I get asked a lot about the tools and software I use, the books I read, and other things that I recommend. This page keeps track of my favorites. Everything here is something I think is high-quality, enjoyable, or otherwise useful and would recommend to anyone.
My top picks in each category are denoted with a star (⭐️).
A messaging app that's both highly secure and easy to use.
A chatbot that can help you solve problems, inspire creativity, and more.
A web browser with great extensions for privacy and security.
Visual Studio Code
A light and powerful code editor with a wide variety of extensions.
A suite of powerful design tools that are a great alternative to Adobe.
A task manager with a super-clean interface and cross-device sync.
A document manager with full-text search, OCR, and powerful organizational tools.
A terminal emulator for macOS with helpful features like tabs and split panes.
A password manager that syncs across all of my devices.
A Spotlight alternative with extensions, custom scripts, and more.
A firewall that lets you control which apps can access the internet.
Predictably Irrational by Dan Ariely
A fascinating look at the psychology of human behavior.
So Good They Can't Ignore You by Cal Newport
A guide to finding meaningful work and building a career you love.
Nudge by Richard Thaler and Cass Sunstein
Atomic Habits by James Clear
Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat by Samin Nosrat
The Martian by Andy Weir
This World of Ours by James Mickens
The funniest paper you'll ever read, save perhaps for another of Mickens' works.
Dynamo: Amazon's Highly Available Key-value Store
Apple Platform Security Guide
Don't Call Yourself a Programmer, and Other Career Advice by patio11
Lena by qntm
List of common misconceptions from Wikipedia
Every episode of this sci-fi psychological thriller is a masterpiece.
The Social Dillema
A chilling documentary about the effects of social media on our lives.
The Social Network
Everything, Everywhere, All at Once
Catch Me If You Can
A rhythm game that's a blast to play, and a great workout.