I’d been having odd problems with my MacBook Pro: slowness, glitches, crashes, kernel panics. So a few days ago I made a second backup to a spare external hard drive, loaded the Leopard install disc and did a wipe and clean install. Then I used Software Update a few times until no more updates were required.
Next I started restoring stuff. I’m avoiding storing actual data on this machine so haven’t yet bothered with photos, music or documents, but I’m gradually adding the applications I use.
Very quickly I realised that some of the most important things on my machine are utilities that:
- quickly find and launch software and files (Launchbar)
- provide multiple clipboards (Launchbar)
- store identity information, passwords, serial numbers and secure notes (1Password)
- expand text shortcuts into longer words and phrases (TextExpander)
- handle assorted tasks (customised Applescripts)
- share calendars across multiple devices (Spanning Sync)
Then there are the tweaks that need to be restored / reinstated, such as the color swatches I’d saved in the Color Picker:
Note that within the Color Palette tab of the picker, you can load new colour sets but not save them. The simplest way is to copy over the colour set files from your ~/Library/Color folder.
I like to have a custom image on my Login screen:
Alternately, you can modify your logon background by changing a preference versus overwriting the file. Here’s the command:
sudo defaults write /Library/Preferences/com.apple.loginwindow DesktopPicture "/Library/Desktop Pictures/Aqua Blue.jpg"
"/Library/Desktop Pictures/Aqua Blue.jpg"with the path to the picture you want to use. This technique works in both Leopard and Tiger.
And finally, to be able to click on the flag or status columns in NetNewsWire I need this:
With NetNewsWire not running, copy-and-paste the following into
Terminal and hit return:
defaults write com.ranchero.netnewswire readFlagColumnClicksEnabled 1
(Use 0 to turn it off.)
Thanks to Brent Simmons for the tip.