Seems that a lot of developers are creating these /uses pages after discovering Wes Bos’s /uses page.

My favorite of these happens to be from Jon Suh. His /uses page includes a photo, which is what I did here.

While I was interning, I had enough money to make my desk setup look sick as Wes and Scott would say. So some of the stuff below will change.

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Let’s start with my gear.

Next Gen Gear


  • VS Code
    • It does everything I need it to do. Atom was nice and had a lot of features but goddamn it’s hella slow. So I went back to VS Code 2 and couldn’t be happier.
  • Oh My Zsh
    • I will never use a terminal without this installed.
  • Sketch for UI design
  • Boom 3D
    • This makes everything sound amazing.
  • Xcode
  • Chrome
  • PopClip
    • Using PopClip is a lifesaver. When it doesn’t work I am lost.
  • Alfred
    • Workflows make this my favorite app. I can’t live without it. You can find my workflows here. I have way too many, I admit.
  • Text Expander
  • Lightroom CC
    • For basic edits. Yeah, I bit on the Adobe train but only the photography bundle with 1TB of storage.
  • Lightroom Classic CC
    • For all my editing needs. It is what I started using years ago. Muscle memory, and all that.
  • Amphetamine to keep my Mac awake
  • Shell Runner
    • To test shell scripts
  • BetterSnapTool is my choice for window snapping.
  • Quiver is a programmers notebook to take notes with syntax highlighting and markdown support. Supports many languages 3.
  • Tweetbot 2
    • The 3rd iteration hogs CPU and memory. If it was more efficient I’d use it; the ability to add gifs right in the app is killer. But it freezes constantly. So I use v2.
  • Franz. This is a chat aggregator. Open source and wayyyyyy better looking than Rambox.
  • Things 3 for tasks.4
  • Notion for Project management.5
  • Evernote
    • Nothing beats it for note-taking and archiving.
  • Fantastical 2 for scheduling
  • Dash 4. 6
  • Sip for Mac for a color picker
  • ScreenFlow
    • As I get into making egghead lessons and more screencasts for That Mac Nerd, I need a heavy duty piece of software to do so. Screenflow fits the bill.
  • Open Broadcaster Software
    • Going to stream at Twitch soon enough. This is the gold standard but their Mac app is terribly behind the Windows app.
  • Private Internet Access VPN
    • Should always have a VPN.
  • CloudApp
    • This is how I share bugs and other things with devs and dev teams. Also an easy way to make a gif of a feature or bug on my Mac.
  • Setapp
    • It finally has enough utilities to make it worth the subscription price for me.

I Use a lot of software, I admit

But I use ALL OF IT.

So this is my setup and what I am currently using. You can show me your dev setup on Twitter.

  1. Got the gold and this will be my last iPhone for a while. No need to upgrade yearly as these phones are more than capable of lasting a couple years. 

  2. I did have Ulysses installed. They even featured me on their blog. I mainly used it to post to WordPress and since I am on Gatsby and Jekyll for everything now I don’t need the subscription. I feel really bad. But now I use VSCode for this and a couple scripts to post here and my other blogs. 

  3. Even brainfuck! 

  4. This is the only task manager that I actually look at and use. It is that beautiful, simple, and it has impressed me far more than any task manager in recent memory. 

  5. This is such a deep app and I am in love with it. After avoiding it because I was a heavy user of Evernote and quite liked it, there were things that annoyed me about it. Everyone talked about this app, Notion and I signed up. Been using it for two weeks and I have paid the subscription. It’s that good. Still setting it up but here’s my dashboard

  6. Offline docs ftw! Plus much more.