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Maxence Poutord
Maxence Poutord

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Apps, Tools, and Gear I Use

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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.


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As a digital nomad, I don't have space for a desk on my backpack! ;)


my ide

All of my config files (VS Code settings, bash aliases, git config...) are accessible on my dotfiles GitHub repository.


My main browser is Brave. It's a great, fast and safe Chrome alternative. I also use the following plugins:

I used to have Wappalyzer... but I've found this extension quite curious so I removed it!

Terminal & Command Line Apps

I mostly use my terminal in VSCode. Otherwise, I use iTerm (not a big fan!). My terminal theme is af-magic.

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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)
  • vtop - an alternative to activity monitor.
  • Tree - to generate a tree (like the Tree Windows command).
  • n - a super handy tool for node version management.

I also use Vim from time to time.

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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.

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I also use these applications:

  • ProtonVPN and I pay for it! It's kind of mandatory to get a VPN when you travel in some Asian countries.
  • Giphy Capture is my go-to screen recording when I need to share something with my colleagues. I found it simple to use.
  • OBS - screen recording but for a longer video. I don't use it much...
  • Sequel Pro - when I need a GUI for MySQL.


My website is made with Gatsby.js and gatsby-starter-morning-dew. I also use these applications:

  • Grammarly - Helps me to remove typos / proofread my posts
  • Hemingway - "Hemingway App makes your writing bold and clear."
  • Squoosh - Image compression
  • - Remove background on png

Other Gear

Having a good backpack is essential when you travel the most of your time. I use the Minaal Carry-on 2.0 (with packing cubes). I love it!

Top comments (6)

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Jason C. McDonald • Edited on

Awesome! I want to do one of these now. We should start a #mygear tag! (Want to add it to your article?)

Also, I'd forgotten about Hemingway. Thanks for the reminder. Excellent tool!

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Maxence Poutord

Thanks Jason! 🙂
I saw your post about your gear, it's very interesting! I'll add this tag if I can!

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Douglas R Andreani

I would add Privacy Badger to your list of extensions
this extension approved by the EFF, block trackers and keep you private while browsing the internet

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Maxence Poutord

I actually had Privacy Badger on FF but I forgot to add on Brave when I switched. Thank you Douglas!

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Kostas Sar • Edited on

I used to have Wappalyzer... but I've found this extension quite curious so I removed it!

Could you please provide some detail on this?

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Maxence Poutord

Timeless DEV post...

How to write a kickass README

Arguably the single most important piece of documentation for any open source project is the README. A good README not only informs people what the project does and who it is for but also how they use and contribute to it.

If you write a README without sufficient explanation of what your project does or how people can use it then it pretty much defeats the purpose of being open source as other developers are less likely to engage with or contribute towards it.