Create a Dropbox clone on Mac OS X Mavericks using OwnCloud

My company uses Dropbox extensively for sharing project files. It truly is an enhancement to our workflow. But, we don’t like the privacy concerns of hosting our contracts and other confidential information in their cloud, nor do we like the cost. We like everything else.

OwnCloud is an open source alternative to Dropbox, and provides the same features.

I decided to install it on our Mac mini server to give it a trial run. Here’s how I did it:

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Install memcached and APC on Mavericks Server 3 (Mac OS X 10.9)

Dramatically speed speed up sites hosted using Mac OS X 10.9 Mavericks Server (like SocialEngine, Drupal, WordPress, or other PHP/MySQL web site) by adding APC and Memcache.

Here’s how to install APC and memcache on Mac OS X Mavericks server, which runs PHP 5.4:

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Rebuilding PHP extensions to work with Mac OS X Mavericks server and PHP 5.4

Because Mavericks server uses PHP 5.4, any extensions you may have compiled for previous versions of Mac OS X (such as memcache, apc, mcrypt) need to be recompiled and reinstalled.

This post assumes you used MacPorts to compile and install the PHP extensions in question. Here’s how to accomplish the task:

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Experiments with boosting social media likes

I’m curious whether for-pay Facebook like sites like boostlikes really work. They have a free offer whereby one can gain 250 Facebook likes from “real” people. The catch? I have to post their URL to my site. Well, here we go. They claim I’ll notice results in 4-7 days. I’ll report back the results here. For the record, my page (which will be undisclosed) currently has 96 likes.

boostlikes even claims to be able to deliver likes from US-based Facebook users. Of course, that’s a premium price, but those are probably a) more valuable to US-based businesses; b) resonate better with US-based consumers; and c) cost more for boostlikes to acquire.

— Follow up: November 13, 2013 —

Last night I received notice from boostlikes that they kicked off my free campaign at 9:05 p.m. Within minutes I had 446 page likes, a gain of 350 likes. Most are from users with names of a Hispanic origin.