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Thu 23 Dec 2004

Installing Mac OS X

Category : mac and the internet

I've carried out a clean reinstall of my operating system so many times this year, it's almost instinctive. I'll have to do this again soon, so here's a recap.

  • Run the Install OS X programme.
  • Customise - omit languages and printer drivers (install the critical few via downloads) to avoid bloatware and save time.
  • Run the relevant Apple System X combo update (now at 10.3.7)
  • Install Microsoft Office v.X 2004.
  • Apply the relevant Microsoft Office updates; it will tend to itself until complete.
  • Repair permissions.
  • Logout, then login.
  • Copy over from my backup hardisk, the Microsoft User Database and Projects folders into the Documents folder.
  • Install Spam Sieve, as this is critical for stopping spam. Copy over the Spam Sieve folder (Library>Application Support) and the preferences file (Library>Preferences).
  • Interarchy- an ftp client that provides ftp mirroring. Setup the ftp mirror for the Scratchbin where some data files needed for setting up are located.
  • Bookit - this allows me to extract my old bookmarks (Scratchbin) and update and synchronise all the browsers.
  • GmailStatus - keep tabs on mail that arrives to my gmail account by displaying a number on the menubar.
  • Copy Paste X - stores multiple clipboards so you can cut and past away at ease. Great wheen extracting all those serial numbers. Can also extract URLs from pages etc.
  • Copy over Documents backup

Shareware - Installing and register other shareware; go to web for downloads as these are the most updated versions. Extract the serial numbers data from my files.

  • Quicksilver - when I type Cmd-space and the first few letters of an application, Quicksilver finds it and I can launch the application with the return key. It also works with bookmarks!
  • Drag Thing - allows me to assign shortcut keys to applications, and a series of docks that can store applications and bookmarks; adds version numbers to apps, allowing an easy check when upgrading.
  • Firefox - an alternate browser in which I can install the Amazon A9 toolbar with direct links to my bookmarks.
  • Acid Search - provides drop-down alternative search engines in the google bar of Safari; critical for research of resources on the web.
  • Thunderbird - alternative email when I want to access the IMAP server in NUS on days when Entourage has not been synched with my desktop at the office.
  • SnapNDrag - a great screen capture utility.
  • Dreamweaver (education version) - install this web page WYSIWYG editor.
  • Graphic Converter - image editor and browser.
  • iView Media Pro - for creating photos galleries and reviewing photos
  • Stuffit - for compression/decompression of archives. OS X has a built in ZIP capability though, so its more for archiving documents.
  • Rest of shareware - download as and when needed


  • Run through Airport assistant if necessary.
  • In the home network, add the MAC address of the airporrt card (airport ID) and WEP password if needed; Setup the NUS airport ID in a separate location and singnet settings for modem access.
  • In Entourage, download email and respond to the prompts for passwords; and click "remember". Verify that the anti-spam software works by checking spam folder.
  • Setup all the servers servers in Interarchy.
  • Setup the NUS IMAP account in Thunderbird
  • Change Text Edit preferences to plain text, large font default settings.
  • Key in serial numbers for all applications.

Take my time

  • Set file preferences accordingly when prompted.
  • Copy over Desktop pictures from I, Robot and Nemo.
  • Use Sonny from I, Robot for iChat icon.
  • Instal other software as needed, e.g. VLC for viewing VCDs, latest Adobe Reader for viewing some pdfs.

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