You'll just have to trust me on the reasons, but I want to to run a fully-functioning web server (or at least, one which can do dynamic pages in Perl or PHP) on OS X (Leopard) machines, without having the administrator password.
Having it on a USB stick seems the most likely approach -- a web server is an application after all, and I won't be able to install new applications without the admin password, but I will be able to run an application from a stick.
This guy says he's done it, but annoyingly, not how, and hasn't made the details available: http://www.developmentseed.org/blog/2007/aug/03/getting-web-server-run-usb-drive
, and this guy says he's got a beta version with limited functionality but wants me to pay for it sight unseen: http://www.server2go-web.de/features/mac.html
I reckon I'm probably clueful enough to attempt my own tweaks to MAMPP given a few starting hints. Would it be incredibly difficult?
Any other solutions or suggestions gratefully received of course.