HOW I WORK
A little while ago the wonderful folks at UseThis.com
asked me to tell them what stuff I use to get my work done — the interview is going to get published soon; I thought it might be fun for the Heretics to read it here first.
1) Who are you, and what do you do?
2) What hardware do you use?
3) And what software?
During the day (aka Singularity University-time) I live mostly in my browser (primarily Chrome
these days) using Google Apps
. It’s pretty remarkable how I pretty much never have the need to fire up any of the Microsoft products
anymore… My team’s work is organized in Wunderlist
, we use Team Reporter
at the end of the day to keep each other updated on progress and plans and communicate via Slack
throughout the day. As I do a fair bit of public speaking I am almost always whipping up new decks or refining my existing ones — they mostly are made in Apple Keynote
; unless I need to pull something together on short notice in which case I love using Deckset
. And not to forget Caffeine
— an essential utility when you depend on your Mac not going to sleep while you present.
For all my other work I pretty much use plain text files everywhere — be it for my blogs (coding is done in Sublime Text
and Markdown files are written using iA Writer
) or notes and research (which I keep in nvALT
). My websites are all built on top of Jekyll
; I use a bunch of custom bash shell scripts in iTerm 2
to keep everything humming smoothly. All my image editing needs are fullfilled by Pixelmator
, my whole user folder syncs to Dropbox
and a couple of neat, little utilities keep me sane: Viscosity
for using a VPN when I am on a public network; Dashlane
owns my passwords, Noizio
for focus-inducing nature-inspired whitenoise; Spotify
for all my music needs (take that iTunes!); aText
for text expansion; f.lux
to keep my eyes from tearing up at the end of a long day; VLC
has long replaced Apple’s QuickTime player for all my video watching cravings; Tweetbot
makes tweeting so much more fun; Reeder
takes care of my RSS reading needs; Lyn
replaced Apple’s Preview and JPEGmini
crunches my photos down to a more manageable size.
4) What would be your dream setup?
The one thing I want is a retina MacBook in 12" — I can’t stand the screen (and sharp edge) of the MacBook Air; the 11" MBA is too small and my 13" Retina MBP is just a tad too big and heavy. Oh — and while we’re at it: Can I please have a self-driving car? Otherwise I just need good coffee to be happy and productive.
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