Things I Use

Below are some things I use on the regular, along with some notes, listed in no particular order. I’ve tried to roughly categorize them and link out when appropriate.

Hardware

  • 2016 13″ Macbook Pro: Still using this thing, but can’t wait until Apple releases a refresh. Hopefully it’s everything I want in a laptop (13-14″ HD Retina screen, better keyboard, all the ports).
  • iPhone XS: Still using this thing, too. Dropped it literally 18 inches and it cracked, but I’m still enjoying the specs. It’s a tad big for me, but out of the other options it’s great.
  • Apple Watch Series 3: Surprisingly, still using this thing. Got one half off due to a promotion with T-Mobile. My wife really wanted one, so I picked one up as well. Like it a lot more than I thought I would. Most useful for Fantastical, Now Playing, Drafts, Things, and Activity.
  • Bose QuietComfort 35s: The true mark of technorati. A bit expensive, but they are by far the best-in-class noise-cancelling wireless headphones. For travel, for zone work, they’re amazing.
  • Airpods: Daily driver for audio. Bose for planes and deep-thought work. These for on-the-go listening.
  • iPad Pro: I absolutely love this thing. Use it for most things other than programming or designing.
  • Collection of random cords & chargers: I’m always carrying a number of cords (USB-C to X, USB to Lightning, etc) and random power chargers.

Desktop Software

  • Google Chrome: No comment.
  • Slack: Do you even tech? Like Notion below, I also use Slack for the home life. It maps to Shift-Caps Lock for easy access.
  • Fantastical: I prefer using Google Calendar, but this thing has Apple Watch integration which is cool. It’s also pretty good, but gets a bit busy over time. It’s also a bit hard to manage invites…at least to me.
  • Notion: Evernote-killer. I have a space for Exeq and my personal stuff. Permanent brain dump and things like important-to-remember numbers, etc.
  • Things: The best to-do tracker out there for me. Simple, lightweight, but robust enough to get the job done. Omnifocus is pretty great too, but a bit too complex for what I need. Todoist isn’t as seamless as I’d like.
  • Drafts: One of the reasons I can’t leave the iOS ecosystem. Can’t wait for the desktop app. My go to mind dump, for sure. Items from here usually end up in either Things or Notion.
  • Sublime Text 3: Text editor of choice. I don’t believe it’s better or anything like that, but I do know it better. I’ve had my settings & extensions fairly static for years now and don’t plan on changing them anytime soon.
  • Spotify: I’m a music nerd. I’ve a few public playlists. A few private ones. One that we bump in the office at Exeq. Check ’em out.
  • Excalidraw: Use this on web and via Electron. It’s fantastic, and lines up well with how I design (low-fidelity mocks, then move into hi-fi with code). Allows me to put pen to proverbial paper quicker than any other application out there.
  • Spark: Email client of choice right now. Still miss Astro, but Spark is pretty good. Readdle makes great software.
  • iTerm 2: Terminal of choice, alongside zsh and the aforementioned dotfiles. I have it mapped to my Caps Lock key for easy access.
  • Alfred 3: Productivity workhorse. I hate using a mouse or trackpad, and between this, Keyboard Maestro, and the built-in app shortcuts I have set for apps like Things, I rarely have to do so.

iPhone

The home screen should be pretty straightforward, but a couple of things:

  • Home Row: Google Calendar app. Outlook for email. Things is my life. Holds my to-dos, along with things like a grocery list, a list of splurge items, and travel spots.
  • Home Folder: This is where the apps that run my house live: ADT, Google Home, Google WiFi, WeMo, etc.

Other

  • Maker Knife.
  • Pilot G2-07 Pen
  • Field Notes
  • Baron Fig
  • Comp Notebooks
  • Action Method Notebook
  • Various Fountain Pens
  • Various Fountain Inks