Tag: windows

The purpose of this post is to detail how to setup Git within the Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL). Git is the source control tool of choice nowadays. It’s distributed style makes it great for working with a remote team but also allows you to work completely offline, which wasn’t an option for previous tools like Subversion or CVS.

This post focuses on setting up Git for command line access and scripting on Windows. There are other options like Git BASH, which I have used in the past, but why settle for a “BASH emulation” when you can use the real thing?

WSL Linux Distros on Microsoft Store

I recently bought myself a new laptop and found that the process for setting up the Windows Subsystem for Linux (abbreviated to WSL) has changed a lot since I last set it up when it was still in beta. Anyway as my original notes were now out of date and as WSL has now been officially released I thought the process was worth documenting.

Yellow Cast In Windows Photo Viewer

Yellow Cast In Windows Photo ViewerNow that I have an iMac I deal with my photos pretty much exclusively on that. There is still always the occasional need to view images in Windows and the built in Photo Viewer program is pretty good.

One thing that does annoy me though is that, by default, there is usually a yellow cast over the whole image. This happened to me with Windows Vista and now I am getting the same thing on Windows 7.

It’s not hard to fix but it’s one of those things that I had to look up on the internet so I thought I would write a quick post for anyone else getting the problem. Maybe you have seen it and not realised there is even a problem…

I recently attended the Rad Studio XE2 World Tour designed to show off the virtues of the latest version of Delphi. Having used various versions of Delphi over the last 10 years I thought it would be interesting to go along and see how things have moved on.

I’m currently using Delphi 2010 for the vast majority of my development work and this currently restricts me to 32-bit Windows development. A new component added to the XE2, named FireMonkey, changes this restriction. You can now build executables from Delphi for 32-bit & 64-bit Windows along with Mac OS X and even iOS!

This post is a quick review of the main new features I learnt about at the workshop and how they may be of use.

One feature on OS X that I instantly found invaluable is ‘Spaces’. This allows you to set up different workspaces (in fact I think that’s what the feature is called on Linux systems).

Each space gives you a clean desktop to open application as desired. This seems better than the cluttered desktop that I always seem to end up with on my Windows box…

Instead of having to minimise windows or switch between the many open windows until you find the one you are looking for you can just slide to another space, leaving the current one as it is, and group your windows together as required.

It’s like having a collection of monitors on your desk without the extra expense or the desk space…

This post started out as part of my personal blog but started to get a bit technical so I thought it would be better suited on a new, more technical, blog which ties in well with my business activities.

My business web site has sat stagnant for a while so what better place to host these technical snippets than right here…

There are some fairly technical posts over on my other blog over at peteoshea.co.uk, if you are interested, but I will probably either link to them directly in the near future or copy them over to this blog to make this my go to technical reference site.

Anyway without further a do here is my thoughts on desktop operating systems…