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2 pairs of rayban titanium glasses with anti-reflective coating for computer screens (or that's what they told me). worth the investment. i can't wear contacts for more than a few hours without pissing off my eyes. curious about trying "gunnar" glasses though. anyone have them?

year old 17-inch MacBook Pro matte 2.8GHz C2D with 8GB DDR3 and RAID 0 X25-M SSDs http://paulstamatiou.com/how-to-apple-macbook-pro-raid-0-arr...

timbuk2 commute 2.0 (tsa approved) messenger bag but I find it too wide with my big 17" and I often bump into things/people so I just ordered an incase backpack

trash can and boxes for converting into standing desk mode http://picplz.com/user/stammy/pic/gntn/

large whiteyboard for calculating runway and scribbling ideas. http://blog.notifo.com/notifo-installs-their-whiteyboard after having it a few months, it is hard to clean/erase.

Chrome is default but I have 3 versions of Firefox (4 beta, 3.6 stable, 3.0 stable) each with their own profiles so I can run them simultaneously if I need to catch some stupid bug

NotifoGrowl for desktop notifo needs http://notifo.com/desktop and Chrome to Notifo extension https://chrome.google.com/extensions/detail/lgffhepmapgeepjn... (disclosure: i made the latter and my cofounder made the former)

Panic Transmit for sftp needs, but mainly for S3 stuff.

Panic Unison for usenet needs http://paulstamatiou.com/how-to-download-with-newsgroups (disclosure: post has aff links)

1Password

Little Snapper for taking full-page screenshots for design inspiration

I use OS X Spaces a TON. Three spaces: chrome + textmate, ical + campfire + terminal + itunes, tweetdeck

Vmware with Ubuntu 10.10, Windows 7 Ultimate N, XP SP3

1TB Time Capsule for time machine, attached to 2TB WD disk for laptop image backups via super duper or CCC

magic mouse + apple charger (but i like using lithium batteries more.. much, much lighter) + Magic Prefs

MainMenu.app for basic system maintanence

delibar.app for managing delicious and pinboard accounts http://www.delibarapp.com/

brew! https://github.com/mxcl/homebrew

Charles.app for misc HTTP lurking and easily repeating HTTP posts (naughty confession: used it to opt-out of AmEx publishing's online form 3,000 times. they had been filling my physical mailbox with sweepstakes offers several times per week. needless to say, got a personal reply by a higher-up saying they would make sure my address was correctly opt-ed out as my previous 2 opt-outs did nothing)

Lightroom + Aperture. Lightroom replaced Aperture for me (seems faster)

mid-range sony earbuds when on the go

Dre Beats circumaurals when at home http://paulstamatiou.com/review-beats-studio-by-dr-dre-and-m...

dropbox with grabbox for sharing screenshots easily

Propane.app for Notifo company campfire

TextExpander -- MUST HAVE

TextMate with Ack in Project, PeepOpen

iWork (keynote!)

iStat Menus for looking at how much ram redis is eating and how much CPU chrome is using

Samsung wireless B&W laser printer for printing out convertible notes (was $149 at officemax)

Mint.com for reminding myself how I still owe 6 figures for out-of-state georgia tech tuition loans

a custom apple script (saved as a .app by automator) that runs at boot to launch 4 terminal tabs with things like compass for sass, redis-server, redis-cli, git status and the like https://gist.github.com/627190 then I discovered some other github project that did pretty much this but much better. forgot the name of it

gitx for easily looking at diffs (also use mdr for that http://readablediff.com/)

f.lux app http://www.stereopsis.com/flux/

taskpaper app for simple todos but i write most things with pen and paper

breville tea maker. kevin rose approved. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FoZeeogblr0

Sony NEX-5 pseudo-DSLR "EVIL/SLD" (sold my big Nikon D90 SLR and canon P&S, & kodak Zi8) this can do all and is much smaller. used it to record this notifo app tour: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aW5hp3aoF9M

