What Apps I Use In 2023

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Midjourney generated image for the prompt: “a complex, symbolic representation of digital app choice, in nature, minimalist design, flat design, digital illustration, –ar 3:2”

I remember in the early days of blogging on LiveJournal I’d join a ton of trends and lists. Someone made a list of 50 completely random questions? OF COURSE I’LL ANSWER THEM.

In the days of blogging that trend has mostly moved to microblogging services. I rarely come across any now a days, other than the occasional #introduction, or my favorite, #7FilmsToKnowMe. When I saw Matt Birchler’s post about the apps he uses and the trend I started filling it out before I finished looking at the list. 😂

  • ✉️ Mail service: Gmail
  • 📬 Mail client(s): Gmail (Web & Mobile)
  • ✅ Tasks: Todoist (41k Karma!)
  • 📰 RSS service: NetNewsWire
  • ğŸ—žï¸ RSS client: NetNewsWire
  • ⌨️ Launcher: Apple Spotlight
  • ☁️ Cloud storage: DropBox
  • 🌅 Photo library: Google Photos
  • 🤳🏻 Photo editing: Adobe Lightroom
  • 🌐 Web browser: Chrome on Desktop, Safari on Mobile
  • 📆 Calendar: Google Calendar
  • 📖 Reading: Physical copies
  • 💬 Chat: Telegram, WhatsApp or Messages
  • 🌤️ Weather: Carrot Weather
  • ğŸŽ™ï¸ Podcasts: Overcast
  • ğŸŽ¶ Music: PlexAmp, YouTube Music
  • 🛹 Clipboard manager: None
  • 🔐 Passwords: 1Password
  • 💸 Budgeting: TillerGoogle Sheets
  • 💬 Transcriptions: None
  • 🐘 Mastodon: Ivory
  • 💁🏻‍♂️ Social: Mastodon and Reddit (which I’m currently doing a detox from)
  • ğŸŽ® First game I play each morning: Wordle (at most 2x a week)
  • 🖼️ Screenshots: CMD+SHIFT+4, or RecordIt
  • ğŸŽžï¸ Video editing: ScreenFlow
  • 📝 Notes: Notion
  • 🧮 Code Editor: Visual Studio Code
  • 👨‍💻 Code Hosting: GitHub
  • 👨🏻‍💻 Terminal: Terminal (Mac) 😅
  • ğŸ”Ž Search: Duck Duck Go
  • ✈️ Flight tracking: Delta (SLC is a Delta hub)
  • 📦 Package tracking: Whatever
  • 🛍️ Grocery List: Pen and paper
  • 🍴 Recipe Management: Notion
  • 🥗 Food Tracking: LoseIt
  • 🍿 Movie discovery/tracking: Letterboxd
  • 📚 Book Tracking: Hardcover

Reading this over I’m amazed at how much I’ve slimmed down my custom apps over the years. I used to have a bunch more elaborate solutions but over the years I’ve moved back to the popular apps in many categories.

Any app recommendations for me you think I should try to switch off anything here? Let me know on Mastodon.

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