I believe that software, and in fact entire companies, should be run in a way that assumes that the sum of the talent of people outside your walls is greater than the sum of the few you have inside. None of us are as smart as all of us. Given the right environment — one that leverages the marginal cost of distributing software and ideas — independent actors can work toward something that benefits them, while also increasing the capability of the entire community.
We don’t read and write poetry because it’s cute. We read and write poetry because we are members of the human race. And the human race is filled with passion. And medicine, law, business, engineering — these are noble pursuits and necessary to sustain life. But poetry, beauty, romance, love — these are what we stay alive for.
“O me, O life of the questions of these recurring. Of the endless trains of the faithless. Of cities filled with the foolish. What good amid these, O me, O life? Answer: that you are here. That life exists and identity. That the powerful play goes on, and you may contribute a verse.”
“That the powerful play goes on, and you may contribute a verse.”
MacVIM: I’ve been a VI user for almost 20 years, after a few years of TextMate in my early Rails days, I’m back using VIM. I’m still far more productive in VI than anything else. When I’m not hacking in Xcode I’m in VIM.
HipChat: my livelihood pretty much depends on HipChat, having worked remotely across the globe in Taipei this year. Really loving the native OS X client, I don’t have Flash or Air installed on my Mac after my fresh OS install post SSD
Coda 2: only use it for collaborative editing (such as at WWDC)
Ansible: simple YAML-based deployment, if you don’t need Chef, try this
Screens: I used Remoter VNC for years, switched to Screens last week. I prefer paying for all features up front vs buying IAPs a la carte
Hangout: to receive and place Google Voice calls, my GTalk can now idle indefinitely with push. It has replaced BeejiveIM on my phone. If you use the shitty Talkatone app, please switch to this!
Drafts: if you still use the Notes app on your phone or iPad, try Drafts
GitHub: Really great for distributed team, definitely made my life a lot easier having worked from Taipei this year
BitBucket: I really like their pricing structure. Charging based on number of users is far better IMO. I was using Dropbox to archive my old git repos and also to host repos when working with just one other developer. After getting tired of fixing repo conflicts when we both pushed while Dropbox was catching up, I looked for viable alternatives and I’m glad BitBucket now works with git in addition to hg
Spotify: We each have our own subscription. The iOS apps could use some design and development love, but it works great in general, the ability to sync offline playlists is great when cellular service is spotty to nonexistent in central Taipei. At our wedding reception we played hours of music from a synced offline playlist on Sherry’s iPad Mini, turned on Airplane mode to prevent getting notifications, worked amazingly well
Samsung 500GB SSD: best $300 I spent in 2013, my MBP is so fast now, night and day from spinning disk. Samsung released updates on their SSD line, check the great Wirecutter
Early 2011 15″ MBP: my trusty 2-year-old MBP is kicking strong after installing an SSD. Been holding out for a 11″ rMBA
Thunderbolt Display: just great, I have my FW800 drive, GigE, USB headphone amp, Elevation Dock all plugged into the back of it, only Thunderbolt and power goes to my Mac. Xcode is so much better on a 27″ display
iPhone 5s, 64GB, Verizon: can’t wait to move back to get LTE, hopefully VZW service degradation reports have been exaggerated. 64GB not really needed after reclaiming my Messages attachments. My phone has also been my main camera. Hugely improved battery life and the M7 made the upgrade from the 5 worth it
iPad rMini, 32GB, Verizon: just incredible, glad I waited. Far more useful than our original Mini
UE Boom: this is amazing, I use it in the shower and next to the tub when I do ice-baths (and I did a lot of that in 2013). We bring it when we travel
Synology DS213 (D214 is out now) with 2x 3TB WD Red: decent entry-level NAS, but not enough RAM to run CrashPlan headless, and not fast enough to move my NZB workflow (SAB, SickBeard, CouchPotato) on it. The DS213 is still great with its array of iOS apps, being able to add torrents from my phone or iPad and get emailed when they’re done is great
UE900: my Sensaphonics broke again, picked these up for cheap from Ruten as a stop-gap, decent universal cans
Audio-Technica A900: the most underrated cans IMO, better sounds than most more popular and expensive cans
5D Mark II: still going strong. Still amazed by its outputs every time I use it. My 3 primes have served me well and I’m very happy with my setup: 50/1.2L, 85/1.2L II, 100L. I sort of want the OM-D E-M1 with the 17/1.8, but it’s hard to justify the cost
Polar H7 HRM: great tool to judge your effort when exercising, connects to your phone via Bluetooth LE