Get rid of all your best weapons, and then you have to get good.– Louis C.K. (via CJ)
Unknowable: Rands In Repose →
The rumor at Apple was that Steve capped many of the teams in Cupertino. Mac OS X and Marketing Communications being two successful teams that had their headcount capped. During the 2000s, while Apple was gaining traction across the planet, the team responsible for getting the word out, Marketing Communications (“MarCom”), was allegedly capped at 100 heads. The reasoning I heard was that Steve...
Attila's Den: Our School In A Box - First... →
attila: In less than a minute, there were 5 more kids around. In less than 2 Arnaud did not have access to the iPad anymore, 10 kids were drawing on a turn-by-turn basis. That was the first high point for me: it’s working, it’s working… they’re so into it that they do not care whether it’s a tech or not, they’re just using it. This whole post is an amazing example of how the iPad is changing...
iPhone Traveler Pt. 6 – Apps and tips from an... →
I’ll admit, I’m pretty excited about this. My sister Erin is a pilot with United Airlines. She’s been flying internationally for about 10 years, always with an iPod touch or iPad in tow. I asked her to share some apps and tips with you all, and she was happy to oblige. Latest in a traveling with your iPhone series Dave is doing. He’s absolutely killing it. Great work.
The Log: Reading List →
chrisbowler: The more I consider the idea, the more I realize it’s Safari that is a fantastic tool. And unless I feel the need to share my bookmarks and items I’m reading, using Reading List and Safari’s bookmarks is a perfect solution. I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the possibility that many of us go running for 3rd party apps because we have never trully taken the time to examine...
The Loop: After 20 years on the web, veteran Apple... →
oneinfinitewatch: Related: The Loop magazine for iPhone and iPad released Welcome to The Loop magazine Macstories’ Federico Viticci talks to Jim Dalrymple about The Loop Magazine I now have two reasons to open up the Newsstand App and in no particular order they’re Marco Arment’s The Magazine and The Loop Magazine. Yep.
Managing A Growing iPhoto Library — Log — Nick... →
Having thousands of photos at 3072 × 2304 pixels didn’t make sense anymore especially with limited drive space my new MacBook Air. I wanted to resize those images to something still reasonable but save a few gigs while I was at it. I went straight to Automator, an under-praised utility in Mac OSX, and started playing around. Here’s what I came out with. This is simply great. And, greatly...
Rethinking My Apps and Home Screen →
This is a good example of one method to really think hard about the apps you are using, ones you could be using better, and ones you really don’t need to use at all.
Living a minimal life doesn’t have to mean not owning things. It can mean, and I...– Randy Murray — Minimal Is Not (Necessarily) Frugal — First Today, Then Tomorrow
Drafts and Drafts for iPad 3.0 - Agile Tortoise →
I’m very excited to announce the release of Drafts and Drafts for iPad 3.0. This is a big release that brings improvements in many areas of the app. I hope you’ll take the time to look over the docs and demo videos to get a feel for some of the new possibilities. Holy carp! I don’t know how Greg finds the time but this is another huge update for this stellar app. Seriously, this is like...
Most people involved with tech have an insatiable thirst for bigger, faster,...– A Computer of a Certain Age — VintageZen Wherein Linus Edwards sees just how much one can get done with a 1994 model Macintosh Performa 630CD today.
So, You Want To Be An Apple Consultant... (A...
Introducing the new definitive eBook guide for those considering becoming an Apple Consultant — So, You Want To Be An Apple Consultant… (A Minimal Guide). The basics of everything you need to know to are covered here. From why this is the perfect time to do it, to what you need (and don’t need) to do so, and even some hard truths about being an independent consultant today, it’s...
So You Wanna Be A Mac Consultant Now… »... →
The truth is that there is a whole wealth of customers out there just waiting for you. They have no one else to turn to. You coming to their home is cheaper than any of the larger consulting firms that don’t really want their business anyway. And, it is more convenient and personal than going down to the Apple store. What they really need is someone they can trust who is willing to help them...
No Office for iPad: Does it matter anymore? | 52... →
As my wife said over a year ago, “Nope”
On Chasing the Right "Zero"
merlin: Put to best use, Inbox Zero is merely a philosophical practice of learning to be parsimonious about which and how many inputs we allow into into our lives—and, then, to responsibly but mindfully tend to those inputs in a way that is never allowed to hinder our personal commitment to doing the work that really matters to us.
Dumb is better: Kicking the smart phone addiction... →
A roundup of examples of people opting-out of smartphones (including my prediction about this very thing).
How to Empty Your Email Inbox | Garrick van Buren →
Notice, we don’t really have 400 – or even 100 – messages to deal with. We really only have 2. Two messages that require our response. You might be thinking, “oh, Garrick – 2 messages is so cute. I’m a very serious high powered executive – and I have hundreds of messages daily requiring my response.” Two, I say. Two. Any more on a regular basis and you may be using your unread count as a status...
