Featured Desktop: Adrian Try’s MacBook Air

by posted in Community
Jun 10
2011

This is the first of a new series of posts featuring desktops from the Envato community, starting with my 11″ MacBook Air. (Click the image above for a full-sized screenshot.) If you’d like to submit your desktop, check out the instructions at the end of the post.

My MacBook Air is my portable work machine. I do most of my work on my iMac, which might explain how tidy my desktop is—just one icon! The “Envato” folder is actually an alias to a folder in Dropbox, so the files I’m working on stay in sync on all my machines.

I only keep the apps I use regularly in the dock, and I have unusual taste in software. There is a bunch of open-source software: muCommander, some common browsers, the Gimp, LibreOffice, Komodo Edit and Eloquent. I keep all of my notes and snippets in sync using the cross-platform Evernote, and rely on Things to keep my organized (though I wish they’d finish their sync already).

I’m currently using a dark wallpaper to see if it gives me an extra hour of battery life. I also prefer the look of a 2D dock, which is a setting you can access with the Secrets System Preferences add-on.

What do you think of my desktop?

Would you like your desktop featured on Envato Notes? Upload your screenshot somewhere on the Web and let us know about it on our Write a Post page. Or upload it to Flickr and tag it with #envatonotesdesktops. Either way, add an interesting description. Each week we’ll choose and publish a new screenshot.

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  1. Eric M. on the 10th June

    “I’m currently using a dark wallpaper to see if it gives me an extra hour of battery life.”

    For a second I thought I found an old post from April 1. Then I realized you must have been joking.

    • Adrian Try on the 10th June

      Hi Eric. One “save the world” scheme involves Google making their search page black. Apparently that’s meant to make a huge difference to the world’s electricity usage. Google doesn’t seem to agree! ;) That was the inspiration for my comment. And you never know, my wallpaper may give me an extra few seconds of battery life!

  2. Eric M. on the 10th June

    Sorry, I shouldn’t have been sarcastic like that–it was a bit rude. I should have just said dark wallpapers only save energy on CRT monitors, LED TVs with local-dimming, plasma TVs (to a very small degree), and, in the future, OLED displays. In fact, LCD monitors *technically* use more power when displaying black. So don’t limit yourself to dark wallpapers! You may even save a few microseconds if you switch to a white one ;)

    • Adrian Try on the 10th June

      lol. I’ll have to try that. PS. I didn’t find your comment rude at all.

    • Jarel on the 14th June

      +1 – I’ve read a few tests that confirm this. :)

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