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Let’s start with my gear.
- 27” iMac, Retina 5K, late 2015
- I just bought this earlier this year and Apple updates it five months later. Oh well.
Late 2013 13” MacBook Pro1
- Battery is swelling and needs to be replaced but it runs well enough and was my first Mac three years ago.
I am upgrading to the 7 Plus right before the 7s comes out. I really don’t think there will be significant enough improvements over the 7 to wait for the 7s and the 8 is way too much money.2
- I moved some of my writing workflow over to this iPad with this case. It is heavy and bulky but cheaper than Apple’s case.
- I hardly use it but am trying to figure out uses for it.
- I bought this when I thought I was serious about pod and screencasting. Heh. I still do a short show for Productivity in Tech.
- Got as an early Xmas gift and I use it everyday for adding things to OmniFocus, checking my schedule, and reading my email, listening to Overcast through Bluetooth and more.
- Looking for a new hub currently. Pretty much fried my WD Drive.
So that’s my desk and gear. Next, software. Yeah.
- Visual Studio Code
- It’s the new hotness so I gave it another shot. Super great editor and fast. Think I’ll stick with this one.
- iTerm 2
- Oh My Zsh
- I will never use a terminal without this installed.
- Mac CLI
- Control pretty much every function your Mac can do, plus updating all packages across package managers, ssh, MySQL etc, right from your command line. Excellent tool.
- Sketch for UI design
- Write all my blog posts
that aren’t Jekyll postsin here. 3
- Write all my blog posts
- Boom 3D
- This makes everything sound amazing.
- Timing 2
- This is how I can find out how much time I spend on Twitter.
- Transmit 5 for Mac
- There are cheaper, free, FTP clients out there but my first text editor was Coda and I liked it so much I bought Panic’s FTP client. It looks good and functions quite well. I moved on from Coda when I became “serious”.
- Brett Terpstra made a fork of Notational Velocity’s plain text note app and I use it for quick notes.
- Using PopClip is a lifesaver. When it doesn’t work I am lost.
- Workflows make this my favorite app. I can’t live without it. You can find my workflows here. I have way too many, I admit.
- Text Expander
- Affinity Designer
- I am trying to learn how to use this better.
- Affinity Photo
- Definitely replaces Adobe CC for me.
- Amphetamine to keep my Mac awake
- Spark for email that isn’t Gmail
- Shell Runner
- To test shell scripts
- BetterSnapTool is my choice for window snapping.
- Expressions to test regular expressions
- Starting to manage snippets with Alfred and GitHub gists but this is a great way to organize snippets with a keystroke.
- Quiver is a programmers notebook to take notes with syntax highlighting and markdown support. Supports many languages 4.
- Tweetbot. This is how I Twitter on all platforms.
- Rambox. This is a chat aggregator. Open source.
- OmniFocus for tasks.
- Paws for Trello for Project management.
- Fantastical 2 for scheduling
- Dash 4. 5
- Gitify for GitHub notifs
- Sip for a color picker
I Use a lot of software, I admit
But I use ALL OF IT.
So this is my setup and what I am currently using. Leave a comment about your setup below if you’re so inclined.
- Sold it to a friend because he helped me to pay for the Pitt admissions fee and helped me get out of a bad hole financially. ↩
- Plans fell through for getting the new phone, plus, as I work through this jobless period, I need to save money. ↩
- Sunsetting the Jekyll blog for now. Never write there and don’t want people to get confused. ↩
- Even brainfuck! ↩
- Offline docs ftw! Plus much more. ↩