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My Personal Technology

At it’s best, technology can be a tool for collaborative thought, communication, & friendship. It can also help you deal with BS more efficiently so you have more time for those other things. This document is intended to document my personal technology stack, mostly for my own purposes so that I know what I’m doing. I have a philosophy of liberally spending money on technology that will help me communicate, and being excruciating frugal in other areas.

Hardware

Macbook 13” // iPhone 11 Pro

I’ve been locked in as a Mac user for 20 years. I used an iPhone SE up until early 2020, when I learned that they weren’t going to make another phone of that size in the foreseeable future. It’s still my preferred phone size. I hate that I get “sucked in” to using this phone more than I used the iPhone SE, and that it can’t slip unnoticed into a pants pocket. When I’m more optimistic, I think that this upgrade will help me communicate – the battery and camera are nice. But mostly I’m mad about it.

Email

Superhuman

[LOCKED IN] There’s a $10 per month plan if you work for non-profits. It’s really good.

Calendar

Apple Calendar

[HAPPY] Apple Calendar, backed by Google Calendar

Todo

Todoist // Notion

[MOSTLY HAPPY] I’ve started to use Notion for organizational tasks, and the workflow between Notion and Todoist is still in flux.

Notes

Notion // Bear

[IN FLUX] I’ve used other tools in the past for this – Bear, Apple Notes, Evernote, Google Docs. I have notes to migrate from these other tools. We are using Notion for CIVIC, and I think it makes sense to use Notion for everything.

Code

VSCode

[LOCKED IN] Happy with my setup here.

Browser

Firefox // Chrome

[IN FLUX] I really try to use Firefox for most things, on principle, but it has been recently very painful. The aggressive privacy tracking breaks a good third of websites. However, the only reason that I’m able to use it is that I found this extension that I use to automatically opens every Google application in Chrome. Unfortunately, despite Mozilla’s efforts, Google makes the Google Apps experience in other browsers just shitty enough that it really doesn’t make sense.

Music

Apple Music // Spotify

[LOCKED IN] I was very early on streaming music. I use Apple Music because of the integration with the Apple ecosystem and I can listen to my personal music collection of things that aren’t available for streaming & streaming music in one place. They need to offer more API access though! There are awesome applications like Pacemaker that let you do creative things like DJ with Spotify that aren’t available on Apple Music, so I am a subscriber to both.