Feb 05, 2021 (428 days ago)

Checklist for Macbook Setup

I wipe my Macbook quite often as a chore, this is done once every 4-5 months and helps me get rid of stuff on the SSD that I probably don't use anymore but is there just because I'm not browsing throught the entire SSD.

This isn't a blog type post but more like a checklist of things that I need to make sure I do before I send everything on the drive to hell.

Pre - Wipe

Things before wiping the system.

  • Backup .ssh folder, them keys are important!
  • Make sure you make a timecapsule backup to an external ssd / flash drive
  • Move notes from various folders to the SSD, (make a good notes app idiot!, stop putting everything here and there on the system)
  • Don't forget getting the vimrc and vscode config, update an existing gist or for the sake of god be a little more smarter and put them up on your website, the collections section is there for a reason.

Post - Wipe

  • Setup Homebrew

    /bin/bash -c "$(curl -fsSL https://raw.githubusercontent.com/Homebrew/install/HEAD/install.sh)"
  • Update Brew and install Git, Wget and other base level tools

    brew install git yarn make fastlane
    # now for the UI tools
    brew install clean-me visual-studio-code google-chrome iterm2 docker vlc postgres adoptopenjdk/openjdk/adoptopenjdk8
  • Add ZSH Suggestions

      git clone https://github.com/zsh-users/zsh-autosuggestions ~/.zsh/zsh-autosuggestions
      # Add the following line to .zshrc
      source ~/.zsh/zsh-autosuggestions/zsh-autosuggestions.zsh
  • Next up! Programming Language Support

    • Go Lang: https://golang.org/dl/

    • Node

      curl -o- https://raw.githubusercontent.com/nvm-sh/nvm/v0.37.2/install.sh | zsh
      nvm install --lts 
      nvm install 10 
      nvm install 12 
      nvm alias default 12 # most projects depend on this to be the min version for me right now
  • Copy back the .ssh folder in place and do a dummy connect to a certain project system for the ssh identities to be loaded automatically

  • Disable Keyboard corrections and other improvements from the keyboard settings

  • Oh, btw, did you enable opening apps from identified developers? Do it then!

  • Lets setup both the editors, restore the backed up editor configs from the pre-wipe, download the needed fonts for vscode and vim and while we are at hit, download Sublime Merge as well.

    • Not done yet!! who is going to install vim-plug? you think the plugins will just start working!?

    • Download plug.vim and put it in the "autoload" directory and then run the below command

      curl -fLo ~/.vim/autoload/plug.vim --create-dirs \
    • then we just open vim and run :PlugInstall

  • XCode and Android Studio, download them or check if the SSD has the latest version, if they're already there, let's create symlinks from there to the $HOME/ExternalApplications so we can save some space on the SSD.

  • Open XCode, change the derived data and archives folder to point to the external disk

  • Install ngrok - brew install ngrok

That's about it reaper, go sleep now, it's 4 in the morning, maybe start doing this a little early the next time.