In this week’s (and this inaugural featured desktop), web developer Arlo Carreon shares with us his workspace and work habits at BookIt.com, using Mint Linux with 2 monitors:
At home I got quite fond of my MacBook Pro for development and my setup is in an effort to mimic “must have” features like spaces and spotlight. My desktops are spread out into 4 separate workspaces/spaces. The order of the spaces goes from most used (1) to least used (4). My workflow allows me to use the mouse the least amount as possible. I am still working on other habits to further eliminate mouse usage, but for now this is what I got.
My only rule: Do not allow windows to be completely behind another window/application. Any window on a desktop must be visible at all times.
Desktop 1 – Programming
Desktop 2 – Communicaion
Desktop 3 – Others Apps in Use
Desktop 4 – Misc
I use this space to open documents or one time applications. Then I make sure to close then as soon as I am done with them. This space is usually empty.
This application acts like spotlight on MAC OS X. I even have the shortcut keys mapped to ALT + SPACEBAR. This allows me to search the computer for any application or document within seconds. I never use the mouse to launch or open a document.
I have shortcut keys setup for quick switching between desktops. [Windows Key] + 1, [Windows Key] + 2, [Windows Key] + 3, etc. This allows me to go directly to the workspace I need, then I can quickly ALT + TAB to the application I need.
Every 2 weeks we’ll be featuring a member of the Talentopoly community, their desktop and how they work. If you would like to be featured here, consider sharing your workspace with the community here Be sure to include some details about how you work.