Set Up a New Mac (August 2023 Edition)

July 2019,
July 2022

  • Upgrade to latest OSX.
  • Restore u directory from Backblaze backup. Restore dotfiles, .ssh dir, .vim dir, maybe other dot directories from Backblaze backup. Restore ~/Library/Application Support/Alfred 4/*.
  • Alfred (and give it Accessibility access, add license key).
  • Set new hostname with:
    # Respectively, fully-qualified hostname, Bonjour hostname, the user-friendly computer name you see in Finder, flush the DNS cache …
    $ sudo scutil --set HostName
    $ sudo scutil --set LocalHostName agrajag
    $ sudo scutil --set ComputerName agrajag
    $ dscacheutil -flushcache
  • 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": ["super+shift+i"], "command": "exclude_ignored" }
  • Keyboard shortcut to toggle word wrap in Sublime Text. Preferences, Key Bindings { "keys": ["super+shift+w"], "command": "toggle_setting", "args": { "setting": "word_wrap" } }
  • 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.
  • Terminal, Settings, Advanced, un-check “Audible bell” and “Only when sound is muted”
  • System Preferences, Sound, turn “Alert volume” all the way down
  • Use Ctrl-f7 to enable keyboard navigation of dialogs
  • Homebrew. (Installs OSX commandline tools.)
  • brew install mariadb
  • brew install npm
  • brew install apache2. Docker Desktop (below) uses port 8080 so edit /opt/homebrew/etc/httpd/httpd.conf to use port 8081 and remember that you did it.
  • brew install php. Enable in Apache with LoadModule, FilesMatch and DirectoryIndex directives as per homebrew output and brew services restart apache2.
  • brew install gh
  • brew install composer
  • Docker Desktop.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • IntelliJ IDEs for languages that you’re currently using from the list below. Install Solarized theme and switch to Fira Code as editor font for each.
    • PyCharm.
    • GoLand.
    • WebStorm.
    • PHPStorm.
  • Spotify.
  • Slack.
  • git clone important repos (ff, pd, server)
  • Restore any local databases for dev (ff, decksite, logsite)
  • ln -s ~/ff/src/www /opt/homebrew/var/www/ff
  • pd setup

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