I live in a small, two-bedroom terraced house in the East Neuk of Fife. It is enough for my requirements just now, but I have too many things.
Inspired somewhat by The Minimalists, I’m in the process of clearing out stuff. Objects, belongings, things… clutter that I have carried with me for (in some cases many) years but for which I no longer have a need. As Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus say:
Love people, use things: because the opposite never worksTthe Minimalists
I then came to this lime green box (above), and paused.
Adobe Dreamweaver CS4 was released on 15 October 2008. Two and a half years after I left full-time parish ministry and took up a post as Assistant Information Architect/Web Manager at the University of St Andrews. I loved that job—it is the most fulfilled that I have ever been in a job. More than any other, it felt like I was being paid to be myself.
At the time Dreamweaver was considered the industry standard. It felt like, if you wanted to be regarded as a serious web developer then you needed a copy of Dreamweaver. Obviously, that wasn’t true, but such is the power of advertising.
I still have the invoice, ordered directly from Adobe. The software cost me £391.12 GBP (£335.00 + VAT @ 15% and shipping).
After it arrived, I held the box and turned it over in my hands, admiring the design. The most expensive software I had ever bought. I slipped off the glossy lime green sleeve which revealed a rough, grey cardboard box with lid beneath. The letters ‘Dw’ were displayed through a square window on one edge. Inside, a standard DVD-style case containing two discs, plus some documentation.
Even the design felt like a status symbol. A prize. This was it—I felt like a real web developer now. This purchase had been symbolic. It represented a vote of confidence in myself. This was a milestone in admitting to myself that this is what I wanted to do now—I wanted to work with the web, and with people, and with people who work with the web.
Of course, less than four months later, I jumped ship from the bulky, feature-heavy Dreamweaver CS4 to WeBuilder. And a few years after that, I moved to the beautifully clean interface of Sublime Text, which is what I still use.
But this product, Dreamweaver CS4 remains for me representative of a milestone in my personal development. DW CS4 did spark joy—a lot of joy—about 14 years ago. But it’s time to send it to the recycling now.