Uses

This is largely a list of software, hardware, and audio recommendations and what I use in general.

Computer Hardware

Gear

Windows 11 Software

The following is a short list, broken up by category, of all the graphic interface applications on my PC. I really only game and work on 3D graphics and animations on my PC.

Design

  • Blender Blender is the free and open source 3D creation suite..
  • Unreal Engine 5 The world’s most open and advanced real-time 3D creation tool.

Utility

Mac OS X Software

The following is a detailed list, broken up by category, of all the graphic interface applications on my OS X machine.

Design

Development

Media

  • IINA The modern media player for macOS.
  • imageOptim Image compressor.
  • Kodi Kodi (formerly XBMC) is a free media player that is designed to look great on your big screen TV but is just as home on a small screen.

Web

  • Firefox Developer Edition Web browser. The latest features, fast performance, and the development tools you need to build for the open web.
  • ungoogled-chromium ungoogled-chromium is Google Chromium, sans dependency on Google web services.

Utility

  • 1Password Password manager.
  • Alfred Launcher && Workflows && extended clipboard.
  • Bartender Bartender 4 lets you organize your menu bar icons.
  • Dropbox Free personal storage.
  • Google Drive Work storage.
  • Little Snitch Little Snitch is a host-based application firewall for macOS. It can be used to monitor applications, preventing or permitting them to connect to attached networks through advanced rules.
  • Stats macOS system monitor in your menu bar
  • Unarchiver Best archive utility/zip tool.

Communication

Linux Software

I didn’t include everything as many applications I use on OS X, I also use on Linux.

  • Dolphin Dolphin is a lightweight file manager.
  • KDE plasma Desktop.
  • konsole Terminal Emulator.
  • krunner KRunner is a launcher.
  • kwin The reliable and flexible window manager for KDE Plasma.
  • krohnkite A dynamic tiling extension for KWin.

Command Line (OSX && Linux)

These are command lines tools that I largely use on both Linux and OS X.

  • bat Syntax highlighting in terminal output.
  • brew Install things the correct way on OSX.
  • bpytop Resource monitor that shows usage and stats for processor, memory, disks, network and processes.
  • exa A modern version of ls.
  • fd A simple, fast and user-friendly alternative to ‘find’.
  • fzf A command-line fuzzy finder.
  • gifsicle Create, manipulate, and optimize GIF images and animations.
  • httpie HTTPie is a command line HTTP client that will make you smile.
  • itermocil iTermocil allows you to setup pre-configured layouts of windows and panes in iTerm2, having each open in a specified directory and execute specified commands.
  • jq jq is a lightweight and flexible command-line JSON processor.
  • mdcat cat, but for Markdown.
  • mpv mpv, video player for command line.
  • ncdu Check disk usage with NCurses.
  • neofetch Command-line system information tool.
  • nvm Version manager for node.js.
  • ripgrep ripgrep recursively searches directories for a regex pattern.
  • tig Text-mode interface for git.
  • tmux tmux is a terminal multiplexer. It lets you switch easily between several programs in one terminal, detach them (they keep running in the background) and reattach them to a different terminal.
  • vim Vim is a highly configurable text editor for efficiently creating and changing any kind of text.
  • yabai A tiling window manager for macOS based on binary space partitioning.
  • youtube-dl youtube-dl is a command-line program to download videos from YouTube.com and a few more sites.
  • z Tracks your most used directories.
  • zsh Terminal shell.

Hosting

Audio & Video

  • Apple Music Stream 60 million songs ad-free, follow along and tap ahead as you listen with lyrics view, or download your favorite tracks and play them offline.
  • Neptunes NepTunes is a desktop accessory that allows you to see and control your music (Apple Music, Spotify) with customizable shortcuts, built-in scrobbler for Last.fm, and beautiful themes.
  • cmus Small, fast and powerful console music player.
  • cmusfm Last.fm standalone scrobbler for the cmus music player.
  • Vox Well designed music player for Mac OS and iOS with Unlimited Music Cloud Storage. Supports all popular audio formats like MP3, FLAC, AAC, WAV && more!
  • Last.fm Been tracking my listens since 2008
  • Overcast Podcast player app for iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch.

DotFiles

Application Customizations

Install Guide

This is a fairly thorough guide I maintain for setting up new OS X based computers.

Podcasts

Some podcasts I keep up with relatively often.

  • All In with Chris Hayes The biggest news and political stories of the day with a commitment to in-depth reporting that consistently seeks to hold our leaders accountable.
  • Baeclast Path of Exile.
  • Dan Carlin’s Hardcore History A deep dive into history.
  • Face the Nation Margaret Brennan asks the biggest guests the smartest questions. Hear official Washington on the firing line, on your schedule..
  • Fated Connections Path of Exile podcast.
  • Lex Fridman Conversations about the nature of intelligence, consciousness, love, and power.
  • Making Sense Making Sense is one of the most thought-provoking podcasts.
  • NBC Meet the Press NBC NewsMeet the Press is the longest-running television show in history, celebrating its 70th anniversary.
  • Pivot Recode’s Kara Swisher and NYU Professor Scott Galloway offer sharp, unfiltered insights into the biggest stories in tech, business, and politics.
  • Pod Save America A no-bullshit conversation about politics.
  • Real Time with Bill Maher The always outspoken Maher is known for his political satire and sociopolitical commentary, which targets a wide swath of topics including religion, politics, the mass media, and more.
  • Sean Carroll’s Mindscape Sean Carroll hosts conversations with the world’s most interesting thinkers. Science, society, philosophy, culture, arts, and ideas.
  • SkullKast Hear forum admins and guests chat about the latest in Berserk.
  • State of the Union with Jake Tapper Features interviews with top newsmakers on politics and policy - covering Washington, the country and the world.
  • Stay Tuned with Preet Join former U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara as he breaks down legal topics in the news and engages thought leaders in a podcast about power, policy, and justice.
  • The Indicator A little show about big ideas. It’s a quick hit of insight into work, business, the economy, and everything else.
  • The NPR Politics Podcast Every weekday, NPR’s best political reporters are there to explain the big news coming out of Washington and the campaign trail.
  • The Rachel Maddow Show The MSNBC podcast takes an intelligent and thought provoking look at politics, pop culture, and top news.
  • Up First NPR’s Up First is the news you need to start your day.

There’s more, these are just some of my favorites.

This Site’s Dev Stack

  • BabelJS Babel is a JavaScript compiler.
  • ESLint ESLint statically analyzes your code to quickly find problems. ESLint is built into most text editors and you can run ESLint as part of your continuous integration pipeline.
  • GatsbyJS Gatsby is a free and open source framework based on React that helps developers build blazing fast websites and apps.
  • Google Fonts Fonts CDN.
  • GraphQL A query language for your API.
  • Netlify Quick and easy hosting.
  • PostCSS A tool for transforming CSS with JavaScript.
  • PrismJS Syntax highlighting in code blocks.
  • React A JavaScript library for building user interfaces.
  • Sass Sass is the most mature, stable, and powerful professional grade CSS extension language in the world.

Playlists

Some playlists I made, enjoy.

Spotify

  • Chugga Headbanger Playlist
  • Beats Chill Beats Playlist
  • Raps Rap & Hip Hop Playlist

Apple Music

  • Chugga Headbanger Playlist
  • Beats Chill Beats Playlist
  • Raps Rap & Hip Hop Playlist
  • Vibes Nighttime Driving Playlist

Last updated: October 18, 2022