Colophon

col•o•phon (kŏlˈə-fŏnˌ, -fən) (def.) n. A page on a website identifying the details of its creation, such as the author’s name and the technologies used. (from Wiktionary)

Computer Hardware

Apple Macbook Pro 17″

This is my main workhorse still. One of these days I’ll get around to replacing it, but no other computer has been so solid and so helpful. I’m looking forward to a retina monitor and better battery, however there’s not much wrong with this Early 2009 desktop-grade machine. It’ll probably become my local media host when I upgrade.

iPhone 6S+

Simply, this is the best device I have ever owned.

Airport Extreme

A solid router that works very well, and is worth paying for. Cheap wireless routers aren’t a bargain.


Servers

Amazon Web Services Elastic Compute Cloud (AWS EC2)

This is where this site is hosted. One of the best ways to handle hosting is to control the server you use, and it’s also very economical. The server is just a t1.micro, and it’s about $11/month. You can try it now for free for a year.

 

Dropbox

The de facto sharing service. If you want some free space, just sign up. I use this for files I don’t mind being public; my server is uploaded and backed up through Dropbox. My personal information is not on Dropbox.

 

Gmail

Because despite all the downside, it’s still the best service available.

 



Software

Hazel

Essentially a utility that should be standard fare, this application cleans up for you. This isn’t like cleaning on the system level; rather it’s intended to do things like “empty trash every 12 hours” or “delete files from download folder after 4 days” or “move all screenshots from desktop to screenshots after 10 minutes.” Like Bartender, this should actually be bought by Apple and just simply added to OS X as part of the System Preferences. The rules along with the multi-user uninstall cleanup make this an absolute essential.

Tweetbot

The Mac version of Tweetbot is a great app, and a much better experience than twitter.com is.

Bartender

This application keeps all of those icons in your upper-right-corner bar from littering up the place. While it’s not absolutely essential, I like this enough to say that this is how OS X should handle it, and that Apple should buy and integrate this software immediately.


iPhone/iPad Apps

Tweetbot

Tweetbot is the Twitter app that Twitter should have made. If you tweet at all, you owe yourself this app. It actually makes Twitter a better experience. I wouldn’t tweet much without it.

theScore

tS is the best sports app available. Sorry, ESPN, but this is what you should be doing. Clean, clear scores, updated often. Alerts that offer lots of options. Lines. Most leagues worldwide. News. News alerts. But most of all, control over when it alerts you, and when it doesn’t. The cool thing it has besides great design is “Hot Games”. Sometimes, that’s really what you want to know.

1Password

You should be using 1password for your computer. This extends your password availability for when you aren’t on your own machine, when you’re using password protected mobile sites, and will also keep your important vitals like credit card information and other id numbers. It’s also a backup by being another way to lock up your things.

Evernote

If you want to look at or compose notes on the go, this is the way to do it. It’s a bit clunky, but it’s better to have than not.

System Activity Monitor

Oh, you want to clear your phone’s memory and see if it starts behaving? This is your app.

Golfshot

It’s the app I use for keeping score when I play golf. It gives great previews, etc. Buy “Classic” for $30, and never worry about a subscription fee.


Retired

NuGuard KX iPhone Case

I’m not one to use a case to cover my screen, and this one offers great protection with an open face side. Great case for my iPhone 5.

iPhone 5

iPad 3

Asepsis

I really didn’t care for all those .ds_store files. Asepsis just does one thing; it keeps them from happening. If you normally view hidden files, but you don’t care for those files adding up, this is for you. I use dropbox to sync files on servers, and this keeps those .ds_store files off the server.

RadarScope

RadarScope is the best radar app by a long shot. It is not a “weather” app. No temps, no “friendly” explanations. Instead, this app gives you raw radar feeds usually no more than 2 minutes old. It also gives different layers and readings of radar, not just the “composite” you see on weather apps. After a little usage, you can start to predict the minute that rain will show up or get heavier or stop. Sometimes, that’s rather important.

Apple Mac Mini 2005 – retired

I’ll give this an honorary mention because for nine years, my first Mac chugged along without complaint. It took a lightning strike to finally get the machine to go into recycle, but what an absolute workhorse. I’d highly recommend any Mac Mini for the specific jobs they do.

MatColophon