The personal weblog of Jack Baty

Things installed on 2016 MacBook Pro

I get a new laptop every few years. I always start fresh and install everything from scratch. It’s interesting to see what changes and what doesn’t. Most of the things I installed this time are the same as last time. Maybe I really am settling down.

Anyway, here’s what I installed on my new MacBook Pro, in no particular order.


  • BBEdit
  • iTerm
  • Emacs
  • TextExpander
  • Keyboard Maestro
  • 1Password
  • Dropbox
  • Droplr
  • Skitch
  • Moom
  • Day One
  • Slack
  • Dropzone
  • Reeder
  • Google Chrome
  • Acorn
  • Soulver
  • Alfred
  • TheBrain
  • Tinderbox
  • DEVONthink Pro Office
  • Adobe Creative Suite
  • Microsoft Office
  • Resilio Sync

Command line apps/utilities

  • Oh-My-ZSH
  • MacTex
  • mbsync
  • Git
  • Vim
  • Hugo
  • remind
  • Wyrd
  • Mu/Mu4e
  • gnupg2
  • pass
  • pandoc
  • xapian

The new MacBook Pro is kind of great for hackers

Adam Geitgey:

I/O-wise, the new MacBook Pro is possibly the most open device Apple has ever built. There is literally not a single proprietary port on it. You get four universal high-speed ports that can each draw or supply power, send and receive data and transfer video and audio. It’s really pretty neat.

I agree. Even though the transition will be a little painful, the result is an improvement in nearly every way.

Cross-posting to Medium

This post is mostly to test whether or not my new IFTTT recipe is working.

I like Medium, but I don’t want to live there. The best compromise might be to cross-post things from I hesitate to automate the process because I post a lot of useless stuff, much of which is useless to everyone but me. On the other hand, there are people I’m interested in and I wish they’d post more nonsense.

Cross-posting everything automatically is a good way to make sure that the nonsense is distributed as widely as possible.

The Revenge of Analog (Book)

The Revenge of Analog

If ever a book was meant for me, “The Revenge of Analog“ is it.

David Sax dives into the ongoing resurgence of analog: film photography, paper notebooks, vinyl records, even education. I believe all of these things matter, and that their continued (and growing) use is for the better.

Sax perhaps sprinkles everything with a bit of unnecessary hyperbole, but he’s obviously excited about the same things I am, so I’ll forgive the excess.

“The Revenge of Analog” is a fun and informative read for anyone even remotely interested in the life or “real things”

People of Earth (TV)

People of Earth

People of Earth is a surprisingly good TV show. I watched the first episode because I was bored and nothing else looked interesting. After two episodes, I was hooked. It’s very, well, human.

MacBook Pro 2016 Keyboard

This should give you an idea how much I dislike the keyboard on the latest MacBook Pro. I have to get used to it, but I don’t have to like it.

And let me say again how much I love the Apple Extended Keyboard II. Still the greatest keyboard ever made.

Bruce Schneier: 'The Internet Era of Fun and Games Is Over'

Bruce Schneier:

“I don’t like this,” he concluded. “I like the world where the internet can do whatever it wants, whenever it wants, at all times. It’s fun. This is a fun device. But I’m not sure we can do that anymore.”

I like it too. It’ll be missed.

Charging Apple Things

I defended Apple when they released a mouse that needed to be charged by plugging the cable into the bottom. I said, “It only takes a few moments to charge, so just plug it in and grab a coffee or whatever.” I was wrong, I hate charging the mouse. I blow right by warnings that the batteries are “very low” and always end up with a completely dead mouse at the worst times. Then, instead of plugging it into a sensible location allowing me to continue working, I have to flip it on its side first, and walk away for 10 minutes or so. It drives me nuts.


And every time I have to this with the Apple Pencil I just feel stupid.


These aren’t improvements.



The first time I used Firefox it was still called “Phoenix”.


I haven’t used anything other than Safari in years, if you don’t count repeated failed attempts at using Chrome. I thought I’d see what’s new with Firefox. I’ve been running it for a couple of days and find it a pretty good experience so far.

I’m not ready to make Firefox my default browser, but I’ve not given up yet either.

Amazon S3 static site head start

Amazon’s S3 service has always baffled me. I’ve set up a few static sites using the service but never felt comfortable with it. While poking around today I found this…

Quick Start

Apparently, it sets everything up in a new bucket automatically. I may try creating a site and see how it goes.