I like to travel light. One of the things I tend to minimize is the computer I carry with me. Most of the time my iPad is enough, however sometimes I need the power of a full fledge OS. I take my MacBook Air when that happens.
Having a full computer doesn’t mean you have to overload it with apps, documents, music, movies, etc. Light is fast applies to this case too. Having less apps and files makes it easier to keep those files organized and the apps up to date, it prevents security problems due to vulnerable apps and it makes the computer perform better: less memory usage and less battery usage by having less apps running or filling up the disk.
So, I wanted to give you a preview of what I carry on my MacBook Air. You can see a screenshot on top of this post. I try to keep my desktop as clutter free as I can. I’ve written before about how I keep my files organized, so I won’t talk about that now.
Here’s a list of what I currently have on my laptop other than the apps that come default with Mac OS X Lion:
- Notational Velocity: I keep all my notes, lists, scraps of information and whatnot. All synced with SimpleNote so I can access it from my iPhone or iPad. Notational Velocity is lightweight and allows me to be very efficient via a fantastic interface.
- Sparrow Mail: I hate the Mac Mail App. Especially on Lion. Sparrow is simpler, lighter and makes more sense. The interface is similar to the Mac Twitter app and the iOS Mail app combined. It is a great way of dealing with email.
- Xcode: More often than not I need to code little utilities so this app is a necessity. It’s heavy but there’s nothing I can do in this case. Still, Xcode interface and IDE are great. It makes writing C and Obj-C easy.
That’s it. That’s all I have on the Air.
I keep everything as plain text so I can sync it with the different devices I own (and it won’t have backward compatibilities issues). When I need to write a report or format text I usually do it on my main server, an iMac sitting on my office with a lot of power and disk space.
By keeping things simple and light I can work faster and keep everything organized.
Fascinating. I know Uri well enough to know that he has really thought long and hard about what “enough” means to him. This is what we believe in.