Uses

The tools I use every day to get the job done

Software

Editor - Visual Studio Code (VS Code) is the primary IDE used in my work. I've experienced multiple IDE’s, including PHPStorm and Atom. However, VS Code, provides a fast and minimal UI to work in as well as incredible tooling. I wrote an article for Tuts+ highlighting some of the best VS Code plugins around. Wes Bos's Colbalt2, is the colour theme of preference.

Terminal - iTerm2 is the terminal replacement used for mac OS X’s native Terminal application. I spend more time in VS Code's terminal window as opposed to iTerm2. However, I ensure both shell's run the same colour theme and settings. ZSH as well as Oh My ZSH are utilised as opposed to Bash. Inconsolata is used as the font of choice.

Browser - A fair amount of my time has been spent in Google Chrome. However, recently I have transitioned to Mozilla Firefox due to my concerns regarding privacy. Brave is a vendor that I am familiar with, however I find it uncomfortable to navigate.

Password Management - 1Password is used to store passwords across my various devices. I recommend a premium subscriptions of 1Password as it stores passwords and details in the cloud.

Design - Sketch is used for design based assets used in projects, including scalable vector graphics (SVG's). As my current focus is not on raster editing, Sketch is a great platform for icons, resizing images etc. Sketch has introduced additional features such as prototyping which allows for seamless presentational capabilities and more efficient translation from design to code.

Communication - Slack has become a part of my daily routine. Slack is used for all communications with clients and team members. The integration with Google Calendar and Uber allows me to stay ahead of the game.

Music - Spotify Premium allows for the curation of my own library from the “Discover Weekly” and “Release Radar” playlists. Spotify is far more intelligent from a “suggestions” perspective, and definitely seem to know my taste better than I do.

Tasks - From JIRA, Trello, Asana, Todoist, I've tested most tools. For my client tasks, JIRA is the project management platform of choice. For personal tasks I depend on Todoist.

Hardware

Computer - A MacBook Pro 15-inch, 2.8 GHz Quad Core i7 with 16GB of RAM is used for my professional work. The MacBook is a 2017 model with Touchbar. In addition to the laptop, an Apple Magic Wireless Mouse and Keyboard are used. Secondary screens are not preferred, however, I do utilise the Sidecar functionality on iPad Pro, (9.7- inch) which has proved to be incredibly useful.

Phone - A iPhone Xs is used for my professional work. My iPhone is mostly managed on “Do Not Disturb” mode throughout the day. Minimal applications are stored on the phone, in my attempt to decrease the ScreenTime percentage on a weekly basis.

Notebook - Various Moleskine notebooks are used for my professional work. On a day-to-day basis I have 2 A4 size notebooks, one is a bullet journal for tasks. One is used for journalling and a smaller A5 notebook is used for notes that I take when upskilling via online courses.

Gear

Laptop Bag - A navy blue Thule Subterra 23L Backpack is used. This particular bag has accompanied me on my travels all over the world. I've always been impressed with Thule's engineering and their bags are almost indestructible.

Transport - Recently, I purchased an electric skateboard, which I am in love with. The skateboard is an Evolve GTR 2 14AH Bamboo. Currently, the skateboard is only fitted with the street kit. However, when the time is right, I plan to upgrade the kit to the AT (All Terrain) kit. Having skated most of my life, using an electric skateboard to transport me to meetings has been a dream.

Headphones - The best purchase that I've made to date has been a pair of Bose Quiet Comfort II (Bluetooth Noise Cancelling) headphones. These headphones accompany me to my favourite coffee shops, and are a great investment for travel.

Coffee Machine - I own a Delonghi / Nespresso machine which has a cappuccino and espresso setting that I probably use too often for my own good.

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