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

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Hello, there. It’s Ahmad Awais ā€” 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.

šŸ‘Øā€šŸ« 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. So, believe you me you’ll enjoy what I create.

šŸ“Ÿ Editor & Theme & Font#

šŸ’» Terminal Setup#

šŸ›  Workflow#

šŸ“¹ Recording#

šŸ–„ Desk Hardware#

šŸŽ§ 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.

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.

šŸ“± Mobile#

šŸ“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.

šŸ–¼ļø 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 ā†’

šŸ’ø Invoicing#

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

šŸ“ø Screenshots & Gifs#

I admire the screenshot, GIF, and small video hosting by My CloudApp ā€” I use it daily.

šŸ‘Ÿ Jogging/Running#

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

šŸŽ’ Social Media Management#

Big fan of the folks behind ContentStudio ā€” I have started to replace Buffer with this one. Totally worth it.

šŸ“Ø Emails & Newsletters#

For sending emails and newsletters I use a combination of Sendy (my favorite email tool), MailChimp, and Intercom.

Inside WordPress, I use a plugin backed by the awesome folks from Delicious Brains called WP Offload SES. It offloads all your WordPress emails to Amazon SES making your emails more secure, marked as important, and dirt cheap. What more could you want? Analytics? Yes, got that too. Amazing, eh!

šŸ“ 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.

ā° 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.

šŸ—‚ 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.

šŸ¾ 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 šŸ¾ team.

šŸ’  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 $8.99/month and gets most up to dated 100+ premium Mac apps. I have like 20 of those installed atm. This again is built by the MacPaw šŸ¾ team. Which is amazing.

šŸŖ Domain Names#

I love to buy domain names. There was a time when I had over 1000 domains to my portfolio and I used to sell and resell those. If you’re just getting started, use Dynadot to buy domains (you get $5 with my link)ā€š they always have the best pricing.

šŸŽØ 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 beyond impressive design portfolio. I bet you’ll need a thing or two in there ā€” these designers/designs are my personal goto design shops:

šŸ“ŗ 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.

šŸ“ ForkLift + Transmit ā€” 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 ā€” or a server with SSH ā€” yes these FTP editors work with SSH SFTP secure access very well.

šŸ˜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.

šŸ“‹ Clipboard Management#

Over the years, I have used many 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.

šŸ”— 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.

šŸŽ› 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:

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If you have a question about anything mentioned on this page:

ā†’ Tweet them at @MrAhmadAwais.

I help businesses understand developers šŸ“Ÿ Currently recording Node.js CLI Automation Course šŸ‘Øā€šŸ« Edutainer at VSCode.pro šŸŽ© An award-winning open-source engineer and developer advocate šŸ¦Š Google Developers Expert for web šŸŒ³ Node.js foundation Community Committee member āœŒļø Author of various open-source dev-tools and software libraries used by millions of developers worldwide ā“¦ WordPress Core Developer šŸ“£ TEDx Speaker šŸ™Œ Leading developers and publishing technical content for over a decade šŸ˜‚ Self-confessed tech comedian cracking silly jokes in the JavaScript web and cloud communities šŸ’œ Loves his wife (Maedah) āÆ Learn more about Awais ā†£

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