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Daniel Andrlik
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Daniel Andrlik lives in the suburbs of Philadelphia. By day he manages product teams. The rest of the time he is a podcast host and producer, writer of speculative fiction, a rabid reader, and a programmer.

The software and services I use. Think of it like a colophon for almost everything I do. Inspired by coryd.

Photo of computer desktop highlighting a large monitor featuring a terminal, which sits upon a wood riser. There is a microphone on a boom arm, a cup of pens, various Numenera cards, a statue of a six-fingered hand, and a plushie plague doctor.
My desktop, usually even more disorganized than this.

Hardware>

Hardware #

  • Desktop setup
    • Mac mini (2023, M2 Pro)
    • Apple Studio Display
    • Das Keyboard mechanical keyboard + number pad
    • Apple Magic Trackpad
    • Shure SM7B microphone mounted on a Rode PS1+ arm
    • Focusrite Scarlett Solo USB audio adapter
    • Zoom LiveTrak L-12
    • Monogram Creative Console
    • Apple HomePod (1st Generation)
    • Apple AirPods Max
  • Mobile setup
    • 16 inch MacBook Pro (2023, M2 Max)
    • iPad Pro
    • iPhone 14 Pro
Desk and Chair>

Desk and Chair #

  • SecretLabs Titan XL
  • Monoprice Triple Motor Height Sit-Stand Corner Desk Frame with VIVO black table tops
Programming Languages>

Programming Languages #

  • Python
  • PHP
  • JavaScript (when I have to)1
  • Rust (learning)

I’ve also dabbled with C, C#, C++, Java, Ruby, and Go, but the above are my most used.

macOS + iOS>

macOS + iOS #

Apps I use on both desktop and mobile.

  • OmniFocus: No other todo app has surpassed it.
  • Reeder: My preferred RSS and Read Later app.
  • Obsidian: My preferred note-taking tool.
  • Ivory: An elegant and reliable Mastodon app.
  • PDF Expert: An excellent PDF editor.
  • Ulysses: An excellent app that I use for all my long-form writing.
  • Drafts: For quick text capture on the go. Launches fast and can send the results to virtually anywhere else I need it.
  • Tailscale: Easy private networks and routing.
  • 1Password: For password and passkey management.
  • MindNode: Where I plan all my TTRPG campaigns.
  • Carrot: My favorite murderous weather app.
  • 1Blocker: An exhaustive content blocker for websites.
  • Stop the Madness: Removes so many web annoyances, e.g. autoplay videos, click-jacking, enabling native video controls, protecting native copy and paste functions, etc.
macOS>

macOS #

Apps I use on my Macs.

Development>

Development #

  • Fish: This is my preferred shell these days.
  • asdf: I use this to manage various runtime toolchains.
  • Nova: My daily-driver code editor.
  • PyCharm: For more complex Python projects.
  • I’ve been primarily using Hatch for Python projects, but my recent experience with Rye might merit switching.
  • Postgres.app: The easiest way to manage a local PostgreSQL server on your mac.
  • Transmit: For file transfers.
  • Warp: I’m very fond of this speedy terminal.
  • Hugo: It’s what this site is built with.
Production>

Production #

  • Loopback: Create virtual sound devices for easy audio routing.
  • Audio Hijack: The easiest way to record audio from any source.
  • Farrago: A fun and easy to use soundboard app.
  • Forecast: A helpful utility to add podcast chapters to your mp3s.
  • iZotope RX: The most powerful audio repair tool I’ve encountered.
  • Logic Pro X: I use this for mixing and mastering every podcast.
  • Third-party Audio plugins
    • Nectar: A great all-in-one plugin for vocals.
    • Accusonus ERA Voice Leveler: Sadly, no longer available for purchase, but I plan to keep my copy until it stops working.
    • Neoverb: For when I can’t get the reverb I want out of Logic’s Space Designer.
    • Vocal Synth: For altering voices and adding effects to them.
    • Neutron: A Swiss Army knife for mixing, and in particular has a great noise gate and intelligent unmasking tool.
    • Insight: A great metering plugin.
  • Final Cut Pro: For video editing.
  • Motion: For creating new animations for my videos.
Miscellaneous>

Miscellaneous #

  • TextExpander: Eliminates repetitive typing with auto-expanding snippets.
  • Rectangle: Free and open source window management utility.
  • Yoink: Once you install it you will wonder how you got by without it.
  • Affinity Photo: For photo editing.
  • Affinity Designer: For vector graphics.
  • Affinity Publisher: For desktop publishing.
  • Microsoft Office/Teams: I work in healthcare technology and you cannot escape it. 😭
iOS>

iOS #

In addition to the the cross-platform apps above, I also regularly use these.

  • Overcast: My favorite podcast player.
  • Working Copy: A powerful Git client.
  • Secure Shellfish: A great SSH terminal with Files integration.
  • S3 Files: Provides Files integration for services such as AWS S3 and Backblaze B2 storage.
  • Tailor: For stitching together phone screenshots.
  • Endel: For sleep and concentration aid soundscapes.
Services I Use>

Services I Use #

  • YNAB: The best budgeting app I’ve used, hands down.
  • Apple One: Because sometimes I’m a basic bitch.
  • Dropout: I’m not going to list every streaming service I use, but this one deserves its own callout.
  • Mastodon: Decentralized social networking. I’m on my own single-user instance.
  • Kagi: Great search without the bullshit.
  • Buffer: For scheduling social media posts.
  • NextCloud: A private cloud that I self-host.
  • Fly.io: A container-based PaaS with a generous free tier.
  • Linode: Where I host my NextCloud server.
  • Vultr: Where I host a few small VPSs.
  • DNS Made Easy: For all my hosted DNS management.
  • Github and GitLab: For contributing to various projects.
  • Backblaze: Keeps my computers and drives backed up. I also use their B2 storage for the massive amount of raw audio files we produce recording the podcast. At a fraction of the cost of S3, it was a no-brainer to migrate to B2.
  • AWS S3: This site and a few others are served over S3+CloudFront.
  • Buttondown: For my newsletter.
  • Audiio: Very affordable source for royalty free music.
  • Fireside: My favorite podcast host.
  • Headliner: For making little audiogram teasers of podcast episodes.
  • Discord: For chatting with folks.
  • Zoom: For our podcast recording sessions. We all record locally and use the Zoom recording as a backup in case of file corruption.

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