The stuff I use
- MacBook Pro M1 (2021)
Currently a shared laptop between my wife and I, which I use for personal work like this site. The performance on this thing is wonderful.
- Logitech K380
My keyboard of choice for a few years. Cheap, allows easy switching between devices, and small to transport
- Logitech M720 Triathlon
My current mouse, for the same easy switching as the keyboard, and some extra buttons for bringing up App expose on Mac
- iPhone 14 Pro
My current phone. I used Android phones out of spite after Apple "courageously" removed the headphone jack, but Apple managed to lure me back a couple of years ago. I love the Dynamic Island (despite the name), and the apps are still overall better on iOS.
- Bose QuietComfort 35 II
I don't even remember when I bought these, but it was a long time ago now and they were a worthy investment. I have only needed to replace the cushions a couple of times, and the sound is as good as ever.
- Under Armour Storm Recruit backpack
Another piece of kit I've had for years and still going strong. I've used this for daily commutes, every trip I've been on, carrying tons of gear, and it's still in great condition. Not available anymore as far as I can see, but Under Armour outdid themselves with this one.
- Apple Watch SE
One of things that lured me back to iOS was the rubbish selection of smartwatches for Android phones at the time, meaning I was constantly longing for the Apple Watch. I have a fairly basic model at the mo, but it's been an overall great piece of tech. However, nothing will beat the Pebble Time, ever.
Software for Mac
- Visual Studio Code
I don't think there's a single developer left out there who hasn't at least tried VS Code. I used to be all-in with Sublime Text, but former colleagues talked me round to switching and I haven't looked back. My current theme of choice is Cobalt2 by Wes Bos.
I tend to flip between this and iTerm 2, but Hyper has some really nice extensions and theming options that keep dragging me back.
A beautiful browser that's fast and privacy-focused, with a nice command palette. Big selling point was having different profiles, so I can separate my work accounts from my personal accounts.
The best password manager of them all.
I nearly organise my entire life in Notion. Once you get past feeling overwhelmed by what it can do, it's an infinitely useful tool.
- YNAB (You Need A Budget)
I've budgeted money since my very first job as a acne-ridden teenager, and YNAB has been my choice since around 2016. I love the philosophy behind it, and it's helped us plan everything from a wedding, holidays, starting a family, a mortgage deposit, the lot.
A really nice utility app for keeping the screen display on, which is generously available totally for free.
My utility app of choice for window management.
Software for iOS
- Carrot Weather
Weather with a sense of humour and a great UI.
- Pocket Casts
Great little independent podcast app, mostly for listening to Syntax.fm.
My favourite transport app for getting around Edinburgh, London and nearly every city I visit.
I still use RSS feeds! Reeder has been my favourite iOS app since Google Reader got cut.
Great calendar app across all of my Apple devices.
I've been learning Danish 🇩🇰 for a few years now, and Duolingo has a great gamified way of learning.
Still preferred to Apple Music despite the needless iOS limitations.
Used whenever I run or cycle.