Software I use, gadgets I love, and other things I recommend.

I create software 40+ hours per week so having the right tools is important to me. Poor tools can result in lower productivity and increased health risk. Here’s a big list of all of my favorite stuff.

Workstation

  • 15” MacBook Pro, Intel Core i7, 16GB RAM (2016)

    My first MacBook, much to the chagrin of my Dad at the time (who now also uses a MacBook). While I was disappointed to hear that my computer is not eligible for macOS Ventura due to it’s age, I don’t think I’ll replace it just yet as it still runs like a champ.

  • LG 4k Monitor (2x)

    Multiple monitors is the only way to go. Thanks to my work getting rid of some old monitors, I now have the best of both worlds with a large main monitor and a secondary monitor.

  • Moonlander Mark I Keyboard

    Ortholinear split keyboards are the way to go. While $350 looks like a lot on paper, it’s a small price for something that can save your wrist health and improve your productivity. After all, if you are using your keyboard for 8+ hours a day, shouldn’t it be good?

  • Logitech MX Master 3S Mouse

    Not being a gamer, having a fancy mouse seemed like something I wouldn’t do, but I decied to try it to improve ergonimics and efficency, and now there is no turning back. This mouse has by far the greatest scroll wheel I’ve ever used.

  • Autonomous SmartDesk Core

    I love my standing desk. So much easier to work when I can alternate between sitting and standing, and Autonomous is really high quality for the price.

  • Autonomous ErgoChair Pro

    While certainly as fancy as a Herman Miller chair, this chair get’s the job done and is much better than the kitchen chair I used for three years.

Development tools

  • Neovim

    I used to be a VS Code fanboy, but after using Vim motions for over a year, I switched to Neovim. Not the best tool for beginners, but if you are like me and enjoy spending hours tweaking and improving your Neovim configuration, it’s a great tool.

  • Kitty

    A “blazingly fast” terminal emulator that works very well with my workflow. Easily configurable with code which makes it much superior to the default macOS terminal.

  • 1Password

    By far the best password manager on the market. Totally worth the small price for the security and functionality it provides.

Productivity

  • Raycast

    I used to use Alfred as a Spotlight replacement, but when Raycast came on the scene, it was a simple decision to switch. Highly extensible thanks to their extension API.

  • Taskwarrior

    Since I began my transition to Vim, I started to become a terminal junkie. Taskwarrior is an impressive CLI that let’s you manage your todo list entirely from the command line with tons of powerful features.

  • Shottr

    A better macOS screenshot tool. Not much more to be said, it’s just straight up awesome.

  • Flux

    Not long into my career, I found that blue light was not great when starring at a computer for long periods of time. While there are built-in night modes on Mac, I find the customization of Flux hard to beat.