Having the right tools on your computer is the key to work fast and efficient, without having to waste much time on repetitive and boring actions. Here’s a list of the current tools I use on my Macbook:
The standard Terminal application in OSX is quite limited so we need a better one:
iTerm2 is a replacement for Terminal and the successor to iTerm. It works on Macs with macOS 10.8 or newer. iTerm2 brings the terminal into the modern age with features you never knew you always wanted.
iTerm 2 is simply the standard terminal application for OSX. You can split windows with simple commands (cmd-d and cmd-shift-d), easy copy/paste text (just select select, no copy command needed) and click on hyperlinks without having to copy the text first (hold down CMD when you hover about the link) and many more handy features.
Homebrew installs the stuff you need that Apple didn’t.
Homebrew is literally the first thing you install on a new Mac after installing iTerm2. It’s a command line package manager that you can best compare to
apt-get and has about every little piece of GNU and open source software available.
Some of the other tools in the blog post will also be installed using Homebrew.
ShiftIt is an application for OSX that allows you to quickly manipulate window position and size using keyboard shortcuts. It intends to become a full featured window organizer for OSX.
I hate having windows that are not using up the full width or half width of my screen. ShiftIt offers me a few simple keyboard shortcuts to maximize or move windows to fill up my whole or part of my screen, without ever having to use my mouse.
- ctrl-alt-cmd-m: maximize current window
- ctrl-alt-cmd-ARROWKEY: scale windows to take up half a screen size, attached to the side of the screen which arrow key you press. Then use ctrl-alt-cmd-EQUAL and ctrl-alt-cmd-MINUS to stretch them out a bit.
- ctrl-alt-cmd-NUMBERKEY: scale windows to 1/4th of your screen in a corner, the corner depends on the number you press
brew cask install shiftit
I never ever use a password for more than 1 site, and neither should you. But since remembering tons of passwords is nearly impossible we need a password manager. For me that password manager is 1Password: it stores encrypted passwords in a file that you can sync on iCloud, Dropbox, on a network share or just copy around manual.
1Password has native apps for almost all platforms (Windows, OSX, iOS, Android) and a browser extension for all the popular browsers making filling in password forms easy. The latest version of 1Password even includes a 2FA system.
1Password is not free software, but it’s worth every cent.