Mac OS X
A list of what I install on new machines:
- Desktop Applications:
- Anki - a spaced-repetition flashcard app available on Windows, Mac, Linux, Android, and iOS
- soffes/Countdown - A countdown screensaver
- Magnet - Better window snapping
- Obsidian - for writing personal notes in my zettelkasten
- A screen keep-awake application like Amphetamine.
- Development Tools:
- nvm - Node Version Manager
- rvm - Ruby Version Manager
- My dotfiles
- iTerm2 - Terminal
- Warp (Referral link) - Terminal I’ve been following Warp’s development for a while. It looks really interesting and overall I’m enjoying it. iTerm2 definitely has some benefits still like direct integration with Tmux, but I think Warp has a lot of potential.
Collections of what others use on their Mac computers:
Display Scaling Issues
A common issue people seem to have with external monitors is getting display scaling to work correctly. The external display seems to end up looking pixelated.
Some potential solutions for this:
- bbhardin/A-Guide-to-MacOS-Scaled-Resolutions: A guide explaining some of the internals and some workarounds available.
- avibrazil/RDM: I assume RDM stands for “Retina Display Manager”. Lets you set your display to unsupported resolutions, helping you achieve the pixel density you actually want.
- waydabber/BetterDisplay: A much more full-featured alternative to RDM. This has a ton of features around XDR/HDR brightness upscaling, dummy displays, DDC controls, and more. Much of it seems to be behind a paywall, but as of writing the price is only $15 USD.