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, JS, ES6+, React.js, PWA, Accessibility, Performance. Read more about what I know and don’t know as a developer
  • Frameworks are useful if I know I can’t accomplish with default languages. It’s usually difficult to avoid using React/Vue/Svelte or WordPress/Drupal if you want to create a custom site, they speed a lot up. However, I often enjoy the challenge of default code without overhead.
  • A modern front-end layout starts CSS Variables and CSS Grid Display, then Flexbox, SVGs, your preferred server-side rendering language with client-side JS. Then optimize to paint in ~3 seconds.
  • I started using Visual Studio Code in summer 2017 but I initially could not find the right combination of extensions or shortcuts to beat ST3 as a front-end editor. However, because of momentum I now usually start with VS Code.
  • Sublime Text 3 – This editor is solid, and as of 2018 is dated. I use it for older projects and because it’s so light it’s an easy one to grab for a one off. These are my settings and packages.
  • WordPress is my jam.
    Roots is my preferred WordPress dev environment.
    WooCommerce is the e-commerce platform of choice.
    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


Firefox and Brave (with some complications since). I open up Safari and Edge as needed. I play with Brave Nightly and Firefox Dev Edition. Tor Browser for privacy. IE11 only for occasional dev work. Chrome is dead to me.


  • 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 Startpage or 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.
  • Wireguard is the best VPN client out there, better than OpenVPN.
  • All photos made with Photoshop and Lightroom, a few with Aurora HDR or Luminar.
  • I try to use Open Source Software when possible.
    • I’ve been faithful to VLC for more than a decade. It just works.
    • Wox is a neat clone of Spotlight on Mac but limited
    • LibreOffice is most things that Office is
  • is a Twitter scrape of popular links. Quite liberal leaning, still interesting
  • and for news, left and right
  • Less social media, more It’s time.

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