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Installing and Configuring Zend Server 6 on Mac OSX

If you’re a web developer and your development machine is a Mac you have likely discovered that “Web Sharing” was removed from OSX Mountain Lion.

There are a few tutorials on the web that can walk you through getting a PHP stack set up on the Mac, but they all describe somewhat more work than necessary.

Since Zend Server free edition offers production quality features and has installers for Linux, Windows and Mac, it makes a fine choice to replace the missing OSX Web Sharing feature, and it is easy to install.

I published on article on Zend’s Developer Zone on the installation and configuration of Zend Server 6 FREE Edition on the Mac

You can read the the whole article HERE !

Photosynth Team releases iPhone App

The Microsoft Photosynth Team is happy to announce the release of the new Photosynth app for mobile panorama creation and sharing! 

The Photosynth app is a both a significant step forward in mobile imaging technology  and a path to crowdsource local and business imagery back to Bing Local and Bing Maps. 


The Photosynth app allows you to capture 360° panoramas in all directions (up, down, left, and right) and create spectacular images that our competition simply cannot achieve. With the latest in computer vision techniques, developed in concert with Microsoft Research, Photosynth focuses on making creation easy and fun with a wealth of sharing options.

The app offers both a traditional sharing model to entice existing Facebook users to share images with Photosynth and also deep ties into for sharing interactive panorama experiences.

However, the team is most excited by the opportunity for users to now “Publish to Bing Maps”, making their panoramas eligible to show up on both the map (with the Photosynth map app) and directly on an associated business’s detail page.  

This way Microsoft is enabling users to contribute to our collective visual understanding of the world directly from their phone.


Here’s an introductory video that covers the app:


Key Features:

· See your panorama take shape as you capture them with Interactive Capture

· Look and capture in all directions with Full-Sphere Panoramas

· See the final panorama right away with fast On-Device Processing

· Sharp, high-resolution results with the Advanced Image Stitching Engine

· Panoramas are always available to view and share from the On-Device Library

· Zoom, pan, stretch, and view in landscape or portrait with our Immersive Viewer

· Save your panoramas and view them online at

Sharing Options:

· Share to Bing Maps to see your panoramas throughout Bing on business detail pages and right on the map itself

· Share to Facebook with images or interactive panoramas

· Images are also available to any app from the Camera Roll

The initial release is for the iOS platform, but the team is also working with the Windows Phone crew to bring this technology next to our own platform. 

This app was a collaboration between many people on the client Photosynth app team, on the service side making our end-to-end Bing sharing story possible, and in Microsoft Research.

Please or at least check out the above video above and  give the app a try.

Blow you can check out a few example panoramas:

· Museum of Flight

· Japanese Gardens

· International Space Station

· Volunteer Park Conservatory

My Windows XP VMWare / Fusion Instance was hung on shutdown.

I use a Mac Book Pro for Virtualization.

Though I HATE OS/X – VMWare Fusion runs just about everything and does it pretty well.

One of my devices is Windows XP

After running Windows Update, Windows XP got “stuck” shutting down.

Using the VMWare Fusion menus to try to force a shut down.

The solution was easy, but FINDING the solution was hard so I thought I’d blog it here.

Pull down the “Virtual Machine” meny


Hold down the “Option Key”


Now just choose “Power Down”


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Upgrading my MacBook Pro

So last year I got a 17″ Macbook Pro. I got it solely for the purpose of testing my team’s web properties (,,

Since I do allot of PHP programming and more and more PHP Developers are using MacBooks, I’ve started doing some Coding on the Mac and cross platform testing of PHP on the Mac and then on Windows.

It’s funny, though I use my MacBook daily, I seldom use OSX. I’ve found the MacBook Pro to be a fine host for Virtual Machines.

I spend several hours every day answering customer email and more and more I’m asked questions about versions that I don’t have installed on my machine due to limited disk space or compatibility issues. So, I’ve finally gotten to a place when I need to get virtualized so that I can support older versions of Visual Studio, etc.

So, I’ve decided to do this with my Mac.

For about $230 I got a 320 Gig 7200 RPM SATA Hards Drive and 4 Gig of RAM from NewEgg and a screw driver kit with the NECESSARY T6 screw driver.

I’ve upgraded Mac Desktop hardware before. G3s were easy, iMacs were less easy but my MacBook Pro was a pain in the ass on the hardware side.

I like my MacBook Pro hardware. It’s “sleek”. But not at all designed for end user hardware updates.

My Lenovo, Toshiba, and Compaq Laptops let me change hard drives in under a minute.

The MacBook pro is a MAJOR disassembly. Something like 25 screws. Disassemble the entire case, remove the keyboard, etc.

20 minutes minimum.

Having said that, you don’t know how much Time Machine ROCKS until you install a new hard drive.

After I installed the new drive and the new memory (anybody want to buy 2 gig for their MBP ?), I fired it up and held my breath.

After booting from the OSX DVD, I provisioned the new drive and selected restore from backup.

Selected the Time Machine backup I made yesterday, and BAM! 90 minutes later I have my machine just as it was yesterday except faster and 200 gig of extra disk space.

No reinstalling the OS, no reinstalling (and finding the serial numbers) for all my software!

It “just works”.

Note to Windows Visa Team, need that for Vista !!!

No question it’s faster. Eclipse loads in just a few seconds.

Now – building VPCs !

Very cool !