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Setting up a new Mac

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I’ve been using a Mac now for about 18 years and my periodic dipping into other OSs for work continues to validate that decision.  I deal with computers professionally, the last thing that I want to do is to “work on” my computer for fun.  When I’m at the keyboard I want to perform a task, not be reminded of my tools.

Having said that I recently moved to an iMac for my work system and subsequently reinstalled my laptop; doing so allowed me to rethink my setup and clean up my apps.

In a nutshell, the goal was to move all of my data – even my working set – onto cloud storage, and to make sure that my applications were all installed from the appropriate central repository.  Here’s how I layed everything out.

Simplicity

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Since almost everything we do is a stepping stone to enable something higher-level, something with more significance than what we’re working on at any given moment, its elegance should be appreciated and then it should almost disappear. If you’re having to pay attention to the tool – the screen, the verbiage, the lower-level API routine, even a door handle – then that’s attention that you (or your target audience) will be unable to bring to the problem you’re actually trying to solve.

Data – Fact or Opinion?

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There’s a lot of available information talking about different types of database technology, how to format your data, how to index it for fast retrieval – you name it. At this point though I’d like to talk about something a little more abstract: what to store, and where to store it. One way to divide data that I strongly recommend you follow is to always keep in mind whether a piece of data is unarguable fact or business-logic derived opinion.