password protect your Tomcat powered project

At work we’re in the middle of the development of a new Tomcat powered bioinformatics application, and have reached the stage were you have to show it to some peers but not make it publicly available. I do have an ubuntu 12.04 LTS server, so I took the most out of this Randeep’s post:

password protected directory in Tomcat

Here it is how to do it in few steps:

  1. Add user, password and role in conf/tomcat-users.xml
  2. In the webapps/examples/WEB-INF/web.xml specify role, method and urls.
  3. Restart Tomcat and check the result

A small change of habit today… just four news, instead of the usual five!

Originally posted on Der Flounder:

Part of Oracle’s new install application for Java is a binary named MacJREInstaller. This application appears to be what installs Java and governs whether or not the toolbar gets deployed.

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For context, MacJREInstaller appears to be the helper tool referenced when the Java install application prompts for admin privileges.

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Based on observation, when running the Java install application, MacJREInstaller appears to run the following tasks:

1. Checks to see if it can contact the internet

2. If it can contact the internet, checks back with Oracle to see what country it’s in. Oracle apparently is selective about which nations it wants to have the browser settings and toolbar installed (thanks to a Canadian colleague’s testing, it appears Canada is not one of the nations.)

3. If it determines the Mac in question is in a country where Oracle wants to deploy the browser settings and toolbar…

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change Virtualbox default location for its Virtual Machines

VBoxManage setproperty machinefolder /Volumes/kooldata/VBOx-Machines/

Since I’ve got two hard drives on my MacBook Pro, a smaller System SSD one and a large – and slower – mechanical drive as ‘data storage, I wanted to move all the VM created with Virtualbox on the second drive. I gave on my the command before quoted, successfully achieving my attempt…