Setting up a Mac (Updated)

My Mac setup changes fairly often so my previous post is a little outdated now.

I have been messing with dotfiles a bit, which are a single file you can run that execute a whole bunch of your favourite preferences. You only need to run this once on a new Mac and everything should be in place nicely.

Before starting with dotfiles, make sure you thoroughly read through everything that is being executed. If you are unsure of what it does, comment it out with a # symbol.

Settings:

File Vault

Turn on (people can't pull out your hard drive and read all of your files)

Hot corners

Bottom right to Desktop (because it's the closest to your desktop icons), bottom left to Application Windows

Bluetooth

Turn off and hide unless you use wireless devices

Spotlight

Remove keyboard shortcut Cmd + Space (you will reassign this to Alfred below)

Applications:

Default:

Adapter

It can convert ANY video/audio you throw at it

Alfred 2

Disable OS X's Spotlight first (above), then make shortcut Cmd + space for Alfred

AppCleaner

Use it to uninstall any app

aText

Saves you typing email addresses and other common things all of the time

Burn

Burning DVD's

Curb

For emptying trash on USB keys only

Little Snitch

Monitoring traffic and setting automatic rules (try demo then buy)

LogMeIn

Easyremote access your Mac, also use in conjunction with Prey if it gets stolen

Open Office

M$ Office equivalent

Prey

Install this in case your lappy gets stolen

The Unarchiver

Use this as your default unzipper

VLC

Plays any video formats you throw at it

Sync Apps:

Dropbox

And if you have a purpose for these ones:

Coda 2 or Sublime Text

For all that Programming

Evernote

Storing anyhing/everything

1Password

Remembering/Syncing passwords

Transmission

Downloading legal Torrents

Transmit

Simply the best/sexiest FTP client for Mac

Unison

For download Usenet files. If you don't know what Usenet is, don't ask.