From Kevin Devin’s In the Trenches podcast, I heard about a WAMP (Windows, Apache, MySQL, PHP/Perl) server package called Uniform Server. I’ve spend a couple days playing with it and confirmed this is really cool.
Basically you get an assembled package in a Zip file. Just extract the Zip into a location of your choice and run start.bat to start it up. The main control panel is through a web interface where you can start/stop MySQL server and control it through phpMyAdmin. You’ll have a full system running literally moments after download.
Right now I’m using it to run MovableType 3.2 beta on my desktop. Rather than messing up anything on my server, this makes a great testbed.
I’ve been having fun with Yahoo! Music Unlimited, an inexpensive music subscription service that is currently in beta. Unfortunately my stinking Creative Zen Touch is still waiting for a firmware upgrade to be compatible with these subscription services.
The good news this week: Pocket Tunes v3.1 has added Windows Media DRM support for subscription stores, including Yahoo’s! This afternoon I loaded up my Tungsten T3 and gave it a whirl. Other than download speed (which is really slow through HotSync), it worked just fine. Newer devices like the T5 and LifeDrive should have faster data transfer times. I think you can also copy the protected WMA files directly to a memory card, but I need to confirm.
Check the list of supported devices. Unfortunately the Treo 600 is not supported, but the 650 is. Another reason to upgrade I suppose…