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A New Computer

I’m still downloading all the software after half a day’s work

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This is the peal-away back of a rainbow corgi that was the first sticker I put on my new computer. This illustration is 100% my kid who brought this corgo to life. He was my supervisor for the installattion of approximatly 22 apps on my new computer.

Today I got a new computer. Even though I had made a list days prior – I still spend a whole day installing apps. Here is a list that I made it most of the way through. They are mostly native apps I installed. I'm very excited about having a more streamlined setup thanks to this house cleaning effort.

Productivity #

  1. Password Manager - been using one for several years now and it helped make this process painless.
  2. Arc Browser - This is my browser because it has split screen and a bunch of other user-friendly features.
  3. Dropbox - I really appriciate the selective sync feature. I'm also a big user of Dropbox Paper which I use to draft longer posts and collaborate on edits. There are a lot of features here that I wish I could use at work.
  4. Telegram - I keep up with my work colleagues here. One key feature is how it avoices the blue bubble problem.
  5. Whatsapp - In my experience this is the only app to talk to people who are international, like some additional work colleagues.
  6. Messenger - This is the way I talk to family
  7. Slack - I am a member of several organizations including Research Operations, DesignOps Assembly, Sanity-io-land, among others
  8. Discord - There are some other communities I like to hop into once and a while. Ask me what they are.
  9. Zoom - I'm discontent with it, but what else is there?
  10. Outlook - This is honestly really good and it is amazing to see Microsoft starting to have great design in their applications. I like using Outlook because the email and calendar are in the same app. I also have to use it at work – so I have muscle memory for it.
  11. Calibre - I sometimes make ebooks, and without inDesign this is the best way to do it.

De$ign Stuff #

  1. Figma - This app has been a game changer for the industry and I'm not sorry about being a groupie
  2. Affinity Suite - I have version 1 of thier apps Photo, Designer, and Publisher. For my purposes there is not yet a need to upgrade to v2 – and they promise that thier perpetual licenses will always be offered.
  3. Davinci Resolve - I've always loved video editing and I'm hoping to get to play around a little now that I have a more powerful laptop. Bonus points because this is a free app!
  4. Colour Contrast Checker - I use the mac app to make sure that designs are accessible.
  5. Mouseless - This is a gamified app to learn keyboard shortcuts - which is a superpower of great technologists. I just found out that development has been discontinued.
  6. H&Co Ditital Type Capsule - I own this set of typefaces for the Operator Mono which I use in my code editor. I also installed Inter to use on my website. But you are more likely seeing a system font unless you have Inter Variable installed.

Development Stuff #

  1. Visual Studio Code - This is what I use to make this website and other small websites for friends and family.
  2. Homebrew - This is how I get web development sarted and downloaded Node so that I can make this website.
  3. I installed a couple of command line interfaces including Sanity CLI, Netlify CLI, and Github CLI. Thats because I’m doing my best to look cool while computing.

For Fun #

  1. Spotify - I listen to more podcasts on here than I do music. But right now I’m listening to my favorite playlist called Dark Wave.
  2. Steam - With my new more powerful machine I hope to play some games with my daugher including: Untitled Goose Game, Nour: Play with your Food, my old favorite Firewatch and Bluey: The Video Game (afraid this one is windows-only).

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