What I Use

Stuff that I like and use regularly. No affiliate links.

Hardware

Computer: I have a number of computers I perform daily work on, but a majority of my time is spent on my MacBook Pro (13-inch, 2020, Four Thunderbolt 3 ports).

I’ve maxed it out in terms of both RAM and processor speed, allowing me to zip through the many software applications I run. My work computer has near identical components, but it is 16 inches rather than 13.

Phone: iPhone 12 Pro. I try to avoid installing anything more than I need on my phone, and have notifications turned off for almost all applications.

Watch: Series 6 Apple Watch. I’ve gotten used to having notifications on my wrist for a number of years. Having the ability to quickly get updates on my life for me is pivotal.

Yubikey: MFA everywhere, and MFA often. I use multiple Yubikeys depending upon the service I am trying to authenticate into, but I tend towards using the newer USB-C keys that remain mostly flush with the host.

Oura Ring: I track pretty much everything. Oura lets me know whether or not I am meeting my goals (sleep, exercise, HRV) and how to improve any deviations that do exist.

Eight Sleep Pod Pro: Same as above. This bed is a lifesaver. Having the ability to set bed temperature and tracking on both sides of the bed has been incredible.

Peloton: Spin classes have been incredible for my overall health. Peloton has a number of modes which allow simply clipping in and immediately getting a work out. I try to get at least a half hour in every day. If you’d like to add me, ping me on Twitter.

AirPods Pro: The gold standard in “I need to be able to listen to things” / “I need to do phone calls” / “I just need headphones that work.” I am rarely (if ever) seen without them.

HD 6XX: Banging sound. Cheap price.

Software

NeoVim is my primary editor in the terminal. I’ve used Vim for years, but having expanded plugins and bindings has heavily sped up my flow.

Alacritty is my terminal of choice. It just works, and is blazing fast.

Reeder is my read it later app. Complete iCloud sync is the reason I use it, since it is lacking on features compared to Instapaper and Pocket (no tagging, folders or search).

Alfred gets me access to everything I need quickly. I use a number of powerpacks in order to streamline additional searches and actions – network utilities, GitHub pull requests, and so on.

CommandE is my Alfred in the cloud. Anything I need access to, whether it be a GitHub commit, a Salesforce contact, or a Google Doc – it’s all there.

Things is how I track what I need to get done. I’ve used a number of alternatives, but Things allows me to create the most extensive and detailed to-do items.

Bartender allows for me to clean up my menu bar. As I run a number of items in parallel, this overall makes things far more clean.

Dash is the documentation browser I’ve found most useful. It’s great to be able to gain a quick understanding of what values I should send in and gather information from.

BetterTouchTool is my way of adding super powers to my touch pad. It’s a way of quickly pulling up applications and items I use daily.

Hopper is my primary disassembler. IDA is incredible, but awfully expensive – having the ability to quickly (and cheaply) take interesting binaries apart has been unparalleled.

IINA is my media viewer. QuickTime is great, but having the ability to have subtitles, playback history, and many other items I don’t traditionally have through QuickTime is incredible.

Karabiner allows for me to bind my keys to pretty much everything

Keyboard Maestro is quite similar – I use Nikita’s bindings

Mighty is my sometimes browser. It’s incredibly fast, has an absurdly low memory footprint, and simply just works.

Notion is my note taking utility. I switch some times with Obsidian.

Popclip brings iOS style highlighting options to macOS. I have found it to be incredibly useful for actions I perform every day (adding things to notes or calendar) and quickly gaining context on an item.

Superhuman is my email client of choice. I was one of the first 100 users, and I have no plan of stopping. Superhuman is one of the few reasons I can achieve inbox zero. I have a significant amount of configuration changes within Superhuman that allow me to quickly triage inbound emails and respond / file accordingly.

Typinator provides immense value in quickly fixing typos and expanding content for my frequently typed messages.

Typora is where I write my markdown. It’s clean, streamlined, and allows me to quickly produce new content.

Clean.email is one of the few ways I sort through my mail. I receive thousands of pieces of mail a year, so being able to know that only the items in my inbox are high priority has been amazing.

Mailman is a new way I’ve been sorting my mail. It allows me to schedule when I receive things. I learned about it from Superorganizers.