The karola Account On Karola’s Mac Mini

System Preferences

  • General
    • check “Show scrollbars always”
    • check “Ask to keep changes when changing documents”
  • Desktop & Screen Saver
    • set screen saver to Message (plus check clock).
  • Dock
    • position on the left
  • Mission Control
    • turn off all Mission Control functions
  • Language & Text
    • stop eg Mail from auto-correcting spelling, it’s too aggressive (language tab) so
      uncheck “correct spelling automatically”
  • Security & Privacy
    • don’t require a password after sleep or screen-saver
  • Spotlight
    • turn off Spotlight categories: Applications, System Preferences, Music, Movies, Fonts
  • Notifications
  • CDs & DVDs
  • Displays
    • set resolution to 1600 x 1000
  • Energy Saver (see bickasoft settings)
  • Keyboard
  • Mouse (if Magic Mouse)
Magic Mouse Gestures
Scroll direction: natural
Secondary click
X Smart Zoom
X Swipe between pages
X Swipe between full-screen apps
X Mission Control
  • Trackpad (if one is attached)
Trackpad Gesture Controls
Tap to click
Secondary click
X Three finger drag
Scroll direction: natural
X Zoom in or out
X Smart Zoom
X Rotate
X Swipe between pages
X Swipe between full-screen apps
X Notification Centre
X Mission Control
X App Expose
X Launchpad
X Show Desktop
  • Print & Scan (see bickasoft settings)
    • Check is set up to use printers CottageA4 & CottageA3
  • Sound
  • input from “unknown USB audio device” aka Logitek webcam
  • output to “headphone jack”
  • iCloud
    • Turn off
  • Mail, Contacts & Calendars
X Calendar & Reminders
X Messages
X Notes

X Mail
X Calendar & Reminders
X Notes
  • Networks
  • Bluetooth
  • Sharing (see bickasoft settings)
  • Users & Groups
    • set Apple ID to
  • Parental Controls
  • Date & Time
    • show date as well as time
  • Software Update
    • sign in as for all purchases
  • Dictation & Speech
  • Time Machine (set up later)
  • Accessibility
    • increase mouse cursor size by 20% or so
  • Startup Disk

KHFinder2Up & KHFinderViz

Install these programs in /Applications as simply 2Up (it sets two Finder windows
of equal maximum size side by side) and Viz (it toggles the display of
hidden files in Finder)


  • Download, install and register the latest BBEdit
  • Create folders:

mkdir /Users/karola/Library/Application Support/Preview Filters

mkdir /Users/karola/Library/Application Support/Stationery

  • Download and install multimarkdown; it installs into /usr/local/bin
  • Set symbolic links

sudo ln -s /usr/local/bin/multimarkdown Users/karola/Library/Application Support/BBEdit/Preview Filters/DefaultFilter_Markdown

sudo ln -s /usr/local/bin/multimarkdown Users/karola/Library/Application Support/BBEdit/Text Filters/multimarkdown

  • Copy the locally created multimarkdown template file into:

Users/karola/Library/Application Support/BBEdit/Stationery/multimarkdown

and set the file to be a stationery pad by checking the box in Finder info
– Set default new file language to be Markdown

defaults write com.barebones.bbedit DefaultLanguageNameForNewDocuments -string "Markdown"


  • Application
    • When editor becomes active do nothing
  • Editor Defaults
    • Tab width 2
  • Preview Helpers
    • Safari, Chrome, Firefox


In Finder preferences set all device checkboxes on

Change sidebar to show:

  • Airdrop
  • Applications
  • Utilities (added)
  • Desktop
  • Documents
  • DropboxShared
  • Downloads
  • Movies
  • Music
  • Pictures
  • karola (account name)
  • filestore
  • root

set Finder to open new windows showing Documents

Drag Byword, BBEdit, 2Up and Viz into the Finder toolbar

Dock Menu

From Top To Bottom:

  • Finder
  • Safari
  • Mail
  • Messages
  • FaceTime
  • Scrivener
  • Byword
  • iPhoto
  • Image Capture
  • Contacts
  • PCalc
  • LaunchPad
  • 2Up
  • Google Earth
  • VLC
  • Flip Player
  • ITunes

