1. How Little Can You Get Away With?

    This is one of the key questions we must ask ourselves when it comes to seeking a life of enough. The journey to finding what that word — that idea — means for us all is not about finding out how much we need. Instead, it is about about finding out how little we can get away with.

    I purchased a MacBook Air 64GB four years ago. I could have gotten one with more storage and plenty of “room to grow”. But, this is rarely my goal when approaching such things. For me, I wanted to see exactly how little I could get away with needing and for how long. This machine has served me well and continues to do so. Because my goal from the beginning was to seek an answer to that question, any applications I add or how I choose to manage things such as music and photos are weighed against this fundamental question.

    When I travel, the key to packing light for me is asking this question of each item that is up for consideration. I never try to see how much I can take with me, it’s always how little I can get away with taking. Can I take only two pairs of underwear, two shirts, two pairs of pants, two pairs of socks, and toiletries for a week long trip? Can I wear one set and pack the other? Can I wash one set in the sink and hang it up to dry in the hotel bathroom while I’m wearing another? Can I pack everything I need in a 16 liter ruck? Can I get away with that? (The answer, for me, is yes.)

    Even when it comes to projects and tasks, the question I seek to answer is often this one — how little can I get away with doing to get the job done without sacrificing the quality of the end result? Who wants to do more work or take more time to get something done? No one. Of course, we want to do all that is required to get the optimal outcome. But, the approach to that goal should be geared towards how little is needed to achieve it, not how much.

    The next time you approach similar situations, ask yourself this key question. My bet is, you will be amazed at how little you can get away with to achieve what you really need.

  2. Interview: Patrick Rhone über das Schreiben, Papier, Stift und das Leben | ApfelTech. » Apple Tech Blog →

    Sprechen Sie Deutsch? Even if you don’t speak German, you can still read this interview with me by Kevin Wammer of Apfeltech. The English version is included at the bottom. We cover a wide range of questions including using the iPhone as a primary writing device, balancing the analog and digital, and finding “enough” when it comes to technology. It came out well and I think you’ll enjoy it.

  3. There is way too much I could quote from this, that I won’t. Just watch.

    (Source: youtube.com)

  4. "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
  5. "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!

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.