When doing modern web development you will probably have to start using NPM sooner, rather than later. Not a big deal of course, since it’s a great addition to the frontend development environment.

However, most NPM packages have quite a bit of dependencies to other packages. All of these dependencies get pulled towards your system also. Still not a big problem as you want a working solution.

The problem arises when you are on a Windows environment, there are a lot of dependencies and you want to delete a project folder on your system. You will stumble across the fact that Windows has a rather low limit on how long a path can be. When all dependencies are loaded, you will probably have some paths which are too long for Windows to handle properly.

This will give you quite a bit of a problem as you can’t delete the folder(s) anymore. One way of solving this is by using PowerShell. By executing the following script you will be able to delete the NPM modules in your project.

ls node_modules | foreach {
	echo $("Deleting module..." + $_.Name)
	& npm rm $_.Name
}

This will iterate through the `node_modules` folder and remove each module inside it.

The output will be something like this:

Deleting module...grunt-contrib-uglify
Deleting module...karma

Do note, this only works for NPM folders. If your path is too long because of some other reason, you’ll have to think of something else.

As of late I’ve started using the VMWare products for virtualizing my development environments again as a replacement for Hyper-V.

Today I wanted to access some files of my virtual machine on the host in order to write a blog post on some code I had saved in there. The VMWare disk files are stored as a VMDK file and it’s not possible to mount these type of files in Windows like a VHD file.

In order to mount a VMDK file you’ll need some third party software. Most people tell you to download the VMWare Disk Mount Utility (note the date: 2005-11-29). This probably was a valid solution back in the day, but it appears this software isn’t compatible with the recent versions of the Microsoft Windows operating system.

When installing the VMWare Disk Mount Utility I’m receiving the following event when checking out the event viewer:

Windows Installer installed the product. Product Name: VMware DiskMount Utility. Product Version: 1.00.0000. Product Language: 1033. Manufacturer: VMware, Inc.. Installation success or error status: 1603.

While troubleshooting this error you’ll probably stumble across the following KB article which tells you to set the appropriate security permissions on the Program Files folder. I’ve tried setting these permissions for both the SYSTEM account as the Administrators group, but to no avail. So I think it’s safe to assume this software doesn’t work properly anymore.

I did find some other piece of software from PassMark, called OSFMount. This piece of software installed like a charm and it’s capable of mounting VMDK files also.

When staring up the application you’ll see a very self explanatory screen.

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Just push the Mount new… button and you’ll be prompted to select the appropriate image file.

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After selecting the VMDK file I did have to explicitly select the partition which I was in need for. When I selected the option Use entire image file Windows notified me it wasn’t able to do something with the new disk and I should format it.

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Once selected all data on the earlier screen will get updated appropriately and you’ll be ready to use the newly mounted disk.

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In my case the mounted disk is automatically added to the Windows Explorer list of disks.

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It’s too bad the OSFMount software isn’t high on the search index yet. Hope this post will help a bit.

With Windows 10 we’ve gotten a lot of nice little features which help us modifying the theme. There is however 1 option which the team hasn’t implemented (yet). The option to select different wallpapers for all of your connected displays.

I’m working with a triple monitor setup at home and at work most of the time with a dual or also a triple setup. Of course I don’t really need different wallpapers on all of my monitors, but it’s a nice feature.

Luckily we are still able to do this, using the ‘old’ control panel pages which are still available in Windows 10. If you type in the following command inside a Windows Explorer address bar or the Run command window you’ll be able to get there.

control /name Microsoft.Personalization /page pageWallpaper

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On this screen you are still able to select your wallpaper for every connected display.

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Just a little tip, hope it helps.

While I was setting up a VPN connection to my Azure Virtual Network I wanted to uncheck the option to use the Default Gateway of the connected network. Normally you’d do this by clicking on the `Properties` button of the selected protocol.

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However, there appears to be a bug in Windows 10 and VPN connections for this button which causes the Properties window not to appear.

I have solved this with the help of Todorovic Dragan’s post about this matter. Over there he states you can change the `Default Gateway` setting manually.

Just navigate to the folder `C:\Users\[YourUsername]\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Network\Connections\Pbk` and open the file rasphone.pbk file in your favourite text editory.

This file contains all configuration settings of your dial-in connections, like VPN’s. Search for the configuration block of your connection. For me it’s [janhome_manual] and change the option IpPrioritizeRemote to 0.

Changing this setting will disable the checkbox for using the gateway of the remote network.

There are some cool features available in Linux. In an earlier post I already mentioned the apt-get functionality which is now also offered in Windows via Chocolatey. One of the other cool features is being able to execute something in the terminal as an Administrator by specifying sudo in the command.

Lucky for us Windows people, someone has created a tool which is able to do something similar as the Linux sudo-command. The tool is called Elevate and can be downloaded from over here: http://code.kliu.org/misc/elevate/

After you have downloaded the zip-file from the website, copy the appropriate executable to your System32-folder and you are good to go!

By specifying the Elevate command in the command prompt, PowerShell window, Windows Search or Run-window the command will now be executed as an Administrator.

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Depending on your UAC settings, you are still prompted with the question if you really want to run the application (Notepad) as an Administrator.

I think this functionality could be extremely useful if you want to run specific commands of a script as an Administrator.