A New Browser We’re Trying, Great Desks & Chairs for Your Setup, and More
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Apps We’re Trying: Vivaldi Web Browser »
One of the good things about modern operating systems, whether you’re on iOS, macOS, Windows, or Android, is that the default browser is actually pretty good in every single case. Most people will be well-served by Safari, Edge, or Chrome, and that’s great! If you’ve been following tech for several decades, you know this is very much not a given (looks intensely at Internet Explorer), so it’s nice that we’re currently in a pretty good place.
But there are myriad reasons not to use the default browser, and the more of a nerd you are, the more likely you are to poke around and see what else is out there. Maybe you want something with better or more configurable privacy settings, or maybe you want something you can theme to your preferences. Maybe you even want things like RSS reading built in! No matter what you’re looking for, the odds are you can find something that fits your needs, and Vivaldi is a browser that can fly under the radar, but absolutely deserves a look.
Elements of a Sweet Setup: Desks and Chairs »
Raise your hand if you’ve spent hours scrolling the amazing setups in r/macsetups or r/battlestations. Some setups are insane. Others quirky. Undoubtedly though, each setup provides inspiration for new ways to setup your own workstation.
There’s a lot of hype around building out a home office right now given the dramatic shift toward work-from-home or hybrid remote work. There are so many accessories and so many ways to build your setup — it can be overwhelming. And it’s important, right? You’re spending 8-plus hours in your workspace every day, so you want the space to be inspiring, healthy, and productive.
Well, we’re here to help with that overwhelm. Below you will find the different areas and categories to consider when building your ultimate work setup. Whether you’re working from a downtown corporate office or your own cozy spot in the basement of your home, we’re hoping you find some inspiration in these categories.
A Review of the Opal C1 – A $300 DSLR-Like Webcam »
When everyone was forced to start working from home in 2020, it was made painfully obvious just how bad most webcams really were. That left virtual workers with a couple of unattractive options:
- Stick with the convenient option and make do with a crappy webcam
- Spend a bunch of time and money figuring out how to make a fancy camera setup work
The Opal C1 tries to give you the best of both worlds: DSLR-like quality without the complexity at a fraction of the price.
Is your productivity busted?
If you feel like you could use a tuneup for how you manage your tasks and your time, get access to our Productivity Workshop.
Shawn Blanc (founder of The Sweet Setup) covers:
1. The four most common symptoms of a busted productivity workflow
2. What you can do to overcome them
3. How to improve your approach to managing and organizing your tasks.
You’ll also get the downloadable templates and cheatsheets.
Interesting Links From Our Friends and Around the Web »
- (MacStories) HiRise 3: Twelve South’s Space-Saving, Three-in-One Charging Solution
- (Automators) #106: Automation Interoperation
- (Six Colors) Touch ID on a Mac desktop, deconstructed
- (Focused) #156: The State of GTD
- (Daring Fireball) The 2022 13-Inch MacBook Air
- (Marques Brownlee) iOS 16 Hands-On: Top 5 New Features!
- (Mac Power Users) #649: Workflows with William Gallagher