In preparation for the arrival of my new MacBook Pro, I’ve been making a to-do list of things I need to do to set it up.
While the Migration Assistant is great, I like to clean out the crap by starting ‘almost-fresh’ when I get a new Mac. I copy over only what I need and leave the rest behind.
Here’s what I need to do, in almost no particular order except in some cases:
- Make sure the system is fully up-to-date, including any security updates and iLife.
- Install BBEdit.
- Copy my BBEdit preference file over to the new Mac.
- Set my default shell to
- Copy over my scripts, including
- Install my custom Cocoa keybinding of ⌃L to Select Word.
- Install Xcode. (For
- Install Homebrew.
- Use Homebrew to update Ruby to 1.9.
- Install Secrets.prefPane.
- Disable the 3D Dock.
- Disable the translucent menu-bar.
- Configure Dashboard with just Calculator, Clock, Converter and Dictionary.
- Install FastScripts. Transfer keybindings.
- Go to the Mac App Store and download all the purchased apps.
- Install iWork.
- Install Transmit.
- Make sure Flash is not installed.
- Set up my email account in Mail.
- Set up my Twitter account in Twitterrific and Twitter for Mac.
- Transfer my iTunes library.
- Transfer my iPhoto library.
- Disable Arial, Comic Sans, Papyrus, and Trebuchet in Font Book.
- Install Dropbox, CloudApp, and iScrobbler.
I’ll be updating this list as I think of more stuff.