What I Use

Hardware

WD 4TB Black My Passport (USB 3.0)

27″ Dell Ultra HD 4k Monitor P2715Q –  Fantastic Monitor!

Spigen Apple Watch Stand – Great cheap little stand to put along side night stand.

Moko Tablet Stand – Great for the iPhone 7 Plus, any iPad or notepad.

TP-Link AC3150 Wireless Wi-Fi Gigabit Router – Current router. I have no complaints. Blankets entire house and 50 feet surrounding the home outside. On any given day, which a full family, 18+ devices are in use with no issues.

AUKEY USB-C Hub – Great little USB-C Hub for the new generation MacBooks.

Mobile Device

I have been using an iPhone now for the last couple of years. I currently have the latest model, the iPhone 7 plus.  The iPhone is an extension of the desktop.

Browsers

I often get asked what internet browser I use on a day to day basis. I have recently switched and use Google Chrome exclusively now. I still use Internet Explorer, Firefox and Safari from time to time, but my day-to-day is Chrome.

Browser Extensions

Last Pass – I strongly recommend for online password management. You will need to remember one password! I support the LastPass by purchasing their Premium Service ( Only $12/year )

Xmarks – It will keep your bookmarks in sync no matter what computer you are using.

uBlock Origin – An efficient blocker for Chromium and Firefox. Fast and lean.

Utilities

On new macs, the first thing I do is setup my dotfiles and custom scripts that I have on GitHub. This sets up my machine in a matter of minutes.

DropBox – Cross platform software that allows you to take your files anywhere.

TextExpander – TextExpander (OS X) saves you countless keystrokes with customized abbreviations for your frequently-used text strings and images. Incredibly useful in everything I do!

AutoHotKey – AutoHotKey (Win) is similar to TextExpander which saves you a ton of typing with customized keystrokes.

GeekTool – Allows you to place static and dynamic content on your desktop.

Divvy – Window management for applications

Growl – Notification system. I use Prowl, a plugin and app for iOS to receive push notifications from Growl.

f.lux – f.lux makes your computer screen look like the room you’re in, all the time. When the sun sets, it makes your computer look like your indoor lights. In the morning, it makes things look like sunlight again.

Web Utilities

IFTTT – “If This, Than That” – I use this service to automate my online life. Highly recommended!

Productivity

Remember The Milk (RTM) – I use this on a daily basis! Great way to get organized and on track! Always in sync on the browser and my smartphone. $39.99/year is well worth the cost! Gifts are available to send to people… wink wink… 

Google Calendar – Organize your calendar and always in sync on the browser and my smartphone.

Google Reader Tiny Tiny RSS – With Google retiring Google Reader, I wanted to be able to control my environment and decided to go with open source web based news feed reader. Tiny Tiny RSS was the answer…

Virtualization

VMware Fusion – Virtualization software which allows me to run multiple operating systems on one machine.

Backups

Your as good as your last backup! I firmly believe that if a file does not exist in three locations, it is not safe. I go into a deeper review on how I backup my data, click here to see that post.

Misc. Items

Aukey “flush” Car Charger – Who uses the cigarette lighter port anymore?

Pentel EnerGel Liquid Gel Pen, 0.5mm, Needle Tip – Black or Blue Ink – By far, the best pen I have ever used. Not bad for the price!