Mostly for my own documentation, but here's a list of tools I use that make my life easier. Feel free to borrow any ideas.
- Vim As a keyboard junkie, Vim suits my needs very well. After dipping my toes in with "Vim-Mode" in other editors, I finally made the jump years ago and haven't looked back.
- iTerm2 My preferred terminal emulator.
- Cobalt2 theme My favorite color scheme. 💙💛
- JetBrains Mono font Recent addition, but into it so far. Bonus points for being free and open source.
- my dotfiles I try to keep anything else configurable in my dotfiles.
- Ulysses I do all of my prose writing in Ulysses. I have groups set up to track progress of different pieces. Writing in Markdown is a must for me, and its comment feature is a game-changer for me. That along with writing goals and reliable sync between devices make it an ideal solution for writing.
- Byword For quick one-off documents, I may reach for Byword. Markdown support included.
- Digital Ocean New to the platform, but their Droplet system makes getting started much easier (or just possible in the first place). (Note: referral link)
- Netlify For static sites (like this one), Netlify is great. Rock solid deployment process, and they do a lot for the community as well.
- Heroku For a project with a back-end where I don't want to worry about server infrastructure Heroku is perfect.
- Namecheap When buying domain names, I've gone with Namecheap. Some of the cheapest prices around, but from a reputable company.
- Firefox Switch back to Firefox after a decade-long hiatus, and happy to see it's still on par with other major browsers. The built-in privacy features (combined with Mozilla's commitment to an open web) definitely make it worth giving Firefox another look.
- Things The best to-do app I've used, hands down. Beautiful design and tons of attention has been given to each feature.
- Alfred I use Alfred for every web search, as a quick dictionary, and to control Spotify. Super versatile and extensible.
- 1Password Been using this password manager forever. If not this one, please find one you like.
- Mailplane A native application wrapper around the Gmail interface.
- Fantastical An excellent calendar application.
- Backblaze Off-site backup is a necessity, and Backblaze has saved me a number of times. (Note: referral link)
- Dash A handy resource to quickly look up development documentation.
- SelfControl Easily block the websites that are ingrained in your muscle memory.
- Vimium Keeps my hands on the keyboard while in my browser. Strong recommend if you already use Vim, or even if you don't.
- 1Password Easily autofill your logins in the browser.
- uBlock Origin Best ad blocker in the biz.
- Privacy Badger Complements a privacy blocklist well by identifying trackers as you browse and denying them.
- HTTPS Everywhere Most sites are using HTTPS now, but force it if needed.
- Decentraleyes Will improve performance by caching CDN data, and preserving privacy whilst doing so. A win-win.
- Wappalyzer Curiosity gets the best of me while browsing, and this lets me keep my finger on the pulse of what technologies other people are using to build web applications.
- Terms of Service; Didn’t Read You know you don't read privacy policies, so it's nice to get alerted if there are any red flags as you browse.
- Facebook Container A Firefox exclusive, which I could argue is reason enough to switch. Isolates your browsing so that Facebook can't creepily follow you around the net.
- Video Speed Controller Convenient video controls that work on any site.
- Metastream Remote streaming parties for almost any platform.