Updating Laravel Homestead

Recently I needed to update my Homestead VM to a more recent version, because I needed to run PHP 7.2. While you can just update PHP on a current Homestead instance, I was using a very old Homestead version and wanted to update it.

Moreover, I wanted to make sure I could do that in case something went wrong sometime. Also, that meant I had to have everything backed up.

My first instinct was to check the official documentation. However, there are a few missing steps there, so I started googling and… StackOverflowing? around. I thought I put this into a post, so I can refer to it later: Continue reading Updating Laravel Homestead

Enjoyable WordPress theming with Timber (and ACF)

I was thinking of doing an in-depth tutorial on Timber. A few days since I started a draft, CSS-Tricks published “Timber and Twig Reignited My Love for WordPress“, which is a great read. However, I decided to push some of it live because this plugin deserves more love.


I’ve built a lot of WordPress sites. Recently, it has become more tedious work for me. Not for their complexity —most of corporate sites are fairly straightforward—, but because of the amount of work you have to do in Spaghetti code.

This situation changed when I found two amazing plugins: ACF (Advanced Custom Fields) and of course, Timber. Continue reading Enjoyable WordPress theming with Timber (and ACF)

Mac space running out? Whatsapp backup to iCloud may be the cause

A few weeks ago I noticed my Mac was running a bit low on disk space. It didn’t surprise me, since I have loads of RAW photos that take up massive amounts of space, and it’s a 256GB box.

However, since it hit around 15GB I’ve been keeping an eye on it. Since then, I’ve seen how almost on a daily basis the free space drops and drops…

If this situation sounds familiar to you, maybe you can find the solution here.

When it hit 10GB I started looking for an explanation. After examining with Disk Inventory X, I noticed that ~/Library/Caches folder was really fat. Fat as in ~40GB. You can browse directly to that folder by pressing CMD+Shift+G on Finder and entering ~/Library/Caches.

After further investigation, I found that folder com.apple.bird was the culprit, weighing around ~35GB.

Apparently that folder stores iCloud related stuff and you can delete it safely. I deleted it, but in a matter of weeks it got fat again. I had eradicated the symptom, but not the problem.

After searching the web again, I found an article¹ that shared the same concern. The theory is that the root problem is Whatsapp backup to iCloud. It’s not 100% proven, but after I disabled Whatsapp backups, the folder hasn’t grown again. Alternatively, I think you can enable weekly or monthly backups in Whatsapp.

Let me know in the comments if this has helped you or you have any clues on this topic.

[1] – Large com.apple.bird directory – Apple Support Communities