Ahmad Awais




A list of software & hardware products used by Ahmad Awais โ€” as a web dev advocate and an open sourcerer.

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Hello, there. It’s Ahmad Awais โ€” I love teaching, developing, and automating things. I’ve seen many developers keep a /uses page to share what they use. Nowadays, it’s almost customary and expected of you to have this page.

I use a lot of software and hardware products. Many times people ask me about that. That’s why I have started collecting a list of items here on this page so that I can redirect everyone to one single link and still follow DRY (Don’t Repeat Yourself) philosophy.

๐Ÿ‘จโ€๐Ÿซ Courses#

Teaching is a genetic bug in me. I can’t help it. I love to share what I know. It also helps that I come from a family of teachers, both my grandparents and even my parents are teachers. You’ll probably enjoy my teaching style.

๐Ÿ“Ÿ Editor & Theme & Font#

๐Ÿ’ป Terminal Setup#

๐Ÿ›  Productivity Workflows#

๐Ÿ“น Video Hardware#

๐Ÿ“น Video Software#

๐ŸŽ™๏ธ Microphone#

Throughout these years I have had many different microphones. I currently use all three of these:

My primary mic is the the legendary:
โ†’ Microphone: Shure SM7B Vocal Dynamic Microphone
โ†’ Arm: RODE PSA 1 Swivel Mount Studio Mic Boom Arm
โ†’ XLR: Jet black Cable Matters 2-Pack Premium XLR
โ†’ USB Audio Interface: Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 (3rd Gen)
โ†’ Amp: Cloud Microphones Cloudlifter CL-1 Mic Activator
โ†’ Mount: Boseen Mic Stand Extension Tube

My secondary mic of choice is:
โ†’ Microphone: RODE Podcaster USB Dynamic Microphone
โ†’ Arm: RODE PSA 1 Swivel Mount Studio Mic Boom Arm
โ†’ Mount: RODE PSM1 Shockmount and Rode WS2 pop shield

Third and Fourth mic (mostly used by my better half):

๐Ÿ–ฅ Desk Hardware#

Spent a decade with Windows then more than a decade with Mac. I’m super happy with the macOS and don’t plan to go back.

My primary laptops:

Apple MacBook Pro M1 Max 64 GB – Space Gray
M1 Max 10-core CPU, 32-core GPU, and 16-core Neural Engine
16.2-inch Liquid Retina XDR display
64GB unified memory
1TB SSD storage

Apple MacBook Pro M1 Pro 16 GB – Space Gray
M1 Pro with 10-core CPU, 16-core GPU, 16-core Neural Engine
16.2-inch Liquid Retina XDR display
16GB unified memory
1TB SSD storage

My secondary laptops:

Apple MacBook Pro (Retina, 15-inch, Late 2013) – Silver
2.3GHz quad-core Intel Core i7 processor (Turbo Boost up to 3.5GHz)
NVIDIA GeForce GT 750M with 2GB of GDDR5
Retina display: 15.4-inch (diagonal) 2880×1800
16GB RAM 1600MHz DDR3L onboard memory
512GB SSD storage

Apple MacBook Pro (Retina, 13-inch, 2017) – Silver
2.3GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 (Turbo Boost up to 3.6GHz)
Retina display: 13.3-inch ; 2560×1600 resolution
8GB of 2133MHz LPDDR3 onboard memory
128GB SSD storage

Dell Inspiron 15 5510 15.6 Inch Laptop
Intel Core i7-11390H, 8GB DDR4 RAM, 512GB SSD
NVIDIA GeForce MX450 Graphics, Windows 11 Pro

My tablets:

And more:

๐ŸŽง Headphones#

I own Sony WH-1000XM3 probably the best noise-canceling headphones on the market since I need ’em. I’ve been traveling thousands of miles lately as a developer advocate. And boy, I love these headphones. They are so good.

I also own Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700 which are most comfortable but sound quality is not as great as the Sony ones.

I try to run 3-6 kms a day โ€” that’s where my Apple AirPods Pro, come in handy. I bought a couple other brands but all of these stopped working after a while. However, Apple AirPods work great. You get what you pay for.

Being six feet tall, I oddly manage a good seat only to be seated next to a family with crying babies (for some reason I can make babies laugh in a minute) which is a distraction from work on a 10+ hour flight. So, a set of noise cancellation headphones help a lot.

Also have the old SteelSeries Siberia v2 Full-Size Gaming Headset I have had multiple headsets from this company but I like Siberia V3 here’s the pic, another one, and this one.

๐Ÿ“ฑ Mobile#

๐Ÿ“ƒ Contracts#

I use HelloSign to get my contracts signed and I love everything about it. Try out the free version if you are skeptical about it.

๐Ÿ–ผ๏ธ Digital Asset Management#

Images and videos handling, CDN, conversion, optimization, and whatnot. All of that is done for me by Cloudinary. Honestly, I can’t recommend it enough. Signup now and get 10Gb space and 20Gb bandwidth for free โ†’

๐Ÿ’ธ Invoicing#

I really like how easy it is to use Invoicely. I recommend it to everyone, they even have a nice free version.

๐Ÿ“ธ Screenshots & Gifs#

2021: I have recently switched to CleanShot Pro for mac and I’m absolutely blown away by the app experience. It’s phenomenal. As a developer, I’m generally a Power User of apps โ€” but CleanShot has offered me more features than I had asked for. Features like scrolling screenshots, numbered annotations, video editor, and whatnot.

