Applications I Use and Do Not Use 2017

I cannot believe it has been three years since I blogged about the applications I use and do not use. After reviewing the list, it is surprising how many applications I still use, but it is clear that an update is due. Read on to see what remains and what has changed (removed versus new)!

I am an avid Macbook Pro and Android smartphone user. The combination influences the applications that I use. I figured I would share the applications I use most to possibly influence others, see what suggestions others have and to also see how my application landscape changes from year to year. So, what applications do you use?


  • Caffeine – screen keep-alive
  • Chrome (primary browser)
  • Divvy – Window manager, demo mode or worth it
  • Dropbox Synology Cloud Station
  • Firefox (secondary browser)
  • Flux – blue-light filter
  • Franz – run multiple applications within one window
  • GIMP – not my favorite app, but gets the job done
  • HyperDock – Dock manager, not free but worth it
  • iTerm2 – SSH client
  • Little Snitch – not free, but worth the money
  • MacPorts – apt-get like package management tool
  • Microsoft Office, Remote Desktop
  • Omnigraffle – Visio like tool – not free, but worth the money
  • Sidestep – tunnel Internet traffic
  • Skype – minimal usage currently
  • Slack
  • TextEdit – native, attempting to switch to Wunderlist
  • Time Machine – native
  • VMware Fusion, OVF ToolView Client
  • Wunderlist – task management

Some applications that I do not use:

  • Alfred 3 – native Finder works well
  • Blogo – prefer using native WordPress
  • Calendar – native – way too many bugs
  • Fantastical – Calendar replacement – way too many bugs
  • GrandPerspective – only if I need to find big files quickly
  • Mail – native – way too many bugs
  • Safari – does not work with my VPN client, not enough extensions
  • VLC – native works the majority of the time

I also leverage the CLI extensively, so I figured I would include some of my favorite CLI tools:

  • BASH / awk / sed
  • cURL / wget
  • Git
  • keychain
  • locate
  • NMAP
  • ping / traceroute / nc
  • Screen
  • tcpdump
  • Vim


  • Communication: Google Hangout, Skype, Slack
  • Entertainment: Pandora, Spotify (rarely), YouTube (native)
  • Fitness: Macros, SugarWOD (for PRs), Weight Up (convert kg to lbs), Wodify
  • Games: Boom Beach, Clash of Clans, Clash Royale, Hay Day
  • News: Flipboard, Google Play Newstand (native), Pocket (primarily use Social tools now)
  • Organization: Calendar (native), Dropbox, Google Inbox, Nine (not free), Wunderlist
  • Social: Facebook, Google+, Instagram, LinkedIn, Reddit, Socialcast, Snapchat, Twitter, WhatsApp
  • Home: Alexa, Nest, SmartThings
  • Travel: Avis, Google Maps, Marriott, Starbucks, TripIt, United Airlines, Yelp
  • Work: Concur, Microsoft Outlook, RSA SecurID, WebEx, Zoom
  • Other: Amazon KindleAviate, Chrome, Clock (native), Flashlight, Night Mode, WODBook


  • AdBlock
  • Chrome Remote Desktop
  • Cisco WebEx Extension
  • Code Highlight
  • Copy Without Formatting
  • Firebug Lite
  • HTTPS Everywhere
  • Gmelius for Google
  • Google Redesigned (deprecated…)
  • Hangouts (use Franz now)
  • LastPass
  • Personal Blocklist
  • RemoveCookesForSite
  • Sexy Undo Close Tab
  • The Great Suspender (disabled)
  • TooManyTabs
  • Turn Off the Lights (disabled)
  • User-Agent Switcher for Chrome (disabled)
  • Window Resizer (disabled)
  • YSlow (disabled)

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