I am a big user of new software and so I thought it would be nice to create a page to display the things I use.
I use iTerm2 as my terminal and currently with the Night Owl theme. I use Night Owl almost everywhere. I use Oh-My-Zsh with the agnoster theme. I switch theme every couple of months with some custom themes like Spaceship-Prompt and Pure. I use Antigen to manage my plugins and themes. It's so easy to use!
I don't use vim often but for small changes I think it works nice, I used to use Vundle but I started realizing I don't use anything from it. So I switched to just a simple
.vimrc that you can see in my dotfiles.
I use the command line every day. With homebrew (ofcourse) I install everything I need, like;
Code editor for small things: At the moment I use Visual Studio Code for most front end development and small websites or scripts. Here I also use the Night Owl theme but also switch regularly with the Rainglow themes or with Ayu. Other essential plugins I use are advanced-new-file, Docker, GitLens, Project Manager and some Intellisense plugins.
I don't design much but I need to look at some design files every once in a while. My preference is Sketch. I tried Figma but I couldn't get over that it's a webview. I would happen to much that I would want to scroll to the left and the browser goes back a page. Also I use Nucleo for most icons I need.
Everywhere I can I use the Dank Mono font. I love the ligatures. I use it as mono font in my browser, terminal and IDE's.
I recently made the switch from Sequel Pro to Table Plus. It is a paid software but the quality is so much better. It supports a lot of other data stores like Postgresql and even Redis. I love that you have to commit changes that you make so you can create a single transaction.
I use Spectacle with some shortcuts to move the window to the left and right. I don't need more than that.
I have a couple of apps I use every thing for developing:
- Code kit - I don't really use this every day. Only when I have a single HTML page I want to serve with hot reload. Not really neccessary though.
For editing markdown files I use iA Writer. It's a simple markdown editor but not really what I'm looking for. I have multiple JamStack projects and iA Writer indexes all the files in
node_modules so it's rather slow. It is more focussed on writing when you use iCloud as your storage.
For years I have been trying to perfect my productivity flow.
- Notion - My everyday typing note taking app.
- Workflowy - To make a list of things I have to do in a day for work. So I can also revise what I have done.
- Instapaper - Saving articles for later
- Bear - Don't use this very often. But for when I want to focus on a single markdown page for writing.
- Day One - My goto journaling app
- iPad Pro
- Notability - For taking handwritten notes.
- Goodnotes - I have it but have not found a good way to use it.
- Things - My app for Getting Things Done
- Habitify - For creating a daily routine and making habits of the goals I want to achieve.
- Focus - Sometimes I have issues with focusing. This blocks all the applications and websites that distract me.
- Forest (iOS) - My pomodoro timer for planting forests.
- Anki - Learning new langauages.
- Alfred - I use this a lot with workflows like Spotify Mini Player, HTTP, Dash, Philips Hue Controller.
- BetterTouchTool - I use BetterTouchTool with the GoldenChaos settings for my touchbar.
I have been trying to find my own way into consildating knowledge. I have tried things like, Zettelkasten and Obsidian but it just wasn't for me. I recently bought an iPad Pro with the stylus and it works great. Writing my own notes without the worry of the notes becoming a mess is a great feelin. These are my iPad pro essentials:
I have been collecting books for a couple of years. I manage all my digital books with Calibre. I am, as they say a /r/DataHoarder. I love collecting data and files and things. I love collecting books even though I don't read all of them. You can look at books for some books I am reading or have read.
For my PC at home (that I mostly use for gaming) these are the specs:
- Windows 10
- AOC AGON AG271QX
- 2 x DELL UltraSharp U2414H
- Cooler Master GM Series 450M - 450W
- Cooler Master QuickFire XT
- Logitech G402 Hyperion Fury
- Crucial - DDR4 2133Mhz CL15 Kit - 16GB
- Asus GeForce GTX 970 - Strix DirectCU II OC - 4GB GDDR5
- Samsung 850 EVO - 500GB
- NZXT S340 - Black / Red
- Intel Core i5-6400 - Boxed
- Gigabyte GA-B150-HD3P
- Corsair MM200 Cloth Gaming Muismat - Size Extended
- Logitech Z533
For my Macbook these are my specs:
- Macbook Pro 15-inch Mid 2019
- 2.6 GHz Quad-Core Intel Core i7
- 16 GB 2133 MHz LPDDR3
- Radeon Pro 450 2 GB / Intel HD Graphics 530 1536 MB
- Headphones - Bowers & Wilkins PX
- iPhone 11
- PocketBook Touch HD 3
- iPad Pro 11" with Stylus
- Keychron 6 (LK Optical switch, Brown) Keyboard
- Logitech MX Master 3 Mouse
- ES 5/6/7 en Typescript
- React (Redux / GatsbyJs / SPA met React Router)
- Vue (Vuex / Vuepress / SPA met Vue Router)
- React Native
- CSS (SASS)
- Bootstrap / Bulma / Tailwindcss
- Android (beginner)
- PHP (Laravel)
- GoLang (beginner)
- Gitlab CI/CD
I always start my day with some reading. I have some websites I visit and I subscribed to some newsletters.
- Hackernews I use the vue version of hackernews because it has websockets so I don't have to refresh all the time.
- Gitnews For the newest most exciting stuff on Github.
- Bloomberg I'm new to reading this as I want to learn more about the stock market.
- ProductHunt I love trying out new things and here is where I look for them.
- Blendle I don't like reading the paper but I want to know what is going on in the world. Blendle is a dutch service that gives me articles specific for my need and even reads some articles about big news worthy events.
- De Correspondent Another news service but this one is completely independent with articles that have a different perspective on things.