Quick Tip: Don’t Resize the BootCamp Partition

So you created that BootCamp partition and after a night of “install-a-palooza”, you’ve run out of space. [Zut alors!] There are several resources out there that indicate that you can use Disk Utility to open up some free space, then use a partition tool on the Windows side of things to consume that free space. However, there are several other resources, and a bit of personal experience, that indicate doing this may not allow your partitions to be properly identified when the process completes, causing the whole endeavor to fail. Similarly the space might not be visible (or accessible) to one (or both partitions).

In the end, it’s a bit of a pain, but worthwhile to simply flush the partition and start over to avoid the risk. With the speed at which modern computers are running (with SSD/Fusion Drives as well), this shouldn’t take too long. Plus, with cool environment building tools, you can get everything up and running in no time.

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Rebuilding Your Dev Environment Quick and Easy on OSX with KitchenPlan

Note: Have a PC? You can do the same thing with BoxStarter

This weekend I had one of those dreaded “rebuild your machine” weekends. It was my kids’ birthday too! While I like the “fresh smell” of a new machine, free of clutter and running fast, the time it takes to get everything in place makes it a little tedious. However, all of that changed when I stumbled upon a great little tool from an old bookmarked post called KitchenPlan.
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Quick Tip: How to mount a TimeMachine network drive at login

Quick TipI’ve had a lot of feedback from my article on using readyshare drives for TimeMachine backups. The one glitch I’ve found is that I have to remount the sparsebundle file every time I log in. Here’s a way to fix that issue.  Continue reading “Quick Tip: How to mount a TimeMachine network drive at login”


How to get Netgear ReadyShare to work with Time Machine and Mountain Lion (Mavericks Too!) (Oh and El Capitan!)

ReadyShare Final Result

Note: I just upgraded to OSX Mavericks (10.9) and the ReadyShare drive is still readable and functional in Time Machine. You shouldn’t run into any trouble if you decide to upgrade. If you do run into problems (I did later on), I have some notes below to help.

Over the weekend I purchased a Netgear DGND3700v2 DSL Modem / Router (N600) and discovered that there was a great feature called ReadyShare. This allowed you to plug a USB drive into it and have it shared across all your computers in the network (music, photos, backup, etc.) However, their documentation to get it to work with OSX’s Time Machine backup tool wasn’t working. After some digging and tweaking, I managed to make it work.
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Developer Nirvana: The OSX / VMWare Fusion / Visual Studio 2010 Amalgamation

OSX Win7 Fusion
Yep, quite a lot of mayhem going there...

I mentioned a little while back that my job has ben jumping through a lot of different environments in order to get my work done. I’m doing PHP development in OSX to be on the same page as the my fellow developers. I also do .Net development for some of the clients we have. Previously, I’ve been working in a dual boot environment, swapping between two OSes as needed and relying on cloud life. Sometimes this doesn’t work out the best. Continue reading “Developer Nirvana: The OSX / VMWare Fusion / Visual Studio 2010 Amalgamation”