This is a collection of products and services that work best for me. Maybe they'll work for you, too. I don't receive any compensation for recommending these products.

Code editor: Visual Studio Code

I was a devoted Sublime Text user for ages, but finally hopped on the VSCode bandwagon recently. It's blazingly fast and has an really active, ethusiastic development community, and a vibrant extension ecosystem. After a bit of tweaking I've really grown to love the UI.

Git client: Tower

Tower is a beautifully designed, user-friendly client for Git that simplifies the often confusing git command line.

Git hosting: GitLab

GitLab is similiar to GitHub in a lot of respects, but I appreciate that it's open source, and offers a self-hosted option. Both are great services.

Web hosting: DigitalOcean

Outstanding service and support. I've hosted everything I run through these folks for years and years, and they've never let me down.

Email: Protonmail

There's no such thing as free. Either you're the customer, or you're the product. In the case of free email hosting, your service is paid for by advertising revenue - an industry built around knowing you are and what you do online. The only way to avoid corporations spying on you and sampling your data for marketing purposes is to stop being the product, and pay for a trustworthy service.

Messaging: Signal

A wonderful, open source, end-to-end encrypted secure messaging platform. Snowden approved. You can reach me on there at +1 (650) 382-2602.

Password management: 1Password

Whenever I sign up for a new account somewhere, I use 1Password to generate unique passwords. 1Password does the ardous task of generating a secure, complex password jsut for that service, and better yet remembers it for me, safely and securely. I never even have to bother knowing what the password was, because 1Password will, and it will sign me with a single click next time I visit.

1Password also securely stores all sorts of other information, like credit cards, password photos, social security numbers, server logins - all sorts of stuff.

Everything is encrypted on-device, and is never sent across the Internet unprotected. Better yet, I'm the only one who keeps the master password and encryption key - so not even 1Password themselves can look at my data.

There's loads of password managers out there, but 1Password is the most secure and user friendly one I've found.

Task management: Todoist

I'm one of those people that spends an absolutely ridiculous amount of time trying to find the right productivity tools to fit my life, which ironically is a pretty unproductive way of spending my time. Todoist is hands down my favorite task management tool. It has a great web experience and native apps for every platform, and keeps things simple and straightforward but hides a tremendous amount of functionality beneath the surface, accessible when you want it and hidden away when you don't.

Notes: Notion

Notion is another app that keeps things simple but hides a plethora of powerful features beneath the surface. You can just use it for notes, or tap into it's full document editing, spreadsheets, tasks and project management functions. I love the "block"-based structure, where every workspace is made up of different content elements that can do different things. Text, media, tables, checklists, embedded documents, calendars - there's nothing you can't do with it.

Read later: Instapaper

I appreciate clean, simple services that focus on doing one task exceptionally well, and for saving articles to read later, Instapaper is right for me.

Bookmarking: Pinboard

Speaking of focused services that do their job exceptionally well, Pinboard is my go-to bookmarking service. It's no nonsense and is built with a deep respect for user privacy.

Podcast client: Pocket Casts

I don't think there's a better designed podcasting client out there, and the fact that I can listen to it through any of my devices (even my Sonos) or the web really makes it a no brainer for me.

Desktop photo editing: Affinity Photo

Although I used Adobe products for years, I got fed up with their aggressive Creative Cloud subscription endeavours, which were both expensive and horribly buggy. Affinity Photo is an outstanding photo editing suite that stands toe to toe with Photoshop in nearly every regard. It's available on Windows and Mac, and there's no subscription.

They also offer a fantastic alternative to Adobe Illustrator called Affinity Designer, which is equally powerful to it's competitor. I can't recommend these guys enough!

Mobile photo editing: VSCO

I used VSCO for years back when most of my photo editing was on the desktop using Lightroom, and they've managed to transition their company toward mobile exceptionally well. VSCO's editing tools are powerful and robust without being overwhelming.

Deodorant: Jungleman

Sweating is good, but stinking is bad. Most anti-perspirants and deodorants contain aluminum, which causes pit stains, or in my case, irritate the hell out of my skin. Jungleman is an aluminum-free deodorant that doesn't interfer with your body's sweating process, but stops all that stinky bacteria and it doesn't irritate my skin, or make me smell like a cheap air freshener.

Fitness tracker: Fitbit Charge 2

I love Fitbit's software ecosystem, and I've used their trackers for years and years. I'm currently using a Charge 2 and love it. I may upgrade to a Versa soon, but I'm still on the fence about the whole smart watch stuff. I appreciate the simplicity and focus of my Charge.

Quantified self: Gyroscope

Gyroscope gobbles up my data from all the different products and services I use and gives me a dashboard of my life, day to day and aggregated over years. It's an incredible service and I highly recommend you check it out.

Web browser: Mozilla Firefox

Although I've been a long time Chrome user (really since it first hit beta) I've recently switched back to Firefox with their new Quantum engine. It's faster than Chrome ina lot of cases, and they've really got a brilliant user experience these days. The new Containers system is a god send for people like me who deal with multiple social networking profiles throughout the day, and want to keep their data safely comparmentalized and seperate.

Of course, I also ove Mozilla's whole ethos. They're a non-profit organized, dedicated to advancing the Internet as a global resource. Unlike Google, Mzoilla doesn't have an agenda to sell you out to advertisers.

Web search: DuckDuckGo

If you're looking for a fantastic, powerful search engine that doesn't collect your personal information or track you or your search history, look no further than DuckDuckGo. I deeply appreciate and respect DuckDuckGo's privacy-first mindset. The suggestions are also every bit as accurate as Google, and it has a lot of neat tricks of it's own, like "bangs." Give it a try!