One of the most interesting articles or posts to read is what other people use, for things like traveling, photography and computing.

I’m an impressionable sucker; reading about interesting people’s recommendations will sway me.

Here, be swayed.



  • I prefer the front-end. HTML, CSS, Sass, JS, jQuery, ES2015/ES6+, React.js, Node.js, NPM, Webpack, Gulp, PHP7, PWA, Accessibility, Performance, WordPress, Bootstrap. I’ve written more extensively about what I know and don’t know as a developer
  • A modern front-end workflow starts CSS Variables and CSS Grid Display, then Flexbox, SVGs, your preferred server-side rendering language with client-side JS. Then optimize to paint starting <3 seconds.
  • Sublime Text 3 – This editor is solid, these are my settings and packages. I’ve flirted on and off with…
  • Visual Studio Code since summer 2017 but I cannot find the right combination of extensions or shortcuts to beat ST3
  • When I’m on Windows, I might two-time with Notepad++ only because of built-in visual SFTP. It is my throwback to Dreamweaver/Homesite/FrontPage days of live-editing sites like WordPress. Yeah, we now live in the future, but I still live edit existing WordPress sites occasionally. Sue me.
  • WordPress is my jam.
    Roots is my preferred WordPress dev environment.
    _s is my practical starter theme.
    Pinnacle is my free, quick, and dirty all-in-one theme.
  • I forked the Sage theme into Sage Starter as a static project starter, which requires Node.js, NPM, Gulp, and Bower. You’ll see many of my favorite NPM plugins such as BrowserSync and Autoprefixer.
  • I learned to write HTML, CSS, and JS on my own since 1997, assisted by A List Apart, Smashing Magazine, CSS Tricks, Codepen, Wes Bos,,,, Tyler McGinnis, and Dmitry Soshnikov among many others


I primarily use Chrome, secondarily use Firefox (although that will change) and open up Safari, Opera, and Edge as needed. I play with Chrome Canary, Vivaldi and Firefox Dev Edition. Brave is interesting. Tor Browser for privacy. ?IE11 only for occasional dev work.


  • Read Ask me questions if anything confuses you.
  • Stop using Google as your primary search engine. Use DuckDuckGo. Bang your way to when DDG fails or back to Google when necessary.
  • Mullvad – Virtual Private Networks are necessary. Mullvad is the best and easiest VPN I’ve used and released as open source software. Payment is in Euro instead of Dollars. I use VPNs on most devices at most times and when I don’t use Mullvad I go back to PIA.
  • All photos made with Photoshop and Lightroom, a few with Aurora HDR.
  • I’ve been faithful to VLC for more than a decade. It just works.
  • is a Twitter scrape of popular links. More liberal leaning, still interesting
  • and for news, left and right
  • Less social media, more It’s time.

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