Favorite Tools

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Updated 2021-06-03.

A screenshot of my desktop showing a file explorer, browser, and e-mail client.
A screenshot of my desktop showing a file explorer, browser, and e-mail client.

Fastmail

(Web) I’ve been using Fastmail since 2013, and it’s a rock solid service. E-mail, calendar, and contacts are boring, but they’re central to my life. Fastmail syncs with my iPhone and my computer (through Thunderbird) flawlessly thanks to IMAP, CalDAV, and CardDAV standards.

Obsidian

(Windows/Linux/macOS) Obsidian is primarily a journal for me, but I also use it as a personal wiki: it’s where I write about the games that I’m playing, the food that I’m cooking, the friends that I recently talked to, the designs that inspire me, and even lines of code that I don’t want to forget. When I need to write something down, Obsidian is the first tool that I reach out to.

Figma

(Web/Windows/macOS) Figma has been amazing for collaboration because anyone with a web browser can join in and see what I’m seeing. Multiplayer is also indispensable for demoing something or getting help from another designer.

ScreenToGif

(Windows) I don’t know what I’d do without this screen recorder. It’s open source, and it lets me quickly record GIFs/MP4s that I can share with people. I reach for this tool multiple times a day.

Micro Editor

(Windows/Linux/BSD/macOS) I often use Micro whenever I edit text files locally or remotely. It’s really easy to use (keybindings like Ctrl+C, Ctrl+V, and Ctrl+S work as expected), easy to configure, and binaries are available for many operating systems on GitHub.