AWS is having issues, so here’s a tour of my current M1 iMac situation.
To get started, from left to right in my Dock, I’ve got:
- Finder, obviously
- Safari, works great for me, secure, no bloat. A good first choice for anyone.
- NetNewsWire, still the best RSS reader. Love that it’s come back as open source.
- Messages, friends and family
- Slack, because I have to
- Mail, because it handles everything I throw at it no sweat
- Calendar, same as mail, always there for me, super reliable
- Notes, I’ve noticed that I tend to trust Notes more than 3rd-party tools
- Reminders, an experiment, maybe I don’t actually need OmniFocus anymore
- Day One, my personal journal for several years now
- Transmit, the best FTP/SFTP/S3 file transfer app
- BBEdit, an absolute unit
- Terminal, all day every day
Moving up to my menubar, I’m running:
- A shell script that spits out the current weather, posted by Keyboard Maestro
- Keyboard Maestro
- Arq backup
- Pastebot, the best clipboard manager in my not-so-humble opinion
- Duo, like Slack, because I have to
- Spotlight, I don’t do the Quicksilver/Alfred/LaunchBar/Raycast thing anymore
- And, well, the rest are basic.
I could probably remove Siri from the menubar, but every now and then I like to ask her to do something for me. I’m not sure where I got the weather script, but I’ve had it for years now. It uses the forcast.io API, that if you wanted to use it you’d have to get your own key I think, but here it is if you’d like to give it a shot.
I turn on the Accessibility setting to Reduce transparency, and my desktop wallpaper is, I think, from @ismh’s collection.