Uses


This is a bunch of software, hardware, apps, and websites I use daily.

There are a lot of superlatives on this page, but only because this is the result of years of searching, switching, and customizing until I have found the most ideal for my workflow.

Development

  • Visual Studio Code

    Around the start of 2020, I switched to using VS Code as my primary editor, and I absolutely love it. It is nicely customizable and has a huge community behind it. I use GitHub for my light/dark themes.

  • Sublime Text 3

    For the longest time, Sublime had been my editor of choice. It's still good for quick edits, but not practical for full-time use.

    I use a customized theme for DA UI, and my favorite color scheme is DA Light, which is found in the DA CS package.

  • Brave

    Brave is Chrome without Google; I have tried many times to switch to Firefox, but it has never quite worked out.

  • Docker

    Docker is so much fun to use, and quite possibly the most satisfying tool I have ever used.

  • Figma

    Hands-down the best design tool you can use, plus it's web-based and collaborative. I mean, come on!

  • iTerm 2

    My preferred terminal for macOS. At this point I don't know why.

  • Windows Terminal

    A fantastic terminal that supports multiple environments. You can have Ubuntu, Command Prompt, PowerShell, etc. running in the same window. It's sweet!

    I also use Cmder as a console emulator for work on the Windows filesystem, you just point Windows Terminal to the batch file and you're set.

Hosting

  • Vercel

    Perfect for Next.js apps and static sites.

  • PlanetScale

    Database-as-a-service platform. Super friendly to use.

  • DigitalOcean

    It's kinda nice having your own VPS (and not too expensive, either). I use it for a few personal projects.

  • Laravel Forge

    A complete life-saver for maintaining Laravel apps. Everything from databases to daemons can be managed on a web interface.

  • Cloudflare

  • GitHub

  • Hover

Productivity

  • Notion

    Great tool to help keep your life organized.

  • Google Calendar

    I've got anxiety, so I use Google Calendar to keep track of every future event.

  • Raycast

    A great alternative to Alfred and Spotlight. Highly customizable, nicely designed, and blazingly fast!

  • 1Password

    I couldn't imagine my life without 1Password.

  • Spark

    Cross-platform mail client. Sometimes fumbly, but overall pretty good!

  • FastMail

    I use this to handle my domain email addresses. $50 a year for virtually unlimited domains and aliases is such a great deal.

Personal

  • WinMerge

    Super useful program for maintaining backups on external drives. It can diff files and directories and only copy over changed/new files.

  • Plex

    A great media streaming solution. Buy your favorite shows, movies, and music and own them forever!

  • NordVPN

  • Google One

  • Spotify

  • foobar2000

Apps

  • Bobby

    Useful little app for keeping track of all of any subscriptions and recurring billing. Includes weekly, monthly, and yearly cost-breakdowns.

  • Unified Remove

    A handy app for controlling your computer remotely. More than just a wireless mouse and keyboard, it has support for popular applications and websites as well.

Hardware

  • Synology DS920+

    4-bay NAS. I use this to store all of my media and to host Docker containers, such as Plex. Super convenient to set up and manage.

    I'm running it with 4× WD Red Plus 14TB drives in RAID 10. I got them on sale, I promise!

  • 13" MacBook Pro – 2016

    2.9 GHz Dual-core i5, 8 GB 2133 MHz. Light, portable, and fast (enough)

  • Windows 10 PC

    I originally built this in ~2014 and I've been slowly upgrading it ever since.

    Specs
    • i7-7700K @ 4.8 GHz
    • EVGA GeForce GTX 970 SSC
    • 16 GB G.SKILL Trident Z DDR4 3200 MHz
    • Asus PRIME Z270-A ATX Motherboard
    • Samsung 970 EVO 500 GB M.2 NVME SSD
    • Samsung 850 EVO 250 2.5" SSD
    • WD Black 6TB 7200RPM Internal HDD
    • WD Blue 4TB 5400RPM Internal HDD
    • EVGA SuperNOVA G2 750W 80+ Gold PSU
    • Corsair H100i
    • Fractal Design Meshify C
    Peripherals
    • WASD Keyboards CODE – Cherry MX Brown
    • SteelSeries Rival 600 Optical Mouse
    • LG 27GL850-B 27" 144Hz 2K IPS Monitor
    • Dell P2418D 23.8" 2K IPS Monitor
    • 2× WD 5TB Elements Backup HDD
    • WD 4TB My Passport Backup HDD
    • Focusrite Scarlett 2i2
    • MXL 990 Condenser Microphone
    • 2× Mackie MR524 Studio Monitors
    • Sennheiser HD 58X Jubilee Open-back
    • Audio-Technica MSR7 Closed-back