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

What version of OS X is installed on this drive?

It may occur to some to have a bunch of old disks laying in closets and them suddenly having the need to attach them to a running machine to restore some old data. Or you could have the need to boot up it’s System.

How to know which OS X operating system is installed on that drive? Well, all you have to do is a simple:

more /System/Library/CoreServices/SystemVersion.plist

over the I’m writing this as a reminder for an eventual future need.

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…