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
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.
- Alien Blue – reddit client
- Citymapper – it really is the ultimate transport app
- Foursquare – the city is my playground
- FuelBand – for the FuelBand
- IFTTT – I’m using the iOS Location Channel a fair bit
- Malt – beautiful MLKSHK client
- Prompt – SSH client from Panic
- Reeder – the best feedreader app by far.
- Simplenote – for all my notes. Sync works wonderfully
- Tweetbot – still haven’t upgraded to Tweetbot 3
- Weather Line – pretty good weather app
- 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
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.
- Dropbox – I only use this for IFTTT tasks
- Pinboard – for bookmarks
- Foursquare – for exploring the city
- GitHub – version control (and this blog!)
- Gmail – for email
- iCloud – for email, calendar and addressbook sync
- IFTTT – for gluing services together
- MLKSHK – how about some f_cking whimsy?
- SDF – public access UNIX
- Simplenote – syncs to clients on iPhone, iPad and Mac
- Twitter – photos of lunch and animals