After four years of intense use, I decided to renew my iMac this year, when the new great looking, super slim, incredibly fast, shiny new iMac 27 arrived, I decided to not carry all my stuff over at once but take the time to reinstall what I used the most and leave most of my data on the previous iMac. I knew it would take time but I thought maybe I could clean up some of my data in the process.

As I launched Safari to download some of the bare necessities, I thought I could keep track of these things I was installing.

So here it goes (in no logical order)

Settings :

  • Translucent menu bar setting (I disable it)
  • Finder settings (list view, remove the your files thing
  • Mail accounts
  • Calendar accounts
  • setting up iCloud / login in App Store / login in iTunes
  • iTerm settings / vi settings / zsh / .zshrc
  • Source Code Pro Fonts (from Adobe) and importing my fonts from the other mac
  • Importing the iTunes library
  • Importing the iPhoto library
  • Importing the iMovie projects

Apps :

  • Google Chrome
  • Dropbox
  • 1Password + chrome plugin
  • Evernote
  • Opus Domini (and retrieving my todo list from iCloud)
  • Alfred (enter licence for powepack, add plugins I use which are in Dropbox)
  • Firefox + Firebug + Web developer
  • iTerm2
  • Skype
  • XCode and the Command Line Tools / SVN / Git
  • Copy my Workspace folder and setup my apache hosts and config
  • MySql (import the dumps of all my databases)
  • MacPorts : sudo port install aria2 …
  • Homebrew : brew install wget git ntfs-3g …
  • Sublime Text / Package Control / Soda Theme / Get my plugins and settings from Dropbox
  • Sequel pro
  • VLC
  • Handbrake
  • Spotify
  • Xtra finder
  • Growl
  • Fluid
  • Mou
  • Pocket
  • The Unarchiver

— and —

  • Lightroom (I was just offered the v4)
  • Microsoft Office
  • Adobe Creative Suite (my CS4 dates but it’s good enough)
  • Code Box
  • iBank
  • Geek Tools 3 (my geeklets are in Dropbox)
  • Virtual Box
  • Cyberduck
  • Teleport
  • Reeder

It took about two weeks to get all these apps installed but it took more than three months to carry my files and stuff over. Importing from the other mac would have been a lot faster for sure … though my system would already be dirty by now 😉

As for the list, I am surprised how geekish it is (mac ports / brew / etc) and, ultimately, how short it is … my previous system was so packed with apps I didn’t seem to know about anymore.


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