I’ve just received a new 2020 MacBook Pro 13” (i7/32/1TB) couple of days ago and had a moment to sit with it during the weekend. To clarify, I previously had few PPC/G4 machines, and some kind of Air for a couple of days at work to do some video editing work for bunch of screencasts. Oh, and we used the first Intel iMacs at middle school with some Apple-specific OpenOffice fork. So I’m briefly familiar with “how Macs work” in general, but this particular machine is my very first, brand new, current-gen and out of the box personal Apple computer. And the question is: What should I do now? Which software you can suggest me to install? What settings/tunables I might change/add/update? What changed in Mac OS X during the recent years, and - probably the most important fact - which kind of “computing pleasures” I can “explore” or “experience” on modern Macintoshes? Right now I’ve installed Homebrew and iTerm2 so you might be pretty sure that I’m going into that UNIX side of Apple, but I’m still eager to discover wonders of that “creative” or even “regular day to day usage” parts. It might sound redundant to someone as I tried to ignite that discussion on Lobsters IRC last evening, but decided it would be better to move that into a story for wider audience where many people might share their ideas and other benefit from that using my own example as a source of nice tips, suggestions and comments.
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