From The Menu Bar

In any order …

  • App Store
  • Bluetooth
  • Dropbox
  • iMessage
  • Network Preferences
  • PeakHour
  • Splashtop Streamer
  • Synch Now
  • System Preferences
  • Time Machine
  • Transmit
  • Volume

Accessible From Top Level Of Launchpad

  • Acorn
  • BBEdit
  • Calendar
  • Grab
  • Notes
  • Numbers
  • Pages
  • Preview
  • Skype
  • Splashtop Remote
  • SuperDuper
  • System Information
  • Terminal
  • TinkerTool Classic
  • TinkerTool 2
  • Toast (video burner / converter)

Third Party Applications

  • Acorn (graphics)
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader (advanced PDF Reader)
  • Adobe Flash player
  • BBEdit (text, multimarkdown, HTML and code editor)
  • Byword (multimarkdown editor on OSX and IOS)
  • Dropbox (
  • EasyFind
  • Find Duplicate Files
  • Flip Player (multimedia player)
  • Flip4Mac (Windows media player)
  • Google Earth
  • KHFinder2Up (tile Finder horizontally)
  • KHFinderViz (toggle showing hidden files)
  • Kindle reader
  • LaCie Lightscribe Labeler (and package)
  • Little Snitch (network security – set up later)
  • Multimarkdown + Support (simple markup for HTML output)
  • OmniDiskSweeper (list sizes of files and folders)
  • PCalc
  • Peak Hour (WAN monitor)
  • Skype (Internet calls)
  • Soundflower (for Splashtop Remote)
  • Splashtop Remote
  • Splashtop Streamer (server for Splashtop–2 remote access on IOS clients)
  • SuperDuper (create bootable clone disks)
  • TinkerTool Classic
  • TinkerTool 2 (tweek MAC OSX settings)
  • Toast 10 Titanium
  • Transmit (FTP client)
  • VLC (audio/video player)


  • Create account with name Karola Brackenbury and email,
    Apple Mail will do most of the rest automatically
  • set Advanced setting IMAP prefix to [Gmail]
  • set on “When junk mail arrives move it to the junk mailbox”
  • exclude from junk mail if “sender in Contacts
  • change message font size from 12 to 14
  • Show To/cc in the message list
  • display unread messages with Bold font
  • automatically bcc: myself
  • use the same message format as the original message
  • turn off “Organise by conversation”
  • do “Show mailbox list”
  • customise toolbar and add Archive to the left of Bin
  • map mailboxes:
    • Drafts -> Drafts
    • Sent mail -> Sent
    • Spam -> Junk
    • bin -> Trash


  • set to sync with Google account
  • address format, NZ


  • set to use not


  • create Google-Talk and iMessage accounts for
  • for the Google-Talk account make sure SSL is ticked (see below)
  • set on “when I return set my status to Available
  • set on “Notify me about messages from unknown contacts”

By default the Google Talk account seems to set up to use as the server and
this does not use SSL. We need SSL so use the server and it will
use SSL which encrypts the messages for secure communications


Our main library of digital photos are held on Ian’s MacBook Pro and this is shared with
Karola’s Mac Mini. Ian’s MacBook Pro must be up with iPhoto running for sharing to work


General: check “show item counts”


  • Pages & Numbers & Keynote for backwards compatibility

Peak Hour


  • reset totals every 1st of the month
  • show totals on menu bar
  • launch automatically when computer starts


  • home page:
  • privacy: ask websites NOT to track
  • internet plugins: java DISABLE
  • install Ghostery extension (to block tracking)


Create icon on the desktop with link pointing to Documents folder where the Scrivener projects reside.

Splashtop Streamer

  • Required so that Splashtop 2 on iPad can mirror this systems display/keyboard/mouse
    • in Settings, require that the Mac login password be used upon connection

TinkerTool Classic

  • add Eject button to menu bar
  • in Applications set off “prefer iCloud as destination”


In Preferences, change text font size from 11pt to 14pt

About Ian

I am a New Zealand and EC citizen, living and working in Hastings in the North Island of New Zealand. On March 5th in 2004 I retired from exactly 30 years with IBM UK Ltd, working in the Hursley software development lab near Winchester in the south of England. I am now an IBM Distinguished Engineer emeritus, working to my own agenda while retaining access to my colleagues and information inside IBM.
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