The blessing of an upgrade

Until now, I have always been looking forward to the next Mac OS upgrade. It really used to be a big improvement over previous versions, but this time with Mountain Lion (yes, I have given myself ample time to get used to it), things will certainly change.

First of all – the performance has taken a significant hit on all my Macs. I purchased a top of the line 15” MacBook Pro with SSD disc and max memory and even that machine will take around 30 seconds from I open the lid till I have control and can type in my password. That is way worse than my company Windows laptop.

And then there are all the small things that I keep running into. An example is that there is no longer a GUI for web sharing in case you want to run a website on your mac. Looking in your home directory “/Sites” folder, you will see the index.html file telling you something else:

Screen Shot 2012-12-27 at 13.04.50

On this page, the instruction is clear: “Open system Preferences and click Sharing, then select Web Sharing”. But that cannot be done, they apparently forgot that they had removed that feature from the settings in this release. Here is what I had under sharing:

Screen Shot 2012-12-27 at 13.12.16

And it is not working out of the box – here is what I get when checking “http://localhost”:

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It is not that it is now impossible, you just need to do all the research yourself. On the Apple Support Pages, they are now stating that the web sharing is no longer included, but Apache is and all that is documented on the Apache site… not what I was expecting to see from the formerly very user friendly Apple.

It might be an indication that Apple is starting to fall apart again – the iOS6 was not impressive either and the iPhone 5 was far from as impressive as I had been expecting and the direct reason for testing out a rival Android based phone.

I found my recipe for setting all this up here: at the site and after running a terminal window with

sudo apachectl start

I got a reply on localhost.

Screen Shot 2012-12-27 at 14.18.00
Now I will read on and learn how to configure PHP and maybe even mysql, if I have time…

2 Replies to “The blessing of an upgrade”

  1. Ah, although it is no longer out of the box, it is certainly something that can be done with a little command line magic.

    After experimenting for quite a while and reading numerous articles on the matter, I must say that the clear winner in terms of clear instructions and superior explanation is Danilo Stern-Sapad

    I have used these two articles written by Danilo:
    How to set up Apache, PHP, & MySQL on Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard
    and How to set up virtual hosts on Mac OS X 10.5 (Leopard)

    I did have problems getting access to my files in the virtual hist setup, until I included this in the /private/etc/apache2/users/my-short-hostname.conf file:

    Options All
    AllowOverride All
    Order allow,deny
    Allow from all

  2. Just found a solution for the extremely slow startup problem on Mountain Lion as well. Was browsing the Apple support forum – apparently a lot of people are having this issue and one of the suggestions was to reset the SMB (not even sure what that is)

    However, the instruction was clear and I was desperate, so I tried it. And it worked :-)

    Just in case, here is what I did:

    1. Shutdown the Macbook
    2. Connect the power cord
    3. At the same time press SHIFT, CONTROL & OPTION a few times. The led on the powercord was changing for a second when I did it, but it may just be mine.
    4. Power up the MacBook

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