Setting Up a New Mac, the Painless Way

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Setting up a new computer is an awful lot easier in these enlightened days with “The Cloud”, App Stores and Package Managers. In this article I describe how I got a new Mac up and running inside of an hour.

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A New MacBook

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I decided to treat myself to a new MacBook. My existing 2010 model was beginning to feel its age, despite having the benefits of both maxed-out RAM and an upgrade from a mechanical disk to a modern digital SSD. Software builds were beginning to be noticeably time-consuming, photo processing sluggish and I needed a machine powerful enough to cope with Elite: Dangerous when it makes its way on to the Mac.

I’ve ended up with the latest 15″ Retina MacBook Pro with an amazing specification:

  • 2.3GHz quad-core Intel Core i7 processor with Turbo Boost up to 3.5GHz;
  • 16‍GB of 1600MHz DDR‍3 RAM;
  • 512‍GB PCIe SSD;
  • Intel Iris Pro integrated GPU;
  • NVIDIA GeForce GT 750M discrete GPU;
  • That gorgeous retina display!

What a machine it is. This thing flies, unfazed by anything I’ve yet thrown at it. I’ve found it to be a seriously impressive bit of kit.

Gaming Just Got Interesting Again

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I’m not one for computer games, not since my teens at least. Back then I would while away my evenings and weekends pumping coins into the beautifully decorated cabinets at my local video arcade. I played every machine that came in, but there were a handful that I would spend most of my time on: Centipede; Mr. Do!; Galaxian; Out Run and After Burner.

Later, as I went through a range of home computers,1 a new series of favourites emerged: Star Raiders; Mercenary; Worms; Lemmings and Cannon Fodder.

Then there was the game I played the most, the one I became totally engrossed in… David Braben and Ian Bell’s epic, Elite.

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