Fewer, Nicer Things
The Last Viridian Note has it exactly right, but is ironically wordy for a minimalist treatise.
Massively paraphrasing: ”fewer, nicer things.”
I chose Evernote and GrandCentral precisely because they radically simplify. One phone number for life, one searchable repository for all documents. Both detached from any particular hardware. Also 1Password, which automates password storage and data entry. Another 100 fewer things to remember.
The specific experiment is to refit the business to run simply and securely from anywhere. Nearly there. Slicehost is the last piece of the puzzle.
Simplification is relaxing. Example: gave away 80% of my wardrobe this spring. The rest – less than I had in high school — is high quality, aesthetic and unusual. I like it, spouse gently horrified.
Office now little more than a laptop, California plein-air watercolors, and a cellphone. The emotional barrier is with books. I could and should eliminate hundreds, but there is irrational attachment.