Monthly Archives: June 2018

Dev Workstation Setup

While there is an emphasis on the “dev” portion of my workstation – mostly because there is more of a need to ensure the various tools and their compatibility is maintained. I do want to clarify that I use the same workstation for my personal stuff too.

  1. Reinstall OS
    1. Reformat / Clean HD
    2. Install OS
      1. Set Finder to show / display the desired Folders / Volumes
      2. Set iCloud share to include expected shared folders
    3. Upgrade to macOS Sierra
  2. Install Basic Tools
    1. iTerm 2
    2. Keybase / 1password
    3. Slack
    4. chrome / Firefox
    5. —Google Drive—
    6. Viber / WhatsApp <- more personal than development need
    7. Sublime / atom
  3. Install Dev Tools
    1. Xcode – this can take a v-e-r-y l-o-n-g time
    2. homebrew – check for instruction
    3. git
      1. Xcode Developer Tools
    4. cocoapods
    5. vagrant
    6. virtualbox
    7. npm
    8. docker
    9. terraform
    10. kops
    11. kubectl
    12. kuber
    13. bundler – this needs to happen after RVM
      1. sudo gem install bundler
      2. cd ~/dev/GAR/chef-repo ; bundle install
    14. rvm with latest ruby (NOTE: ruby v2.3.1 seems to be a good one to stick to)
      1. curl -L | bash -s stable –auto-dotfiles –autolibs=enable –ruby
      2. rvm install 2.3.1
    15. gem install librarian-chef
      1. librarian-chef install
      2. berks install
    16. chef DK
    17. Google Cloud Platform / Engine
    18. AWS CLI
      1. brew install awscli

rvm shell_session_update: command not found
Possible solution –

Uninstall rvm
1. rvm implode
2. gem uninstall rvm

chef aws provisining ->


  1. list available vagrant box – vagrant box list
  2. add vagrant image (if not already in the list above) – vagrant box add ; vagrant box add ubuntu/trusty64
  3. initialize a vagrant image – vagrant init
  4. bring up the vagrant box – vagrant up
  5. log / ssh into the vagrant box – vagrant ssh


  1. sudo apt-get install gnupg2
  2. gpg2 –recv-keys 409B6B1796C275462A1703113804BB82D39DC0E3
  3. curl -sSL | gpg –import –
  4. curl -L | bash -s stable –rails
  5. source /home/vagrant/.rvm/scripts/rvm
  6. ruby –version
  7. rails –version
  8. sudo apt-get install git
  9. eval ssh-agent $SHELL

Preparing for macOS Mojave

I use my Mac for both work and personal reasons and I do prefer to be on the newest OS level. While I am pretty sure that most of my personal needs will be supported by the new macOS, I am not necessarily as confident of my professional needs. For some context, here is my “Dev Env Setup” that I follow / maintain.

  1. VirtualBox –

The following seem to be working properly, i.e., w/o any issues (so far).

  • Xcode v9.4.1
  • git v2.15.2
  • Viber
  • WhatsApp

– manzoor

Forever a Temp

Disclaimer – I have believed for a while now that we are witnessing a time when we are about to redefine “workers”. If not for all workers, at least a vast majority of them.

That the radio show “Forever a Temp” was an interesting eye opener is an understatement. The first comment that caught my attention was – there is an assumption that most of the people / workers in the “new” model are the millenials, but that is far for the fact. A lot of these workers are actually

– manzoor

    • Gigged: The End of the Job and The Future of Work by Sarah Kessler


Anthony Bourdain

1956 – June 8th, 2018

I knew him as well as one can know someone that they have never met. I have watched many, many of his TV shows and his interviews and him being interviewed.

I don’t have any illusions that he shared his deepest thoughts, but at the same time he probably opened up more than many of my real life friends.

– manzoor

Trend in Context

While I’m not a huge fan of “trends”, I have never really had anything against it. I have recently realized what exactly about it that I don’t care for – it usually lacks any and all context. At least the context is not readily available or made.

– manzoor


An entrepreneur I am not really – at least not yet. But I have admired those who are and have often imagined myself to be one. Of course since all my work experience has been around Software Engineering / Technology, I have always thought the entrepreneurship might happen in the form of some form of provider of some Software Solution.

That is not something that I am ruling out quite yet, but I do realize now my real goal. What I really want is financial independence. Not having to rely on having to “work” for a paycheck.

Wikipedia defines entrepreneurship as being the “process of designing, launching and running a new business”. While the dictionary defines it as “organizing and operating a business or businesses, taking on greater than normal financial risks in order to do so”.

While both of these make sense, I think of an “entrepreneur” as wikipedia defines it. To me, once a business has been setup and being operated, even with taking higher financial risk, the primary goal switches to running and growing the business. That is the role of a CEO and the Board of Director(s).

– manzoor