As I get older I try to be increasingly mindful about the products that I use. I’m a big fan of whittling down and paring away at long lists of tools and software, instead opting to go deeper and narrower into certain things.
Some of this is in flux — I’m always re-evaluating the services that I use. In mid-2019 I stopped using Google services, almost entirely. I still use search, but no longer have anything that requires an account that I actively use outside of Ads and Analytics.
This page is inspired by all of the people who have done it before me.
Software & Apps
FireFox – My web browser of choice. I’ve spent significant time with pretty much every other major browser. I do, however, use several for testing websites.
Things – Takes care of my task management. I don’t have very many items in here, it’s mostly just a log of my weekly projects. If it’s recurring or has a time/date it’s probably on my calendar. I wrote a piece here with a handful of useful tips for Things 3 users.
1Password – Been using 1p for password management for several years at this point. If I had to do it all over again — I’d still use it. I spent several weeks earlier this year looking at and trying all of the reasonable products on the market. Still the best.
Figma – Anytime I need to work up a mockup or design.
Spotify – Been using it for years. Both desktop + mobile. I listen to a lot of music.
Focusmate – Virtual co-working. Weird idea, but it totally works for me. I wrote a review on it here.
Endel – I listen to endel pretty much every day while I work. I wrote a review of endel and an exploration of generative music here.
I stopped using Google services (in mid-2019), so I’ve listed replacements where applicable.
Fastmail – I dropped Gmail for my own email domain(s) and love Fastmail. Awesome service, and really helpful for people like me with dozens of domains for side projects that need a quick email. On macOS I use it with FMail, which I reviewed here.
Laravel – When I have the option, I typically use Laravel for rapid development of custom web apps.
React – My front end js framework of choice. It’s so widely used, I’m not sure I’d choose anything else for a while.
Fathom – My personal choice for privacy friendly analytics package.
WordPress – For sites that have specific dependencies (like Memberful) or simple content requirements (like this site) I prefer to spin up a custom WP theme. I don’t use any plugins except WP Rocket.
Gandi – I’ve recently moved all of my domains over from Namecheap. I like how there are no dark patterns or ridiculous upsells. h/t to henshaw for the rec.
Digital Ocean – For hosting everything that isn’t WordPress.
Github – For source control and code collaboration.
Stripe – I use Stripe wherever possible to accept credit cards online.