Apple Fusion Drive – What is it and what the *#%@ do we do with it? [CONFIRMED]

[Update november 27th; DiY FusionDrive confirmed!, see last page]

[Update november 9th; Do-it-yourself FusionDrive available!, see last page]

Hi all.

For a change, a regular blog post, not a how-to or a script to share, just some info on a “new” technology “invented” by Apple; Fusion Drive.

First of all; what is it?

Well, that’s a difficult question, since only Apple really knows and there probably isn’t a Mac outside of Apple HQ that runs on it. But based on the information presented by Apple and discussed by many techfora, like arstechnica and ubergizmo, already discussed Fusion Drive in depth and here’s the scuttlebutt;

1. Apple Fusion Drive combines a regular HDD with a fast SSD so files accessed often are available at high speeds, others are on the large capacity storage. All seamless and even so that certain files of one project can be on the SSD (the files you use) and others on the HDD (the documentation). It’s file-based (actually block-based), it’s seamless, it’s automatic. It fits the Apple philosophy perfectly; it’s dead-easy to use. Continue reading “Apple Fusion Drive – What is it and what the *#%@ do we do with it? [CONFIRMED]”

(Semi-)Automatically rebuild Apache VHOST configuration (Handy Shell Scripts – part III – rba.sh)

Now that we have a Development Webserver, we may have a local DNS server running to use a local TLD on the localhost and we have SSL added to our setup, we have discarded VirtualHostX , there is one thing that needs manual labor; and we hate that! (don’t we?). Maintaining the Apache2 Virtual-Host Configuration file and – in case of a DNS-less setup – the hosts file. Now, we do this automated! (Read on!)

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Development WebServer on OSX Lion – HomeBrew/MariaDB/PECL

Apache2 is already installed on any Mac and most setups (like MAMP or MacPorts) just ignore the built in Apache and install their own version. Shame. You wouldn’t ignore your own car just and get another one to pull a trailer while your own car can do the job perfectly.

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The “Ultimate” Guide to a Development Webserver on OSX

Hi all. It’s been a while since I posted something interesting, sorry ’bout that. For now I can make setting up a new web server, or upgrading it after an OSX upgrade, a bit easier. A colleague of mine tried it and ran into some problems concerning the different steps to take, so this post should help you get it done with more ease.

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