Life Stack

In computing, a “stack” is a bunch of tools that work together to accomplish some goal. For instance, the website you are currently reading is running on a LAMP stack, consisting of a Linux operating system, Apache web server, Mysql database, and Php-based application (WordPress). A Life Stack is the same idea but for a person; these are the tools, services, workflows, and apps I use to manage my life.

As I update this page I’ll just cross out obsolete tools and add the new ones. I think it’s interesting to see the progression! Crossed-out items like this are things I used to use. Anything not crossed off is something I still use.

Last updated: April 4, 2018 at 21:04 pm

Organization

To Do list

This is perhaps my most important tool that isn’t my phone

Remember the Milk

Todoist

Any.do

Todo.txt (single plaintext file)

 

Todo.txt apps/clients:

  • Swiftodo (iOS)

  • 1Writer (iOS)

  • Textwrangler (Mac)

  • Vim (*nix)

I’ve also written a few bash and python scripts to wrangle my todo.txt file in various ways, including a day planner I created called “today.txt,” that combines todo items with an agenda for the day

Habit tracking and adjustment

Habitica (web app, iOS)

Notes

Some Google service I forgot the name of

Evernote

Plain text files written in markdown

Files, syncing

External hard drives

Flash drives

Dropbox

BitTorrent Sync

Nextcloud (self-hosted)

Quantified Self, tracking, health

Moves

IFTTT (tons and tons and tons of custom applets)

Sleep Cycle (iOS)

Foursquare Swarm

Insight Timer (meditation, iOS)

Round (medication tracking, iOS)

Workflow (iOS)

Internet stuff

Web browser

Safari

Opera

Google Chrome

Firefox

Google Chrome

Firefox Quantum

Bookmarks

Built-in browser bookmarks

SemanticScuttle (self-hosted)

Evernote

Pocket

Website

WMU student pages, built with Dreamweaver

WordPress on GoDaddy

WordPress on self-hosted

Grav on self-hosted

WordPress on self-hosted

Web editor

Dreamweaver

[Some random Mac IDE]

WordPress

Atom

Vim

Blog posting

WordPress dashboard

Markdown -> Grav

Micro.blog (iOS)

Sunlit (iOS)

WordPress (iOS)

Quill (webapp)

Micropublish (webapp)

Workflow (iOS)

Communication

Chat

I sure would like to find a single app that I can connect to all these services…

AIM

ICQ

Google Chat

Facebook Messenger

Adium Pidgin

iOS Messages

Email

Client

Web clients

iOS Mail app

Thunderbird

Airmail Sparrow

Spark (iOS)

Outlook (iOS)

 

Email Hosting

Yahoo

Gmail

Posteo

Fastmail

Video chat

Skype

Google Hangouts

Computer stuff

Music production

Fruity Loops

Ableton Live

Logic

Pro Tools

Audacity

Ardour

Pure Data

Bitwig Studio

Operating system

Mac (various versions)

Windows XP

Ubuntu

Crunch Bang Linux

Arch Linux

Debian

Accesories

cheap, terrible headset

Kensington “Expert Mouse” trackball

Plantronics wireless headset

Misc

Text editor

TextEdit

TextWrangler

Atom

Gedit (linux)

Kate (linux)

Emacs

1Writer (iOS)

Vim (mac, linux)

Real world stuff

Everyday carry

Wallet

Little notebook

flip phone

notepad

iPhone

Pink earbuds

pocket knife

Vehicle

Dodge Minivan

Dodge Neon

GMC Sierra 4WD

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