My Uses

Listed below is the software and hardware I use on a daily basis which allows me to do my job.

Workstation

Laptop

14" MacBook Pro 2021 (M1 Max, 10-core CPU, 32-core GPU, 64GB Unified RAM, 2TB SSD)

After coming from the 16" Intel i9 version, this one is more portable and handles multiple IDEs and development tools without an issue.

Monitor

Apple Studio Display (Nano-texture Display)

Coming from the LG UltraFine 5K, this display has no glare and is much easier on the eyes. I also love the fact that it is lighter and thinner than the LG UltraFine 5K.

Chair

Herman Miller Lino

Coming from the SecretLabs chair, this is more comfortable for longer durations, back support is fantastic.

Development

Analytics

Fathom Analytics

I like their privacy-first approach and easy-to-use dashboard.

Components

Flowbite

They've got tons of great components, and I love their customised graphs, makes my website stand out.

IDE

PHPStorm

My IDE of choice, it is extremely fast, easy-to-use and the suggested completions are much better than I ever got with VS Code (even with extensions).

Database GUI

TablePlus

I love the ease of simplicity and the functionality that this app provides. I often launch it from the command line using environment variables, which is extremely useful to me.

API Testing

Paw

For debugging and playing around with APIs, it has been phenomenal for my use, this has blown Postman or even Insomnia out of the water in my own use. The UI has been amazing to use, very easy and a great overall experience.

Debugging

Ray

When debugging my websites having a separate application to view these has been very useful. It is a great tool for monitoring queries to make sure I'm not slowing them down with unneeded data.

Email Testing

HELO

When testing and building email templates within my apps, I use it for ensuring they appear correctly and validating links that I provide on them.

Misc

Branding

IndieBrands

I love using this platform for purchasing pre-branded and ready-to-go domains.

Editor Font

Mono Lisa

This is my personal font of choice as it is easy to read, and overall looks pleasant when writing code.

CSS Framework

Tailwind CSS

It has been extremely useful for building rapid websites, without the fear of not being able to maintain them.

Security

YubiKey

I use hardware keys for my 2-factor security. These have been much easier to login with, without fearing security, and just require a physical key.

Screenshots

CleanShotX

I often take screenshots, whether it be new additions to my websites, or showing other forms of work. This has been super light, and has been fantastic for video or even GIF recordings.

Password Manager

1Password

After trying Dashlane and Bitwarden, I recently switched to 1Password and I love their native support for SSH keys. Not to mention they support hardware keys!

Web Design

Figma

This app has been extremely useful for quickly playing around with designs, and has many community-built plugins that have been great.