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The Tools I Use


Here's a list of software and hardware that I use on a regular basis as a developer and content creator. I will be keeping it updated.

Quick Jump: OS | Code Editor and Terminal | Notable Apps | Computer, Desk and Phone | Recording and Music

Every once in a while an email 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 article updated.

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


Code Editor and Terminal

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 training / consulting sessions 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.

  • For finance tracking and accounting I like GnuCash. It is way better than Excel for accounting and it’s open source.

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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