Sometimes I just want my computing to be simpler. I daydream of Mac OS 9, of getting my Grape iMac G3 out of storage and running an old version of BBEdit. I want a few files sorted into a few folders accessed through an elegant Finder. I want a computer disconnected from all of my digital baggage.

I’ve replicated some of that with my “Second Sam” account on my MacBook Pro. It’s separated from most of my other things. It’s got less than 10 active documents in my Home directory. It’s got an iTunes library disconnected from any service.

It can only exist because I have my “real” account, but I continue to enjoy this peaceful nook I’ve carved out.