10 Favorites for 2010
Ten of my favorite tools for everyday work and life.
1. Macbook Air
I’m using a Gen 2 with 128Gb SSD.
It’s more expensive than a netbook, but the
MBA is the best lightweight, reliable
portable computer around.
I pair with a 24” Cinema Display for a
sweet setup at my desk, placing the MBA
to the left for dual screen goodness.
Sonian’s dev team is mostly virtual, and
Skype allows us to all collaborate with
chat, voice and video.
Virtual dev teams can be hugely
successful if you remove all collaboration
friction. Skype is communication
Every dev team needs a tool for great
project management. Unfuddle is the
perfect mix of features and ease of use to
support our needs for ticket management,
wiki, milestones and time tracking.
4. Google Docs
Gmail and Google Apps/Docs is easy
There are some rough edges on Docs and
Spreadsheets, but now there is centralized
document management and no more
emailing Word files around to
5. Pico Pads
I drive a lot and use the time for some
“deep thinking” on various projects.
I use Pico Pads to take a quick note and
clear my mind for the next thought.
6. Amazon Prime
I live 2 hours from major shopping areas,
so making a quick trip to the mall is not
Amazon Prime (free 2-day shipping for a
low annual fee) allows me near
immediate gratification for many items
I would purchase at a store.
Some days I have a 4 hour commute, and
most days I try to exercise for at least 45
Audible keeps my IPod well stocked with
listening material for drive and workout
The Omni Group builds great products
for the Mac. Omnigraffle is my favorite
because I use it to create wireframes,
quick graphics editing, and really has
become my default tool to build a
“picture” when words just aren’t good
enough to describe an idea.
9. iWork 09
Sometimes GDocs isn’t up to the task for
a great looking presentation or
iWork “just works” and is super easy for
“Photoshop challenged” to create awesome
looking visual materials.
10. Useful Utilities
Imagewell :: Simple image editing.
Wordpress :: What more can be said?
Chromium :: Waiting for official OS X.
Skitch :: Screen snap and image share
SuperDuper! :: Painless disk cloning
Time Machine and Capsule :: Easy backup
Blackberry 8703e (upgrading to a
Nexus 1 CDMA Andriod phone soon.)
SIRIUS Satellite Radio - ‘Chill 35’ for
Sky Planter - “Green up” the office