Software I use, gadgets I love, and other things I recommend.

I get asked a lot about the things I use to build software, stay productive, or buy to fool myself into thinking I’m being productive when I’m really just procrastinating. Here’s a big list of all of my favorite stuff.


  • 16” MacBook Pro, M1 Max, 64GB RAM (2021)

    16” MacBook Pro, M1 Max, 64GB RAM (2021)
    I was using an Intel-based 16” MacBook Pro prior to this and the difference is night and day. I’ve never heard the fans turn on a single time, even under the incredibly heavy loads I put it through with our various launch simulations.
  • 2 x 28-inch 16:18 DualUp Monitor with Ergo Stand

    16” MacBook Pro, M1 Max, 64GB RAM (2021)
    The only display on the market if you want something HiDPI and bigger than 27”. When you’re working at planetary scale, every pixel you can get counts.
  • Apple Magic Keyboard with Numeric Keypad

    16” MacBook Pro, M1 Max, 64GB RAM (2021)
    Good keyboard, very light, comfortable and transportable. Decent battery life and quiet typing.
  • Apple Magic Trackpad

    16” MacBook Pro, M1 Max, 64GB RAM (2021)
    Something about all the gestures makes me feel like a wizard with special powers. I really like feeling like a wizard with special powers.
  • Herman Miller Aeron Chair

    16” MacBook Pro, M1 Max, 64GB RAM (2021)
    If I’m going to slouch in the worst ergonomic position imaginable all day, I might as well do it in an expensive chair.

Development tools

  • Visual Studio Code

    I don’t care if it’s missing all of the fancy IDE features everyone else relies on, Visual Studio Code is still the best text editor ever made.
  • iTerm2

    I’m honestly not even sure what features I get with this that aren’t just part of the macOS Terminal but it’s what I use.
  • TablePlus

    Great software for working with databases. Has saved me from building about a thousand admin interfaces for my various projects over the years.


  • Raycast

    It’s not the newest kid on the block but it’s still the fastest. Visual Studio Code of the application launcher world.