The tools that I am using #2

Written on 13 October 2014, 03:25pm

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I am updating the post from last year, thinking about the possibility to switch to Mac platform.
Naturally, most of the applications are still there, but there are some consistent changes:


The items in bold have Mac equivalents, the others are not that important or really necessary if switching to a Mac

  1. Chrome
  2. Dropbox
  3. f.lux
  4. Skype
  5. CrashPlan
  6. WinRar
  7. Avira MalwareBytes
  8. KeyTweak
  9. Logitech SetPoint


Again, the items in bold have Mac equivalents.

  1. Sublime Text
  2. Total Commander (there are Mac alternatives)
  3. Wamp
  4. Putty (#)
  5. TortoiseSVN (Versions for Mac)
  6. Beyond Compare / Win Merge

I removed from the list HexView, EditPlus, Console 2, Beyond Compare and PoEdit. Turns out, I did not use them in a long while and are not that important. All of them have Mac equivalents.


  1. GomPlayer
  2. FastStone Viewer (Lyn?)
  3. µTorrent
  4. Image resizer

AllShare, Lightroom and Sopcast are all gone from the list. So is Winamp, replaced by Spotify on my iPad (turns out, I no longer listen to music on my notebook).

So, at first, I am ready to move to Mac. I am looking at the 15′ MacBookPro with Retina display. But its price tag is still holding me 🙂

The tools that I am using

Written on 4 August 2013, 09:57am

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Here are the tools I am using on a day-to-day basis.


  1. Chrome
  2. Dropbox
  3. Logitech SetPoint
  4. f.lux
  5. Crashplan
  6. WinRar
  7. Avira
  8. Skype
  9. KeyTweak


  1. Sublime Text
  2. Total Commander
  3. Wamp
  4. Putty
  5. TortoiseSVN
  6. EditPlus
  7. Console 2
  8. Beyond Compare
  9. HexView
  10. PoEdit


  1. Winamp
  2. GomPlayer
  3. All Share
  4. Lightroom
  5. FastStone Viewer
  6. Contextual menu image resizer
  7. Sopcast
  8. µTorrent

Some tips about productivity

Written on 3 April 2013, 12:45pm

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The best 13 out of the 26 Time Management Hacks of Etienne Garbugli:

1. only plan for 4-5 hours of real work per day
2. it’s normal to have days where you just can’t work and days when you will work 12h. Work more when you’re in the zone; relax when you’re not
3. don’t multitask. focus!
4. you’re always more focused and productive with limited time
5. start with short tasks. 7 Reasons Why You Should Tackle Hard Problems Last
6. “Done is better than perfect” (*) – iterate
7. separate thinking and execution
8. organize important meetings early in the day. “Every meeting has to have a leader, a stated purpose, a start and end time, and a valid reason for each and every person to be there. The leader documents conclusions, plans, action items, whatever, then follows up.” – Remember This Simple Equation To Run Great Meetings
9. break big tasks into small ones
10. always prioritize
11. if it can be done 80% by someone else, delegate it!
12. use apps for reminders. Don’t trust your brain for memorizing
13. write down everything that distracts you. If you write them down, they’ll stop bubbling up when you’re in the zone

Read the other half on Slideshare: 26 Time Management Hacks I Wish I’d Known at 20

(*)Hackers try to build the best services over the long term by quickly releasing and learning from smaller iterations rather than trying to get everything right all at once. To support this, we have built a testing framework that at any given time can try out thousands of versions of Facebook. We have the words “Done is better than perfect” painted on our walls to remind ourselves to always keep shipping.
Letter from Mark Zuckerberg