Inspired by Nikita Volobeov's my-mac-os repo.
Fully-featured, beautiful, and open-source
Great add-ons that extend the functionality
1Password - my password generator and vault
uBlock Origin - the best ad-blocker currently available
DF YouTube - allows you to hide certain parts of the YouTube interface; great for when I use YouTube to study or for research
HTTPS Everywhere - makes sure that all websites that can be redirected to HTTPS are redirected
Eagle - a companion to the Eagle desktop app, which I talk about later; allows me to save interesting images directly from Firefox
Dark Reader - dark mode for sites that don't have it; useful for late night browsing
Instapaper - a "read it later" service that I think I'll be replacing with Pocket
Zotero - a companion to the Zotero desktop app, which I talk about later; allows me to save research materials directly from Firefox
Not based on Chromium and probably the last mainstream browser for a while that won't be
I pay $4.99/month (thanks to the student discount) and can listen to pretty much any song I want to
I've tried to self-host my music before but so far I haven't been able to let go of Spotify
I enjoy listening to music when I'm deep into a problem or when I'm doing mindless browsing
Free, open-source, and reliable
People tend to have strong preferences for torrent clients. I wouldn't put myself in that group per say but I am a creature of habit. Every fresh Windows install includes an installation of qBittorrent since I've used it for years and feel comfortable with it. Maybe I'll try out something else but, to be honest, I don't torrent much on my main computer.
I used to use Private Internet Access (PIA) but decided to switch to Mullvad after PIA was bought by Kape Techonologies in late 2019. Don't get me wrong, PIA was wonderful (and pretty cheap) but this acquisition had me worried. I agree with this comment on Hacker News and plan on taking another look at PIA in 8 months when my credits for Mullvad run out.
Until that time, I'm a happy Mullvad user!
Feature-rich, a massive community providing great extensions, and it's open-source
I use the following extensions (please keep in mind that not all of these extensions are installed all the time):
Remote - WSL - I use Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) quite heavily on my main PC and this extension makes it seemless to use VS Code with WSL.
Python - Adds a boatload of features to help write, read, and refactor Python code.
PowerShell - Helpful for the rare times I need to write a PowerShell script.
Markdown All in One - Adds much more powerful Markdown support to VS Code including keyboard shortcuts, auto-preview, and more.
Miles ahead of the regular Command Prompt but it is still in preview
Supports PowerShell, CMD, and WSL all in one
While I do like this new terminal I still find myself just using the VS Code integrated terminal for most things given how convenient it is
This isn't really an "app" but I figured I'd include it here given how often I use it
For those unfamiliar, WSL is a way for the Linux kernel to run on Windows
It's not perfect and it still doesn't compare with running native Linux but given that I love BASH and feel much more comfortable using Linux command line tools, this is a nice compromise
A feature-rich flashcard app that is built on the idea of spaced repetition
I use this to learn pretty much anything that can be put into flashcard format (math formulas, English and Italian vocab, etc.)
A simple yet powerful app that allows you to organize research materials (websites, PDFs, books, papers)
The main purpose is to put together a bibliography but I mostly just use it for the organizational aspect
Docker Desktop is the best way to get started with Docker on Windows
I use Docker whenever I want to have a stable environment without the need to install different tools and frameworks or worry about compatibility
Nowadays I use Docker mainly to create a development environment for Jekyll, which is what my main site is built on
I read a good number of PDFs on my computer. Whether they're white papers, ebooks, or study guides, I like having a good PDF solution that's fully featured (even though I tend not to use the more advanced features)
I used to use Foxit Reader, a free and fully-featured PDF reader, for years but recently switched back to Acrobat since I have a one-year sub to Creative Cloud and figured I'd give it a try. We'll see if it holds up.
I used to use WinRAR like most people but, on a whim, decided to try 7-Zip. In UI is dated but man is it powerful and fast. A simple utility for sure, but one that I use almost daily.
I was able to grab a one year subscription to Adobe CC last year (2019) at a discounted rate because of Black Friday and my student discount
I mainly use Adobe XD for UI design and Illustrator for logos and branding
I also have Photoshop and InDesign installed in case I need them
This seems to be a relatively obscure app but I love it for the simple fact that I gives me a nice way of organizing the design inspiration I find online
I'll typically throw any logos, websites, or industrial design that I like into Eagle
I don't play video games as much as I used to but my main collection is still on Steam
I also use Steam VR with my Oculus Rift to play VR titles like Beat Saber
This app allows me to use my Oculus Rift headset to play VR titles