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Installing Apache, Tomcat, and MySql on Windows Intro PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 05 December 2010 16:20

Installing the Apache Web Server, Tomcat and MySql on Windows

   I wanted to deploy and test Google Web Toolkit applications on my Windows 7 laptop before I deploy them to servers.   I installed Apache, Tomcat and MySql on my Tonido Plug last week and it was tough but since it was an embedded ARM platform that was not surprising.  

    It turned out to be quite tricky to get Tomcat running on Windows 7 due to abysmal documentation.    So just in case anybody else wants to do this, I'm publishing my notes so they won't have to waste as much time as I did.

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Last Updated on Sunday, 05 December 2010 16:30
Setting Up a Web Server on $99 Tonido Plug Computer Intro PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 17 November 2010 16:29

Setting Up A Web Server On A $99 Plug Computer

The Tondio Plug Computer

   This article is a how-I-did-it article about how I got this running and configured.   I'm not a Linux expert, so I'm sure there are things I could have done more easily or properly.  But it works!

   If you ever wanted to have your very own webserver running 24/7, you can now do it for a total investment of $99.   This little champ will use only a few watts of power, and has no noisy fan.   It runs great out of the box with what Tonido puts on there, but it is also pretty easy to put another Linux on there and install whatever packages you like.   But the best part (especially for Linux noobs like myself) is that if you mess up , you can just yank your flash drive out and it will still boot the original OS.

   The software is all open source, and freely available on the web.   Getting a web server running is fairly easy.    If all you want to do is host a website, then installing Apache would be enough.

   In my case, I wanted to run Tomcat, which would allow the server to generate active content.  I.E. instead of just fetching HTML pages and images, it will run my Java programs and create web pages as the user interact with my site.

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 17 November 2010 16:53
Why Are We Surrounded By Faulty Products Intro PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 26 February 2010 21:20

Why Are We Surrounded By Faulty Products?Toyota Logo

The recent revelations with Toyota vehicles has got me thinking about a subject that I've long pondered over.   That we are losing ground in the battle of performance and features versus reliability.   In this article I look at my own experience as both a developer of software for commercial products, and a consumer of commercial products.   My conclusion - we are heading down the wrong path, and that things are going to get steadily worse.   As an observer at ground zero in battle against bugs, I've long been of the opinion that we are doing is crazy and there must be a better way.

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Last Updated on Sunday, 28 February 2010 01:26
Why Oracle is Attacking Google PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 18 August 2010 02:04

Larry Ellison is a Romulan!


  Oracle bought Sun, and then turned around and launched a gigantic lawsuit against Google for violating patents involving Java.   At first I didn't understand why Oracle would be so mean.   But when I saw a picture of their CEO I finally get it.   Sure, he got a better haircut and had is ears rounded off, but it is obvious from his eyebrows that he is a Romulan!


Last Updated on Wednesday, 18 August 2010 02:16
BirdTerm Serial Port Terminal Emulator Released PDF Print E-mail
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Saturday, 17 October 2009 19:23

BirdTerm Version 1.0 Released

BirdTerm is a free, open source program for Windows which emulates a serial terminal.  It supports ANSI color and cursor position commands.

Programmers can use this program to communicate with embedded CPUs which have serial port communication.   Can also be used to communicate with old telephone modems etc.

 BirdTerm is written in Java, using the Eclipse SWT/JFace libraries, and also the RxTx Serial Port Communications library.  

BirdTerm talking to KCMD on an AVR

 Bird Term Screenshot 1


The main features of BirdTerm are

  • A terminal Emulator program similar to TeraTerm or Microsoft's HyperTerm
  • Totally Free, with no advertising or any such hassles
  • Supports color text,  using the ANSI standard for setting color and cursor position
  • Remembers the window size and position, and last used serial port
  • Can auto-connect at startup if desired
  • Written in Java, with full source code available 
  • Documentation available for rebuilding from source

Download verison 1.0 For Windows Here

 BirdTerm_V1.0 Windows-only Installer For XP, Vista and higher




 The BirdTerm Project is hosted on  There you can get support if you have any problems, or you can download the source code.

BirdTerm SourceForge Project


For More information on how to build BirdTerm from source code, see the following link:

BirdTerm Building From Source Documentation



Last Updated on Saturday, 17 October 2009 20:00
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