As a technology positive person I am always looking for technology and tools that make my real life more pleasant and efficient. This page is a continuously updated list of my favorite tools of choice.
Operating Systems / foundational software
My approach to operating systems is diverse. Depending on the context I use what fits the purpose best. This comes with some overhead but over time I've found this the most efficient approach for my needs.
VMs and LXC Containers
- Windows 11 and Debian Linux dual boot.
- MacOS - since I prefer Apple hardware
Flexibits Fantastical is a "fantastic" calendar on macOS and it's a great calendar on iOS. I like it's ease of use it just doesn't get in my way.
Cardhop is also from Flexibits and included in the subscription. It's a great contact management app that is far superior than the iOS stock contacts app. It is easy to use and just doesn't get in your way.
Todoist is another App I use since years. Sometimes I even only use the free version. For my needs it's the perfect productivity app, its ease of use and cross-platform support are perfect for me.
Signal is my preferred messenger service due its high privacy and security standards.
Notes / Knowledge
Notion is a super efficient note taking and knowledge capturing tool. It can handle images and tables well.
Every day gear
Phone - iPhone 13 Pro graphite
I'm a long term iPhone user, since the iPhone 3G with a quick detour to Android. The last couple of years I settled with iOS and iPhone and have no intention to change if things do not change fundamentally. Among other reasons I prefer Apple since they at least try to protect customers data and privacy somewhat where as other companies core business model is centered around this (your) data.
Key requirements for me are:
- Very good camera
- Battery that lasts at least a full day
- Form factor, size and weight that is still practical to handle
- Wireless charging
- Excellent build quality
Smart Watch - Apple Watch 7 midnight
As an iPhone user iOS compatibility obviously is an important criterion for a smart watch for me. That's why I have an Apple Watch Series 7 GPS + Cellular, 45 mm. The fast charging time of Series 7 was important for me when I have to charge the watch almost daily.
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