I recently changed jobs, and I thought it would be a time-saver in the future if i’d write down some quick instructions to setup my mac.

first step: install a decent browser

I use firefox. At the same time i installed some of my favorite plugins: Vimperator, JSONView, HTTPS Everywhere, Privacy Badger, Ghostery, Disconnect, Adblock Plus

install a decent terminal

I use iTerm2 all the time, it’s epic. Don’t forget to set the fullscreen mode to classic.

With a decent terminal in place, let’s get some of the things we need:

Install Homebrew
Run these commands to install some basic tools:
brew update
brew install ack chicken cowsay ctags ffmpeg git gpg guile newsbeuter node pandoc pass screen sl stow the_silver_searcher tig trash tree vim wget z

install dot files

Clone dot files from dotfiles repo on bitbucket and install them using stow.

install virtualbox & vagrant

Install virtualbox & vagrant

configure some stuff

  • mails
  • git
  • dropbox?

That’s about it, set up in 1 hour!


There are two possible scenario’s.
1. You are running Ubuntu natively (or via Boot Camp) on your Mac, and you can’t get the iSight to work with Ubuntu.
2. You are running Ubuntu in a virtual machine using VMWare, Parallells, or VirtualBox, and you can’t get the iSight to work with Ubuntu.

both scenario’s are a pain in the ass, AND both scenarios have a really simple solution.

STEP 0. foolproof: if you’re trying to use your iSight in a virtual machine, make sure your vm software links the camera to the virtual machine!

STEP 1. get the AppleUSBVideoSupport file. you can find that file on an existing Mac OSX 10.4 or 10.5 installation at this location:
or you can download it from here. (unzip this first)

STEP 2. Put the AppleUSBVideoSupport file on your Ubuntu Desktop.

STEP 3. Open a terminal window on Ubuntu, and update your repositories:
sudo apt-get update
then install the iSight Firmware Tools like this:
sudo apt-get install isight-firmware-tools

STEP 4. The installer will ask you for the AppleUSBVideoSupport file. give it the right path to that file:

STEP 5. Reboot or log out and log back in. You can now use your iSight with Ubuntu!

Toon 🙂