I’m reviving a 2013 MacBook Pro with a clean install and fresh setup. This is mostly documentation for myself.
Install some apps
At this point I decided to take the opportunity to learn something new. A coworker had recently taught us about dotfiles at our weekly tech check-in, so I wanted to see if I could install the rest of my apps using Homebrew.
I installed Homebrew and Homebrew Bundle and created a Brewfile based on what I had installed on my work machine. I created a dotfiles folder in my Documents folder and stored the Brewfile in the dotfiles folder. Then I opened that directory in Terminal and ran
Last couple of steps to reach basic usability:
- make bash auto-complete case insensitive with
echo "set completion-ignore-case On" >> ~/.inputrc
- setup git/ssh keys
At this point it’s been about 1.5 hours since I started.
My Specific App Setup / Persnickety Shit
Add licenses for Alfred, Bartender, BetterTouchTool and HyperDock
Setup/log into Airdroid, Alfred, Bartender, BetterTouchTool, Franz, HyperSwitch, HyperDock, Kindle, ReadKit, Slack, Spillo, Stretchly, Todoist (copy settings for ReadKit and Spillo from previous settings manually)
Add Spillo, ReadKit, Chrome, Slack, Franz to dock
Install SetApp apps
Customize right-click menu
Enable dragging by swiping on trackpad:
System Preferences > Accessibility > Mouse & Trackpad > Trackpad Options > Enable dragging
Enable git colorized output:
git config --global color.ui auto
Setup VSCode with Settings Sync extension (Gist)