The registration information gets sent to Apple if you have an
internet connection.  But if the connection isn't yet working,
it will save it for later, in your home directory.  You can trash
it in the meantime if sending that sort of information upsets you.
To avoid even filling it out, clover-Q quits the registration process.

You will need to download a bunch of third party apps over the web
that didn't come preinstalled.

When you download software, files will appear on your desktop.
	.sit		you have to double click this to unpack it
	.gz		should get unpacked automatically
	.dmg		the file containing a fake read-only "disk"
	hard disk icon	click to see files on the fake read-only "disk"
			(often just the app, maybe some docs)
			drag the files to where you want
			drag disk to trash to "eject" it
	folder or app	this is it, on your desktop.
			drag it into your file system where you want it.
Once you have the files you need where you want them, toss all the
intermediate turds on your desktop away.  They build up fast.

Unless otherwise specified, all software listed here is free.
The gnu public license appears to often be the culprit, making
the world a better place for all of us.



	Use iTeXMac.  Get it from:
	Get the latest iTeXMac (it may be in the "(dev)" section), and
	the LaTeX Help Book (which installs a full LaTeX manual into
	the OSX online help system -- just stick it in Library/Documentation/Help/,
	in any of the three Libraries: yours (~), the machine's (/),
	or your network's (/Network)).

	If you include eps figures in your papers, the default setup
	will not work -- you need to launch iTeXMac, go to the TeX menu,
	select "Show Project", then "Customize Generics...".
	In the window that pops up, deselect everything but altpdflatex
	(assuming you just want to write papers in LaTeX), and then Quit.
	Then ever after, everything will just work.
	(This is so that the default project when you start is "altpdflatex",
	where "alt" apparently means "works with eps figures".)

	iTeXMac is a big GUI accessing the low-level tex typesetting stuff.
	But it does not include the typesetting stuff (e.g. TeX).
	You need it.  Go to and down under
	the big icon which matches the second icon in the title, get the II2.dmg.
	Note that that web page has historically changed much more frequently
	than my instructions here do, so you may have to read the web page to
	figure out the right thing to do.
	I'm sure the i-Installer is great for people who are constantly installing
	this stuff, but for those of us who just want to install it once, there's
	a lot of figuring out one needs to do compared to other installers.
	The remaining notes here are what I had to do last time:
	Once you're running the installer, you need:
		CM Super for TeX
		Ghostscript 8 (for Mac OS X 10.2)
		TeX Foundation (teTeX + gwTeX)
		TeX Programs (TeX Live)
	(Hold down the clover key while you click to select multiple items.)
	Once these four are selected, hit "Open i-Package", and four windows
	will pop up.  In each window, go to the "Install & Remove" tab and
	hit "Install".
	Your computer will be very busy downloading, and occasionally ask you
	things when parts of it finish, or tell you that something wasn't able
	to happen but that you shouldn't worry about it yet, or ask you several
	times for your password.
	When it asks what you want to configure, press "Select" to accept the
	default list.
	When it asks you to select formats, hit "Default".
	When it asks again, hit "No Change".
	When it asks about languages, add your favorite foreign language and
	hit "Set".
	When it asks about paper size, select "Letter" and hit "Set".
	When it asks who should own TeX, leave it as the SysAdmin.
	Finally you can close all the windows when it seems to be done doing stuff.


	A bare-bones viewer using the ghostScript engine to draw PS docs on screen.
	This is useful if you don't want iTeXMac to be converting your PostScript
	files to PDF files all the time.
	(Note that many files print MUCH, MUCH faster as postscript files!)
	Get it from:


	You do not need this if you have Microsoft Word installed.

	This will convert Microsoft Word documents (you know, when
	someone sends you an attachment that ends with ".doc", which
	you can't do anything with) to Postscript.  The results are
	rarely pretty, but often legible.

	Get it from:


Equation Editor?


CapsLock --> Control key:

	Many Apps, from TextEdit to Mathematica, support a variety of
	emacs key bindings.  To use them you have to hold down Control.
	The control key is in a stupid place.  To fix it, get uControl:

	The now-meaningless light will still toggle with each use of
	the now-Control key.

	When putting the computer to sleep, turn off the caps-lock light
	first.  (Or toggle it first thing upon awaking.)
	After awaking from sleep, you have to press CapsLock a couple of
	times to make it have its Control function again.
	Now in Jaguar, you have to press it a couple of times whenever you
	haven't used it recently, to remind it to ponder its true purpose.

	For $10, you can get WindowShade X, which allows windows to be
	collapsed to just the title bar by just double clicking on it,
	allows other operations (such as Hide) for the yellow "minimize"
	button, and those alone make it worth it for me.  (I use Hide
	all the time when searching for windows on my desktop.)
	Get a free trial of WindowShade X from:

	This makes the editing environment be cooler, system wide.
	Just like ^B moves the cursor backwards pretty much anywhere,
	this adds a whole bunch of functionality, like auto indent,
	show matching brace, go to line number, and so on and so forth.
	Get it at:
	If you're bold, install the key bindings, too.

	If you want a better finder, get PathFinder for $30 at


	This utility, from
	will show you the activity of whichever network you are
	curious about (ethernet, wireless, modem, etc.).
	Run it twice to monitor 2 devices at once?
	UPDATE: It is not free anymore!  But it only costs about $8, so I still
	recommend it.

	From you can get this nicer cpu monitor.
	Unfortunately the programmers at CaffeineSoft appear to have moved
	on to greener pastures, but the software is still freely available.
	Another program, Tiffany, which is kind of like Photoshop, is also
	part of the download, but I'm not sure what one does after the 30-day
	trial period, since licenses probably aren't purchasable any more.


They are hidden in /Applications/Installers/Developer Tools/
Click on Developer.mpkg to get the development stuff to exist.

Caltech has site licenses for MSOffice, Mathematica, Matlab.

Anytime you get bored during this process, just hold down Shift and Clover
while you double click a window's title bar or its dock icon.