In the past I have used the migration assistant tool to copy my files from Mac to Mac whenever I would get a new one. After almost 20 years of doing this I wanted to setup my new screaming M2 from scratch.

Automating App Installs

There are a couple command line tools that help this and I have created a bash script in github to run on the computer. Be sure to customize for your own situation.

Once this script is run on the Mac half the work will be done. The next steps below are for setting up the data.

The script and explanations below should only install M1/M2 compatible apps. Nothing on Intel.

1Password Data Setup

  1. Setup 1Password coud Sync
  2. Enable Local vaults
  3. Setup iCloud vault sync


  1. Copy keychain file from original Mac


  1. Enable Sandbox Access


  1. Login to gmail account
  2. Don’t allow notifications


  1. Register License from 1password file
  2. Give Full disk access
  3. Add back Hazel folders, sync rules with each folder and enable rules on other computers.
  4. Activate Hazel Notifications
  5. Enable App Sweep and Delete files from trash after 1 week
  6. Turn off Notifications for Files events and trash events


  1. Register Bartender
  2. Setup bartender to hid everything but Fantastical and DayOne.

Dash App

In Dash preferences choose the Sync folder on iCloud Drive/Dash and everything is setup.


  1. Launch and setup
  2. Copy data from old computer


Log into Freedom and make sure it is setup name device.


  1. Need to create new app password for iCloud calendar.
  2. Add accounts iCloud, Google,
  3. Set default calendar and default reminder list


  1. Install Omnifocus Beta from TestFlight
  2. Copy over Omnifocus Archive to new computer
  3. Check that ctr-option-space is global shortcut


  1. Copy chat backup to new computer.

Install What’s App Beta

  1. Download M1 WhatsApp beta.


  1. Sign into Slack Channels.


  1. Setup backup


  1. Enable Extensions in Safari

Time Machine

  1. Setup backup to Synology
  2. Setup backup to external drives


  1. Sign In to sync


  1. Login


  1. Launch and accept dialog boxes.

Visual Studio Code

  1. Enable Syncing using GitHub account


  1. Setup for Highest recording
  2. Create source for Elgato
  3. Create Source for Insta360 Link
  4. Create Source for Screen Recording

Apple Music

  1. Check Download Dolby Atmos
  1. Deauthorize previous computer or you might reach the limit
  2. Check older authorizations to free up


  1. Set finder settings to open to home directory and show external disks

Home Folder

Copy over select Home folder contents

System Settings

Trackpad speed

Increase trackpad to max speed.

Configure Shortcuts

Disable unused sharing utilities and shortcuts


  1. Enable Dictation


  1. Enable Show Input Menu in Menu Bar


Disable/enable extensions


The storage control panel lets you delete the GarageBand music creation libraries.


Configure notifications including:

  1. Turn off notifications from calendar because I use fantastical
  2. Turn off notifications for mail
  3. Turn off sound notifications WhatsApp

Unlock with Apple Watch

  • Turn on Unlock with Apple Watch

Brave Browser

  • Setup Syncing
  • Verify Brave Rewards


  • Sign into Clay with Apple ID


Set .gitconfig file to contain your commit information.

`git config --global "[email protected]"`
`git config --global "My Name"`

– Create new GIT ssh key and associate it with account

Generate SSH Key

ssh-keygen -t ed25519 -C "[email protected]"

Setup ssh to reference Keychain.

touch ~/.ssh/config
open ~/.ssh/config

Add the following to the above file:

  AddKeysToAgent yes
  UseKeychain yes
  IdentityFile ~/.ssh/id_ed25519

Add SSH Key to Keychain

eval "$(ssh-agent -s)"
ssh-add --apple-use-keychain ~/.ssh/id_ed25519
gh auth login
gh auth refresh -h -s admin:public_key
gh ssh-key add ~/.ssh/

Reference Articles

Was trying to research how to create a bootable backup on a USB-C external drive under macOS Monterey. I am using a backup tool called ChronoSync, so I started to research and found a tech note about bootable backups.

No longer can you just make a copy of your main hard drive and make it bootable. You need to first install macOS on an external hard drive, according to Macworld.

The above article recommends that I format the drive as an macOS Extended format. Is that correct? I thought that we were using APFS now, and my internal drive is formatted as an APFS Volume Group.

I couldn’t test this because when I clicked “Show All Disks…” in the installer to see external drives for installation, the installer told me that I could not install on the volume I had chosen because it was part of an AppleRAID.

AppleRAID volumes do no support installing a bootable drive.
AppleRAID volumes do no support installing a bootable drive.

Looks like I will buy a dedicated backup hard drive and update this. If you have any suggestions on external drives for bootable backups, then tweet me.

Recently was searching for a wireless charging pad that would support an Apple Watch, AirPods Pro and iPhone. There are some really well-designed stations, most that are quite pricey.


One of the more stylish manufacturers of charging gear is Satechi. However, I balked at ordering this due to the extra shipping costs from the US to Hong Kong.

Friends say Satechi works well, but feels cheap
Friends say Satechi works well, but feels cheap

View Trio Wireless Charger With Magnetic Pad


I found a version of this in the Wanchai computer center a while ago and this is the brand I use, but I didn’t see it the last time I walked around the computer center. Overall, it works well, though some days I wake up, and my watch has not been charged.

Using this for years it works well and just realized it supports charging 3 items.
Using this for years it works well and just realized it supports charging 3 items.

View Base Station


After trying to find a charging pad that I don’t have to ship from the US to Hong Kong, this Belkin one seems to be the best looking and supports new fast charging methods for newer phones and watches. This is also available in the Apple Store in Hong Kong.

This seems to be the charging station with all the latest tech charging the newest tech quickly.
This seems to be the charging station with all the latest tech charging the newest tech quickly.

View Belkin BOOST↑CHARGE™ PRO 3-in-1 Wireless Charging Pad with MagSafe

All these are quite high in price, if you see a more reasonable priced version, please tweet bdeverman. Simultaneously, I’m going to be monitoring the Hong Kong Carousell Chargers & Cables category.

Thanks to Nathan Hammond you can monitor COVID-19 Vaccine locations open up in Hong Kong. He released a monitoring tool as a GitHub gist. I set it up on my Mac. Had to use

brew install watch

To install the watch command line tool. I also customized the to point to the correct path of the cvc.js file. Then I got the list of vaccine centers in json and customized the to include the ids of my nearest vaccine centers.

Finally I also customized the cvc.js file to filter by a later date. For me it is 2021-04-01 because I was trying to find a jab sooner.

Thanks Nathan for releasing the script.

I started accumulating Substack newsletters in my email box, some going unread.

Just moved all my newsletter subscriptions to RSS Subscriptions in NetNewsWire.

It turns out that each Substack newsletter has a feed url:
If your Substack has a custom domain your feed URL would be:
FAQ on Substack
Original Twitter Thread