As most of you who read this site will know, I’m planning a redesign for this site. As most of you know know me will have probably guessed, I haven’t got very far. I have, however, managed to copy this site over to my local machine, database and all, and get a copy of it up and running so that I can muck around with the layout without disrupting everything for you, the viewing public.
To anyone looking to do the same kind of thing on a Mac, I can heartily recommend XAMPP for Mac OS X: it’s an OS X package containing Apache, MySQL, Perl and PHP. Setting it up is a doddle if you’ve set up an Apache server before and probably not too tricky if you haven’t: the only problem I’ve found with it so far is that it still uses the Apache 1 style of configuration (i.e. all lumped into one big file) rather than the system used in Apache 2 where the configuration is split up into many files, each dealing with their own little bit. That’s pretty minor as quibbles go though.
In conclusion, XAMPP good, Napster bad.