Uses

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, Vivaldi (Chromium-based) for work.
  • Search Engine: On the lookout again… juggling Google, Neeva, and DuckDuckGo at the moment.
  • Email: Fastmail (previously Migadu).
  • IDE/Code Editor: PyCharm (for Python/Django projects), VS Code (for most other languages).
  • Terminal (Shell): Apple Terminal (zsh).
  • Image Editor: Photopea.
  • API Testing: cURL, Insomnia, Postman.
  • Database GUI: PyCharm (for Django projects), Postico, Sequel Ace, DBeaver CE.

Other devices.

I use an iPhone 13 Pro and an iPad (2021, 9th gen, 64 GB + Wi-Fi).

On short travels, I try to skip carrying the MacBook Air entirely and default to my iPad.

Tools to Manage My Life.

Although I’m excited to see both Obsidian and Focalboard mature, I don’t think they’re ready for production usage.

Instead, I rely on proprietary tools here:

Self-hosted.

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.

A screenshot of my Miniflux from September 2021.

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.

A screenshot of my linkding from September 2021.

Self-hosted bookmark service

linkding’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:

Miscellaneous

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:

Open instant messaging — XMPP.

XMPP is the open standard for messaging and presence. XMPP powers emerging technologies like IoT, WebRTC, and social. No one owns XMPP. It’s free and open for everyone since 1999.

XMPP’s marketing site

I’m a big fan of Snikket. This is generously hosted and maintained by a friend. 🙂

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 Gageure Hosting.