Yehuda Katz is a member of the Ember.js, Ruby on Rails and jQuery Core Teams; his 9-to-5 home is at the startup he founded, Tilde Inc.. There he works on Skylight, the smart profiler for Rails, and does Ember.js consulting. He is best known for his open source work, which also includes Thor and Handlebars. He travels the world doing open source evangelism and web standards work.
Quest for a Clean Machine
May 15th, 2009
My last machine finally died a slow, painful death, so I have the opportunity to start with a new, fresh machine. As usual, I begin with high hopes of keeping things clean and easy to navigate, but I anticipate failure. In an effort to stave off that failure, I’ll be blogging specific techniques (successful and failed) that I use to try and keep things organized.
My steps so far:
- Update the system to the latest OSX. Repeat until there are no updates left.
- Install XCode. As an iPhone developer, I downloaded and installed the latest XCode with iPhone support. Failing that, I would have just downloaded the latest from Apple.
- I then went into the Help menu in XCode, opened Help, and subscribed to Core Library, Java 5 API Reference, Apple XCode 3.1, iPhone OS, and iPhone OS 3.0.
- Install MacPorts.
- Install AppZapper. This is the first thing I haven’t done before. AppZapper will remove other traces of an application, in addition to the application icon itself from /Applications.
- Install LaunchBar. This is equivalent to QuickSilver, but I prefer LaunchBar. After installing LaunchBar, go into the Advanced Tab in Help and select “Hide Dock Icon”. This activates a hack that hides LaunchBar from the dock, while keeping it running.
- Install Google Chrome. This isn’t strictly necessary, but I’ve been playing with Chrome for the past few days and the fact that it avoids long-term memory leaks has helped reduce the long-term degradation of a machine that eventually needs a restart.
- Install and setup Adium.
- Install bash-completion via ports.
sudo port install bash-completion. After completing, add
. /opt/local/etc/bash_completionto ~/.profile. Also, add
/opt/local/etc/macports/variants.conf. This will cause all future ports to also install their bash completion, if available.
- Install git-core via ports. This will include bash_completion, because we added it to the default variants above.
- Update Rubygems.
gem update --system. Wait for it to bulk update your gems. This should be the last time you ever have to do this (thanks Eric!)
- Use Calaboration to sync my Google Calendars with iCal.
- Transfer music from backup to iTunes and setup iTunes to be using the correct user.
- Resync my iPhone with iTunes.
- Remove System Preferences and Time Machine from my dock.
- Trash downloaded files from my ~/Downloads.
Next, I’ll talk about how I’m organizing my Code directory :)