Sometimes, I read something and it just lingers with me, making reconsider my preconceived notions about how things are and how things should be. The article below, by illustrator Frank Chimero (and its subsequent follow-up), made me seriously reconsider what tools I need to have a truly well-appointed desk. How much power do I need? How mobile do I need to be? What software do I really use regularly? What can I do “in the cloud”?
I hope you find his article as compelling as I did.
A few weeks ago I mentioned on Twitter I’m using a top-of-the-line 13” MacBook Air as my primary machine. The 27” behemoth of an iMac is gone: I sold it to a kindly soul on Twitter, and watched him as he threw his weight to one side and awkwardly dragged the giant box out of my apartment. I offered to help, but he said he could handle it. Super nice guy.
For some reason, this decision was of interest to other people. I got mixed responses, ranging anywhere from simple curiosity to guffaws. A few asked for me to write something up about this, so here we sit. If this type of stuff bores you, go ahead and skip over this post. It’s long, hairy, and thorough, and I realize this is of interest to maybe 3 of you. For you three, let’s get into it.