Bloggers Cribs: Leo Babauta!!

Zen Habits

Welcome to the Third Edition of Bloggers Cribs!!!

What is Bloggers Cribs? Every week Bloggers Cribs features one blogging ‘superstar’, who will let us briefly into their homes to share what gadgets and other electronic delights they have dotted around their home, so you can see if they actually use the products they blog about

This week on Bloggers Cribs, we have Leo Babauta from zen habits. Despite being less than one year old, zen habits already has over 10,000 subscribers and is a cracking blog. There are many great tips on zen habits on how to achieve goals, productivity, being organized, motivation, successfully implementing good habits etc basically everything you need to be successful in life.

Leo BabautaWhere do you live Leo?

I live on Guam, which is a tropical island in the Pacific and a territory of the United States.

PC or Mac and why?

I am a huge fan of Macs, because of their simplicity of design and beautiful aesthetics, not to mention cool programs like Quicksilver. However, I use a PC at work because I have no control over that, and I use a PC at home because it was given to me. I plan to buy a Mac soon, though.

How many PCs do you own?

I only own one PC, running XP, 3 years old, with too little RAM and a lousy monitor. I am not proud of it, but I’m a cheapskate.

What PC rig do you use to manage your site?

I use the PC I listed above to do the writing, but it’s hosted on Slicehost (a semi-dedicated server), running WordPress.

IE, Firefox or other? Why?

Definitely Firefox. I am a big fan. For a whole host of reasons: security, keyword searches, keyword bookmarks, extensions, better interface, more customization.

What mp3 player do you own?

None. I am a fan of simplicity, which means I don’t own anything I don’t absolutely need. Or that’s the ideal, anyway. :) I don’t really need an mp3 player.

How big is your mp3 collection?

Not huge — probably less than a thousand songs.

Object of Desire – what gadget would you buy if money was no option?

A Mac, which I will probably buy soon. I like the iMac, simply because there are so few wires and it leaves your desk uncluttered.

What has been your most outrageous gadget purchase?

None, really. I don’t buy a lot of gadgets, for the simplicity reason I gave above. I’ve gotten a Pocket PC as a gift, which I only used for a little while.

How many TVs do you own? How big is your biggest screen?

One TV, 24″ screen, not used every day.

What kit do you have in your main AV Centre?

I don’t own an AV Centre. All I have is an old TV, a DVD player (which is broken), and no stereo.

Xbox 360, Wii or PS3? Do you own more than one?

I have an Xbox 360, but to be honest, it belongs to my sons. I don’t play.

Leo Babauta's Family

What game are you currently playing?

I don’t play video games, although I do enjoy House of the Dead (all versions).

Favourite game of all time? Why?

Techmo Bowl (for Super Nintendo). Because it was so simple, unlike the Madden football games where I have to learn a whole bunch of stuff. Actually, I also liked Sim City and Earl Weaver baseball for the PC, back in the 80s.

What gadget are you looking to buy in the next year?

Again, a Mac — either a MacBook or an iMac or possibly both over the next year.

What mobile(s) do you own? Why did you choose that model?

I have a very simple cell phone that only makes phone calls. I don’t remember the brand, as I rarely use it. I chose it because someone gave it to me, as I am a huge cheapskate.

What gadgets do you carry around in your gadget bag?

I don’t own a gadget bag, and I don’t carry any gadgets. I leave my cell phone in my car, and only carry the following items with me: my car’s remote control key (not a key ring with keys), and a clip that holds my ID, my debit card, and cash.

If you could keep only one gadget, what would it be?

An iMac.

I really envy Leo’s obviously uncluttered life. I guess because Leo has such a big family he has to lead a very focussed life!

I think I’m going to try and cut down my mobile phone usage like Leo has. Ever since I got my Nokia N95 and synced it up with my gmail, work email and MSN messenger accounts I feel like it has taken over my life, even more so when I include all the SMSs I get everyday.

Next week I’ll be featuring another celeb blogger. Let me know if there’s any one you want to see in a future Bloggers Cribs, and Everton’ll will try and fix it.

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20 Responses to Bloggers Cribs: Leo Babauta!!

  1. Micah September 20, 2007 at 10:06 pm #

    Leo sounds like a really neat guy. I respect his decision to be simplistic. Too many gadgets = no free time. While I wouldn’t go without a good cell phone, I agree with his other observations. If all those kids in that picture are his, he sure as heck needs all the free time he can get. I also love hearing about blogs that are so successful, which are only a year or so old. That’s inspiring.

  2. Micah September 20, 2007 at 11:06 pm #

    Leo sounds like a really neat guy. I respect his decision to be simplistic. Too many gadgets = no free time. While I wouldn’t go without a good cell phone, I agree with his other observations. If all those kids in that picture are his, he sure as heck needs all the free time he can get. I also love hearing about blogs that are so successful, which are only a year or so old. That’s inspiring.

  3. Georgio September 21, 2007 at 9:27 am #

    Leo is definitely – the Man. I had a fully cluttered life, every type of gadget you a person could want, and you know what…there’s this antiproductivity paradox that happens, and at the same time stress increases significantly. From reading Leo’s ZenHabits over the past 5 months I’ve reorganised my life, simplified it a lot, and feel more in control, less stress, and am more in the moment with my family. Simplify, simplify, simplify is the key. Thanks Leo for your AWESOME advice!

  4. Georgio September 21, 2007 at 10:27 am #

    Leo is definitely – the Man. I had a fully cluttered life, every type of gadget you a person could want, and you know what…there’s this antiproductivity paradox that happens, and at the same time stress increases significantly. From reading Leo’s ZenHabits over the past 5 months I’ve reorganised my life, simplified it a lot, and feel more in control, less stress, and am more in the moment with my family. Simplify, simplify, simplify is the key. Thanks Leo for your AWESOME advice!

  5. Zath September 23, 2007 at 11:57 am #

    Leo’s view on things is very refreshing when you read so many blogs these days about gadgets and technology. I really couldn’t do without my gadgets completely, as I really do like them, but admittedly reading something like this makes you want to put things in perspective and not let them take over your life – something I try not to do, but this has been a good reminder!

  6. Zath September 23, 2007 at 12:57 pm #

    Leo’s view on things is very refreshing when you read so many blogs these days about gadgets and technology. I really couldn’t do without my gadgets completely, as I really do like them, but admittedly reading something like this makes you want to put things in perspective and not let them take over your life – something I try not to do, but this has been a good reminder!

  7. 4totheFloor September 24, 2007 at 10:50 pm #

    Wouldn’t life be even simpler if you didn’t mention macs at every opportunity ? Just musing.

  8. 4totheFloor September 24, 2007 at 11:50 pm #

    Wouldn’t life be even simpler if you didn’t mention macs at every opportunity ? Just musing.

  9. Denzity September 26, 2007 at 5:40 am #

    Wow, Leo is something. I don’t think I can do something like that but I am kinda happy that someone like Leo could actually pull it off.

  10. Denzity September 26, 2007 at 6:40 am #

    Wow, Leo is something. I don’t think I can do something like that but I am kinda happy that someone like Leo could actually pull it off.