1. 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.
  2. Minimal Mac WWDC 2014 Meetup

    I will be in San Francisco the week of WWDC 2014 and have planned a meetup for Minimal Mac readers and fans. Here are the details.:

    • What: Minimal Mac WWDC 2014 Meetup
    • Where: The Irish Bank, 10 Mark Lane, San Francisco CA 94108
    • When: Wednesday, June 4th, 2014 at 6:30 PM until it ends.
    • Why: I’m there. You’re there. Let’s party.

    Stop on by if you are in town during that time. This will be very informal. I have made no arrangements or given fair warning to the venue. It just happens to be my favorite bar/restaurant in SFO — and, perhaps, the best Irish Pub in America. I’ll likely show up a tad early and leave around 10 PM or so — maybe later. So it might be better if people kind of come and go whenever. No pressure to show up right when it starts or stay until I leave.

    Mark it on your calendar. I’m looking forward to seeing any and all who are able make it.

  3. "No is the foundation that we can build our yes on."

    Seth Godin — Seth’s Blog: No is essential
  4. Incomplete Backup — First Today, Then Tomorrow →

    Too many people have no backups at all. Storing your photos and documents on an external hard drive is NOT a backup. Dropbox is NOT a backup. A backup is separate from the original files. A backup is a duplicate. And the best duplicate is somewhere other than where your files reside.

    A good reminder. You can never have “too many” backups.

  5. Wonderful. You can buy your own stickers and see many other examples here: http://notonappstore.com

    Wonderful. You can buy your own stickers and see many other examples here: http://notonappstore.com

  6. The Cramped is my latest new project focused on the other subject I’m obsessed about: Writing with analog tools. I’m sure I can’t be the only one who likes modern technology and good paper and nice pens. If that fits you too, check it out and tell your like-minded friends.

    The Cramped is my latest new project focused on the other subject I’m obsessed about: Writing with analog tools. I’m sure I can’t be the only one who likes modern technology and good paper and nice pens. If that fits you too, check it out and tell your like-minded friends.

  7. As much of an advocate as I am for using the built in tools whenever possible, I have to say that the built in Contacts app on the iPhone is pretty bad. I rarely use it directly. When I do have to interact with the data there I usually do it “through” the applications that hook into that data (email, messaging, etc.). And, if I do need to look up something about a contact, I go to the phone.app and use the contacts list there. And, don’t even get me started on the useless abomination that is Contacts.app on the Mac…
Mingle is an interesting new action-driven take on a contact app for iPhone. It makes searching for contacts lightning fast and the ability to take action a simple swipe and release gesture. It is one of those things that even the video on the website could not portray well enough. You have to use it to really “get it”. That said, as soon as I did, it became my new go-to contacts app on my iPhone. 
I’ve been using the beta for a little while now but it was officially released in the App Store today for only $0.99 cents. Worth a look.

    As much of an advocate as I am for using the built in tools whenever possible, I have to say that the built in Contacts app on the iPhone is pretty bad. I rarely use it directly. When I do have to interact with the data there I usually do it “through” the applications that hook into that data (email, messaging, etc.). And, if I do need to look up something about a contact, I go to the phone.app and use the contacts list there. And, don’t even get me started on the useless abomination that is Contacts.app on the Mac…

    Mingle is an interesting new action-driven take on a contact app for iPhone. It makes searching for contacts lightning fast and the ability to take action a simple swipe and release gesture. It is one of those things that even the video on the website could not portray well enough. You have to use it to really “get it”. That said, as soon as I did, it became my new go-to contacts app on my iPhone. 

    I’ve been using the beta for a little while now but it was officially released in the App Store today for only $0.99 cents. Worth a look.

  8. "Ultimately, productivity is a symbiotic relationship between humans and tools. Your device is what you make it."

    Small screen productivity - Matt Gemmell

    What we believe in.

  9. Frank Chimero – No New Tools →

    Consider making a program for people, not a program for a computer. I don’t want a new app to help me do work; I want different ways to think about work so I can get more done.

    I could have quoted this whole post. This is a must read, folks. Especially those who make the tools we use.

  10. "You don’t need a new tool. You need to commit to getting more out of the ones you have."

    Garrick van Buren (@garrickvanburen) April 23, 2014

    My friend and mentor Garrick is not only one of the smartest people I know, he doses out daily ass kickings inspiration three times a day on Twitter and App.net. You should follow him,