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...

Software

  • 1Password - Password management, generation, secure notes and more. 
  • Amphetamine - Keep your Mac awake and active. Perfect for presentations.
  • Audiobook Builder - Easily convert CDs into bookmarkable audio files for iTunes or iPod
  • 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
  • BusyCal - Better calendar management, iCal on steroids
  • BusyContacts - Better contact management
  • Clarify - Create powerful documentation and export to PDF, or the web
  • Cloak - Available for Mac and iOS, keeps my browsing secure via VPN on the go.
  • Contacts Cleaner - A fix for stray, duplicate and improperly formatted contacts
  • CleanMyMac - Uninstall applications, remove plugins and extensions, clear up hard drive space.
  • Day One - Journaling application
  • Delivery Status Touch - How I keep track of all my packages and deliveries. Syncs to your Mac via a dashboard widget. Also available for the Mac.
  • Duet Display - Turn your iPad into a second display for your Mac
  • Drafts - My replacement for scratch paper
  • Due - Quick and easy reminders on iOS and the Apple Watch
  • Evernote - Where I store "everything else" 
  • Fantastical - Quick access to create calendar items in the finder using natural language
  • FotoMagico - If you have a reason to make photo slideshow, this is the App you must use.
  • Instapaper - My preferred "read it later" solution
  • Jettison - Easily eject drives from the Finder.
  • LaunchBar - my current launcher of choice. But Alfred is great too.
  • MyFitnessPal - A full-featured food and exercise tracker
  • OmniFocus - This is how I manage everything I have to do in my life.
  • OmniOutliner 2 - The best outlining application
  • Overcast - My full-featured podcatcher of choice on iOS.
  • PDFpen Pro - My PDF editor or choice. Add signatures, text, images, edit and annotate.
  • Piezo - The fastest and easiest way to record audio on your Mac
  • PhotoSweeper - Best way I've found to eliminate duplicates from iPhoto
  • Price Radar - Watch items on Amazon and receive notifications when their price drops.
  • Reeder - My RSS  client of choice on the Mac
  • Screens - Easy remote access from your iOS device
  • Soulver - My scratchpad for any math I need to do. Better than a calculator, simpler than a spreadsheet.
  • TextExpander - expand custom keyboard shortcuts into frequently-used text and pictures.
  • Tweetbot - My preferred twitter client. Awesome filters

Tech Hardware

For the Home:

  • Amazon Prime - $99 a year for free 2 day shipping on most items in the Amazon catalog plus a growing catalog streaming video content makes Amazon my default place to shop.
  • Nest Thermostat - A smart thermostat for the home
  • Hue lights - Because really, who doesn't want lights you can control from the internet? Now with HomeKit support. You can get a less-expensive white-only version here.
  • NewerTech Power2U - Replace your power sockets with two additional USB ports Great for kitchens and countertops 
  • Magnetic Cable Organizer - A simple and elegant solution to cable clutter
  • APC BE550G - If you care about it, plug it into a battery backup
  • Belkin SurgeMaster 6-Outlet: Simply add additional outlets and surge protection
  • TiVo Roamo - If you are going to use a DVR, it's worth it to be using a TiVo. While the Plus is probably the best value, the basic Roamo is the only one that will support OTA Antenna
  • Apple TV - my "puck" of choice and probably the best choice for anyone who is tied deep to the Apple ecosystem. The Amazon Fire TV would be my second choice. 
  • Eero 3-Pack - Powerful, easy to setup and feature set of routers to cover your home in Wi-Fi.
  • Schuamacher XP400 Portable Power Source  Jumpstart your car or charge your devices in a pinch
  • Keurig Mini - Easy coffee for one
  • Krispy Kreme K-Cups- My current everyday coffee choice
  • Black & Decker Cordless Electric Broom - Great for blowing off the driveway or patio
  • Pyrex Glass Storage Set - These glass containers are more convenient than plastic. I bought a couple sets and tossed my old containers.

 

Podcasts:

  • 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.

Books:

  • 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