Automatically set up your Mac and configure macOS using ./freshinstall

Recently I configured my new MacBook Pro. I decided to start with a clean slate and not migrate anything from my old MacBook. To configure macOS I whipped up ./freshinstall, which automates that process.

Steps included are:

  1. Configure macOS Preferences and the like
  2. Generate and load SSH keys
  3. Install the essentials: XCode, Git, Homebrew
  4. Copy over my (starter) dotfiles (also contained in the repo)
  5. Install (and sometimes also configure) all most of the software that I use.

The heavy lifting is done by defaults and Homebrew + Homebrew-Cask. Thanks to the aforementioned mas-cli, I’m also able to automatically install software from the Mac App Store.

Many of the settings are inspired upon the work of others. Mainly Mathias Bynens his dotfiles repo came in handy, along with a few other repos and of course the use of a few Google Search Coupons.

./freshinstall

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USE-IT Twitter Split-flap Display

Proof of concept of the USE-IT Twitter Split-flap Display, a project issued by USE-IT and built by a few of my students Professional Bachelor ICT

The whole installation is connected via a Netduino board to Twitter and monitors a certain (configurable) hashtag. Tweets found are then displayed on the split-flap display. Heart of the installation is a MCP23018. The split-flaps themselves were recovered from an old train station.

The current installation is only a proof of concept (limited to 8 characters) running in demo mode (showing a set of pre-configured words) and is not optimized yet (characters turn one-by-one, not simultaneously).