Set Up a New Mac (July 2022 Edition)

Updated from three years ago:

  • Upgrade to latest OSX.
  • Restore home directory from Backblaze. (Or at least dotfiles, .ssh dir, .vim dir, bin directory, ~/Library/Application Support/Alfred 4/*, pwd.dsv.gpg, business, travel)
  • Alfred (and give it Accessibility access, add license key).
  • Dock: remove everything, hiding on, magnification on.
  • Sublime Text 4 (add license key, set "trim_trailing_white_space_on_save": true in sublime prefs, install Package Control, install Solarized Theme).
  • subl commandline sublime.
    $ ln -s "/Applications/Sublime" ~/u/bin/subl
  • sublime-git-ignorer: (1) add Package Control repo (2)
    add package sublime-text-gitignore (3) use menu item : File->Exclude Git-ignored (4) Give this a keyboard shortcut in Sublime, Preferences, Key Bindings with { "keys": ["alt+shift+i"], "command": "exclude_ignored" }
  • Install FiraCode and add it to Sublime Text prefs with "font_face": "Fira Code".
  • Hide Desktop icons
    $ defaults write CreateDesktop false
    $ killall Finder
  • Solarized theme for Terminal and make default in preferences.
  • “Use Option as Meta Key” in Terminal to make left Alt work as Esc.
  • Use Ctrl-f7 or the Keyboard, Shortcuts in System Preferences to give Full Keyboard Access so that tab takes you to every button in a dialog, etc.
  • Homebrew. (Installs OSX commandline tools.)
  • brew install mariadb
  • brew install npm
  • brew install gimme-aws-creds
  • brew install awscli
  • brew install kubectl
  • brew install sops
  • brew install kubectx
  • brew install apache2
  • brew install php
  • Discord.
  • Change all .txt to open with Sublime Text.
  • Show hidden files in Finder. Cmd-Shift-.
  • WhatsApp.
  • 1Password.
  • Chrome. (Log in to Chrome to get uBlock Origin and other extensions.)
  • Skitch.
  • Backblaze.
  • Parallels Desktop + MTGO
  • npm install -g rtm-cli
  • Disable Ask Siri in System Preferences, Siri +Remove Ask Siri from touchbar in System Preferences, Keyboard, Customize Touch Bar…
  • Turn on “tap to click” in System Preferences, Trackpad.
  • Disable long-press (it’s wayyyyy too annoying when selecting text in Chrome): defaults write -g ApplePressAndHoldEnabled -bool false
  • Zoom.
  • Skype.
  • PyCharm (and Solarized theme).
  • GoLand (and Solarized theme).
  • WebStorm (and Solarized theme).
  • Spotify.

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