Casual Hex

Uncertain about goals, impulsive in online activities.

My Setup

I use all sort of nifty bits of software to get through my activities.

Last Updated: Jan 7, 2015

A Few of My Favorite Things

  • Byword - very nice markdown editor
  • Dash - API document and code snippet manager
  • Dropbox - dependable cloud storage
  • Hazel - automated file organization
  • Marked - top notch Markdown previewer
  • nvALT - my note keeper (also does Markdown)
  • Pinboard.in - super, simple bookmark manager
  • Spotify - my go to music player
  • TextExpander - keyboard shortcut manager

I write just about everything in Markdown– my notes, this site, my e-mails, social shares, etc. My code editor of choice is Sublime Text 3. When I'm away from my computer I use Drafts and Editorial for note taking. Can't live without Launch Center Pro or Workflow on my phone– both of which do some amazing voodoo with automating so many tasks.

My Hardware

At the moment, I have an early 2009 Mac Pro, with a 24" ASUS display, and Apple's current model wired keyboard and Magic Mouse. The Mac Pro has a 2.66 GHz Quad-Core Intel Xeon, 8 GB of RAM, and an ATI Radeon HD 4870 graphics card. I'm running Yosemite, of course.

As of November 28, 2014, I now have a 27-inch Retina iMac. I upgraded the iMac to 32GB with memory from Crucial. I also purchased a Seagate Backup Plus 5TB external drive to use with my iMac. Oh, and I absolutely love the Magic Trackpad. It feels so natural. The smaller wireless keyboard is wonderful, too. I thought I'd miss the numeric keypad. That hasn't been the case at all. What I gain from the smaller footprint of the new keyboard (easier to use keyboard shortcuts) more than makes up for any losses. It's my first AIO system, but it is a beautiful creature.

27-inch iMac with Retina 5K display

My old Mac Pro, with its 3.5 TB of storage, is being reworked to be a server, running Plex, ownCloud (or SeaFile, I haven't decided yet), and more. This is the first time I have been able to reuse an old Mac for a secondary purpose. When I upgraded in 2009, my first Mac Pro (mid-2004) was packed up and giving to my mother, who still uses it for web browsing and Solitaire.