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These days, I no longer have a long list of apps. In fact, I don't even have any language or compiler installed on my Mac.

My apps for development are: NeoVim, Docker, Source Control and Paw.

For Communication and other: Skype, Chrome, Dropbox, Banktivity, Tor, Google Earth and VLC.

In fact, I'm upset that I have more apps than I should.

Why should I have Skype when Messenger can make video calls from the browser. Banktivity could have an online version. Tor should be builtin in Chrome. Or why use Chrome instead of Safari? Apple should release a functioning browser. And Google Earth should run on the browser sometime in the future as JavaScript improves. And why have VLC? QuickTime should be able to run the videos I watch.

That means my list becomes: Dropbox. Maybe I don't even need that! Make Dropbox like an external HardDrive or something. Some integration in macOS. And my list is 0.

The last thing I want is more cluttering. A dashboard? What the hell do you use that for? A photobooth? I'm not 15 years old.

Having lots of apps remind me of how I was 5 years ago. You just want more apps to "feel" good and productive. Sometimes it makes you feel important, busy and technical. It's all B.S. folks and it's bad for you.

This shows not that the author is wrong, but that different people have different preferences. For instance, I wouldn't be without IntelliJ, or a host of associated profilers etc, and would generally avoid using web apps where there's a decent desktop app equivalent; I generally dislike the feel of them. You apparently feel differently. And that's fine.

Web apps still feel somehow unnatural to many, and I agree that they usually are of a lower quality compared to decent desktop apps. But compatibility with linux and specially the ability to separate working context completely using browser profiles makes the web my platform of choice. I use separate profiles for each of my primary projects, and it really helps switching and focusing.

It may be bad for you, but I'd suggest being careful about extrapolating from your personal preferences to the general case. I use about a dozen command line tools on mac regularly, and on top of that maybe a half a dozen gui apps regularly. Plus a browser of course. I'm fairly productive (although these things are hard to measure objectively) and I have no desire to have the bulk of those compressed onto another runtime in the browser.

Minimalism for minimalism's sake is just as detrimental. Also favoring web apps over native versions isn't reducing complexity you're just pushing it from the OS to the browser.

I really miss a Skype app in Linux, and keep closing the web.skype.com tab all the time. I like apps. I don't like web technology being the one and only way to interact with a computer.

I was not aware of the Online version. Seems smooth to me but I tried to make a video call and then it asked me to "install a plugin". Well, I don't want to install the plugin for the same reason I don't want to install apps. So I guess I'm stuck with the Desktop version for now.

I have Skype for Ubuntu and it works for video calls (2013 MBP Retina)

What doesn't work is actually Groups which my coworkers use (https://askubuntu.com/questions/573620/how-to-activate-group...).

But I will try again because maybe they did it.


Yep, this now works.

> Or why use Chrome instead of Safari? Apple should release a functioning browser

You're being vague here. Safari is one of the fastest browsers if not the fastest (on mac). Most popular extensions are available for Safari too, so that's never been an issue for me. Apart from the web inspector, I honestly don't feel like Safari is a bad browser at all.

well, here you go: https://web.skype.com

doesn't iCloud Drive get rid of your dropbox needs?

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