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 highly customizable and has a huge community behind it. I use GitHub as my light theme and Atomize as my dark theme.

  • Sublime Text 3

    For the longest time, Sublime has been my editor of choice, and to this day nothing comes close to its speed. I will forever stand behind my $70 purchase.

    I use a highly-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

    My daily development environment. Docker is pure magic and is so much fun to use!

  • 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. Highly customizable and very reliable.

  • 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

  • DigitalOcean

    An amazing cloud-hosting provider that offers many amazing additional services. Very easy to spin up a droplet to test out projects or software.

  • Laravel Forge

    A complete life-saver; it makes it incredibly easy to maintain Laravel applications. Everything from databases to daemons can be managed on a web interface.

  • Cloudflare

    No explanation is needed! Cloudflare is awesome.

  • GitHub

    Huge fan! Since its acquisition by Microsoft, it has only been getting better.

  • Hover

    I've been through at least three other domain registrars; Hover has a super clean UI and incredible customer support.

Productivity

  • Google Calendar

    I am adamant about putting every future event, including my college and work schedule, into my Calendar. Upcoming events are displayed on my phone and I never have to worry about missing anything.

  • Alfred

    Did someone say productivity? Boy, does this program speed up your workflow. It's literally how I navigate on my Mac.

  • 1Password

    Speechless. I couldn't imagine my life without 1Password.

  • Bear

    I use Bear because I love Markdown! I take all of my notes for college with this.

  • 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

  • NordVPN

    Reputable, fast, inexpensive. I'm always connected to a VPN and you should be as well.

  • Google One

    I use Google One (Google Drive) for backing up important data and syncing between devices.

  • WinMerge

    Incredibly 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!

  • Foobar2000

    What year is it again? Yeah, I still use Foobar cause I love FLAC!

  • Spotify

    Great way to discover new artists and listen while driving.

Apps

  • Bobby

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

  • Signal

    Open-source, encrypted messaging!

  • 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

  • 13" MacBook Pro – 2016

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

  • Custom Windows 10 PC

    I built this PC in ~2014 and I've been slowly upgrading its specs ever since; it's something I've put quite a lot of work into, and I am very happy with it!

    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