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Maxence Poutord
Maxence Poutord

Posted on • Originally published at maxpou.fr

Apps, Tools, and Gear I Use (2021 edition)

This page is somewhat inspired by Wes Bos' Uses page. Keep in mind that
I'm mostly doing Frontend development and I'm also a nomadic worker. In other words, I'm 100% remote and I travel. A lot.

Hardware

laptop picture

I travel too much to have a proper desk! ;)

IDE

my ide

All of my config files (VS Code settings, bash aliases, git config...) are accessible on [my dotfiles GitHub repository (https://github.com/maxpou/dotfiles).

Browser

My main browser is Brave. I also use the following extensions:

Terminal & Command Line Apps

I mostly use my terminal in VSCode. Otherwise, I use iTerm. My terminal theme is
powerlevel10k.

terminal screenshot

This is the list of plugins/apps I use:

  • Zsh with Oh My Zsh. Oh My Zsh is a framework for managing zsh configuration.
  • Lighthouse (CLI) - Auditing, performance metrics, and best practices for Progressive Web Apps.
  • Hub - a wrapper for Git command (Git+Hub=GitHub).
  • gtop - an alternative to activity monitor.
  • Tree - to generate a tree (like the Tree Windows command).
  • Bat - the cat command on steroids.
  • n - a super handy tool for node version management.

I also use Vim from time to time.

vim screenshot

Desktop Apps

I have a very minimalistic approach when it comes to my dock. If I don't use an app -at least- once
a day, I remove it from the dock.

dock screenshot

I also use these applications:

  • Giphy Capture is my go-to screen recording app when I need to share something with my colleagues. I found it simple to use.
  • CrossOver - to run Windows App on Mac (it's a paid product).

Note: I now use Slack in my browser (so Grammarly can proofread my messages)

Blogging

My website (maxpou.fr) is made with Gatsby.js. I use these services:

Gaming

  • I play mostly Age Of Empire 2 DE on my MacBook (thanks CrossOver)
  • For other games, I rely on Cloud Gaming platforms such as GeForce Now, Stadia and XCloud
  • Xbox Elite Controller Series 2 is my controller. A bit pricey, but very comfortable.

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