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The Tools I Use

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Every once in a while an e-mail rolls in where someone asks me about my development environment or has questions about certain hardware.

I thought it would be fun to list out everything I use here. Keep in mind, I change things around quite a bit, but I will keep this post updated.

If I missed anything, let me know in the comments at the bottom of the post.


  • Windows 10 Professional as a host, and xubuntu 14 as a guest. It’s not a “normal” Windows set up by any means because I run nearly every app I have through a VM. Check out the full guide because you get the best of both worlds without having to dual boot.

  • DexPot for managing virtual work spaces. It’s one of my favorite tools and I’ve written about it before.

Code editor and terminal

  • Sublime Text 3 is my goto editor. A while back I wrote a detailed guide that shows how I configured it. I want to switch to VSCode eventually but I feel like it’s still not there, but it’s getting closer every month.

  • XFCE4 terminal with the Droid Sans Mono font at size 10. That font is free by the way.

  • tmux. I’ve written a guide on tmux if you’re interested in learning how to use it.

Notable apps

  • For browsers I’ve used Opera from about 2006 to 2014, then I tried FireFox for a year and now I use Chrome. I’m happy with Chrome in terms of performance.

  • I do most of my consultations through Google Hangouts, and I use this nifty Chrome extension to run it as a standalone app. It’s great for quick chats too.

  • Momentum is another really cool Chrome extension to keep you on track. I wrote about that in a post on defeating procrastination a while ago.

  • I spend a lot of time on IRC which I’ve written about in the past. My favorite IRC client is HexChat.

  • For password management I use a command line tool called pass. Currently at 200+ passwords.

Computer, desk and phone

Recording and music

  • I’m a HUGE fan of Camtasia 9 for recording screencasts. It’s what I used in my latest Docker course and will be using for future courses. It easily saves me dozens of hours of editing for each course. It also works for MacOS and Windows, and you can use 1 license on more than 1 machine.

  • I use an Audio-Technica AT2005 dynamic microphone. In my opinion it’s the best screencast / podcast microphone you’re going to find unless you spend $300-400+. It’s what I used for the Dive Into Docker course (and all courses in the foreseeable future). I also use a Dragonpad pop filter and this boom arm. The arm really helps with positioning and reducing keyboard noise.

  • I do all of my audio editing and music listening through a pair of Sony MDR V6 headphones and I’m extremely pleased with them. I wrote a huge guide on how to pick headphones before, so check that out. I think I will use these headphones for the rest of my life.

  • REAPER is the only audio processing software that I use. It’s an excellent DAW and lets you process audio in real-time. That is super important since I record so much audio for my courses because it cuts down a lot of time on post-production editing.

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