Favorite Things:

I'm regularly asked about the tools I use so I've compiled this list of some of my favorite things, everything from network attached storage to leaf blowers. You can find a random collection below, most of the links are to Amazon or to the App store. When you purchase from this page I may receive a small affiliate commission so go crazy...

Mac Software

  • Byword - Simple but powerful text editor
  • Backblaze - My offsite backup solution of choice. $5/mo for unlimited backup.
  • Bartender - If you have any number of menu bar items, you need Bartender to keep them organized
  • 1Password - Password management, generation, secure notes and more. 
  • PDFpen Pro - My PDF editor or choice. Add signatures, text, images, edit and annotate.
  • Evernote - Where I store "everything else" 
  • Clarify - Create powerful documentation and export to PDF, or the web
  • Contacts Cleaner - A fix for stray, duplicate and improperly formatted contacts
  • CleanMyMac - Uninstall applications, remove plugins and extensions, clear up hard drive space.
  • FotoMagico - If you have a reason to make photo slideshow, this is the App you must use.
  • Audiobook Builder - Easily convert CDs into bookmarkable audio files for iTunes or iPod
  • BusyCal - Better calendar management, iCal on steroids
  • Tweetbot - My preferred twitter client. Awesome filters
  • Soulver - My scratchpad for any math I need to do. Better than a calculator, simpler than a spreadsheet.
  • Reeder - My RSS  client of choice on the Mac
  • Day One - A journaling application
  • Fantastical - Quick access to create calendar items in the finder using natural language
  • Piezo - The fastest and easiest way to record audio on your Mac
  • LaunchBar - my current launcher of choice. But Alfred is great too.
  • Jettison - Easily eject drives from the Finder.
  • Mountain - Easily mount, eject or keep volumes mounted. I use this for keeping my Drobo 5N mounted.
  • CloudPull - Backup your Gmail, GoogleDocs, Contacts and more.
  • Caffeine - Keep your Mac awake and active. Perfect for presentations.
  • PhotoSweeper - Best way I've found to eliminate duplicates from iPhoto
  • OmniFocus - This is how I manage everything I have to do in my life.
  • TextExpander - expand custom keyboard shortcuts into frequently-used text and pictures.

iOS Software

  • Byword - Simple but powerful text editor
  • 1Password - Password management, generation and more. 
  • PDFPen 2 for iOS - edit and sign PDFs on the go, syncs with PDFpen for Mac and iPad
  • Overcast - My full-featured podcatcher of choice on iOS.
  • Authy - a better tool to manage your two-factor authentication tokens. Lets you manage tokens on multiple devices and backup/restore tokens
  • Fantastical 2 for iPhone- Quickly enter calendar events on iOS using natural language. iPad version also available.
  • Evernote - Access and store "everything else" on the go
  • Drafts - My replacement for scratch paper
  • Due - Quick and easy reminders on iOS and the Apple Watch
  • MyFitnessPal - A full-featured food and exercise tracker
  • Instapaper - My preferred "read it later" solution
  • Day One - Journaling application
  • TweetBot 4 - My preferred Twitter application.
  • OmniOutliner 2 - The best outlining applicaiton
  • OmniFocus 2  - Powerful task management for iOS and the Apple Watch
  • Screens - Easy remote access from your iOS device
  • Delivery Status Touch - How I keep track of all my packages and deliveries. Syncs to your Mac via a dashboard widget.
  • Mr. Reader - My preferred way to read RSS feeds on my iPad
  • Cloak - Available for Mac and iOS, keeps my browsing secure via VPN on the go.
  • Price Radar - Watch items on Amazon and receive notifications when their price drops.
  • Duet Display - Turn your iPad into a second display for your Mac
  • TextExpander 3 for iOS - TextExpander comes to iOS
  • RelayFM - Listen live to all your favorite Relay FM shows.

Tech Hardware

For the Home:



  • Mac Power Users - If you're going to start listening to podcasts, really you should start with mine
  • MacRoundtable - A group of Mac luminaries, that I get to join from time to time.
  • Accidental Tech Podcast - Marco Arment, Casey Liss, and John Siracusa talk about Apple, Technology and all kinds of geeky things
  • Mac Geek Gab - Question and Answer format, awesome troubleshooting tips and lots of geeky Apple stuff
  • Analog(ue)- A show about how technology makes us feel and how it changes our lives, for the better and worse.
  • Upgrade - Jason Snell's weekly podcast on relay.fm. Primarily Apple focused, but talks about how tech companies like Apple, Amazon and Google continue to drive us into the future.


  • Paperless  - David Sparks - 32 screencasts, 4 movies, over 26,000 words, and other rich-media assets to turn you into a paperless wizard
  • Email (iBook) David Sparks - Why email has become such a problem for everyone and how can you manage it more effectively
  • Evernote Essentials - Brett Kelly - You can spend hours and hours of your time on experimentation and trial-and-error, trying to find the best way to make Evernote or you can read this and learn from the expert in an afternoon.
  • Total Money Makeover - Dave Ramsey - Not a tech book, but changed how I think about money. I regularly give this as a gift to young adults.
  • Getting Things Done - David Allen's book on the GTD methodology. 

If you want to see the things I'm currently interested in, take a peek at my Amazon Wish List