Adobe Experience Manager 6.0 Install

I’m taking a look at the Adobe Experience Manager (AEM), and the install was a little tricky.

First of all I got a Java Server Page crash screen when I ran the first time on both my Windows and Mac laptops. Some Googling revealed that you needed the JDK 1.7, not the latest 1.8.  (I’m pretty sure at university over 10 years ago the idea was to have multiple run time versions?)

When it got running… well performance was underwhelming on a relatively new MacBoon Pro Retina with i5 cpu. Running on a Lenovo i7 workstation was more acceptable. I think if I am to get serious with this then Cloud hosting is almost certainly the way to go (just like with Sitecore).

Then after registering and starting it required login details not provided in the introduction email (Just ‘admin’ and ‘admin’).

Musings of a reluctant Apple fanboy

I was at the Melbourne World Tour event today, and it was great timing to announce the Salesforce app was the first to be available on the new Apple Watch. I’m not convinced that CFO’s will walk about with yearly financial target graphs on their wrists and much less recharge it every day, but it is a nice proof of concept about how pervasive devices have become in our lives.

More concerning to me was the new revision of the MacBook Pro Retina. Has my old MacBook become obsolete? Well luckily not really. Functionally it is all the same, including for the most part the retina display (the number one reason for my purchase). All other specs are nice, and the machine becoming less heavy nicer still, but I don’t think I would have used it very differently over the next 18 months.

The loss of the Thunderbolt port it probably my biggest takeaway. I certainly won’t waste money on buying Thunderbolt accessories, since they will likely be useless after my old MacBook is retired.

Probably the only function I can think of that would have obsoleted my MacBook would have been a touchscreen. I don’t need a touchscreen but I can see the utility that my Windows peers are getting out of it. I’d be surprised if the next MacBook in 2017 doesn’t have this!

Losing a Fitbit device in Australia

I found a Fitbit One on the street the other day. A quick check on online forums suggested that Fitbit will get Fedex to pick it up and return to the original owner.

They fail to mention that this does not apply to Australia (or presumably many other places).

So Fitbit support sent an email saying that because it is Australia that they would take care of the customer separately and that I can keep the Fitbit! I really hope the owner contacts the support so that they can get a replacement.

I guess Fitbit have to be careful not to put strangers into contact with each other, however seems a shame. I’m sure the owner lives close by to me and I just wanted to get it back to them.

Microsoft Surface 2 Table Spotting

The Microsoft Surface 2 Table (Not the same as their new successful laptop) never really took off, however I did build some demos for it and it is still great for multi user scenarios. My son found one in the Australian Museum in Sydney.


Microsoft Apps on Samsung Galaxy S6

I’ve owned a few Samsung Galaxy devices (SII, SIII and Tab 2) and I found the quality of the pre-installed Samsung software pretty low. It always seemed strange that Samsung would invest in near perfect hardware design and then followup with only half-hearted software support.

It will be great to see the official Microsoft mobile apps pre-installed instead, which would reduce TCO an an enterprise wanting to enable their mobile workers on this platform:

SFDC File Connect and Microsoft OneDrive for Business

This is great news for Office 365 customers!’s File Connect will integrate with Microsoft OneDrive for Business from February 2015:

According to the press release, all file permissions on OneDrive will be enforced as well as being fully accessible from mobile devices.

Using the Macbook Pro Retina as a Sitecore developer machine

I didn’t buy my Macbook Pro Retina to do Sitecore work, so I was concerned the configuration would not be powerful enough. Luckily the 8GB the machine has seems to work well enough. The main bottleneck I find is the terrible Page Editor that takes ages to load without using any CPU. If anything, it seems like using an SSD is the single best thing you can do for Sitecore performance, since I notice little performance difference between Parallels and another Hyper-V machine I have with 8 CPUs and 16GB dedicated RAM also running off an SSD.

 I didn’t want to go Bootcamp, so this is what I did:

  • Install new instance of Windows Server into Parallels (I used Windows Server 2012)
  • Install SQL Server, Sitecore and Visual Studio onto your new virtual machine
  • Allocate as much RAM and CPU as you can. (I have given it 5GB RAM and all 4 CPUs)
  • Open up your port 80 firewall for incoming and outgoing connections.
  • Edit the HOSTS file on your Mac to refer your site names back to the Windows Server IP

With this configuration I am able to use the Mac OS Firefox browser to work with Sitecore directly for working with the Sitecore deskop, Content Editor and Page Editor.

Also for reference I also have Oracle VirtualBox and I did try that. Parallels is just much faster and the integration with the host extremely intuitive.

 Finally I have received a good number of asserts for web site building such as images, movies, PDF’s and Photoshop files. It has to be said that using these on a MacBook Pro Retina is really awesome.


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