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Here’s some of the software and hardware I use, last revisited on Jan 17, 2024.
Note-taking. After several years on the sidelines, I finally embraced digital to get on top of my to-do pile. Out with the thick red Moleskine yearly planner, in with Things 3. I had tried Apple Reminders sporadically before, but Things has better ergonomics, fast sync between devices, and an effortless GTD-ish workflow.
Longer notes and reference information go in either iA Writer or (increasingly) Obsidian, both apps operating on the same set of Markdown files in a dedicated Dropbox folder.
Media diet. My daily browser is Firefox. I subscribe to feeds with NetNewsWire.
I listen to music in Apple Music and purchase it on Bandcamp. I’ve been keeping a list of my favorite records each year since 2014.
Development work. I write code in Sublime Text, and prep the Git stuff with Sublime Merge. For FTP / Amazon S3 I’ll reach for Transmit, but generally prefer to either
rclone into remote hosts.
Design work. Most design production happens inside the Adobe suite. In order of fondness: Illustrator for vectors and one-off layouts, Photoshop for pixels, InDesign for books. (I’m warming up to the Affinity suite, but don’t see myself using it for day-to-day work at the moment.)
Utilities. Whenever it’s time to upgrade my MacBook Pro, I am struck by selective amnesia and end up with the entry-level disk option, so free space is always in short supply. Apps like Gemini 2 and DaisyDisk, as well as a slew of tricks, help me manage it.
On my desk. I keep the laptop perched on top of a Nextstand K2, and use an external Apple keyboard and trackpad.
Phone apps. On my phone I use Halide to shoot raw and Evernote Scannable as a first step in digitizing documents. I keep my tinnitus in check with db Meter.