New Mac Checklist

February 25, 2022 Software

  • Input methods
    • Set up the US-German Keyboard layout
    • Disable natural scrolling
    • Maximize key repeat rate and delay until repeat
    • Map tab key to escape in Keyboards settings
  • Homebrew
  • brew install --cask 1password (set up 1Password immediately)
  • Connect iCloud and enable Find My Mac
  • Customize Dock
  • Connect Google account for the Calendar integration
  • Oh My Zsh
    • git clone https://github.com/zsh-users/zsh-autosuggestions ${ZSH_CUSTOM:-~/.oh-my-zsh/custom}/plugins/zsh-autosuggestions
    • git clone https://github.com/zsh-users/zsh-syntax-highlighting.git ${ZSH_CUSTOM:-~/.oh-my-zsh/custom}/plugins/zsh-syntax-highlighting
  • Mise
  • brew install git
  • brew install --cask warp
  • brew install --cask raycast
  • brew install --cask discord
  • brew install --cask google-chrome
  • brew install --cask firefox
  • brew install --cask hiddenbar
  • brew install --cask spotify
  • brew install --cask visual-studio-code
  • brew install --cask obsidian
  • brew install --cask rectangle
  • brew install --cask monitorcontrol
  • brew install --cask telegram
  • brew install --cask whatsapp
  • brew install --cask flux
  • brew install --cask the-unarchiver
  • Fonts
    • brew tap homebrew/cask-fonts
    • brew install --cask font-fira-code
  • Sync dotfiles
  • Set up SSH keys for GitHub and remote servers
  • From the App Store
    • Microsoft To Do
    • Things
    • Prologue
  • For Work Macs
    • Slack
    • Loom
    • Carbon Black
    • Dev Environment
    • Zoom
    • Set up a second Chrome profile and change the UI theme of one of the profiles (pref. work to blue)
  • For Personal Macs
    • VPN Client and helper
    • Sketch
  • Configure backups

Other Notes

June 13, 2024
Engineering/The 50-50 Goal
May 17, 2024
May 2, 2024
April 3, 2024
Engineering/Infrastructure/Deploy Workers Programatically
April 2, 2024
March 7, 2024
Engineering/Feature Flags
February 21, 2024
Engineering/Demo Culture
February 16, 2024
February 1, 2024
Engineering/ML/Embeddings
May 5, 2023
Engineering/ML/Jaccard Similarity
May 4, 2023
May 2, 2023
Engineering/Front-End/Modern Front-End Problems
November 3, 2022
Engineering/Test Matrixes
February 25, 2022
February 25, 2022
Engineering/Front-End/React’s Escape Hatch
February 21, 2022
Other/Notes
January 1, 2022

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Philipp Spiess
Philipp Spiess [ˈʃpiːs]

Prev: Engineer at Sourcegraph and Meta, curator of This Week in React, React DOM team member, and Team Lead at PSPDFKit.