I bought a new computer (a Mac Book Pro to be exact)!

And while getting a new computer is great and all, it's not that fun reinstalling everything, and setting up every shortcut exactly how I like.

So I've started a new blog series, walking through
all the things I like to do with a new computer.
I will cover basic programs I like, as well as my Bash, Vim and Tmux preferences.

This will help me setup new computers in the future, and hopefully you find some useful tips as well.

So without further ado, here the first 5 things I do when I get a new computer:


I. Install Chrome

My preferred browser.

Also pretty much the easiest installation ever: Download

II. Install Spectacle

I neeeeeeed Spectacle. It just makes working with multiple windows so much easier.

Also also incredibly easy install Download

III. Show Bluetooth in the menu bar

I use Bluetooth a lot for connecting to speakers to listen to music. I also often switch back and forth between using my phone and computer for this, so I like Bluetooth in my menu bar to turn on/off easily.

Luckily adding Bluetooth to the menu bar is very easy:

  • Go to System Preferences
  • Click Bluetooth Icon
  • Click the checkbox "Show Bluetooth in menu bar"
  • Profit

IV. Install Homebrew

How can you live without Homebrew?

I just following the instructions and paste the following in my terminal:

/usr/bin/ruby -e "$(curl -fsSL https://raw.githubusercontent.com/Homebrew/install/master/install)"

V. Use Brew to install tmux

I prefer to do all my work in Tmux, and it is a really easy install with Homebrew.

brew install tmux

And that's it! The bare minimum I need to feel like I can get some work done!