mac

My list of softwares to get a new mac up to speed. Last time I went through this was Lion with clean installs (one copy is good for all your Macs) using the purchased USB stick. There’s a wee trick to it.

  • Run software update
  • set shell to zsh in System Preferences (restart to take effect)
  • DropBox to pull all your stuff together over multiple computers, link various common preference files like .zshrc etc.
  • Google Drive (you might want to think about the terms and conditions first… it’s pretty hopeless anway)
  • MySQL and Sequel Pro (wee fix for the pref pane to work here)
  • stilts to put stuff in and out of MySQL databases (need /Library/Java/Extensions/mysql-connector-java-5.1.8-bin.jar, just google it and copy it there)
  • add google account for mail and calendars
  • turn of IPv6 so I can send mail from school (networksetup -setv6off Ethernet)
  • Quicksilver from Blacktree
  • Papers2
  • IDL (do sudo idl to get rid of some Time Machine error message, need to get old help files to work with IDLWave for Emacs, see instructions) Xcode from the OSX DVD App store (install command line tools in XCode preferences)
  • XQuartz
  • homebrew for unix stuff, I’m trying this instead of fink or macports. Edit /etc/paths to put /usr/local/bin first
  • topcat
  • Aquamacs
  • LaTex (then do: texconfig paper a4)
  • iTerm
  • add /etc/hosts.deny and /etc/hosts.allow files to block all but a few select IPs from ssh’ing in
  • sesame name resolver
  • wget
  • set up web sharing to serve this website, bit of a saga to move everything over…