Wes Baker


I get no emails about what I use, but I love bikeshedding about tools. Here’s what I’m currently using.

Editor & Terminal

  • Visual Studio Code is my editor. A younger me would be horrified that I was both using and enjoying a Microsoft product
  • I mostly use Wes Bos’s Cobalt2 themes everywhere.
  • I use SF Mono for my editor font everywhere.
  • I use iTerm2 for my terminal.


  • Apple Reminders and Calendar are how I keep track of what to do and when to do it.
  • Obsidian is where almost all of my notes go.
    • Apple Notes is used for shared notes with my wife (including a squirrel list).
  • Raycast is my quick launcher. I still have Alfred installed for one single reason: Universal Actions. One keyboard shortcut to then move, copy, email, etc files from anywhere in the file system is hard to beat and Raycast has no answer to it yet.

Reading and Highlights

  • Raindrop.io is my bookmarking app of choice. Long ago I used Delicious, then moved to Pinboard, and then to Raindrop. It's nicer looking than Pinboard and has an official client. I got tired of waiting for the third-party Pinboard clients to care again.
  • Readwise aggregates highlights from a bunch of places (namely Kindle and Instapaper) and sends me a number of highlights to review every day. I can also create flashcards with the goal of retaining what I read.
  • Readwise Reader is where I save articles to read later.
  • Reeder is my RSS reader of choice. It beats scrolling through Twitter or Facebook.


  • Flighty tracks my flights and keeps me aware of delays and cancellations far before the airlines tell you. This has helped me get on the phone to reschedule flights before there's a huge wait.
  • Tripsy helps me and my wife setup trip plans and save relevant documents and reservations.

Other Apps

This is a mish-mash of web applications and iOS applications as the lines blur.

  • 1Password is where I store my 1000+ passwords and it keeps me sane.
  • Apollo is my Reddit client. I try not to spend a lot of time on social media, but I like Reddit's focused communities and I can almost always find someone talking about some esoteric thing there. I also sell my used RPG books and board games there.
  • GitHub should be obvious to anyone who writes code. I can remember signing up for their paid subscription a long, long time ago because I wanted to do my little part to keep them around. They're owned by Microsoft now, so I suspect they don't need my help, but they offer so much for so little. Almost all my public repositories with automated testing or linting use GitHub Actions for free.
  • Hello Weather is a nice simple way to see the weather that I can share with my wife for one low price.
  • Opener lets me open links in various iOS applications without jumping around.
  • Overcast is my podcast app of choice.
  • Paprika is where I keep our ~1500 recipes, our meal plan for this week, and our grocery list.
  • Parcel is how I track my packages, though I miss Deliveries.
  • Personal Capital is how I keep up-to-date with all my finances in one place: cash accounts, credit accounts, loans, investments. It's all there.
  • Working Copy is for when I need to edit something in a repository when I'm not at a computer.
  • YNAB helps my wife and I keep our budget in alignment with our goals.


I started off tracking what I read through Goodreads and enjoy having that record, I've since expanded it to other media:

Content Blockers

The internet is a terrible place full of ads, cookie notifications, and other detritus. I try to remove as much of that as possible.

Home Automation

I'm firmly in the HomeKit camp at this point.

The repositories

You can see the rest of what I'm using in my dotfiles repository. It's probably most interesting to look at the Brewfile.

I’m a programmer who lives in Fredericksburg, VA. I enjoy board games, puzzles, and making things work. When I’m not in front of a screen of some sort, I’m probably spending time with my wife, my sons, my animals, my board games, or my books. Check out what I’m up to now, see what tools I’m currently using, or follow me on Mastodon.