James Duffy

Mac Setup

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This is a personal help document to that I use to get started on a new Mac. I occasionally come back to this to update it and make sure that my current settings are reflected here, but more often than not it gets updated the next time I setup a new mac.


  • 1Password
  • Alfred
  • Capture One 12
  • Caret
  • Choosy
  • CleanMyMac 3
  • Cyberduck
  • DaisyDisk
  • Docker
  • Dropbox
  • Firefox
  • Google Play Music Desktop Player
  • Google Chrome
  • iTerm2
  • Itsycal
  • KeepingYouAwake
  • Logitech Options
  • Mountain Duck
  • Rocket
  • Synology Drive
  • Fujifilm X Raw Studio

Custom Settings

  • Clock > Show seconds
  • Disable Fast user switching in menu bar
  • Turn off automatic brightness
  • Turn display scaling to max
  • Trackpad tracking speed to max
  • Sound: Uncheck user interface sound effects
  • Output: Check: Show volume in menubar
  • Finder show folders before files
  • Keyboard Key repeat fastest Key delay until repeat (1 slower than fastest)
  • General > Appearance: Dark
  • Default web browser: Choosy
  • Dock Position: LeftEnable "Automatically hide and show the dock"
  • Mission Control:Disable Automatically rearrange Spaces
  • Security > General:Require password immediately after sleep
  • Security > FileVault: On
  • MouseScroll direction: NaturalTacking speed: Fastest
  • Trackpad
    • Disable Look up & data detectorsSecondary click: bottom right cornerEnable "Silent clicking"
  • AccessibilityDisplayEnable "Reduce transparency"

Skip screenshot delay

If you’d rather not have the thumbnail delay when making screenshots, use Command+Shift+5 and then click on the Options button that appears in the controls. Uncheck Show Floating Thumbnail.


Disable Curly Quotes

If I had a dollar for every time I was trying to fix a programming issue and it ended up somehow Apple changed my quotes to curly quotes without my realizing it.

Go to System Preferences > Keyboard > Text > Uncheck "Use smart quotes and dashes"

Development Environment

touch ~/.hushlogin

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

# Install brews
brew install python python@2 wget zsh-syntax-highlighting watch

# Install casks
brew cask install keepingyouawake android-file-transfer daisydisk tower alfred itsycal iterm2 sublime-text dropbox 1password tunnelblick slack caret keybase docker google-chrome firefox git htop

# Install oh-my-zsh
sh -c "$(wget https://raw.githubusercontent.com/robbyrussell/oh-my-zsh/master/tools/install.sh -O -)"

Setup Firefox

  1. Install Sidebar Tabs
  2. Modify userChrome.css
    • Go to Hamburger menu --> Help --> Troubleshooting Information
    • Find the Profile Folder
    • In the profile folder create a folder called chrome
    • In that folder create a file called userChrome.css- Insert the following in the file:
#TabsToolbar {
    visibility: collapse !important;

#sidebar-box[sidebarcommand="treestyletab_piro_sakura_ne_jp-sidebar-action"] #sidebar-header {
  display: none;
  1. Go to Hamburger menu --> Customize
    • Add Felixible space next to the back and forward buttons
    • Remove home button
    • Set:
      • Density: Compact
      • Theme: Dark


brew install python python3
pip install --user virtualenvwrapper
Add to .zshrc file
pip install flake8

ZSH / iTerm2

  • Set scrollback to unlimited
  • Set history to 10,000
  • Always show tabs
  • Stretch tabs to fill tab bar
  • Increase size of profile
  • Colors: Solarized Dark


  • Used for managing PGP Keys for signing git commits


  • https://www.git-tower.com/help/mac/integration/gpg

Dock Applications

  1. Finder
  2. Calendar
  3. Tweetbot
  4. Todoist
  5. Slack
  6. Chrome
  7. Firefox
  8. Sublime Text
  9. iTerm
  10. Tower
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