I’ve had a Macbook Pro for nearly 2 years now. Before that I was a PC user through and through. Having made the leap, I wouldn’t go back. What all those smug mac users say to you, PC user, is true.
In the same spirit of sharing that I indulged in in my workspace post, here is my Mac desk top.
My computer is a massive part of how I work in the modern academy. The amazing battery life of this (around 3-4.5hours) makes it ideal for an afternoon in the library.
The apps I use most are in my dock, and from from left to right they are:
Finder: the Mac equivalent of My Computer.
Firefox: a stable browser with a nice tabs feature.
Thunderbird: where all my academic and non academic mail goes to – with tabbed viewing and useful search features.
iCal: my calendar – although I’ve started using a moleskine diary instead.
Spotify: one of my favourite music players, although it remains to be seen how the new streaming restrictions will affect me.
iTunes: all my saved music and with no ads!
Skitch: a great piece of software for capturing images of your screen. I used this to take the screen shot.
Evernote: a virtual notebook. I’ve blogged about it before.
Skype: I use this for chatting with friends, but I’ve used it for virtual conference committee meetings too.
Cyberduck: An FTP – mainly used in my freelance web work. I like this one because you can drag and drop.
Word: where I spend large parts of my day.
Endnote: bibliographic software. I’ve blogged about it too.
Twitter: I find twitter.com laggy, but this app is great. I follow some useful academic news feeds.
Alfred: Alfred is a catch all search engine. It searches all my own files, and opens to amazon.co.uk, google etc.
Sound Studio: I use this for editing audio – which is one of my freelance jobs.
Preview: an image and PDF viewer. I like that you can highlight and write on pdfs – including most journal articles.
Pagespinner: a handy html editor without too many frustrating frills.
AnyConnect VPN: This allows me to connect to the university networks from anywhere.
I carry all this precious cargo in a bottle green corduroy Cushcase.