Mark Hurst, author of “Bit Literacy”, and founder of Creative Good, laid down some instructions for how to get Mac OS 9 to get out of your way and let you get some work done. It was later updated for Mac OS X, but even that version was quickly dated. The thinking behind them is still strong: use the simplest, sanest application that will get the job done. Avoid extraneous clutter in menus, on desktops, in applications. Pick the utilities that will give you the most — ahem — utility, and use and learn the crap out of them. This approach may not be for everyone, but even modern Mac minimalistas are sure to find a hint or two they can adopt.
(Submitted by Andrew W.)
While these articles are a bit long in the tooth, there are many good take away ideas that apply just as well today. I really agree with, and my purpose for this site is, the idea that simplicity and minimalism should not be done for their own sake. It should be done with a balance of what works for you and the goal of achieving greater productivity by using the optimal tools available. As stated by Mark in one of the posts:
“I heard from one high-tech guy who had read the book, and he was offended by it. He said, how could someone be so out-of-date and quaint? That’s a common reaction, actually. People think I’m ignorant of the riches of Web 2.0.
“On the contrary, I’m just trying to give people the tools they need to liberate themselves from the stress and anxiety of technology in modern life.”