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  • Setting up a new Mac

    May 11th, 2020
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    I've had somewhat bad luck with computers lately. In late January my work computer stopped charging, and they replaced it with a used model because they were having supply issues. Its replacement had a broken webcam and, as expected for a butterfly mac, inconsistent keyboard. In April the WiFi stopped working, and while I had just run a cable to my desk we replaced it again. The supply issues have gotten worse, and my current laptop has some minor issues: inconsistent keyboard, splotchy screen, but otherwise good.

    With setting up these two Macs, and a third one for music, all within a short time, I think I now have complete list of the changes I need to make before I'm happy using a Mac. Here's the big list, roughly in the order I'd go through them:

    • System Preferences:

      • Trackpad:

        • secondary click > bottom right corner
        • [EDIT 2020-07-08: Look up & data detectors > off -- turns off longpress lookups]
      • Keyboard:

        • Key Repeat: Fast

        • Delay Until Repeat: Shorter

        • Modifier Keys > Caps Lock Key: Control

        • Customize Touch Bar > remove Siri

      • Touch ID: add fingerprints, and enable fingerprint unlock

      • Displays > Arrangement > Mirror Displays (keeps me from bending my neck down at my laptop screen by making it redundant)

      • Notifications > Do Not Disturb > uncheck "When Mirroring to TVs and Projectors (makse my notifications still show up with a mirrored display)

      • Sound > Output > Internal Speakers (keeps it from trying to send audio to my speakerless monitor)

    • Web Browser:

      • Use Safari to install Chrome

      • Sign into Chrome with my personal account

      • If this is a work laptop, make a second profile for work account

    • Backup and Sync:

      • Install Google Backup and Sync and tell it to sync my dotfiles directory only (slow).

      • When that finishes, set up symlinks for each dotfile (ex: ln -s ~/Google\ Drive/dotfiles/_emacs ~/.emacs)

      • When that finishes, let Backup and Sync copy down everything else (very slow).

    • Terminal:

      • Preferences > Profiles > Keyboard > Use Option as Meta key

      • defaults write com.apple.Terminal FocusFollowsMouse -string YES

      • Colors: set terminal to black background, and set this as the default

    • Iterm2:

      • Install

      • Profiles > Keys > Left Optio: Esc+

      • Profiles > Text > Monaco Regular 10pt non-antialiased

      • Profiles > Terminal > Terminal may enable paste bracketing: no

      • Pointer > Focus follows mouse: yes

      • General > Selection > Copy to pasteboard on selection: no

      • Make my preferred terminal layout and save the window arrangement

    • Remove everythig from the dock (I start programs with spotlight)

    • Install command line tools: run git, see it fail, click "yes" on the popup that asks if I'd like the OS to fix things so it will start working.

    • Tell git who I am: git config --global --edit

    • Install Homebrew

    • Install mosh: brew install mosh

    • Safari > Preferences > Advanced > Show develop in menu bar

    The symlinking dotfiles saves me quite a lot of configuration, including:

    • thorough history logging

    • export EDITOR=emacs

    • All my emacs configuration...

    • Reasonable PS1

    • ~/.inputrc: set blink-matching-paren on

    • My .ssh directory

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