Category Archives: OS X

Simple Vagrant config for Laravel updated

Though Vagrant (at least with VirtualBox) appears to be semi-broken at the moment under Mavericks, I’ve updated my simple vagrant config for developing with Laravel as requirements keep growing for different projects: Github

By the way, the temporary fix for the vagrant under Mavericks seems to be running the following:

sudo /Library/StartupItems/VirtualBox/VirtualBox restart


My “toolbox” re-visited

Every developer’s toolbox changes and evolves over time, even the old Reluctant Developer’s. In fact, I go through periods where I spend way too much time trying to find the next app that’s going to get me over the hump from hack to rock star. I haven’t found it yet because it doesn’t exist, but it’s still interesting exchanging some of the tools in the toolbox now and then, and sometimes finding that app that really makes a difference in one’s workflow.

So here’s a list of what I’m using now, along with a brief (sometimes very brief) explanation of “why”:

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Random thoughts about Web Development across multiple dev machines

I just picked up a refurbished 2012 Macbook Air from the Apple online store to replace a 2007 Macbook Pro. I didn’t use the MBP much because it just couldn’t keep up, but I missed being able to work anywhere, including at home without having to sneak upstairs to the office.

Now that I have the MBA, those limitations are gone, but  working on the same project on different computers can still be a challenge. However, compared to just a few years ago, creating the same web development environment across several computers can be accomplished with just a little effort.

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A Simple Git Deployment setup on Ubuntu Server

After spending a lot of time on trial & error to set up a simple Git web application deployment setup using Ubuntu server, I’m writing this down as a reference for myself and thought it might helpful to others as well. If anyone actually reads this and can comment on:

  • Things I missed
  • Things I did that were stupid
  • Things that were especially stupid

…it will be appreciated.

This is based on Ubuntu 12.04 server and deploying from OS X, though that part shouldn’t matter.

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PowerPC, Ubuntu, Java, and Minecraft. It can work.

This post isn’t related to what this blog is supposed to be about, but apparently there are a number of people with old PowerPC Macs like myself who want to get some use out of them by running things like Minecraft servers. My two kids are addicted to playing and they love idea of having their own server.

When the old PowerMac G5 was still running Leopard, we were able to run a server without any issues except that it’s not particularly fast, and it was difficult to find a Java JRE that was current enough for Minecraft that would work on the G5, but we(I) did.

Now that the G5 is running Ubuntu Server 12.04, Java JRE/JDK packages are plentiful, but Minecraft doesn’t like them (openJDK, for instance). I’m here to say that the fix is to install the IBM PPC java packages instead. Huge difference in performance.

Eventually, it looks like PowerPC support will be removed from Minecraft altogether regardless of the java situation, but for now, the old G5 has life.