Adobe CS5 Suite + Fontcase for managing lots of fonts (but recently it keeps crashing on me.. any ideas? I have ~1500 fonts loaded in it)

xScope - VITAL for anyone that pushes pixels http://iconfactory.com/software/xscope

Skype phone number tied to Google Voice. Handy for taking business calls on my laptop next to my cofounder so we don't have to take turns yelling into iPhone 4 speakerphone

Spotify for listening to music my friends favorite because I hate searching for music

Hype Machine in Fluid.app

smcFanControl for cooling down/manually adjusting fan speed when necessary

TunnelBlick for VyprVPN when at coffee shops (#firesheep) http://paulstamatiou.com/how-toreview-surf-securely-with-vyp... (outdated review, theyve since added geek-approved openvpn and 256-bit L2TP/IPsec IIRC)

and last but not least, my trusty kindle http://paulstamatiou.com/review-amazon-kindle-3-wi-fi-readin...

also:

  parse_git_branch() {
    git branch 2> /dev/null | sed -e '/^[^*]/d' -e 's/* \(.*\)/(\1)/'
  }
  PS1="\w\$(parse_git_branch) $ "
and

  diffy () { 
    for file in $*; do 
        git diff $file | mate
    done
  }

dream setup? a lighter 17-inch macbook pro with 2560x1440 res that could morph into 13-inch form factor when on flights. this thing hits both the damn armrests in economy. grr

oh and a secret stash of chocolate-covered espresso beans in my desk drawer..




Multiple studies [1][2] have shown that Gunnar Optiks are at best a placebo. As you might have guessed, Gunnar released test results [3] contradicting these assessments.

[1] http://www.popularmechanics.com/technology/gadgets/4282190

[2] http://commons.pacificu.edu/verg/ (see bottom two links)

[3] http://www.reddit.com/r/science/comments/909hn/h/c0b038u


Why did you go for the mass market headphones when you could get high-end audiophile headphones for the same price? (Sennheiser HD650, Beyerdynamic DT880, etc.)

Also, Easynews is a lot easier than Giganews. Visit web page, type name of TV show, download. Very easy. If you are willing to deal with NNTP, then you have unlimited bandwidth. Great service :)


To be honest: I bought them to review on my blog. Reviewing the "hot item" of the month gets more traffic (and some bump in affiliate sales [1]) than some audiophile headphones by a company none of my readers have heard of.

If I was solely buying for myself and no one else, I would have gone a different route. something like a FiiO E5 paired with Grados. When I lived in Atlanta I had a nice combo of Rokits + PreSonus: http://paulstamatiou.com/how-to-upgrade-to-studio-monitor-sp...

[1] for a long time my blog paid my rent exclusively (but just barely), allowing me to do full-time startup stuff for the last 2+ years. only just recently started getting a small stipend at work


Paul, did you make an update on your website for the "What I use" page?

And yes, Lightroom is much faster than Aperture (I've tested both).


Yeah I need to do that. it was last updated a few months ago. mostly, I sold a lot of my stuff when I moved to SF. I only have my laptop now. Before I had a desktop Win7 Core i7 machine and a linux htpc hooked up to a 50-inch plasma, ps3, etc. I own practically no gadgets now except for what can fit in my backpack. I kinda like it this way.


Good to see I'm not the only one who uses assorted stackables for an impromptu standing desk.


You can save those terminal things as a Terminal window set (and make it the default on launch) If you set the right terminal profiles with the right start commands then open them in a window, hen you go into Window -> create window group...


I tried that a bunch but couldn't get it to work the way I wanted for some reason. Then I tinkered with iTerm scripting, but I prefer Terminal so I ended up with my current AS + Automator combo.


The tool you mentioned forgetting in your original list is almost surely Terminitor: https://github.com/achiu/terminitor


tpz - you are correct, it's terminitor. i already had it 'watched' on github


That git snippet is tremendously useful. Hat tip.


my grandmother has this same setup




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