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 (MacBook Air M1).
- Browser: Safari as a daily-driver (battery life is a killer feature), Firefox & Chrome for webdev related testing.
- Search Engine: On the lookout again…
- Email: Fastmail (previously Migadu).
- IDE/Code Editor: PyCharm (for Python/Django projects), VS Code.
- Terminal (Shell): Terminal (zsh).
- Image Editor: Photopea.
- API Testing: cURL, Insomnia, Postman.
- Database GUI: PyCharm (for Django projects), Postico, Sequel Ace, DBeaver CE.
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!
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. I spend my free time on running and managing it, and it runs on a bare system installation (instead of Docker) as an exception.
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?
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. 🙂