I started a new job a couple of months ago. Sadly the IT policies are a little restrictive, they won’t even let me use my own mouse with the company supplied computer. So I’ve gone rogue. I bought a new MacBook (black, naturally) in December and thanks to the power of VMWare I’m using it pretty much full time at work.
Which has had an interesting effect on my approach to the software I use. Over the past couple of years I’ve been finding myself using either web based applications or command line scripts I wrote myself. What with having a desktop machine at work, a laptop and a home machine all running different operating systems the web browser and the command line are the easiest ways to synchronise my data via common applications.
As I’m now using the same machine at home and work I’ve started to drift back to o/s specific desktop applications. Instead of Google Reader I’ve switched to NetNewsWire Lite, I’ve replaced the WordPress text area with MarsEdit and I’m trying out OmniFocus instead of some hacked up scripts for my to do list.
I’m not sure what this says about me or my choice of technology, other than that I’ll get a frosty reception from the Google posse at the next Sydney Python meeting. But add this to the fact that I gave back the company supplied Blackberry and I think I must be bucking some sort of trend here. Is it just me or is anyone else fighting back the tide of web apps?