Setting Up Life in Seattle

Setting Up Life in Seattle

By Robert S. Donovan Today my new MacBook Air arrived putting the final touch on my new digital life here in Seattle. It’s always fun to set up a new computer and new digital gadgets. I haven’t owned my own computer in four years using my school issued laptop as my sole machine. So it’s great to get my hands on this new 13 inch MacBook Air and start to customize it. I went back and looked at the software that I started with in 2008 when I got my first Mac computer. Crazy to see what has changed and what has stayed the same.  So here’s my list of must have software…or is that browser ware? First Four Downloads: Chrome – Default Browser Chrome Canary – Allows you to sign into muptiple accounts. I use this for all my other gmail accounts  Firefox – Now my backup browser Opera – Second Backup browser App Downloads: 1Password: Love this to keep all my passwords safe and synced between all my devices using dropbox Dropbox: Because I live in the cloud Google Drive: See above Pages: Needed to open a document Chrome Browser Extensions: TweetDeck: Social Network Client Bitly URL Shortener: To share things on Twitter and Bookmark them direclty to Diigo Google+ Page Share: Allows me to share things on my Google+ Profile and Pages Diigo: My bookmarks Scribefire: Blog Post Editor that works inside Chrome, can’t blog without it.  Feedly: RSS Feed Newpaper Prismatic: RSS Feed Newspaper – new and trying out   Crazy to think that Pages is the only application I’ve downloaded that isn’t Internet based. Guess you know where I’m spending my time. I know I’ll download more but I’ve been working now for 7 hours and this is all I’ve used.   Samsung Galaxy S III I also purchased a new cell phone for coming back to the States. I bought my wife the HTC One X and I bought the Galaxy S III. I love both of these phones and my wife already knew how the HTC worked so liked sticking to that brand. We bought International unlocked versions (some habits are hard to break) and both phones work on the AT&T Network here in the States. But after talking with Tim Lauer I decided to try Straight Talk and there $45 Unlimited Talk, Text, Data plan…as I still hate contracts. So far I...

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