I thought it would be interesting and somewhat useful to share a list of hardware, software, apps and podcasts I use on a daily basis both at work and in my personal life.
The list is up to date as of September 2016.
- HP Probook 6570b laptop with a Dell U2711 screen at work. The laptop wouldn’t have been my first choice but it’s the machine I was provided with. The screen is pretty decent.
Logitech MK710 keyboard and mouse combo. Easily on of the best PC combo sets I’ve ever used.
- 15” Retina Macbook Pro at home. It’s the late 2013 model and is was the top spec at the time.
- Apple Magic Mouse. I have a love/hate relationship with this mouse.
- iPhone 6S 64GB in gold.
- Beats by Dre Solo Wireless 2 headphones - the black and red version.
- Synology DS212 NAS drive (discontinued) with 3TB WD Red hard drive installed. I have this hooked up to my network at home and use it for backing up photos, sharing large files and as a TimeMachine backup disc for my Macbook.
- Kindle Fire HDX 16GB version.
- Visual Studio 2015. I work in a .NET agency building websites in Umbraco and EPiServer so it’s necessary to work with the Microsoft stack.
- Sublime Text 3 for quick code editing where it’s not necessary to fire up a fully loaded IDE. I also mainly use Sublime when I’m working on WordPress projects. I don’t have a lot of plugins installed for Sublime. The most important one though by far is Emmet.
- CodeKit for quick environment setup and for compiling Sass (Mac only).
- Google Chrome. It’s my browser of choice and the Dev Tools are a million times better than all the other browsers.
- There’s a whole bunch of other small utilities such as Gulp and NPM which would make this list far too long. I wont go into them all but I tend to try out anything which speeds up workflow and efficiency.
- Adobe CC. I’ve played about with Sketch and Affinity Designer but I feel most comfortable in Photoshop and Illustrator. I use Premiere Pro for video editing.
- Slack for team communication. I also use Slack for the community I’ve set up at www.makr.tv - Go check it out.
- Typora - a Markdown editor for Mac and PC - for drafting notes and blog posts such as this one. It’s a great app with a super clean interface. I sync my
.mdfiles to Dropbox. I’m hoping they release a mobile app soon and introduce native syncing.
- Dropbox. It’s not perfect but it fits in best with the way I work. I also have my iPhone camera roll automatically back up to Dropbox so I don’t have to fiddle with iTunes to get photos onto my computer.
- Filezilla for FTP. It’s free. It does the job.
- Tweeten for twitter. It’s a wrapper for Tweetdeck with some additional improvements which means Tweetdeck features can be used on the desktop again. It’s also cross platform.
- Wunderlist for to-do lists. Mainly used to share lists with my wife such as shopping, household chores and planning holidays.
- Trello for task management. We heavily use Trello at work with boards set up for each of our projects. We’re going through a bit of a transition period at the moment, testing out various ‘power ups’ to improve our workflow.
- Buffer for times when I have a lot of things to share on twitter but don’t want to bombard my feed.
- Pocket for saving links for later. I used to do all my saving and notes in Evernote but since they introduced the two device limit I’ve made the switch to using Pocket and Typora.
- Crunch Accounting for managing my freelance work accounts. A brilliant service you should definitely check out!
- AIMP for playing music on Windows. It’s based on the now discontinued Winamp, which was my favourite music player app ever.
- VOX for playing music on Mac. It’s about the closest thing on Mac there is to Winamp.
- Twitter - follow me @ajaykarwal
- Kindle - For when I don’t have my Kindle Fire with me.
- PocketCasts for podcasts
- Alien Blue for consuming Reddit.
- Various photo editing apps including Over, Camera+, Lightroom.
- Strong for tracking gym progress
- Design Details - In depth talks about Design with special guests.
- Developer Tea - How to be a better programmer.
- Immutable - Listener submitted questions about design and development.
- Layout - Weekly roundup of design and tech.
- The Big Web Show - All things web.
- This Week I Learned - Weekly general knowledge.
- Toolsday - Discussion about developer tools.
- Reset - Home automation and gadgets.
- HipHop Saved My Life - Comedy and HipHop with Romesh Ranganathan. So funny.
Other random bits
The rest are things which don’t really fit into any particular category.
- Behance Dot Grid Book for sketching and wireframing. The quality of the paper is amazing and it looks great too. Sometimes I also use a simple Pukka Pad squared paper notebook.
- Zebra Drafix Mechanical Pencil - 0.5mm. Nothing special about it really.
- PaperMate Flair felt tip pens.
- Copic Ciao Grey Tone makers.
- Spider Bottle Protein Shaker. This is a brilliant shaker which always gives a smooth blend. It’s got a spring inside which expands and contracts as you shake. Also it comes with two additional portioning sections and an insert for supplement pills, if you’re taking things very seriously!