It’s easy to overanalyze the tools that we use in our daily lives, particularly in the sea of constant tech changes in which we all swim. That said, it’s worth keeping a tally of the tools in which I place the most value.
I use primarily Apple products as much as I can. While I have built PCs for myself in the past, and done enterprise-level tech support in a Windows environment, the Apple ecosystem has worked well for me for more than a decade. Recent inventions like iCloud Photo Library and Apple Music only make my predilection towards the platform grow.
- iMac (Retina 5K, 27-inch, Late 2015) for writing, researching, home basing
- iPhone 7 Plus (128 GB, jet black), for everything
- iPad mini 4 (16 GB, gold), for YouTube and reading
- Apple TV (4th generation), for watching all of our TV
- Apple Watch (1st generation, stainless steel), for fitness, notifications, weather, and the time (read more about my Watch as a fitness companion here)
- Xbox One, for Star Wars Battlefront and soon Battlefront 2
These are the apps that I have open on my Mac at all times, often with many windows of each at a time.
- Safari for research and reading
- Tweetbot (until Project Phoenix resurrects Twitterrific) for the news on all fronts
- OmniFocus for every kind of task list
- iTunes for Apple Music and the music library that I started collecting in 1998
- Messages for nearly all communication
- Spark for email
- Soulver for calculations
- 1Password for storing passwords and other secure info
- Photos for pictures
- Atom for dabbling in programming, writing the odd script, and other odds and ends
- Terminal for the things you can’t get done in the GUI
There are the apps that I use either every day, or at least frequently enough to mention.
- Messages for talking to almost everyone
- Overcast for podcasts
- The New York Times for the news
- Twitterrific for the zeitgeist
- Lose It! for meal logging and fitness challenges (more brief thoughts here)
- 1Password for logging in to things using its extension
- Spark for email
- Mint for money
- Instagram for sharing
- Day One for keeping my daily journal and other automated logging
Coffee and Fussy Water
It’s required that tech people have a preferred way to make coffee and a way to make fussy carbonated water.
- AeroPress for brewing
- Bodum Bistro electric burr coffee grinder for grinding beans
- Medelco 12-cup glass stovetop kettle for lighting water on fire
- SodaStream Penguin soda maker for fussy water