Unofficial: Running on Air: Jason Fried
Last week Jason Fried co-founder of 37signals wrote a post about some of the new things he likes. One of his recommendations was the 11″ MacBook Air. I reached out to Jason on twitter to try and secure an interview but I was not able to ( I am sure he is very very busy and there was no intended tone in that sentence.) But his comments were too good not to post for this series.
“I recently switched from a 15” MacBook Pro to an 11” MacBook Air and I couldn’t be happier. The 11” Air is the best computer I’ve ever owned. Everything else is a distant second.”
The first thing I noticed is Jason, like me, went down in screen size. He also has the money to buy anything he wants. He could have gone for a rMBP but did not. He selected the machine that fit his needs the most.
“It’s my only computer. I do all my work on it. I code on it, I design on it, I browse on it, I run 37signals on it.”
If this is not the best advertisement for what the MacBook Air series can do I am not sure what is.
“I originally purchased an external monitor because I thought I’d need the extra space, but I’ve found I like the smaller screen of the 11”. I don’t use the external screen at all. The smaller screen keeps me focused and it’s the right size to run full-screen apps.”
I personally purchased a full size monitor for extended periods of work at my desk. I have no issue using the machine when I am mobile or when I need a change of scenery in my house but perhaps I should have spent more time using Jason’s method of working.
“If you’ve been considering an 11” Air, and you’ve been on the fence because you’re worried the screen is too small, take a chance and pick one up. You won’t regret it.”
Thank you Jason for your insights !
If you know someone who is running a business or using an Air to do something cool please have them send me an email or contact me on twitter.
website: 37signals blog: Signal vs Noise twitter: Jason Fried
PS: Check out this article in the Aug 29th issue of Inc Magazine for more insights on how this company runs.