How to fix PATH conflicts in WSL (Bash on Ubuntu on Windows)

WSL (also known as Bash on Ubuntu on Windows) has been a game changer for me with my web development. For a lot of our front end related coding, we take advantage of certain tools such as npm, grunt, bower, and at this point they still run a little smoother in my Mac environment than they do in my Windows 10 environment (though they are getting better). Having WSL available allows me to use these tools effectively and still retain my Win10 goodies. I recently ran into a problem with some path conflicts and here is the trick to solve them. Continue reading “How to fix PATH conflicts in WSL (Bash on Ubuntu on Windows)”


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 Windows with Boxstarter

Note: Have a Mac? You can do the same thing with KitchenPlan

After being completely enamored and giddy with the discovery of KitchenPlan to automate my OSX rebuild, I started thinking, “Man, it would be truly amazing if I could do the same thing with my Windows VMs!” After a little bit of digging around, to my wonderful surprise there IS a tool that does the same thing thanks to Boxstarter.

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Quick Tip: Creating Outlook Templates for Mac

As a remote worker, I keep in touch with my colleagues by way of the “daily virtual standup”. This is a short and sweet e-mail that outlines what I did yesterday and well as what I’m going to do today. Oddly enough, Outlook for Mac does not have a mail template that I could create to send these out faster! So here’s a quick trick I use as a workaround…

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