The Writer’s iPad | TDH.me →
The Writer’s iPad is an ebook for writers who want to get the most out of their iPads. It doesn’t matter if you’re writing novels, articles, games, technical literature, screenplays, or even blog posts, this one’s for you! As one who has written a book on an iPad, and still does a ton of my writing on one, I feel qualified enough to be able to vouch for this one. It is a pretty good overview...
The Challenge: patrickrhone / journal →
My personal story of the GORUCK Challenge. Completely unrelated to the topics I normally cover here but it’s something I’m pretty darn proud of.
Timebar, from Whimsicalifornia →
Timebar is a new timer app for the Mac. Now, there are a ton of timer apps out there, and they are all fine. That’s the problem, as it were, they are just fine. I mean, what can a timer app do that is all that different? Well, when I first saw Timebar, it blew me away. Not just because it found a way to handle this relatively simple problem, differently, but because the moment you see...
Access to the makers | 52 Tiger →
Understand: I’m a fan. That way a person is a fan of a rock band. Yep. Me too. Having worked in software development for a few years, one would think I would not think of these guys as mysterious demigods. But, seriously, I get giddy as a school girl whenever I get to even exchange emails with a developer of one of my favorite apps.
I Declare April 1st: Digital Sabbatical Day
As the first day of April has largely come to be the day where nothing but jokes, fake press releases, preposterous rumors (or, at least, more preposterous than they are normally), expensively produced videos for products that will never exist by companies that kill real products to “focus”, and the infinite re-sharing-blogging-tweeting-plussing of such, I think it is high time that...
Two Desks in One: My New Minimal Workspace →
Mike Vardy discusses his great use of old and new materials to create a desk that accommodates both sitting and standing. I love reading stuff like this.
The power of the RSS reader – Marco.org →
If a site posts many items each day and you barely read any of them, delete that feed. If you find yourself hitting “Mark all as read” more than a couple of times for any feed, delete that feed. You won’t miss anything important. If they ever post anything great, enough people will link to it from elsewhere that you’ll still see it. The true power of the RSS inbox is keeping you informed of new...
Markdown — MacSparky →
This book demystifies Markdown, making it easy for anybody to learn. This book includes 130 pages and 27 screencasts totaling more than one and a half hours of video. There is also an additional hour of audio interviews. This book will take you from zero knowledge of Markdown to being a Markdown pro and change the way you write for the better. I’ve been using Markdown for years for just...
Make It Better » patrickrhone / journal →
Steve Jobs, for instance, made computers better. Then, he made music buying better. Then he made music players better. Then he made phones better. Then he made computers better all over again. Of course, he did not do this alone. He created an entire company who’s sole collective commitment is, in my eyes at least, to methodically and relentlessly make things better. I think you will enjoy the...
Pick One — First Today, Then Tomorrow →
Your options are virtually unlimited. And you, you alone are responsible for limiting your options. Yep. This.
Secure Colocation | Mac Mini Vault [Sponsor] →
I’d like to say thanks, once again, to Mac Mini Vault for sponsoring the site this week. Not much time left to buy. Any Minimal Mac reader that signs up for colocation service this week can add a 16GB RAM Upgrade for free by using the promo code MINIMALMAC. This applies to new sign ups this week and only for 2011 or 2012 Mac mini hardware. This applies to both purchasing a Mac mini from...
Creativity is just connecting things. When you ask creative people how they did...– Steve Jobs, Wired, February, 1995 (via fiftyfootshadows)
70Decibels - Blog - We're Moving To 5by5! →
As the network continues to grow, our ambitions grow with it. Our hosts put out shows that deserve a larger audience, and my dream of a career in podcasting is within reach. To get to the next level, we need help. We need a better infrastructure and even more great people to support the network we have created. That’s why I’m thrilled to announce that 70Decibels is going to be moving to the 5by5...
Automatic - Your Smart Driving Assistant →
This is cool. It’s like Nest, for your car. It plugs into your car’s data port and pairs with your smartphone to provide meaningful feedback on your driving habits and car’s mechanical status. It lets you know the modest changes to make that could result in generous fuel savings and safer driving. It also can alert you and give you further information on mechanical issues. For...
Secure Colocation | Mac Mini Vault [Sponsor] →
I’m so happy to invite Mac Mini Vault back once again to sponsor the Minimal Mac RSS Feed this week. I’ve long admired Mac Mini Vault for the innovation they consistently bring to the co-location space. Not only is it super secure, affordable, and fast but they are always looking for easy ways to introduce one to the idea of having a hosted Mac mini and make it as easy as pie to jump in. No...
wallpapers for your iPad 2 | Cole Rise →
ipadfirst: Some amazing stuff here. Well worth checking out. (via Shadoe Huard) I’m posting most iPad specific content to iPad First these days. You are following iPad First, right?