1. Setting Up a New Mac, My Way

    Over the past couple of weeks, I've set up a few Mac OS X machines to do development of iOS and Android apps. Doing this used to be an all-day chore, but things like app stores, iCloud, and Dropbox have streamlined the process a lot.

    (I could streamline the process …

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  2. Mac Software for Software Developers

    A fellow developer who is getting his first Mac asked me what software he should get. Here is a list of Mac software that I, as a software developer, find useful. First, let's look at what apps come in the box, at no extra charge:

    • Basic contacts, calendar, and email …

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  3. Building Emacs from Source for Mac OS X

    There are a few binary Emacs packages for OS X floating around out there, but I always build it myself from the sources. This usually results in an Emacs that works the way I expect, rather than the way some "helpful" distributor thinks it ought to work.

    I'll assume you …

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  4. New 15-inch MacBook Pro

    A few days ago, I bought a 15-inch MacBook Pro. For those of you keeping score, that brings the number of Macintoshes in our household to five. We also have two iPhones and several iPods. I wish the local Apple Store had some sort of customer loyalty program.

    I bought …

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  5. She Switched!

    When I first started dating my fiancee, she made fun of my Macs. I told her I'd convince her to buy one herself someday. Her response: NEVER!!!

    She kept that stance until she bought an iPhone. Then she started looking more closely at the Mac, saying stuff like "I really …

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  6. Leopard Impressions

    Unlike the Windows world, where operating systems upgrades are sources of frustration and loathing, among Mac users upgrades are met with enthusiastic interest. I've been using Leopard (Mac OS X 10.5) for a few days now.

    The performance improvements promised by Apple are real. Everything feels snappier. Spotlight is …

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