Sometimes people post what’s on their computer. This morning I saw a blog post along those lines and thought it’d be fun to do one too. I’m sure a lot of people will recognize these icons — my software choices really aren’t that exotic — but I’ll label them anyway.
The icons I keep on screen, forever blasting into my eyeballs, are programs I use either daily or frequently enough that it’s weird if I can’t open them instantly. I don’t need everything in my face at all times, so I tend to remove clutter. It’s not like my programs will vanish forever if I stop looking at them. For anything else I need, Left Windows or ⌘+Space, plus a couple letters from the program’s name, is quick enough.
Q: Why do you have RealVNC on your desktop but no screen-sharing or FTP applications on your laptop?
A: iCloud’s “Back to my Mac” fulfills my VNC needs there. Back to my Mac also lets you drag-and-drop files, but generally I use Coda for FTP.
Q: Why does the server have three web browsers?
A: Well, all of my computers have multiple browsers installed for web stuff. I just don’t care much about dock clutter on the server since I only see it through VNC. I could certainly remove them, but muscle memory… expectations… excuses…
Q: Why do you use Firefox on your desktop but Safari on your laptop?
A: Safari looks nicer but not so much on Windows, and the three extensions I use are in both browsers. The only thing that sucks is a lack of shared bookmarks and other iCloud things, but that’s totally understandable. If I truly cared, Apple has an iCloud-bookmarks extension for Firefox.
Q: How do you share files?
A: As much as I like the idea of OwnCloud, I always come back to Dropbox due to its reliability and ease of use, and because I have twenty gigabytes of free storage through referrals and whatnot. I tend to use Google Drive for documents and spreadsheets, though. Pages and Numbers are supposedly usable from Windows through iCloud.com, but I only use that website to access Notes from Windows, or like, to share URLs with myself.
Q: Why do you have your Applications and Downloads folders in your server’s dock, but not in your laptop’s?
A: I keep them there since VNC is slow enough to the point where I find it more comfortable to click on things instead of type. Whereas on my laptop, I generally open applications and downloaded files through Spotlight.
Q: Anything else?
A: I use Bartender to remove further clutter from my Menu bar, namely Notification Center, Dropbox, Twitter, and Bartender itself.