its own locking, don’t confuse it.

Good Luck!

From http://www.macosxhints.com/article.php?story=20020912065811863

SOA and Web services

Industry experts say service-oriented architecture (SOA) will soon be the dominant enterprise IT architecture. Why? SOA has the power to transform IT from a bottleneck and cost center into a key source of business flexibility and competitive advantage. But when implemented incorrectly, SOA can disrupt the business. Instead of becoming more agile, your business could become more fragile.

What is SOA?

Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) is an IT architectural style that supports the transformation of your business into a set of linked services, or repeatable business tasks, that can be accessed when needed over a network. This may be a local network, it may be the Internet, or it may be geographically and technologically diverse, combining services in New York, London, and Hong Kong as though they were all installed on your local desktop. These services can coalesce to accomplish a specific business task, enabling your business to quickly adapt to changing conditions and requirements

When SOA implementation is guided by strategic business goals, you ensure the positive transformation of your business and can realize the chief benefits on an SOA, as follows:

  • Alignment of IT with the business

  • Maximal reuse of IT assets

Together, these help assure that investment in expensive IT projects result in lasting value to the business.

So, how do you tap into SOA, and how does it affect your business? IBM has identified five entry points for ensuring that every SOA-based solution undertaken delivers real business value. Each entry point is coupled with a scenario, or defined approach, that implements the technologies and thus the business values defined in each entry point.

IBM has an extensive article on the subject on its DeveloperWorks web site.

Adobe presented the CS 3 product suite

Adobe announced the Creative Suite 3 on March 27, 2007. The company celebrated the launch at an event in New York City that was webcast live at 3:30pm ET. During the webcast, Adobe revealed the features and suite configurations that make this the largest software release in Adobe’s 25 year history. Although the announcement took place not much later than as of this writing, the software will not ship until later in Spring 2007.

Visit http://adobe.bilkom.com.tr/cs3/canliyayin.html to watch the web cast.