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Over the last three weeks I’ve had the pleasure of upgrading my laptop and also my desktop machines.  Since I’ve done it twice recently and I find these lists helpful on occasion, I thought I would quickly post the software I find I actually need on a new machine.

I’ve found great convenience in using cloud storage options like Dropbox, Box and iCloud.  It really speeds up transitioning to a new computer and it helps me migrate my preferred way which is to not migrate at all but, rather, do a clean setup on the new machine, install what I really need for tools, copy any data not in cloud storage over the from the last machine, make a backup of the old machine then decommission the old machine.
FWIW, new hardware was…
– 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro, 3.1 Ghz i7, 512 GB SSD, 16GB RAM
– 27-inch 5K Retina iMac, 4.0GHz i7, 1 TB SSD, 32GB RAM, AMD Radeon R9 M395X w/4GB
– Sundry iPads which I just restore from iCloud backups
Now I am faced with the unenviable task of upgrading wife’s computer.  She’s a Windows Girl which means I’ve got to shop for a PC which is a little like shopping for an American-made luxury car: You know you’re in for trouble.