I received a great gift from work last week. It came in the form of a rectangle, and fit in the palm of my hand. It has made my life easier and more enjoyable. In fact it has single handedly changed the way I approach most things throughout my day.
What is it?
A brand new SSD hard drive.
I've never witnessed the power of a SSD drive first hand. I've used friend's computers that had a SSD drive, but never before has my own computer been running an SSD drive.
Let me tell you: it's glorious.
I decided that during the installation of the SSD I would also install a fresh copy of OS X (as opposed to a Time Machine restore).
I figured it'd be fun to log the steps I took after installing Mountain Lion. They're fraught with monotony but one that every user must go through when setting up their machine after a fresh install.
So what follows is my Post Mountain Lion install log. I did exactly what I expected: install my favorite applications and set up my system presences. Only surprises were the settings I forgot I had ever changed in the first place.
Without further ado! The list!
Finished installing Mountain Lion
Opened App Store
Installed iA Writer to write these notes
Updated ML to 10.8.1 (Rebooted)
Went through App Store previous purchases and installed old apps:
- The Unarchiver
Went to System Preferences > Trackpad
- Turned on 'Tap to click'
Opened Safari, Downloaded:
- Google Chrome
- Dropbox for Mountain Lion
Installed Chrome and logged in to download my cloud synched bookmarks
Install and setup Skype
Went through System Preferences, customized to my liking
- Turned off Gatekeeper
- Added twitter account
Xcode finished installing
- opened to install remaining SDKs and Sims
Downloaded and installed Sublime Text 2
Copied old Music onto hard drive / restored iTunes
Set up Dropbox and download old files
Duplicated Pro theme
- Made font size 13px
- Add back signature to accounts
- Turn off message preview
- New finder window shows: user root
- Customize what folders show on left side
Change search preferences to keep last settings
Set up virtual hosts
- Set up git
- Set username, email
- Copy over old .gitconfig to new install
Install oh my zsh
- Use my theme
- Install plugins
Install command line Sublime Text 2
Set up SSH Key for Github
Set up RVM
- Install Compass
Update Python to latest
Set up Sublime Text 2
- Copied over old packages
Sys Pref -> Accessibility -> Use scroll modifier keys to zoom
Install Phonegap 2.0
- Reinstalled Favorites
Restore MAMP DBs
There isn't much left say. After the first three days of ferocious software installation and customization I was pretty much done and comfortable with my current computer setup.
There were a few things I did forget to copy from my old hard drive that proved to be a bit of a nuisance. I forgot to backup my Transmit favorites and had to prowl through my old hard drive to find where those files were saved. I also forgot to backup my Apple Developer keychains which I ended up just re-creating. Next time I'll just back them up safe and sound.
The speed of the SSD drive made installing all my old programs so fast that the once laborious process of setting up my computer from scratch went by in a blink. Tasks that used to require patience as my HDD read and wrote bytes were done before I was even ready for the next task.
There's no turning back for me now. I have seen the glory of SSD. My future has been written.