The 2013 roundup

Following Karl’s 2013 roundup I thought I’d have a go at my own. This look longer than I expected.

OS X Applications

The only new application here is Moom. I spend much of my time with a fair few windows open and Moon gives me an unobtrusive way to organise windows superquick. I would recommend it in a heartbeat.

I’ve been a user of the rest of the applications since their respective births and they do their jobs admirably.

  • Chrome Canary – for development and surfing the information super highway
  • iTunes – for listening to my music
  • Moom – window manager
  • Pixelmator – image editing
  • Quicksilver – application launcher
  • Terminal – where I spend most of my time
  • Tweetbot – to share what I’m having for lunch
  • VLC – to watch all the videos

Terminal Applications

I’m living in the terminal more than ever and have recently moved my instant messaging and email to the command line. I find it more efficient to jump between tmux windows and sessions than between different attention-grabbing applications. A side effect is that I’m using the mouse at lot less which is better for my wrists.

  • Irssi – IRC client
  • Glances – operating system monitoring tool
  • MCabber – XMPP client
  • Mutt – email client
  • tmux – terminal multiplexer
  • Vim – the text editor of truth

iOS Applications of note

Although I only have two pages of applications on my iPhone I didn’t feel the need to list them all. Here are a small(ish) selection of ones that I use regularly and don’t think I could do without.


  • Dell box – an ancient Dell box that runs Debian
  • Filco Majestouch 2 – mechanical keyboard
  • iPad mini
  • iPhone 5
  • Mac Mini – a media centre of sorts
  • MacBook Pro (with Alkr cover) – my primary machine
  • Raspberry Pi – I have two of these and love them for tinkering

Online services

I’m hoping 2014 will be the year I ditch third party email providers and move to a self-hosted deal. I’ve considered different ways to do this but none have struck me as particularly future-proof or time efficient.