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My Default Apps for 2023

A monk meditating on software and applications.

Some time ago I stumbled upon this post by Matt Birchler. Apparently there is a blogging trend goin on. And I am all for it. I hope I am not late.

In this brief post, I’ll list the default apps I use in the 2776th year since the foundation of Rome (commonly known as 2023). This has been a year in which I removed a lot of stuff and I am no longer jumping from app to app (I blame this to deleting my Reddit account).

  • โœ‰๏ธ Mail service: Fastmail (and Gmail for the spam).
  • ๐Ÿ“ฌ Mail client(s): Apple Mail. I don’t mess with emails a lot. I have zero requirements.
  • โœ… Tasks: Things 3 (for long-term things, everything else goes on a scrap of paper most of the time).
  • ๐Ÿ“ฐ RSS service: Inoreader
  • ๐Ÿ—ž๏ธ RSS client: Reeder
  • โŒจ๏ธ Launcher: Raycast
  • โ˜๏ธ Cloud storage: Dropbox
  • ๐ŸŒ… Photo library: iCloud (and a local backup; make your backups guys)
  • ๐Ÿคณ๐Ÿป Photo editing: Pixelmator Pro
  • ๐ŸŒ Web browser: Firefox
  • ๐Ÿ“† Calendar: the Apple default one.
  • ๐Ÿ“– Reading: Readwise Reader (but I may switch)
  • ๐ŸŒค๏ธ Weather: Meteoblue. It is the only one that actually works in my area.
  • ๐ŸŽ™๏ธ Podcasts: Overcast, begrudgenly.
  • ๐ŸŽถ Music: Apple Music and a lot of Bandcamp bought music.
  • ๐ŸŽผ Music Tracker: and RYM
  • ๐Ÿ›น Clipboard manager: Paste
  • ๐Ÿ” Passwords: 1Password
  • ๐Ÿ’ธ Budgeting: hledger (I love it but it is for crazy people)
  • ๐Ÿ˜ Mastodon: Ivory (on iOS), Elk (on the web)
  • ๐Ÿฟ Movie discovery/tracking: TV Time/Sequel
  • ๐Ÿ’๐Ÿปโ€โ™‚๏ธ Social: Mastodon (the last survivor)
  • ๐Ÿ–ผ๏ธ Screenshots: CleanShot X
  • ๐Ÿ“ Notes: Obsidian (but I have a Bear sub for the quick capture on the go; Obsidian is still not there)
  • ๐Ÿงฎ Code Editor: Visual Studio Code, IntelliJ (for work stuff)
  • ๐Ÿ‘จ๐Ÿปโ€๐Ÿ’ป Terminal: Warp
  • ๐Ÿ”Ž Search: Kagi
  • โœˆ๏ธ Flight tracking: Flighty
  • ๐Ÿ“ฆ Package tracking: Parcel
  • ๐Ÿ–Š๏ธ Shortform writing: iA Writer/Obsidian
  • ๐Ÿ“ Lonform writing: Scrivener
  • ๐ŸŒ Url Archiving: AnyBox and SingleFile

I think this should cover up a lot of the apps I used almost daily in 2023. I am pretty happy with this list and I don’t anticipate a lot of changes in 2024. But with my wandering brain, who knows.

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