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by Rob Friesel

I feel like my vacation is going pretty well. It was excellent to get out last night and revisit good ol’ Club Charles. Of course, this morning I woke up feeling that stern voice in the back of my head muttering about how I’m not doing nearly the amount of work over my break as I said that I was going to. But somehow that doesn’t seem like something I should spend too much time thinking about. MOVING ON!

The Tomcat setup experiment continues… Seems now that I do actually have Tomcat set up and that (for the most part) it and Apache are talking. The results are inconclusive though b/c the article I used to help me through the set up is about a year old and refers to Tomcat 4 and not 5. Ugh. So not only did I need to re-compile but I’ve had to make a lot of educated guesses and leaps of faith. The localhost/examples/servlet did (fortunately) yield a Tomcat 404 page though — which was a vast improvement over the “Apache doesn’t know what the hell you’re asking for” page that it had been generating just a few hours ago. So… PROGRESS! Now if I can just figure out how the funk to get it to do something useful. Like run Xalan as a servlet and process .xml files — then I’ll be really f00kin ecstatic.

And yesterday’s biggest time-waster… A & I took a trip to Towson’s Apple store — since we were in the neighborhood. The three grandest marvels: (1) it’s almost not possible to describe the 20″ iMac, it’s just that cool; (2) the only thing more amazing than the massive 23″ display is the fact that I could look at the 20″ display and think “this is more than enough space…”; and (3) it’s so easy to forget how small the iPod is. My three other grand observations: (a) Apple needs to hit the $200 price-point to really make the iPod competitive — they won’t win this one on sex-appeal alone; (b) pretty much the same goes with those displays … they’re pretty and pretty awesome but the even the price on the 17″ model seems a little steep when stacking up against competing products; and (c) maybe I was just there on an “off” day but the thing that made my previous visits to the Apple store stand out was the involvement of the employees there — they were just so damn convincing… But not so much on this visit. Hmm…

About Rob Friesel

Software engineer by day, science fiction writer by night. Author of The PhantomJS Cookbook and a short story in Please Do Not Remove. View all posts by Rob Friesel →

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