Wednesday, 26 June 2013

New Work MBP has arrived!

Just took hold of my new work MacBook Pro.  It's one of the new Retina 15-inch laptops (early 2013) running Mac OS X 10.8.4. With a 2.4 GHz i7 with 8GB DDR3 1600 MHz RAM, 250Gb SSD, & NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M 1025Mb graphics it should fly.

[The old MBP was getting a little long in the tooth - it has developed some heat-related hardware faults such as wireless network failures and sticky keyboards keys.  It was a 15-inch Early 2008 running Mac OS X 10.7.5, 2.4GHz Core 2 Duo, 4 Gb DDR2 667 MHz RAM, 200Gb SATA Disk, & NVIDIA GeForce 8600M GT 256Mb graphics. But at least it had an optical drive!]

Just for posterity, here's the list of things I needed to do to set it up:

  • Apply OS updates to bring it up to the latest Mac OS X release
  • Move over my GPG and SSH keys
  • Install VirtualBox 4.2.14 and move over the VMs from my old laptop.
  • Setup Mac Mail and Calendar to connect to the local Exchange server and to hit my Google accounts
  • Install GPGTools
  • Install Google Chrome
  • Install Dropbox
  • Install XCode (and then the Command-line Tools from inside XCode)
  • Install Homebrew (and then a whole schwag of things: ack, bcrypt, berkeley-db, boost, cowsay, daemontools, gearman, git, glib, gnupg, graphviz, postgresql, python3, s3sync, sipcalc, sl, sqlite, wget etc :-)
  • Install 1Password3 (moving the licence over)
  • Install Caffeine
  • Install Omnigraffle (moving the licence over)
  • Install Things (moving the licence over)
  • Install AppZapper2 (moving the licence over)
  • Install BetterSnapTool (out of the Apple AppStore)
  • Install Colloquy
  • Install DBVisualiser
  • Install SoapUI
  • Transfer over ~/src, ~/Documents, ~/Downloads from my account on the old laptop
And then reimage the old laptop before handing it back.

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