Uses

Welcome; this page is largely an index of software, hardware, and general recommendations and what I use professionally as well as in personally.

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

  • 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 (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 is Google Chromium, sans dependencies on Google web services.

Utility

  • 1Password Password manager. I use version 7 still.
  • Alfred Launcher && Workflows && extended clipboard.
  • Bartender lets you organize your menu bar icons.
  • ChatGPT ChatGPT is an artificial intelligence (AI) chatbot developed by OpenAI.
  • Dropbox Free personal storage.
  • Google Drive Work storage.
  • GPT4All A free-to-use, locally running, privacy-aware chatbot. No GPU or internet required.
  • 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.
  • MidJourney AI art.
  • 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 is a lightweight file manager.
  • KDE plasma Desktop.
  • konsole Terminal Emulator.
  • krunner is a quick 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 OS X.
  • 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 is a command line HTTP client that will make you smile.
  • 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 is a lightweight and flexible command-line JSON processor.
  • mdcat cat, but for Markdown.
  • 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 recursively searches directories for a regex pattern.
  • tig Text-mode interface for git.
  • 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.
  • yt-dlp yt-dlp is a youtube-dl fork based on the now inactive youtube-dlc. The main focus of this project is adding new features and patches while also keeping up to date with the original project.
  • z Tracks your most used directories.
  • zsh Terminal shell.
  • zsh-autocomplete Autocomplete for zsh.

Hosting

  • Digital Ocean Great hosting for great prices.
  • Netlify Quick and easy hosting.
  • Name.com DNS && domain Registrar.
  • Surge.sh Static web publishing for Front-End Developers.
  • Vercel Vercel is the platform for frontend developers, providing the speed and reliability innovators need to create at the moment of inspiration.

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.
  • Apple News Today Apple News Today is a new audio briefing about the day’s top stories from Apple News.
  • Dan Carlin’s Hardcore History A deep dive into history.
  • Face the Nation Margaret Brennan asks the biggest guests the smartest questions.
  • 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.
  • Pod Save America A political podcast for people who aren’t ready to give up or go insane.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Techmeme Ride Home The day’s tech news, every day at 5pm. From Techmeme.com, Silicon Valley’s most-read news source. 15 minutes and you’re up to date.
  • The 7 Every minute of your morning counts. Host Hannah Jewell takes you through the seven most important and interesting stories of the day, with the reporting and insight of The Washington Post. Get caught up in just a few minutes every weekday at 7 a.m.
  • The Daily This is how the news should sound. Twenty minutes a day, five days a week, hosted by Michael Barbaro and powered by New York Times journalism.
  • The Daily Punch Weekday mornings, The Daily Punch brings you inside Capitol Hill, the White House and Washington for an unfiltered look at the key players and stakes of all major issues of the day. Power. People. Politics. Hosted by Punchbowl News founders, journalists and best-selling authors Anna Palmer and Jake Sherman.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Hack Nerd Font Hack is a font specifically designed for source code.
  • GraphQL A query language for your API.
  • Netlify Quick and easy hosting.
  • 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 a while back, 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

YouTube Music

Last updated: March 9, 2024