MacBook Air and Five Apps
Patrick Rhone has a wonderful podcast and website
known as Minimal Mac. When he interviews guests he
asks, what he likes to call the "MacBook Air question." The gist of the
question breaks down to: you are given the base 11-inch MacBook
Air model and
you need to choose the five most important applications you would install on
The idea is rather brilliantly minimal and definitely a fun and constricting
way to look at computer ownership. Most of us litter our computers with
applications that we hope, one day, might come of use. Anyway, here is my list:
- Alfred - All of my application launching (all
five of them) goes through Alfred. In addition, you can fire off
applescripts, command line arguments, open files in specific apps, move
files around, control iTunes, and do just about anything...all without ever
touching the mouse or trackpad.
- 1Password - Easily the go-to
password manager(software) for the Mac. Within the last year, I moved all my
passwords here and haven't worried once because a web service may have
leaked my password into the open. Completely indispensable in my mind.
- Vim - I have been a long time
vi/vim user and there is no way I could find myself on a
Mac without the ability to jump into the the best text
editor ever created. Yeah I said
- Dropbox - Dropbox paired with the Mac App Store
is the only way to set up a new machine. In addition, Dropbox is great for
keeping dot files, books I am reading, and other projects in sync across a
myriad of different computers. Sure there might be some security issues of
late but, who puts their credit card numbers in plain text files...named
"credit card numbers" in their dropbox?
- Omnifocus - Fuck iCal,
Things, and every other lame calendar or "todo" application. Omnifocus is
the grandaddy of
and will always be a staple on any Mac, iPhone, or iPad now and in the
future. Let's be honest, computers need to be more about getting complex
stuff done over watching Youtube videos and trolling our friends "wicked
awesome lives" on Facebook.
If we were allowed 2 dark horses:
- Textexpander - Textexpander allows
me to have a bank of snippets that get "expanded" into anything when a
certain key stroke is completed. I have snippets for blogging, dates, email
signatures, words I consistently misspell, and just about anything else.
This application is definitely integral in my everyday work flow but, if
push come to shove, it doesn't make the top five.
- Yorufukoru - Yorufukoru is the
best Twitter application that no one has ever heard of or can say. It might
not look as slick as the official Twitter client; however, it follows
and embodies the simple yet, insanely powerful mentality.