This page is a fairly comprehensive list of the software, hardware, and websites that I use on a regular basis. I tend to experiment with a lot of various apps and workflows, so over time I’ve pretty much found the ideal tool for me in every category and use-case.
- 1Password — The best password manager available, hands down.
- Atom — GitHub-backed text editor. Here’s a list of my packages.
- Dropbox — Keeps my files in sync, but mostly houses my photos.
- Google Chrome — I’ve tried using Firefox before, but it never sticks.
- iTerm 2 — Much better than Terminal for command line work.
- Messages — For texting people from my MacBook, that’s about it.
- Slack — An application for exchanging GIFs between coworkers. 😉
- Spark — A well-designed email client with all the features I need.
- Tweetbot — Solid Twitter client, even if tweeting isn’t your thing.
- 2Do — For keeping track of my to-do lists while I wait for Things 3.
- Alfred — One keyboard shortcut gets you anywhere. Huge time saver.
- Fantastical — Keeps track of when and why I have to leave my house.
- Hazel — Performs automatic actions on files so I don’t have to. Nice!
- Simplenote — Holds random notes and other useful information.
- Dash — Searches programming docs from your desktop (using Alfred).
- GitHub — Handy for someone who’s still afraid of command line git.
- Local — For spinning up WordPress test sites and testing them out.
- Transmit — FTP + S3. Not too fancy, but I don’t really use it that often.
Backup / Security
- Backblaze — Automatically backs up all my important files and such.
- Cloak — VPN service for securing my connection while on public WiFi.
- Little Snitch — Controls which apps can send data out to the Internet.
- Sophos Home — Free, simple, and lightweight antivirus app. Works.
- Time Machine — Automatic backups to my external hard drive. Works.
- Amphetamine — Keeps my laptop from sleeping when I’m working.
- Droplr — Capture, draw on, and share screenshots. Better than Skitch.
- Flux — Dims and warms your display as the sun sets. Saves your eyes.
- 1Password — See above.
- 2Do — See above.
- Castro — Plays podcasts on my daily walk. Better UI than Overcast.
- Cloak — See above.
- Dropbox — Keeps data in sync for 1Password, 2Do, Transmit, etc.
- Duo Mobile — Shows me my two-factor auth codes when I need them.
- Fantastical — My favorite calendaring app. Simple and well-designed.
- Google Maps — For those rare occasions when I leave my apartment.
- Instagram — Makes me feel like a better photographer than I really am.
- Narwhal — New-ish Reddit client. Better than the official app.
- Parkmobile — Lets me pay for parking without having to carry change.
- Pinner — A client for Pinboard. I don’t use it often, but it’s nice to have.
- Productive — Tracks my habits and goals. Better than Reminders.
- Reeder — For consuming RSS feeds on my phone. Feedbin integration.
- Scanbot — Scans things to PDF’s in seconds. Uploads to Dropbox.
- Simplenote — See above.
- Slack — See above.
- Spark — Best iOS email client. Also avoids the “emails are tasks” trap.
- Square Cash — Sends and receives money. Way better than Venmo.
- Storm — My personal favorite weather app. Better than Dark Sky.
- Trello — For managing long-term projects. Not used very often.
- Tweetbot — See above.
- WordPress — For creating content on the go. I should use it more.
- AirPort Time Capsule — Provider of WiFi, the nectar of the gods.
- Dell P2715Q — Makes working easier with a ton of screen space.
- iPhone 6 (Verizon) — So I can stay connected on the go. Perfect size.
- Kershaw Clash — Black version, serrated. Good all-purpose EDC knife.
- Leatherman Wingman — Handles odd jobs around the house. Cheap.
- Logitech K750 Mac — Charges via solar panels, no need for batteries.
- Logitech M500 — A corded mouse means no battery-related hassles.
- MacBook Pro 13″ — The Touch Bar is weird, but otherwise it works OK.
- NextDesk Terra — The best standing desk. Looks great, works better.
- North Face Recon — Holds my stuff while traveling. Good organization.
- Olight S10-L2 — Teeny tiny flashlight. Can throw a ton of light though.
- Facebook — The social network that everyone wishes they could quit.
- FastMail — Much better than Gmail / Google Apps. You should switch.
- Feedbin — RSS reader. This is how I consume most of my daily news.
- GitHub — Houses my amateur coding efforts. Pull requests welcome.
- Hckr News — Hacker News, but with a better interface on top of it.
- Pinboard — Keeps all my bookmarks organized. Delightfully simple.
- Reddit — Reddit’s what you make of it. No more, no less. I mostly lurk.
- Trello — See above.
- Weather Underground — Shows me what Mother Nature’s up to.
- You Need a Budget — So I can ensure the bills are paid each month.
- µBlock Origin — Faster than AdBlock Plus and more advanced.
- 1Password — Autofills login forms with my usernames and passwords.
- HTTPS Everywhere — Forces websites to load securely, over HTTPS.
- JSON Viewer — Formats and indents raw JSON data. Super cool.
- Linkclump — Hold Shift and drag over links to open them all at once.
- Pinput — Sends bookmarks to Pinboard so I can organize them later.
- Privacy Badger — Blocks nefarious ads and other invisible trackers.
- Proxy SwitchyOmega — Controls my proxy settings. Needed for work.