Recommendations

This is completely unprompted and entirely unnecessary, but I’ve always enjoyed when other people have listed things that they recommend or endorse in their daily lives. Whether it be items they use at home or work, music they listen to, sites and apps they use, or clothes they wear, it’s usually fascinating why people chose the things they like and reasons they do. It offers a little better insight into who they are. So, here’s a list of some of the things I recommend. I hope you get a little better idea who I am and what I’m about.

I’ll start with one of the more safe and obvious choices.

Apple Products

I’ve been an Apple person from the moment I got my first iBook G3 Clamshell in 2001. Although that wasn’t my first exposure to Macs, it was the one that really converted me from my PC preference. The interface was so friendly and intuitive and matched wonderfully with the cute clamshell case.

The way Apple’s OS has been written for Apple hardware, it makes the experience so much more true to how it is intended to perform. This is my biggest disappointment with Microsoft and now Android OSs, while they are perfectly fine and powerful operating systems, when they are paired with third party hardware companies who are then allowed to add their own layer of bloatware on top. It makes the experience less friendly and more vulnerable. Vulnerability is not really something you have to deal with on the Mac OS, so long as you’re using the system responsibly. It also helps that all the Mac OS flavors natively work between devices. So, if I want to swap between desktop to laptop or laptop to phone, I can do so without the need to install third party applications on all those devices. It’s all baked right in.

My current apple devices include iMac (27-inch, Mid 2011), Macbook Pro (Retina, 15-inch, Mid 2015) which is my primary machine, iPad Pro 9.7, iPhone 6, and Apple Watch series 1, Apple TV 3rd and 4th generations.

Related Links: Daring Fireball9to5Mac, Mac Rumors, Six Colors

Apple Software

Adobe Suite for heavy lifting image and video processing. This is where my passion and creativity really take shape. I’ve been using Photoshop since I converted to Mac and immediately fell in love with its power. I’m getting more exposure to the video processing with my day job at a journalism college and I can already see the benefit over more consumer friendly sorftware, like iMovie. My next forey is going to be with the web design applications within Adobe’s suite.

GeekTool for desktop customization. I rely on the script functionality for a simple calendar and server connectivity views. I also have a to do list defined that pulls from a text file, so I’m always reminded what my next task should be. It is a very powerful tool that I underutilize. Here is a tutorial on how to get started using Geektool and some inspiration on what to add to your desktop.

Spotify for streaming music. I’m not sold on iTunes streaming yet. I feel like it’s trying to play catch up with Spotify at this point. Although I would like a couple features that only iTunes offers, like playing a single stream to multiple devices (think Sonos) or radio stations and personalities (even though I hear this is something Spotify is playing with).

TextWrangler for all text and code processing. TextWrangler is great at parsing languages and stylizing the text for readability. I would really love to have his bigger brother BBEdit, but I’m cheap.

HyperLapse (iphone app) for more control when taking timelapses. It’s mainly used for Instagram, but you can also save to your Photos. It allows for 1x up to 12x (with 2x intervals between) time frame savings. 1x even preserves sound recording. Its a bit of a one trick pony, but it’s really good at what it does. Love this compared to Apple’s built in timelapse.

Levis Jeans

511 or 514 style. The quality and look of Levis Jeans are classic. There’s nothing like them. They’re well worth the price.

MagKey

I’m not a big fan of jangling keys, especially in my car. It was such a small change to add these to my keyring, but it makes me so happy to not have to hear that sound. I know its weird, you’ll just have to take my word on it.

I pair it with an S-Biner Microlock for a compact carabiner solution for multiple keyring access. Plus they lock for added protection.

 

Stanley Vacuum Mug 20oz

I haven’t bought into the Yeti hype. This is nearly half the price and looks much more rugged and manly. And it flat out works. My coffee is hot for hours after I pour it. I’ve placed ice water in it and had it still have ice nearly 12 hours later. And it’s a great color.

It is a little bit difficult to clean, but it’s dishwasher safe, from my experience.

Canon Cameras

I’ve owned Canon film cameras, but I recently started using a 7D and I’ve fallen in love with how easy it is to use. I’ve owned a Pentax DSLR, but it’s quality and speed were not comparable. Nor was it as easy to use. I’m in love with the scroll wheel. Its reminiscent of that feel from the classic iPod.

As I get more familiar with the camera, I imagine I’m going to feel the itch to upgrade the lense and/or body. My fiance isn’t going to like that when I show her how much I’m wanting, even though she shares my photography passion. In fact, she’s a better photographer and more passionate than me. So, maybe it’s a non issue!

 

This isn’t a complete list, by any means, but there’s only so much attention I could expect you to give me. So, let me know if this is something you’re interested in seeing more of. It would be cool to keep this as a recurring post.

 

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