Some people don't like birthdays. They fear growing older.
I don't have that reaction at all. About a birthday, I always say: "It beats the alternative!" And, I truly believe that.
My fiancée bought me the best gift ever. Something that I will use many hours a day, every day of the week.
A shiny, new Apple MacBook Pro.
OK, so now I have to move everything off my old Apple PowerBook G4 and turn it into a dedicated software test machine.
The easy way is to use the excellent Apple Migration Assistant tool. I didn't want to do that, however, because I wanted a fresh start. You see, as part of what I do, I install a lot of crap on my system. A fresh computer every couple years is always an opportunity to get a fresh start. So, that's what I did.
I downloaded the latest versions of all the software that I use the most. And, I kept track, just for you. Here's the list:
- Quicksilver β51
- Safari 3 Beta for Mac
- VMware Fusion Beta
- VoodooPad Lite
- Inquisitor 3 for Safari
- Set up Mail.app (accounts, rules)
- Transfer files from old Mac (using FireWire Target mode)
- Backup/Recover Address Book and iCal databases
- SpamSieve (export/import the old corpus)
- Windows XP (under VMware Fusion)
- Windows Live Writer Beta (under Windows XP; took forever for Service Pack 2 and .NET junk). Thank goodness Windows boots incredibly fast under VMware Fusion!
- Remote Desktop Connection for Mac (get the new Beta)
- F-Script Anywhere
- Aperture (actually was pre-installed)
- Move over Aperture and iPhoto Library
- AppleCare Online Registration
- Google Desktop for Mac
- Google Earth & Picasa Uploader (easily from Google Updater)
- Copy over login.keychain (since "Export" option doesn't work)
- Adobe Reader
- Application Enhancer with SDK
- Safari Bookmarks (export/import)
- FlickrExport Lite for Aperture
- KeywordAssistant for iPhoto
- Full Tilt Poker
- Bluetooth Connection and iSync my Nokia E61
- Customize modem script to access Internet through phone's EDGE connection
- DarwinPorts and Subversion
- Microsoft Office 2004 for Mac
- Chicken of the VNC
That's enough to get me going.
Now, off to order that new 24" iMac for the office computer... So glad that I own Apple stock.
Tags: Apple, MacBook Pro, Install, Software, Brian Berliner, brianberliner