the distraction free mac

November 7, 2008

Mac users rave about the clean and streamlined user interface that a Mac offers compared to Windows; I am of the same mind. But, if you want a simple interface, why not go all the way? When I really need to engage on a project, I trim my screen down so that all I can […]

away with you, menubar!

October 31, 2008

This is part of an ongoing series called Blinders where I explore some of the ways I streamline my computer workflows to minimize distractions. My digital life took a turn for the better this week. Here’s a peek: Nothing special? Look pretty boring? Exactly. I was able to put the final piece in place toward […]

the blinder workstation (or, the poor man's macbook air)

September 2, 2008

This is part of an ongoing series called Blinders where I explore some of the ways I streamline my computer workflows to minimize distractions. I’ve always had a soft spot in my heart for the old 12″ G4 PowerBook. (That’s a guilt-free way of saying that I coveted one every time I saw one in […]

clean out yer dock

August 14, 2008

(The title of this post should be read with the same inflection and accent as the line “Bring out yer dead!” from Monty Python and the Holy Grail. If you aren’t familiar with that line, then please go rent the movie and watch it before continuing…) This is part of an ongoing series called Blinders […]

using spaces as blinders

July 29, 2008

This is part of an ongoing series called Blinders where I explore some of the ways I streamline my computer workflows to minimize distractions. I’m often surprised by how many Mac users I see that aren’t using Spaces. It does require a new way of thinking about the desktop, but once you have put it […]

freeeeeeedddoooommmm!

April 18, 2008

Since I first talked about Blinders, there has been a common theme around here of finding ways to streamline and eliminate distractions. A few weeks ago, I mentioned turning wireless off. For a little more drastic measure, you might (and I might!) consider a program a a friend told me about called Freedom: Freedom is […]

off

March 30, 2008

This is part of an ongoing series called Blinders where I explore some of the ways I streamline my computer workflows to minimize distractions. I have a good chunk of writing to do in the next week. Friday, I was hoping to get a good head start. It was a catastrophe. This afternoon, I took […]

spring cleaning the documents folder

March 28, 2008

This is part of an ongoing series called Blinders where I explore some of the ways I streamline my computer workflows to minimize distractions. Spring seems to be reluctant to make it’s way to the Pacific Northwest this year. I decided to coax it along with a good spring cleaning in my documents folder. Documents […]

blinders: for a distracted mind

March 18, 2008

This is the introduction to an ongoing series called Blinders. I’m going to explore some ways I try to help my oft distracted mind stay focused on what I’m doing. Last week, I started meandering through A Perfect Mess. I’ve only read about a tenth of it, so I probably shouldn’t comment on it yet. […]