1. "All of the gear I have isn’t worth much if I rely on it more than I rely on myself."

    Mike Vardy — We Are All Workspaces — Medium
  2. "I’ve learned that letting go is an active, continuous process. The default assumption is that we want to be interrupted: notifications are enabled, ringers aren’t silenced, and reminders are set. To get rid of that stuff, you have to take a stand."

    Letting go - Matt Gemmell

    Yep. This!

  3. Minimal Mac Meetup Logistical Note…

    If you are planing to come to the Minimal Mac WWDC Meetup next Wednesday night, here is an important logistical note about The Irish Bank where we will be… It’s kind of hidden.

    You are going to look at a map and say, “Wait, that can’t be right?”

    Then you are going to follow the map and find yourself looking down a dark alleyway, past a massage parlor and some dumpster and think, “Wait, that can’t be right?”

    Then, you are going to go down that alleyway and around a corner and see a well lighted door and, weather permitting, maybe a few patio tables outside in the alley. Then you’ll say, “Hey, I think this is right!” 

    Been going there for years whenever I’m in the SFO area. It’s one of my favorite (really) hidden gems that even few natives know is even there. It really is down what otherwise looks to be a dark alley. But, go through that door, and you will find one of the best Irish Pubs in America.

  4. Minimal Mac @ WWDC

    With WWDC being less than a week away, I thought it timely to remind everyone that I will be there. ]

    Besides the Minimal Mac Meetup at The Irish Bank on Wednesday night, I plan on being around SFO and hitting up as many of the related goings on as possible. So, keep an eye out for me and come up and say “Hi” if you are so inclined (people tell me I look like Lionel Richie).

    I’ve heard it should be a good year to be there. Can’t wait.

  5. It's OK not to use tools by Jonas Downey of Basecamp →

    Today, a basic HTML/CSS site seems almost passé. But why? Is it because our new tools are so significantly better, or because we’ve gone overboard complicating simple things?

    This applies to way more than websites.

  6. Let’s just say that you kind of like military-grade style bags — like the GORUCK GR1 for example. And, let’s just say that, while the dedicated laptop compartment in the back is just great, sometimes you might want options. Let’s say that you might want a piece of kit that can hold both your MacBook Air and an iPad inside the main compartment of the bag with some element of protection from your other gear in there. But, let’s just say it might be nice if this worked as a standalone bag that has D-rings of it’s own that you can attach a strap to when you want to leave the full ruck behind and go minimal with just the stuff you need. And, finally, let’s just say you want it to have the same tactical look and feel as your ruck.
Then, you want this Cargo Works Macbook Air + iPad Sleeve.
Let’s just say I bought one. Let’s just say, it’s great.

    Let’s just say that you kind of like military-grade style bags — like the GORUCK GR1 for example. And, let’s just say that, while the dedicated laptop compartment in the back is just great, sometimes you might want options. Let’s say that you might want a piece of kit that can hold both your MacBook Air and an iPad inside the main compartment of the bag with some element of protection from your other gear in there. But, let’s just say it might be nice if this worked as a standalone bag that has D-rings of it’s own that you can attach a strap to when you want to leave the full ruck behind and go minimal with just the stuff you need. And, finally, let’s just say you want it to have the same tactical look and feel as your ruck.

    Then, you want this Cargo Works Macbook Air + iPad Sleeve.

    Let’s just say I bought one. Let’s just say, it’s great.

  7. Une Bobine is a unique charge/sync/stand/dock/cable for your iPhone 5/5s/5c. I was sent one for review and have found it to be an interesting way to have my iPhone close at hand and viewable. There are many reasons one might want to do this. For me, it has most often come in handy to talk on the phone while on speaker or FaceTime and keeping my hands free to type. It’s super strong, more than enough to hold the iPhone in both portrait and landscape orientation. For me, it was one of those had-no-idea-it-would-be-useful-until-I-had-one things. 

  8. The Best Camera — The Brooks Review →

    And, while we are on the subject of photography…

    I will always find it more enjoyable to take a picture with my best camera, but I find that no matter what camera I use to make the picture, my enjoyment of the picture is never diminished by the what camera I used at the time.
  9. A simple solution to digital photo management | Unclutterer →

    My friend CJ Chilvers is a very talented photographer and, I must say, an insightful guy. He responded to my rant (warning: there’s one mildly not-safe-for-work word in my rant) with a brilliant solution: books.”The best solution I’ve found for all this is the humble book. Making a collection of photos into a book (even if it’s just a year book of miscellaneous shots) solves several problems,” he said. He went on to list the benefits of the good old photo book.
    CJ is a good friend of mine (as is Dave). I have yet to try this advice myself but, it is on my list to do so. Make sure to click the link for the reasons why this solution makes sense and some recommended ways to go about it.
  10. George R.R. Martin's Secret To Productive Writing: A DOS Computer | Fast Company | Business Innovation →

    The program he uses to churn out thousands of pages of prose is WordStar 4.0, an ultra-minimal word processing application from the ’80s. Unlike some of today’s intentionally bare-bones writing applications, it is minimal due to technological constraints, not by design.
    Not Mac. Just minimal. Also, what we believe in.