aiming for the TYPO3 philsophy
thanks to typoscript you can solve a bunch of problems and launch lots of tweaks in the system without doing any line of php. many things repeat for each page that can be found here, but i´ll also add some config snippets i want to save.
but you´ll only need two hands full. there are handy extensions written by experts to solve real world problems in backend or in frontend. i´d like to highlight a few here (not only to show my appreciation).
wget http://get.typo3.org/current -O typo3_src.tgz