Michael Beckwith is an Interactive Developer from South Dakota, USA. He has a passion for the ideas behind open source and collaborative work. Open standards and pushing the way people interact with it has long been an interest to him.
When it comes to web development he is enamored with the upcoming HTML5/CSS3 changes coming in the near future. He is always looking for ways to incorporate those technologies now, whether through an isolated test instance or through a new wordpress website, his favorite CMS, that he is theming from scratch. He is a constant thinker who is always striving to put new ideas into his box of tricks.
This is actually the first Mac that I have worked on with any consistency. It came with the job, and all my previous mac experience came in college/university in the form of a single computer lab. Needless to say, coming from years of Linux and occasional Windows use, it has been a bit of a change for me. I still get keys mixed up when I switch between setups.
- Terminal – Usually used to kill programs which have stalled, however it also proves useful for an occasional git pull.
- Tweetdeck – My preferred twitter client on the mac when not using my Motorola Droid.
- XChat – Good ole IRC where I hang out in the official chat rooms for WordPress, CSS, and HTML5.
- Newsfire – RSS feed reader that I use to read work-relevant blogs and website feeds.
- Textmate – What can I say about Textmate that hasn’t been said before. One of the best.
- CSSEdit – I like to keep my website markup and template files so separated from CSS that I use a totally different program!
- Cyberduck – This is a case of I wanted easy to use FTP access, but one that also allowed me to edit files right from the server in my external editors. I didn’t want to have to go through the process of hitting upload and download all the itme. Cyberduck automates that half and I just need to hit save.
- Color Picker – I forget exactly what I did, but this is a built in mac color picker that I wanted easier access to, when I need to change between RGB and html hex.
- Evernote – My ultimate note taker whether I have a piece of paper or not. I also have the Clip To Evernote chrome extension both at work and at home for easy bookmarking for if I need to save something for either location.
- Skype – While it is not limited to work contacts, when at work, I use skype for a lot of communication with people within the project I’m working on.
- Dropbox – Another app that needs no real introduction. It is also used for sharing things with myself between home and work, as well as a central place for some code/wordpress plugins that are being done outside of work need.
- Mail – To check my company email of course.
- Songbird – I am not a fan of iTunes at all other than for its podcast management and use Songbird for any music listening when not using a small 8gb music clip.
- Photoshop – Since I’m a lot more on the developer side still, I use photoshop primarily to slice mockups provided to me and turn them into the working template files for use on project sites. I’d like to get into a position of doing some designing as well.
- Chrome/Firefox4/Opera/Safari – Two are shown, but I have all four in a custom Mac OS Stack for easy access and less dock clutter. For any IE testing, I use an old personal laptop with XP still on it and a program called IETester.
A huge thanks to Michael for taking time out to take part in the Dock Series.
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