2016: I admire the screenshot, GIF, and small video hosting by My CloudApp โ€” I use it daily. Comes in handy all the time. Update: Over the years, CloudApp became extraordinarily slow. There were so many breaking updates, lots of my open-source repos have broken images because of that. Their custom domain setup is not good enough, I have to disable Cloudflare and their dashboard won’t let me add custom SSL for the custom domain. Made me sad, hence I’m switching to CleanShot.

๐Ÿ‘Ÿ Jogging/Running#

Not a fitness pro or anything but I love Nike Flex series. They fit in nicely.

๐ŸŽ’ Social Media Management#

I generally use Social media directly. Or when I have built SMM CLIs to automate a bunch of stuff. Also, use TweetDeck but not regularly. Sometimes, I find myself using ContentStudio โ€” I have started to replace Buffer with this one. Totally worth it.

๐Ÿ“จ Emails & Newsletters#

For sending emails and newsletters I use a combination of Sendy (my favorite email tool), MailChimp, and Intercom. Inside WordPress, I use Amazon SES to send emails.

๐Ÿ“ Copywriting#

is important. English is not my mother tongue but Grammarly helps me write better. I can’t stress enough how important it is if you blog a lot. I am a premium subscriber.

โฐ Time Management#

Well, time management has never come easy to me. I use the awesome RescueTime app both on desktop and mobile to help rescue my time.

๐Ÿ—‚ Chrome Tab Management

I used to struggle a lot with Google Chrome Tabs management, where I’d open lots and lots of tabs and it would be so hard to lose all the important ones. Now, after using so many tools/extensions I’ve settled with Toby Mini where I save entire sessions of tabs and come back to them whenever I want. A true lifesaver I must add.

๐Ÿพ Cleaning My Mac#

I use CleanMyMac X to do what the name says. Well, this software is a real deal and from time to time it helps me delete 10Gb – 20Gb worth of junk files. I’ve been using it for years, and I trust the MacPaw ๐Ÿพ team.

๐Ÿ’  SetApp | Set for all apps#

Seriously this is the best Mac app that you can buy. It’s like a SaaS subscription where you pay about /month and gets the most up to dated 100+ premium Mac apps. I have like 20 of those installed atm. This again is built by the MacPaw ๐Ÿพ team. Which is amazing.

๐Ÿช Domain Names#

I love to buy domain names. There was a time when I had over a thousand domains in my portfolio and I used to sell and resell those. If you’re just getting started, use Dynadot to buy domains (you get with my link)โ€š they always have the best pricing. I also use Cloudflare to host domains. Which is excellent.

๐ŸŽจ Designers/Designs!#

I have always loved and appreciated good design. There are many good designers in the web community but some of them are really good. They totally stand out from the crowd. I use the designs from the following designers, who have a beyond impressive design portfolio. I bet you’ll need a thing or two in there โ€” these designers/designs are my personal goto design shops:

๐Ÿ“บ Do you even TV brah?!#

You bet I do. Nowadays, I mostly use a 55 inch C1 QUHD 4K Smart TV by TCL TV with Google Chromecast – 2nd Generation to watch TV seasons.

๐Ÿด ForkLift + Transmit โ€” Best FTP Editors & More#

I have toyed around with many FTP editors on Mac. But the combination of ForkLift + Transmit is unbeatable. Both are different, both have many pros. I recommend these two and use them whenever I need to access my private data dump โ€” or a server with SSH โ€” yes these FTP editors work with SSH SFTP secure access very well.

๐Ÿ”ฆ Spotlight + Workflows

I use the Alfred app as my default spotlight, which has excellent workflows. Not only there is a community behind this product with hundreds of workflow, but I’ve also been able to write tens of custom workflows for things like generating short domains, managing sites, calculations, and whatnot.

๐Ÿ˜Ž CSS Scan for Quick Prototyping

Whenever doing a workshop, I have to sometimes quickly prototype a web example to explain a concept to the audience. Often I find myself copying the CSS from dev tools. Well, no more. CSS Scan takes care of that for me. Saves me a lot of time.

๐Ÿ—๏ธ UX Wireframing#

I often find myself wireframing a free and open-source project’s UX with this excellent tool called Balsamiq โ€” a fantastic tool to help me process my ideas quickly.

๐Ÿ“‹ Clipboard Management#

Over the years, I have used many clipboard management apps that would help me copy multiple things to paste them later. I’ve recently switched away from Clipy (it was inaccessible) to a new app called Maccy. I love it.

๐Ÿ˜ฎ Automatic Organization#

I am one of those people who keep their computer files organized. Yet it’s a chore to clean up the desktop, the download directory โ€” every single day. For the last five years, I have been using Hazel App that automatically organizes files for me. Set up the rules once, and forget it. For example, every time I take a screenshot, it stays there on my desktop for 10secs and then gets moved to a backup folder, where it gets deleted after 30 days. Life savor!

๐Ÿ”— Generating Short-URLs

I’m a fan of using short and more context-aware links. Some people are not and that’s completely fine. I use two short domain names for sharing personal links.

๐ŸŽ› Learning#

I am generally always learning something. I plan to list these things down here but here is a couple of them you should look at:

๐Ÿ›  FireFoo#

I often use Firebase and FireStore in different projects. Debugging the database locally is always tricky, that’s where FireFoo, a Powerful GUI Client
for Firebase Firestore comes in. Just started using it, and it’s pretty fantastic.


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โœŒ๏ธ Author of various open-source dev-tools and software libraries used by millions of developers worldwide โ“ฆ WordPress Core Developer ๐Ÿ“ฃ TEDx Speaker with 100+ international talks.

๐Ÿ”ฅ Satya Nadella ยท CEO of Microsoft, said โ€” Awais is an awesome example for developers.
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