This page is a succinct overview of the tools I use, manage, and self-host. I try to use open-source where possible.
Primary Computer & Development.
- Operating System: macOS on a MacBook Air M1.
- Browser: Firefox as a daily-driver, Chrome for work.
- Search Engine: Juggling Google and DuckDuckGo at the moment.
- Email: Fastmail (previously Migadu).
- IDE/Code Editor: VS Code.
- Terminal (Shell): Apple Terminal (zsh).
- Image Editor: Photopea.
- API Testing: cURL, Insomnia, Postman.
- Database GUI: Postico, Sequel Ace, DBeaver CE.
On short travels, I try to skip carrying the MacBook Air entirely and default to my iPad.
Tools to Manage My Life.
Instead, I rely on proprietary tools here:
I self-host some services on Racknerd.
I do this as a way to have more freedom and control over my own data, as well as to cater to my personal-professional needs.
For a note on how I’ve set things up, refer to this blog post I made in March 2022.
Feed reader — Miniflux.
Miniflux is a minimalist and opinionated feed reader.Miniflux’s marketing site
I have written plenty about the feed reader now and then — for the curious.
Bookmark manager — linkding.
Self-hosted bookmark servicelinkding’s GitHub page
I have not written much about it — it mostly just works!
Filtered Reddit consumption — Reddit Top RSS.
Generate RSS feeds for specified subreddits with score thresholds.GitHub page
I have also written about this:
There are also more services I use that are worth a mention. These may be hosted by friends or a generous company and such. 🙂
Publishing platform — WordPress.
WordPress is open source software you can use to create a beautiful website, blog, or app.WordPress’ marketing site (self-hosted)
I have been asked why I use WordPress. While there is no single post elucidating this point, the following series of posts might help drive a point:
- Waving a thankful goodbye to: static-websites and more.
- Three months later: a follow-up on ditching my static site and IndieWeb.
- Why do people even bother with static sites?
Federated micro-blogging — Hometown.
A supported fork of Mastodon that provides local posting and a wider range of content types.Hometown’s GitHub page
Hometown powers SmallCamp. Up until April 2022, I spent my free time on running and managing it. Unlike the others, this was and continues to be a system installation (instead of Docker). There are certain advantages to it and I felt those were very much welcome in this case!
It is now managed by clic2000.