Browsers and Apps
Chrome browser is a bit bloated but it is my default browser to get things done.
I use Chrome Canary at times to separate personal and work-related browsing. While Chrome has multiple profiles, having different browsers is visually and mentally a lot more efficient.
Some handy Chrome extensions
- BuiltWith – Find out what the website you are visiting is built with using this extension.
- Momentum – Shows a new tab with a nice beautiful photograph of a landscape. It is very calming.
- Grammarly – Great to correct ones grammar on the fly while using Chrome. Works great with Google Docs!
- Full Screen for Google Tasks – Creates a pinned tab with pull page view of your Google Tasks.
- Font Finder – A no-frills font inspector extension
- Awesome Screenshot – Easy Screenshots but the favorite feature is to create PDFs of an entire webpage.
- Meta SEO Inspector – A nifty extension that is great to look up a page’s markup, alt-text.
- Skitch for basic annotation, shapes, and sketches
- Pixelmator for more advanced image editing
- Alfred 3 for hotkeys, keywords, text expansion for MacOS
- Slack – Have it on my computer but not on my phone or tablet.
- Authy – for 2fa / but these days use 1Password more.
- Spotify for music/podcasts
Writing and Editing
Notes, Docs and Ideas
- Google Docs – I often scratch out a blog post on a Google Doc. The Grammarly extension works great in this workflow.
- Pen and Paper – Great for simple quick temporary notes.
While I do not code much, I would not call myself a developer, but I like playing around with some design and code with Sublime Text.
I like using Atom too but at times I find it a bit too heavy on resources (especially for my limited needs)
For simple terminal tasks, I like using iTerm. That said the built-in terminal for Mac is perfectly fine for my needs.
While using the terminal, I these days like using the Ox Editor.
I love open-source and contribute to the WordPress.org project mainly on the community side. It’s a place I truly call home when it comes to building a website online.
Here are some of the popular themes and plugins I use with WordPress.
- Astra Theme: A great theme that has minimal personality with everything nicely packed into the customizer
- Jetpack: While I started out not as its biggest fan, I use it often for things like infinite scroll and carousel gallery.
- Coblocks: A nice bunch of blocks by GoDaddy that work great with the new block editor.
- Yoast SEO: A nice SEO plugin for WordPress. The plugin feels a bit bloaty but I trust Yoast because I see a lot of their folks actively contributing to the WordPress project.
To spin up a local WordPress site on my machine Local by Flywheel but I would like a better alternative.
For spinning up multiple sites with LetsEncrypt SSL on a DigitalOcean drople, I like using EasyEngine
Devices and Headphones
- My current machine is a Macbook Pro (15 inch – 2017) running MacOS Catalina. The phone is a Pixel 2 and it suits my needs.
- I do own an iPad by I often end up using my Kindle Reader a lot more.
- Sennheiser PC 8 Over-Ear USB VOIP Headphone with Mic (Black) – For online calls and meetings.
- Sennheiser Over-Ear Wireless HD 350BT Black Headphone – noise canceling, great for listening to music while working