Going minimalist...

Discussion in 'Apple, Inc and Tech Industry' started by spicyapple, Oct 26, 2006.

  1. spicyapple macrumors 68000

    spicyapple

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    No more Menu bar, Dock, Desktop icons, etc. for me.

    I've decided to going completely minimalist, with only the most relevant apps running in the foreground, with background apps slowly fading into the background.

    I've installed MenuShade, QuickSilver and turned on Dock hiding, as well as changing the wallpaper to black solid.

    [​IMG]

    With the background selected, and pressing Command+Option+H, you'd be hard pressed to believe the computer wasn't asleep.
     
  2. GreatOne08 macrumors member

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    Nice! You got rid of all the background distractions.
     
  3. MrSmith macrumors 68040

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    I expected this to be a thread about going to work in a g-string.
    How disappointed I feel right now. :cool:
     
  4. jsw Moderator emeritus

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    I find that look oddly appealing.

    How is a g-string minimalist when it's clearly something which can easily be removed?
     
  5. MrSmith macrumors 68040

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    Minimalism: A style of art in which the artist reduces the work to a minimum of elements.

    It doesn't say a blank canvas. Perv.
     
  6. jsw Moderator emeritus

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    What... body hair doesn't count?

    Anyway, on-topic: any noticeable issues (stability, etc.) with using MenuShade and QuickSilver?
     
  7. dylan macrumors 6502

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    Haha I saw that MacBreak too. I tried it but I the bright patches on my monitor really drove me nuts with the black screen. That plus it just felt a bit too geeky.
     
  8. thedude110 macrumors 68020

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    Very sexy look.

    I wish you could do something with the red, yellow and green buttons in the corner of the Finder, though. Suddenly you're making OS X look almost garish.

    :)
     
  9. skunk macrumors G4

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    Zero is an effective minimum.
     
  10. MrSmith macrumors 68040

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    In maths, yes (except negatives). In art, no. A blank canvas is no longer a piece of art. "A minimum of elements" does not mean no elements at all. :)
     
  11. Flowbee macrumors 68030

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    There's a little piece of freeware called Doodim that dims everything except the current application you're working in. You can set it to fade just a little, or fade the background completely to black. Great for getting rid of distractions.
     

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  12. MrSmith macrumors 68040

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    It sounded interesting until I read the known issues:

    In other words, this product may not work, but don't worry about it. Just turn it off. :D
    In reality, it's freeware and since you've used it maybe they're just covering themselves for the unlikely event it doesn't work?
     
  13. Flowbee macrumors 68030

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    It can go a little haywire once in a while, especially when switching between many apps or using expose, but it's pretty minor stuff... mostly it works just fine. I only use it when I'm writing or working on a project that I don't want to be distracted from. Otherwise I turn it off. YMMV
     

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